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my computer is slowing down by the minuete. we shut it off after a storm completely unplugged when we started it back up it was slower than usual. but we didnt think of it.time passed and sooner it slowed down hosting on warcraft. my moms games wont open on internet explorer and usually when she does get them...they freeze right before the end. then it takes 5 mins to shut it down. help? edit: thanks people, its goin 500% faster now i got windows defender avast!,spy shredder and somthing called storage protecter appeared now to restart my computer and install all the updates. i also got rid of alot of the crap i had in my programs.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

13 years ago

. First guess is a malware infection. Startup in Safe Mode - if the problem(s) disappear, it's probably malware. . Assuming you are running WinXP: - Make sure you have at least 10% free space on your HDD. - Open the Add/Remove Programs control panel and get rid of all browser toolbars, search helpers, "buddy" progams, &c. - Download (all free) and run Spybot S&D, Ad-Aware, Windows Defender, HijackThis!, AVG Anti-Rootkit, &c. - Download (free) and install Zone Alarm firewall. - Download (free), install, and run RegSeeker to clean up your registry. . . If that doesn't work, I'd reformat the HDD.

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ich bin ein pyro
ich bin ein pyro

Reply 13 years ago

ok i started it in safe mode and it said somethin like "do you want to conttinue click yes if you want to go back to the way it was click no" i continue and all i see is SAFE MODE in all corners and a black screen. icons appear for a few seconds but then go away. now on the normal mode i tried to play warcraft but it took an 90 mins and i still never got it up. i think i have more than 10% memory left its only a 2 year old computer....i dont belive i have taken up 2-5 gig. oh and i think its slow without the internet cause i cant open MY COMPUTER easily

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

really? *sigh* I can't open ANY of my stuff on my desktop now for some reason.

I have a quick launch area, so I can still start the browser, and online I seem to be ok, but my normal stuff seems gone.

I can't get to some thing (like search) in the start menu either....in safe mode, I am able to open any folder displayed and use the start menu. This has me befuddled (BTW: without actually going out and buying another copy of WIN XP, I don't have the option of reformatting....I was not given a copy of XP when I purchased the machine). Some setting(s) must be changed or something....somewhere....

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

Ok, in my case here I discovered it was a corrupted profile. I recreated another Admin s.o. and moved my stuff....took me over a month.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 13 years ago

. I'd go ahead and format the HDD, then re-install Windows.

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ich bin ein pyro
ich bin ein pyro

Reply 13 years ago

ok ill try that when i get home. but, would turning toolbars off do the same thing?

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 13 years ago

> would turning toolbars off do the same thing? . Probably not. They would still be in memory.

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royalestel
royalestel

13 years ago

It's slow even when disconnected from the web, right?

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Goodhart
Goodhart

13 years ago

Depending on which Firewall you have, Avast! is another good "free to use non-commercially" spyware checker. HiJackThis! is for advanced users as it gives you a list of everything, you have to pick out the bad stuff. I agree about the Firewall too, if you don't have one, get CheckPoint's Zone Alarm (the free one to start). I liked it so much I have a 3 year subscription to it (i.e. I bought a 3 year license). Are you on dialup, DSL, or cable? If when you unplugged you also remembered to disconnect them, reaffirm that those connections are ok (bent pins for phone line hookups, etc). There is also a "free for non-commercial use" program called CCleaner (crapCleaner) that may be of some use in cleaning up some "problems" that might have occurred (messy registry entries, missing objects, etc).

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ll.13
ll.13

Reply 13 years ago

Avast! is great, for a firewall you can also try "Jetico" (available: download.com) and SpyBot Search&Destroy is very effective too.

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Brennn10
Brennn10

13 years ago

Check the wires outside of your home. Make sure none of them look out of place. That could contribute to slowing of connection and whatnot. Like Nacho said, do what he said. He summed it up pretty well.