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« on: November 21, 2004, 08:00:59 AM »

PLEASE SUPPLY RELEVANT INFORMATION:
Operating System Version: Win 98
Problem Application Name & Version: None
Problem Hardware Make & Model: None
Error Messages: None



I don't know if I'm posting this in the right place or not.  I guess that you could say that I have a technical problem that is non-specific.


Basically, I have an oldish computer - it has a 450 AMD chip, a 30GB HD, 250 worth of memory and Win 98.  I use a fast Modem, but don't have broadband. I'm happy with it but will change it someday.

As time goes by, I notice that my surfing is becoming more and more slow.  A friend of mine recommended that I run a Resource Meter and this often tells me (esp if I have 2 pages open) that my System and User Resources are down to about 45%, after I've been surfing for maybe only 5 mins.  GDI Resources usually stay at around 75%.

After 5-10 mins of surfing, the problem gets worse.  Pages sometimes don't load so well if they have lots of links, smilies or pics.

I've been told this may all be down to one of these things:

Not enough Memory
Motherboard getting old
Too many things running in the background
Too many fonts loaded into windows
I need to defrag
I need to get one of those "speed up your browser" applications.
Right now, I don't want to go for Broadband, buy a new PC or change my browser.

Any advice?
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« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2004, 02:19:14 AM »

Well theres many reasons your computer will slow down.
We'll do some basic cleaning to see if it helps any.

Directions:
Windows and windows-based programs are famous for leaving temporary files littered all over the hard drive. Here's how to remove these suckers quickly:

1. Open My Computer
2. Right click on your hard drive that you wish to clean (C drive, for example)
3. In the context menu that opens, select properties
4. Under the general tab you should select Disk Cleanup
5. Windows will scan your drive which will take a few seconds/minutes
6. A box will display the various files you can remove. Here are some safe examples:
Temporary Internet Files
Recycle Bin
Temporary Files
7. Click OK and windows will comply.


Run the ScanDisk and Defragmenter Utilities. Start>Programs>Accessories>System Tools
You can find both of those located in there, use the ScanDisk first.


Download / Install / Update / and Run:

SpyBot  
And:
Adaware SE

let us know if this has helped any.
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« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2004, 03:53:26 PM »

Thanks Geekgirl.
Yesterday, I did a Clean up, scandisc and defrag.  It didn't seem to make too much difference - maybe a little.

I've already tried the other options re cleaning up my internet files.

Must be something else...hmm...one day I may get to the bottom of it.
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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2004, 04:12:19 PM »

Spyware can definitely slow things down.Please download:
Hijack This

Make sure you unzip hijack this to its own folder
such as C:\Program files as this is where the backups will
be created.Run Hijack this but do NOT fix anything.Click save
log and a log will open in notepad.Copy and paste your login our security and viruses forum

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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2004, 10:22:18 PM »

Thanks for that offer, John, and I may do it - but I did recently post a Hijack This Log in a thread about getting the :Blank bug for my search engine and also a pop up virus.  They were nicely cured when I posted.  I think it was you who helped.  Since then, everything's been fine with that, but I am still running slow.

I don't know if this helps, but here's some more info.  If I go off line and come back on, it's just the same as when it started to go slower.  Only by rebooting does my surfing go back to a decent speed -for a short while anyway.
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