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How can I make my computer run faster?

... and stop is freezing

12:13 pm on Apr 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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My laptop is only about 18months old but runs a LOT slower now than it ever used it. I constantly have to crash out of IE because the pages freeze.

As a dummy to hardware - what can I do to help my computer run faster?

Any tips or hints?


12:40 pm on Apr 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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If you want useful answers, you should at least state which operating system you are using...
Also, how full are your hard drive(s)? Did you already try defragmenting them, and deleting all temp files? In some Windows OS, moving folders that have lots of files somewhere else than on the desktop can also help a lot.
1:10 pm on Apr 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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looks like spyware has infected the system. Use Yahoo anti spy or spybot or any other free antispy software. Run atleast 2 diffn. scans to find the spyware. Also suggest Registry cleaning & fixing.

Best of luck.

5:14 pm on Apr 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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There was spyware on the system. Bought webroot and they finally got rid of it. Now use that and it stops a lot getting in.

I have windows xp. I have defragmented and it made no difference. I do clean out temp folders etc. I do all the basic things but nothing seems to help.

What else could make it faster and stop it freezing all the time?

I do have a lot of processes running, most of which I have no idea what they are.

Is there any way to wipe the system so I deletes all the programme and basically takes the system back to like it was when it was bought? Don't know how to do this with XP?

5:34 pm on Apr 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Most PCs now come with a restore CD that will wipe the drive clean and reinstall everything to the way it was when the computer was sold. Check to see if you have that. Usually you just boot to that CD and go through a simple menu system confirming that you know you are about to restore the OS.

Be warned that when you do a restore, all your data will be erased. Therefore do a verified backup of your data before you start the restore process.

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With XP, you can also use System Restore, which basically takes periodic snapshots of your system's configuration and lets you go back to previous states.

Go to "Add or Remove Programs" in Control Panel and uninstall any programs you don't use. (Even though you don't use them, they may be putting crap on your system that use up resources.)

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Buy your computer a new set of tennis shoes , Offer to pay him more
Cosider threatening to pull his plug if he dosent pick up the pace



8:28 pm on Apr 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Tennis shoes didn't work! My computer is fussy! Deleted loads of programmes that I'm not using. Probably about 100MB.

It hasn't frozen yet..

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Thinking back to a situation a year or so ago when a windows update had everybody's compter slowing down.. I did a search on that topic and found this link about shutting down a bunch of Window's Services.

I have done some tweaking on Services before, but this article was written last week...
Now I am back up to speed... while I will caution anybody that does tweaking on the services to write down what they change and the original settings... I didn't do all of the recomendations but a significant amount of them.
I was amazed how it brought me back up to speed and I'm really happy.

1:20 am on Apr 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Go to:
Start.....run, type in msconfig, go to the startup tab, look thru the list of programs that are checked, any of them that don't need to be running, uncheck them.

Start with a few, restart computer, see what happens. If any are browser related or have the words: shop, toolbar, or other spammy words uncheck those also. You can always go back and re-check them if need.

9:53 am on Apr 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thats a very helpful link thankyou. I'm not sure how I can set the applications to manual though. Am I right in assuming when you click 'disable' (or uncheck them) they will be manual?

There are a lot of files in mine that aren't mentioned on that url. Seems my computer has been filled up with a lot of crap over time!

Thanks for your suggestion. I have only disabled a couple of things so far because I'm worried I'll disable something that is very important.

Any chance you know what any of these things do and whether I need them?

atiptaxx - ccApp.exe
SynTPLpr.exe (Synaptics)
SynTPEhn.exe (Synaptics)


(assuming these are something to do with touch pad on laptop - will they stop touch pad working if disabled?!)

dumprep 0-u


(think these are to do with virus software so assuming I don;t want to disable these?

E_FATIACE.exe (printer driver)
jusched.exe (java)

Many thanks for any feedback

1:46 pm on May 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Manual means that the process starts when, say you launch a program, it means that it doesn't automatically start when you start your computer.
Disable... stops it cold, won't launch.
Please correct me group if I am wrong.

Yes there a bunch of "things" in the Systems on your computer... that's just the way it is, your not doing anything different on a basic level than anybody else.. no worries.

You are just going to have to route out the ones that are system hogs as in the url that I mentioned, those are the ones that get added when you installed new devices, or progams.

As mentioned by another person you can go to run--> msconfig and then see your start ups that may be slowing down your computer.. I use this free program
[windowsstartup.com...] it shows and explains things a bit more than msconfig.

For example... when ever you install a new device or maybe a program, use task manager, and or the above program, to see whats running or got place into "startup"... then G--gle it... for example, I installed a sound card... it came with all kinds of stuff.. and on investigation half of the stuff that it loaded I didn't need.. and one app had a known memory leak.

What you do whenever you have an app that you want to know what it is doing... just G--gle it.. you will find a bunch of "helper" websites that are set up specificly to investigate and evaluate every app know to mankind. You'll get the hang of it.
You can also use your task manager to see all the muck running.
I prefer this free task manager program
from the guys that put out a rootkit evaluation program...
which you should also download and just check your computer for a rootkit once in a while.

I hope I haven't violated any forum rules posting those links...

Unfortunately I am quite a bit of a novice so I can't answer about the touchpad.. but g--gle the apps and you will find if it's junk or need to have. Sorry I took so long to check the forum and respond... I didn't anticipate your questions.

Good luck.

p.s. you first started this question with now your computer is running slower and IE crashes.. Personally.. I think you should be running Firefox.. many would agree. Also... I know my desktop computer gets dirty as Pig Pen in Charlie Brown.. and I'm cleaning out that puppy every three months. For my new laptop that I purchase recently, I bought a cooling fan deck that it sits on, and I went to the hardware store and bought a furnace filter, cut it out of the cardboard case and down to size of the bottom of the laptop between the cooling deck fan and the laptop. I don't travel with the laptop much at all so this is practical for me, especially as I know how dusty my destop gets. My laptop is really a "desktop" laptop.. 17 inch screen, full keypad, etc... What I am saying here is that an over heating motherboard (processor chip) will slow down the computer and Crash it.. and dirt and dust will cause the overheating. I've never cracked open a laptop... but I'd imagine it's no different.

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To give you an expert advice it would be neccessary to write a few pages long article
You can get much more detailed answers by searching Google for "desktop optimization" or similar terms