My personal experience with a slow running computer has been maddening. It started when I was using P2P music download sites to download MP3′s. I won’t call the names of the download sites but they cost me a computer… which completely died on me. Apparently I was downloading a lot of things that jammed up my computer.
Over a period of several months the computer became very slow. I spent countless hours deleting P2P files and software but could not remove it from my computer. After deleting these files I would re-boot and the P2P file would still be running in the back ground at start up. I did not know how to get rid of them. At $80 per hour I just could not see going to the Geeks. So I fought the slow running computer battle myself.
If you are having similar problems and your computer runs slow, here are some ideas that might help you:
First, go on and save everything you might need from your computer immediately. I had over a thousand songs, several hundred pics and a lot of business stuff that I saved before the crash.
Second, I trashed Norton virus and put on Avast free anti-virus. Avast runs a boot scan that found several viruses that Norton did not know was on the computer.
Next, I installed StopZilla spyware / malware. StopZilla found a good many problems as well and corrected them.
But finally, the computer died anyway. Yes, it got a lot better for a few weeks but then started getting slow again and within 2 months it was worse than ever and rerunning the Avast and StopZilla did nothing. One day it would not start up windows and due to the computer’s age I have not spent any more money on it… replaced it.
I have since learned more about what I should have done. I don’t want to lose another computer to this mess. I should have used a registry cleaner on my slow running computer. As good as anti-viruses and anti-spyware are they do not do enough.
There are a lot of registry cleaners on the market but “Error Fix” is the one I would recommend. PC Cleaner is… easy and gets into all the areas that can cause your computer to be slow and maybe even freeze or crash.
Check out this “state of the art” registry fix: PC Cleaner
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