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My computer is running really slow

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Hello,

I run Windows 7 on my HP laptop. My computer used to run rather fast, but now it runs really slow. A blue light comes on indicating that something is going on in the background. I just ran SFC /scannow in the command prompt as Administrator, but it found no errors. Does anyone have any suggestions as to why my laptop is running so slow?

Thank you

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The first things to investigate following what you have already done is to determine how full is the hard disk and, perhaps more relevant, is the number of programs running in the background which is not necessary for smooth operation. Lots of software suppliers think their programs are indispensable for your machine and are loaded at startup whether required or not.

 

A little program called WinPatrol has, as one of its functions, the ability to disable or delay the startup of programs which try and insist they are necessary. Be careful, though, that you don't interfere with any necessary Windows files.

 

https://www.winpatrol.com/

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Good one, Belatucadrus

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To avoid confusion with WinPatrol, it is the one named WinPatrol (without any further qualifiers) on the downloads page of their site and has a  Scottie dog symbol. The free version is the one to get, at least initially.

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Cinque 8 What model laptop are you using - HP have made many different models. If you could provide the exact model number we could be of more help.

 

Processor type. 

Hard drive capacity. 

Memory size in GB. 

 

Regarding the previous post - it is not usually possible to upgrade the processor in a laptop.

 

You could start by uninstalling all the software you no longer use.

 

Now download, instal and run the FREE version of Malwarebytes https://www.malwarebytes.com/mwb-download/thankyou/

This will kill any malware on your computer and give you a list of Pups (Potentailly unwanted programmes) for you to delete.

 

Then download and install the FREE version of CCleaner from Piriform:- https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download/standard

 

Open this and click on "Analyse" it will then go find and list all the unwanted rubbish. (The scannow command does not do this)

Then press "Run Cleaner" and it will remove it from your hard drive.

 

Now defrag your C: Drive by Open Windows Explorer

Right click of the C drive

>Properties

>Tools

>Optimise

 

This may take several minutes to run. Now close down the computer and reboot it - is it now faster? Please report back.

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Hello,

 

I have a HP Pro Book 6555b computer.

 

A AMD TURION II N530 Dual Core Processor 250GHZ

 

32 bit OS

 

I have 89GB free of 232GB on my hard drive.

 

I haven't had a chance to download winpatrol.com yet.

 

I did run CHKDSK and DEFRAG and it does seem to help somewhat.

 

Thanks for all of the information!

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