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Windows 7: PC running very slow - ? something working away in the background


03 Jul 2012   #1

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PC running very slow - ? something working away in the background

Hi guys, recently (past couple of months) my laptop seems to have something constantly running in the background [you can hear it ‘clicking away’ pretty much all the time] & it seems to be running at least 60% slower than normal - at times my typing is faster than it seems to be able to cope with [ie: when typing an email] and I'm not thaat fast - are there any obvious/likely culprits?

Presumably it could be that something is taking up a lot of capacity in the background, but I'm not a very 'techie' person [not at all, in fact :>], so if anyone could identify a possible reason, that would be much appreciated.


Cheers


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03 Jul 2012   #2
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Work through these Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7 especially establishing a Clean boot, checking the logs for repeat errors, system resources for solutions to problems, test hardware. If you'll report back feedback we will have more steps.
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03 Jul 2012   #3

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Hi Ashfeld Welcome to Seven Forums
  • Click on the task bar and start task manager or simply press Ctrl-Alt-Delete and start task manager.
  • Click on the processes tab and take a snip with snipping tool or paint of all the processes running (Also show processes from all users).
  • Post them in your next post Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums
Edit: Forget mine. Follow Gregs good advice.
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03 Jul 2012   #4
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I think your idea is an excellent one, KoolKat. It reminds me that troubleshooting with the process explorer needs to be worked into the tutorial. Please proceed.
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03 Jul 2012   #5

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Thanks Greg.

Ashfeld do let us know the results of what we suggested.
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04 Jul 2012   #6

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Run AVG or another anti virus software. Also try CCleaner
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04 Jul 2012   #7
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AVG bloated crapware is recommended by no one here. Use Microsoft Security Essentials with the Windows 7 firewall. Use CCleaner sparingly.
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