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Windows 7: What's changed recently in browsers or Windows to slow down my PC?!

1 Week Ago   #1
davesev

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 
What's changed recently in browsers or Windows to slow down my PC?!

I have a Core i7-4800Q CPU on a Dell Latitude E6540, it was almost maxed out in specs and price when I bought it, and has been as fast as any new computer until maybe a month or so ago... now I can't figure out why the frame rate has gotten so consistently low especially when using any browser.

The CPU is anywhere from 0 to 100% though the browser processes seems to be randomly spiking it... did something change in the browsers when it comes to CPU or GPU? Did Google or Intel or Microsoft suddenly turn off support for certain CPUs and GPUs?!

I don't want to have to upgrade my laptop (which is still in really nice condition) just to take a chance that it'll speed up the frame rate when using the browser or whatever... I really hate artificial upgrades if that's what it is.

I'm just not sure what to test or do at this point. I thought about upgrading to Windows 10 but that's still a gamble with drivers etc.


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1 Week Ago   #2
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

Hello davesev
Well, you could try a different browser and see if that delivers a different performance. or delete the browser cookies in your current browser, or check what add-ons the browser has installed. Browser add-ons are known to slow down performance.
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1 Week Ago   #3
TechnoMage2016

Windows 7 Ultimate, SP1, x86
 
 

We would all like to think that our computer(s) would stay like we set them up on day one.... but, that's not the way it works.

Windows itself stores thousands of .tmp and .bak files, etc. on your hard drive, and most browsers are even worse. Just like a car, a computer needs regular maintenance. I've programmed my own computer, and the computers of my customers, to perform much of their needed maintenance automatically, on a daily basis.

I recently worked on a friends PC, that was really starting to slow down. I installed and ran "Super Anti Spyware" FREE, and ran a Quick Scan. It found and removed over 16,000 tracking cookies. When was the last time you did anything like that on your PC?

Browsers are really pack-rats...they save everything and never delete anything. It's up to you, to take out the trash. All the trash building up on your HD, make it take longer to load and service your programs. Clean out your History and Cookies on a regular basis. Most browsers will let you program them to delete temp files on exit.

After doing a complete Clean Up and Tune up on a customer's PC, I've heard comments like, "WOW, it didn't run that fast when it was new." (I do use several tweaks that will speed up a PC, especially Laptops.)

I see that you're not proud of your location, but if you're anywhere close to me, in Central FL, I'd be glad to give your little PC a Free Tune Up.

Good Luck,
TM
PS: One very important tool I use to keep my Own PC running like new, is "WinUtilities" (from YLComputing)
I tried the program and liked it so much that I bought it! I run it on my PC(s) at least once a week, usually right before I do a full C: drive backup. I use it to clean up the HD and then the Registry.
A bloated registry can really hurt your PC's performance.
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1 Week Ago   #4
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Do a cleanup with ccleaner.
Try to set Services - Windows update to manual and never check on WU page.
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1 Week Ago   #5
TechnoMage2016

Windows 7 Ultimate, SP1, x86
 
 

Not wanting to ever dispute a "Seven Guru" but.....

Twice, over a several year period, I tried CCleaner, of different versions, and both times it rendered my PC NON-Bootable.
Only a Ghost Backup/Restore saved me.
So I won't let CCleaner anywhere near my PC. NONE of my customers use it either. Twice burned, thrice shy.

Unless a person is a very knowledgeable Windows GURU, CCleaner can be one very dangerous program.

I will use only "WinUtilities" which I know to be 100% SAFE.

Cheers Mates!
TechnoMage
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1 Week Ago   #6
wither 2

Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit
 
 

Then there's the Disk Cleanup utility in System Tools which does a nice job if one remembers to check the boxes for Temporary Files and Recycle Bin when it's first used.

Also, most browsers have utilities for cleaning out cookies, temporary internet files, etc.
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5 Days Ago   #7
ShadouFox

Windows-7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by davesev View Post
The CPU is anywhere from 0 to 100% though the browser processes seems to be randomly spiking it... did something change in the browsers when it comes to CPU or GPU? Did Google or Intel or Microsoft suddenly turn off support for certain CPUs and GPUs?!
What browsers? I had a similar problem not too long ago. Windows slowed way down. It turned out to be a bad extension for Pale Moon after installing the VCL media player. Pale Moon came back with a diagnostic saying this extension crashed on start-up. Disabling the damn thing didn't help. The only solution was to delete VCL.When VCL went away, so did my Pale Moon and Windows problems.

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I don't want to have to upgrade my laptop (which is still in really nice condition) just to take a chance that it'll speed up the frame rate when using the browser or whatever... I really hate artificial upgrades if that's what it is.

I'm just not sure what to test or do at this point. I thought about upgrading to Windows 10 but that's still a gamble with drivers etc.
Did you try rolling back to when it was working correctly? I don't allow automatic updates even though Windows constantly complains, and I always check here to see if the latest updates cause problems before doing a manual install. I also have Avast (not shilling for Avast) clean-up and run that once a week to get rid of bad registry entries and shortcuts, clean out stale log files and such.

Windows-10 isn't an upgrade.
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1 Day Ago   #8
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by davesev View Post
The CPU is anywhere from 0 to 100% though the browser processes seems to be randomly spiking it... did something change in the browsers when it comes to CPU or GPU?
Most likely, no, nothing changed in the computer, but in the websites you're using. Since those are completely out of your control, if they change something to be "nicer" but more resource intensive, you'll see the impact if your hardware can no longer handle it.
Another frequent cause of problems are advertisements on web pages, for which an ad-blocker is a must these days. Ads are a common source of slowdonws and also security problems.

About the browser, if you update it frequently (or even worse, you set it to auto update) it can be changed in some way to consume more resources or some new feature has a performance impact. If your browser version is stable, it'll work in the very same way no matter what, an update always has some risk of newer problems, in addition to new features.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by davesev View Post
Did Google or Intel or Microsoft suddenly turn off support for certain CPUs and GPUs?!
No, and they even can't affect what you do in your computer (once again, unless you install a malicious update). Generally, updates include support for new hardware, but older one is still there (there is no reason at all to remove it). A CPU spike means high workload, not lack of drivers.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by davesev View Post
I don't want to have to upgrade my laptop (which is still in really nice condition) just to take a chance that it'll speed up the frame rate when using the browser or whatever... I really hate artificial upgrades if that's what it is.

I'm just not sure what to test or do at this point. I thought about upgrading to Windows 10 but that's still a gamble with drivers etc.
Take a look at what software did you update, new software, try another browser, if you've installed any Windows updates or any change like that. And that the webpages you're visiting aren't bloated.
Dowgrading to Windows 10 isn't going to be a big change, if at all, but about drivers, I would bet that you may have an easier time with them instead.
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