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Windows 7: Computer Getting Slow-What to Check First?

14 Nov 2010   #1
Milanodan

Windows 7
 
 
Computer Getting Slow-What to Check First?

Running W7, 64 bit. Computer has been slowing down recently, especially with my DSL Internet Connection. DSL company ran some remote tests and says all is well.

Tried an "error checking" program, found ~600 "errors", but they want $$ to fix.

Does W7 have some kind of built-in error tester/fixer (chkdsk?) and how do I use it?

Please, I need step-by-step instructions, because I'm not real good with computers.


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14 Nov 2010   #2
DMHolt57

Win7 Home Premium x64 W10Pro&Home
 
 

Two programs I suggest to my friends...
Glary's Utilities and Auslogic Disk Defrag
You can get both at Download.com
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14 Nov 2010   #3
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Milanodan View Post
Tried an "error checking" program, found ~600 "errors", but they want $$ to fix.
That right there sounds suspicious to me. These applications that show up and discover loads of problems and then ask for money...often inflict trouble on your computer specifically to buy their app to fix those problems. Get that crap off your computer ASAP.

Download malwarebytes from malwarebytes.org. Install, update, scan.
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14 Nov 2010   #4
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I agree with pparks.

What did you download? A registry cleaner/optimiser?
These are very bad news.


Along with whats already been suggested, another good little app to run regualrly is Ccleaner.

CCleaner - Optimization and Cleaning - Free Download
Run the cleaner part.
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14 Nov 2010   #5
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Windows 7 has a built in defrag. I have seen some cases where it does not run as scheduled (it runs on wednesday nights by default). Go to My Computer, right click your hard drive and select properties. Go to tools and click Defragment now. Select Analyze disk. If it is more than 5% fragmented it needs to be defragmented. There a few different clean up utilities you can run to clean things up, which can increase performance. CCleaner is oftern recommended but I would not use the registry clean tool that is included with it. Also, do you have a lot of programs that run when you turn on the computer that you know of? You can go to the start menu and type in msconfig, press enter, and go to the startup tab to find out what all runs at startup. If you see anything that you do not use often or do not need running all the time you can uncheck it. Also, run malwarebytes as recommended to make sure that viruses or spyware are not slowing down you PC. Sometimes AVs will miss something or leave files and/or registry entries behind. Malwarebytes does a good job of finding these and removing them.
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14 Nov 2010   #6
Milanodan

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for the replies. First, I have Malwarebytes installed, but it has never found anything. I guess my Spywareblaster is doing a good job.

I deleted the "Error Wiz" and tried Glary's. It found and fixed 460 "problems" fast, but didn't speed anything up. I ran the W7 defragger a few days ago, HDD wasn't fragged.

Is there a SIMPLE "speed checker" that will tell me if my W7 is working well?
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15 Nov 2010   #7
nailzuk

Windows 10 32 bit oem & Arch Linux x86_64
 
 

malwarebytes and superantispyware, also hitman pro is a great 2nd opinion scanner, it uses 4 av engines in the cloud so no big definition file download, and it will scan ur full drive in under 5 minutes, DONT ACTIVATE THE FREE 30 DAY LICENCE UNLESS HITMAN PRO FINDS ANY NASTYS. good luck
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