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Windows 7: Windows 7 slowdown, what causes it?

05 Sep 2017   #1

Win 7 Pro 64
Windows 7 slowdown, what causes it?

I have a couple of work acquaintances that I don't share anything with electronically and remember them telling me not long ago of getting rid of their computers because their W7 computers had suddenly slowed to a crawl. They bought new and were happy.

The same thing has happened to me. Suddenly my W764 machine is crawling at a snail pace and basically unusable. Rebooting seems to help and occasionally one browser will run okay for a while and then bog down as if something caught up with it. I use IE, FF, and Chrome browsers. Also use Avast AV plus Malwarebytes, SuperAntispyware, and Spybot S&D for spy/malware. So far, nothing has been found. Its as if something is working the processor in overdrive.

Anyone else have similar recent experiences or know of a fix?


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05 Sep 2017   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1

If the hard drive is nearly full it will slow the computer drastically. Have you run Windows Disc Cleaner & you could also run Ccleaner as well to get rid of accumulated browser history & other rubbish off the OS.
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06 Sep 2017   #3

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Use resource monitor by type that in the start menu search box
You should open to the overview section
Expand the windows to fill the screen and drag down each section like this
Windows 7 slowdown, what causes it?-resource-monitor-overview.jpg

Use Clean boot,
Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup
Click Start and type in the search box,
Click on the suggestion on top or hit the Enter key,
Go to the Startup section and take some screen shots for a complete list,
Go to the Services section and on the bottom left Check the box to Hide All Microsoft services,
Repeat the screen shots,
See the links above my signature on how to take and upload screen shots here,

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14 Sep 2017   #4

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)

If your hard drive is nearly full, then you should first delete anything that you can from it to free up some space, and you should then run DEFRAG on it. (If you run Defrag in Safe Mode, it will run faster.)

Is it slow when you are surfing the web, or is it always slow? If it is slow only when you are surfing the web, the reason for this is that a lot of websites run a lot of scripts in the background whenever you visit their websites. To fix this problem, you can install a browser extension in Firefox called "NoScript Security Suite". NoScript blocks all scripts except for those you have whitelisted, i.e. those which you have told it to allow.

When you first start browsing the web, you will find that browsing is a lot faster; unfortunately, you will also find that many sites don't work exactly right; the reason for this is that NoScript is blocking the scripts which that site is trying to run. Therefore, you will need to decide which scripts to allow and which to block. The way I do it is, I allow the minimum necessary for each site that I visit.

For example, if you're going to, you should allow scripts to run. But you don't have to allow "" or other tracking scripts to run. Most websites will work correctly or at least adequately if you allow only that site's scripts to run.

Sometimes you will find that a site has multiple sets of scripts, such as Facebook. For example,,, etc. I allow only the minimum number necessary to run.

Some sites simply won't run unless you allow the objectionable scripts to run. For those sites, if I really want to visit them, I use the Opera browser, with ad blocking turned on. Either that, or I don't visit them.

If you will be patient, and careful about which scripts are allowed to run, you will find that Firefox with NoScript will allow you to surf the web at a fast speed. And you will be very gratified to see all of the junk that is being blocked by NoScript.
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