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Old 12-27-16, 06:50 AM
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My computer runs about as fast as molasses in January. I run Windows 7 thru google chrome and it's unbelievable how slow it runs for most websites. Can someone suggest what I can do before I lose it and throw the darn thing off my back porch? Thanks.

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Has it always been slow? Or has there been a change?

First step would be a thorough virus/malware scan, including a boot time scan.
What CPU and how much RAM?
 
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Pull up the task manager when it's slow and look at the performance so you can see whether the bottleneck is the drive, RAM or CPU. If all are fine, I'd look at your internet speed.
 
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In the task manager I get readings of: CPU Usage 0% to 4%. Physical memory is 33% Processes
59 Total 4060 Cached 2344 Available 2708 Free 403 All this to me is like reading Chineses. In other words I have no clue what it means.
 
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What about the C drive? On my work laptop, that is the bottleneck 100% of the time (with 24 GB RAM it better not be the memory )
 
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3 steps:

1: Download the free version of anti-malware from malwarebytes.org. Install, update & run it.
2: Set the virtual memory settings to system managed.
3: If neither of those work, download & run Hijack This. Post the output here. I'll tell you what to delete.
 
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A hard drive running at 100% is a common issue. (you can see it in the tack manager) I just had to make some tweaks the other day.
 
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Thank you for your suggestions but I am unable to make any progress. I did the free version of malwarebytes and the HijackThis download but I got nowhere. My knowledge of this computer stuff is minimal at best. Thanks.

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Why didn't you post the output of Hijack This here as I suggested?
 
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No mention of whether the drive was pegged, either.
 
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It looks like virtual memory may be one of the issues. Try this:
Click the Start button, right-click Computer, and then click Properties.
In the left pane, click Advanced System Settings.
On the Advanced tab under Performance, click Settings.
Click the Advanced tab and under Virtual Memory, click Change.
Note the number next to "Recommended".
Clear the "Automatically Manage Paging File Size For All Drives" check box.
Under Drive, click the drive that contains the paging file you want to change.(Usually C)
Click Custom size and type the recommended number in both the Initial size (MB) and Maximum size (MB) boxes.
Click Set, and then click OK.
It may require a reboot.
 
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It looks like virtual memory may be one of the issues.
I mentioned that 3 days ago in Post #6.
 
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Curious if the virtual memory change helps you out, keep us posted.
 
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Ron53, if you're having speed issues it won't hurt to try the virtual memory mod. You can always put it back if it doesn't help.
 
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Is the sluggishness only when browsing, of for all non - internet applications too?

Go to Speedtest.net by Ookla - The Global Broadband Speed Test and check your internet connection.
 
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