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My laptop is so slow lately

by TomerIfer / May 25, 2013 9:56 AM PDT

Hi all!
first here are my specs :
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU T5500 @ 1.66GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 6
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2038 Mb
Graphics Card: ConfigMgr Remote Control Driver, 128 Mb
Motherboard: LENOVO, 1951FDG
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus

Lately,well,since i removed symantec endpoint sue to many program failures and not detecting malware and viruses i switched to avast! and since then (and sometimes b4 also) my laptop is very slow,it take s about 8 sec. to open a simple png file and video file is a lot more,browsers are slow and when using 2 browsers at once (i use FF and chrome) it ridiculously slow,i dont use any firewall except windows firewall and i'm checking regularly for maleware using Malwarebytes and adwcleaner and windows update is automatic and all updated are installed so please if anyone can help!

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Two fast ideas.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 25, 2013 12:16 PM PDT

1. How long since you used the canned air?
2. Did you reset the DMA channel to DMA from PIO? (it's a XP thing. After this many years, I find most know about this.)

In closing I can't find much about this model. Given the age it may be running at it's normal speed?

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thanks for your reply
by TomerIfer / May 25, 2013 5:38 PM PDT
In reply to: Two fast ideas.

what is is canned air? what is DMA and why should i reset it from PIO (and what is PIO?) sorry noob..
its not it's normal speed because in the past it worked much MUCH better ... after removing symantec and instaqlling Avast! it begun to do all the above problems

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Re: avast
by Kees_B Forum moderator / May 25, 2013 8:38 PM PDT
In reply to: thanks for your reply

If it started after removing symantec and installing avast, maybe the removal wasn't complete. It is recommended to run the Norton Removal tool for the product you have. Did you do that?

If that doesn't help, I'd uninstall Avast! and go back to Norton. It's best to stick to what works if an alternative doesn't work for some reason.

Cleaning the machine (that's what canned air is used for) and switching DMA to PIO and back again (see step 4 of chapter 1 of are just wild guesses by BoB. Only start doing that when the two things I suggested don't work.


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Wild guesses.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 26, 2013 12:20 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: avast

Maybe wild but I've lost count of laptops that were never cleaned and they slow as they get too warm. It's a common issue and not as wild as it seems.

The DMA idea is from a look at the machine's makeup and any IDE machine that runs XP can run afoul of that issue.

Let's hope the Norton tool helps but it seems odd to own a laptop for that many years and never hear about maintenance.

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Symantec is worst
by TomerIfer / May 26, 2013 4:36 AM PDT
In reply to: Wild guesses.

first let me say i bought this laptop used but i know the previous owner and i'm quite sure the maintenance was good if not excellent..
about going back to symantec...i dont think i will do that because it was worst with symantec was malfunctioning all the time and didn't detect malware and viruses and freezing the system,as for your question i did use the Norton Removal tool (Clean wipe)and it was a bit better after that but it not like it used to be.i dont believe its running at its normal speed because it used to preform much better just a few months ago...

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Not going back?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 26, 2013 7:16 AM PDT
In reply to: Symantec is worst

Then you may still want to run the Norton removal tool.

That machine is quite old, with an 80GB drive so if none of the ideas pan out, it's likely the machine needs repairs.

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have you got itunes?
by replayradio / May 29, 2013 2:43 PM PDT

iTunes can radically slow down your laptop - don't ask me how, but I had a similar problem on my Toshiba, I spent weeks checking for viruses and malware, I deleted registry files and nothing worked. Two days ago I uninstalled both iTunes and Google earth and now the laptop is running 100times faster! The result was instantaneous.

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Wow! What an epiphany!
by itsdigger / May 29, 2013 2:50 PM PDT
In reply to: have you got itunes?

Nice Find! I'll be curious if it applies...Digger

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by Testy / May 29, 2013 7:30 PM PDT
In reply to: Wow! What an epiphany!

I think it is Avast myself. Lately, it has grown into a behemoth rivaling Norton. Try AVG.

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