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Computer Slowing Down

I have no idea why but lately my computer has been going EXTREMELY slow. My computer is about a year old, and I Have 256mb of RAM. I haven't installed any new parts and haven't really changed anything, but the computer slows down nonetheless. I don't have any programs running in the background (that I shouldn't) and I'm not really running any major resource-draining programs. The only error I can think of that may be causing this is the fact that I cannot shut down my computer properly, it just hangs at the 'Windows is now shutting down' screen and I just cut the power at this point. I am running on WIndows 98SE. Thanks for any help.

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Computer Maintenance

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Do you perform regular computer maintenance, such as emptying temporary internet files, temp files, recycle bin, histories etc... Temporary files can fill your harddrive up quit quickly and the existance of cookies and old download files can cause the slowdown of a computer.

Do you also do regular disk defragmetation to reorder the file locations on your hard-drive. 1 year is a pretty standard time for a new system to slow down if never maintenanced. When you move or delete a file on your hard-drive it is still actually located on the orginal harddrive byte/s and therefore duplicated over and over everytime you move, change or delete a file, so defrag is a must.

Check the temp of your processor and that your fans are all running. If your CPU is overheating or if your Power Supply or Memory (RAM)is on the way out, this can also cause your PC to slowdown.

I would start with the defrag and the disk cleanup using the windows maitenance tools, and then if this doesn't improve performance, you may then want to look into hardware possibilities.

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Re:Computer Maintenance

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thanks alot for the input.

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No Worries - glad to help

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Let us know how you get on.


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Re: Computer Slowing Down

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I'm experiencing pretty much the same thing. My machine seems to gradually slow down the longer it's left on until it eventually crashes. About 10-15 minutes after booting up, it becomes impossible to fully shut the machine down. It reaches the "Windows is shutting down" screen and hangs up. If I power down manually from this point, I can reboot normally. After about 30-45 minutes, the mouse/pointer operation begins to get choppy and gets continually worse as time goes on. After about 90 minutes, it takes several seconds to open even simple programs and they operate at ever-slower speeds. However, if I restart the machine, everything returns to normal and the cycle begins again. There seems to be something running in the background eating resources, but I'll be damned if I can find it.

I run Ad-Aware SE Personal and McAfee VS several times a day. So far I've found and deleted a few pests (xdldr24.exe, xwxload.exe, a backdoor-AXJ.dll file) with no noticeable effect on system performance. I've tried running the online scan at "housecall: and for some reason it never actully initiates the scan. I'm running Windows 98 SE and my available system resources seem to be fluctuating between 50-60%.

If you figure out what the problem is, I'd appreciate it if you could let me know and I'll do the same for you. Thanks

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Re: Computer Slowing Down

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Sounds like it may be Spyware. Our church PC took 10 minutes or more to open up the WORD PROGRAM. I have two freeware spyware programs I use. I never run them together. Get SPYBOT at this web site
be sure to check for updates after you download. Look for DSO EXPLOIT when you run it. DSO EXPLOIT was the one causing most of my trouble if not all of it. I also would download Ad-Aware by Lavasoft, get latest update and run that after you finish with Spybot Search and Destroy. The website for AdAware is

Hope this helps, good luck.

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Re: Computer Slowing Down

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I would just add to doug's advice.

In addition to Spybot, download and install Spywareblaster from

It compliments SPybot and immunises against spyware that Spybot doesn't find, eg it is better at ActiveX protection.


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