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Sons laptop running slowly: Windows XP Home Edition

by xtremebiz2000 / July 21, 2006 11:45 AM PDT

My sons laptop (Compaq Presario V2000) has been running very slow and freezing up alot lately. I cleared the history, cookies and delete files on the internet options. I also ran clean disk and gefraged the computer. Still slow.

Can anybody help with this problem? Also, can someone tell me what I can shut off on the system tray and prevent it from running at start-up? It would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Mike

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do some scans
by linkit / July 21, 2006 12:07 PM PDT

If your son runs any P2P file sharing programs (Limewair, Kazaa, etc.), those are notorious for allowing nasties into the computer. In addition spying and damaging the software installation, they can run in the background and slow things.

Windows XP computers should have at most one firewall and one antivirus program, and at least 2 different antispyware programs. Keep definitions updated, and scan regularly.

Some free software:

ZoneAlarm firewall

AVG antivirus
Avast antivirus

Windows Defender antispyware
Ewido antispyware
Ad-Aware antispyware
Spybot Search & Destroy antispyware

Tips on faster starts:
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1819090,00.asp

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also, system specs
by linkit / July 21, 2006 12:09 PM PDT

CPU type/speed
Amount of RAM
Total hard drive size
Hard drive free space

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