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What kind of programs run in the background?

by CodyMac / December 22, 2006 7:34 PM PST

I'm running Windows XP Media on a one month old Sony Vaio VGN-N110G and was wondering what kind or even if there were some programs running in the background taking up ram while the laptop is on. I know about msconfig and I know how to stop things from starting up automatically when I boot up, but I still feel like 512mb ram should be a little faster after coming from 256mb on my last computer. If there are programs running, how can I stop them?

Thanks,
Cody

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Do a Google. . .
by Coryphaeus / December 22, 2006 10:09 PM PST

for Process Explorer (free). Download and install it. It will list everything running and show you what it does. You can stop or remove what you don't like.

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Stop running programs
by tomron / December 22, 2006 10:54 PM PST

control panel>administrative tools>services

This LINK will explain.

Another good program is IBProcMan

This LINK might be helpful.

Also certain programs,such asCCLEANER has the option to stop programs from staring,click on tools>start up.I don't have spybot anymore,but i beleive that also had that option.

Tom

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Thanks
by CodyMac / December 23, 2006 4:41 AM PST
In reply to: Stop running programs

Thanks for the quick replies! I'll have to give them a try.

-Cody

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not much change
by CodyMac / December 23, 2006 4:12 PM PST
In reply to: Thanks

i tried toms first suggestion and it didnt show much more change in speed . . any other suggestions?

Thanks,
Cody

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Have you run any,,,,
by tomron / December 23, 2006 4:18 PM PST
In reply to: not much change

anti virus and anti spyware programs?

These nasties will slow the computer down

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Yea
by CodyMac / December 23, 2006 4:52 PM PST
In reply to: Have you run any,,,,

I have 2 anti-spyware programs (Windows Defender and Spybot Search and Destroy) run every night (not at the same time, of course). I also run Ad-Ware SE Plus with Ad-Watch SE Plus and Trend Anti-Spyware every once and a while. Also, I've scheduled Norton to scan for viruses every night, too. So I think I'm covered there, but if you have any other suggestions to protect againts spyware or viruses, that'd also be great!

Thanks,
Cody

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In addition to the programs you have
by tomron / December 23, 2006 5:01 PM PST
In reply to: Yea

You can try SPYWARE BLASTER.which is not a scanner,but rather a preventer.

I see that you have norton,do you IE 7,if so thats a know issue.

Also CWSHREDDER

Tom

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ill try that
by CodyMac / December 23, 2006 5:21 PM PST

lavasofts ad-watch is a program bundled with ad-ware to prevent spyware. and no, i dont use IE 7, i actually use AOL Explorer. i havnt ever heard of anything bad about it, but i havnt heard of any one but me using it.

Thanks,
Cody

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Sony vgn-n110g
by mrepeace / February 9, 2007 12:43 AM PST

I bought one of these computers too, but it is really slow also. Did you find out any solution to your's being slow. I have 2 other laptops and they are so much faster.

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Hey
by CodyMac / February 9, 2007 11:56 AM PST
In reply to: Sony vgn-n110g

I just did what it says to above and it worked . . . for a little while. I did those things about a month and a half ago and it's running slow again. But I'm just going to run those things again and hopefully it will work again and make it faster.

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I got a solution for you.
by Anti-Fanboy / April 11, 2007 8:32 AM PDT
In reply to: Hey

This peice of freeware is called CCleaner, the best feature is that it removes all the useless junk files stored on your computer hard drive which you build up everyday and much more.

It also has a section that shows you what programs/services are scheduled to launch upon startup of your computer, there you can delete entries you don't need.

Another section allows you unintall programs on your computer easily - another thing which is probably slowing down your computer, too many un-needed programs.

Now, possibly the second best feature of this program, it repairs registry problems of your computer - these can drasticlly slow down your computer and cause crashes, so this is a great feautre and it is so simple to use.

Hope this helps.

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Sony vgn-n110g
by mrepeace / August 5, 2008 2:58 PM PDT
In reply to: Sony vgn-n110g

Mine is also so slow. I have a dell inspiron that is 3 yrs. older and it is much faster. Have you been able to remedy your slowness yet?

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