Computer Keeps Freezing and Running Slow

Hi, TF members my computer keeps freezing and also running very slow. Can anyone help? Many thanks.
Helen x

By h.arnott from U.K

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December 13, 20090 found this helpful

Internet Explorer:

Click on Start - All Programs - Accessories - System Tools - Disk Cleanup.

Put the Disk Cleanup icon on your desktop and do this every night before shutting down computer.

Mozilla Firefox: Open Moxilla Firefox browser

At top of site click on History tab, click on Show all History. Library box will open up.

Double Click Yesterday tab and all tabs which haven't been cleaned out. Click on Organize - Select All - Delete.

This will clean out all your old files which is causing your computer from running slow and freezing.

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December 13, 20090 found this helpful

If it is only slow while using the internet I recommend cleaning out your "cookies". For the life of me I can't remember where the clear cookies button is.

You can also "reset" Internet Explorer. That had caused my browser to bog down. (Reset by going to TOOLS - INTERNET OPTIONS - ADVANCED, click on reset button.

If your entire PC is running slow it is usually caused by foreign programs. To clean them up I recommend Ad-Aware by Lavasoft and Spybot - Search & Destroy. Both programs are avvailable for free via tucows.com and are good to run together. Ad-aware first and Spybot second.

If I remember right if you do it the other way around Ad-aware will detect Spybot as a trojan. One of them, I don't remember which, requests you to pay for a liscence but it does let you use the program a couple times before it stops working.

Another thing you can do is check to see if your problem is just a fragmented hard drive. I would do this first. On Vista machines go to START - ALL PROGRAMS - ACCESSORIES - SYSTEM TOOLS - DISC DEFRAGMENTER. If your disc is fragmented badly enough this process can tkae some time so I recommend you do it before going to bed.

Same with the two scanners above.

If you don't regularly run a virus program I recommend AVAST! which is a free virus program that works really well. I think you can download it from TUCOWS as well or just Google it.

Hope this helps.

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December 18, 20090 found this helpful

Sounds like your computer needs some serious clean-up. Download CrapCleaner and Malwarebytes and run them. Run CrapCleaner first. If you do get Spybot, make sure it's the Spybot Search and Destroy. All are free. Spybot by itself is not.

Even cleaning the inside of your computer will help. Open and vacuum out and use a blower to blow dust the vacuum can't get to. I turn my vacuum so it blows, but you need to stand fairly far away so you don't blow something out of its socket. You will need to clean the room also as it blows dust everywhere.

Run your CrapCleaner every day and it should take care of things for a while.

AdAware can help too.

Go to Control Panel, add/remove programs and delete programs you NEVER use. Make sure you know what they are before you delete them. I once deleted my sound because I thought the name of it sounded like malware.

Hope this helps. Good luck

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December 18, 20090 found this helpful

Go to Start, Run and type in %TEMP%. That will bring up a lot of unnessary things that have built up on your computer. After that list is shown. Go to edit and click on select all. Go back to file and delete them. Some will not delete but most will. This will clean it up a lot. I do this about 3 times a week. It doesn't take long to erase them. Good luck

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December 18, 20090 found this helpful

Sounds like you are running Windows! As others have mentioned, if you haven't already, you need to run several of the malware, spyware and anti-virus programs, needed to remove the junk that has accumulated over time while you were operating your machine. Unfortunate this happens when using Windows. Another option to prevent this would be use an alternate OS, such as PCLinuxOS

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December 20, 20090 found this helpful

I am with Noella! I use all three of those programs weekly and my Windows machine runs excellently! Be sure and 'update' MalwareBytes and Spybot weekly and then run just after updating. The updates are every Wednesday.

Here are the links for all three programs and all three are free:

http://www.ccleaner.com/update/

http://www.safer-networking.org/en/spybotsd/index.html

http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php

Download in the order of the links given here. Restart after download and then run scan. Then move on the the second and the third doing the same procedure. Both you and your computer will be happy campers ;-)

If you need any help or further information please feel free to click on my contact button here :-) Let us know after you're done how much it has helped to use these programs :-)

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