Computer Speed

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by dabaconboy, Feb 13, 2006.

  1. dabaconboy

    dabaconboy Guest

    Does anybody know of a COMPLETELY free way to speed up my computer as it is
    lacking speed completely when i need it most and as a consequence i cannot
    run macros and so on.
    appreciate your help

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    dabaconboy, Feb 13, 2006
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  2. dabaconboy wrote:

    > Does anybody know of a COMPLETELY free way to speed up my computer as
    > it is lacking speed completely when i need it most and as a
    > consequence i cannot run macros and so on. appreciate your help


    Steal a faster CPU and more RAM?

    Or ... your computer is infested with spyware, trojans, worms ...
    http://k75s.home.att.net/tips.html#spyware

    --
    -bts
    -Warning: I brake for lawn deer
     
    Beauregard T. Shagnasty, Feb 13, 2006
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  3. dabaconboy

    Tony Guest

    "dabaconboy" <> wrote in message
    news:dsqrbk$8n9$...
    > Does anybody know of a COMPLETELY free way to speed up my computer as it
    > is
    > lacking speed completely when i need it most and as a consequence i cannot
    > run macros and so on.
    > appreciate your help
    >

    What make of PC? what spec - processor, amount of memory? What operating
    system?
     
    Tony, Feb 13, 2006
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  4. dabaconboy

    dabaconboy Guest


    > What make of PC? what spec - processor, amount of memory? What operating
    > system?


    I am not sure of the full spec but i know it is win 2000 and has a 4gb hdd,
    128 mb memory, and a pentium 2 processor.
     
    dabaconboy, Feb 13, 2006
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  5. dabaconboy

    dabaconboy Guest


    > Steal a faster CPU and more RAM?
    >
    > Or ... your computer is infested with spyware, trojans, worms ...
    > http://k75s.home.att.net/tips.html#spyware


    I do not have viruses to the best of my knowledge as i have mcafee all in
    one however it has been known by relatives and friends to miss occasional
    viruses
     
    dabaconboy, Feb 13, 2006
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  6. dabaconboy

    Evan Platt Guest

    On Mon, 13 Feb 2006 21:11:33 -0000, "dabaconboy"
    <> wrote:

    >I am not sure of the full spec but i know it is win 2000 and has a 4gb hdd,
    >128 mb memory, and a pentium 2 processor.


    Wow..

    I think my palm pilot has better specs than that. :-D
     
    Evan Platt, Feb 13, 2006
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  7. dabaconboy

    Tony Guest

    "dabaconboy" <> wrote in message
    news:dsqso2$hl0$...
    >
    >> What make of PC? what spec - processor, amount of memory? What
    >> operating
    >> system?

    >
    > I am not sure of the full spec but i know it is win 2000 and has a 4gb
    > hdd,
    > 128 mb memory, and a pentium 2 processor.
    >

    Have you done the basic clean ups like defrag, checkdisk, delete temporary
    files, clean up the registry? CCleaner would good for starters (free from
    www.ccleaner.com) as well as Adaware and Spybot.

    What antivirus/firewall are you using?

    How much space you got left on the hard drive?
     
    Tony, Feb 13, 2006
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  8. dabaconboy wrote:

    >> Steal a faster CPU and more RAM?
    >>
    >> Or ... your computer is infested with spyware, trojans, worms ...
    >> http://k75s.home.att.net/tips.html#spyware

    >
    > I do not have viruses to the best of my knowledge as i have mcafee all
    > in one however it has been known by relatives and friends to miss
    > occasional viruses


    I did not mention viruses.

    Most of the anti-virus applications do not find most spyware and
    trojans. You need specialist applications. These are all free:

    Spybot Search & Destroy
    http://www.safer-networking.org/ (pick your language)
    Lavasoft's Ad-Aware
    http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
    Emnisoft's A-Squared anti-trojan
    http://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/free/

    Download each, install one at a time, and be sure to do the online data
    update before scanning.

    Is your McAfee current and up-to-date?

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    -Warning: I brake for lawn deer
     
    Beauregard T. Shagnasty, Feb 13, 2006
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  9. dabaconboy

    Yddap Guest

    In news:dsqso2$hl0$,
    dabaconboy <> opined very noisily:
    >> What make of PC? what spec - processor, amount of memory? What
    >> operating system?

    >
    > I am not sure of the full spec but i know it is win 2000 and has a
    > 4gb hdd, 128 mb memory, and a pentium 2 processor.


    The only thing I can think of "for Free" is a strip and reinstall with the
    minimum of programm(e)s
    :)
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    Yddap
    Remove guts to reply
     
    Yddap, Feb 13, 2006
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  10. dabaconboy

    dabaconboy Guest


    > I did not mention viruses.
    >
    > Most of the anti-virus applications do not find most spyware and
    > trojans. You need specialist applications. These are all free:
    >
    > Spybot Search & Destroy
    > http://www.safer-networking.org/ (pick your language)
    > Lavasoft's Ad-Aware
    > http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
    > Emnisoft's A-Squared anti-trojan
    > http://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/free/
    >
    > Download each, install one at a time, and be sure to do the online data
    > update before scanning.
    >
    > Is your McAfee current and up-to-date?


    the mcafee is an all in one so it will search adware and spyware. it was
    updated recently and in the update i scanned it and cleaned a trojan and 10
    adware's.
     
    dabaconboy, Feb 13, 2006
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  11. dabaconboy

    Gordon Guest

    On Mon, 13 Feb 2006 22:03:25 +0000, dabaconboy wrote:

    >
    >> I did not mention viruses.
    >>
    >> Most of the anti-virus applications do not find most spyware and
    >> trojans. You need specialist applications. These are all free:
    >>
    >> Spybot Search & Destroy
    >> http://www.safer-networking.org/ (pick your language)
    >> Lavasoft's Ad-Aware
    >> http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
    >> Emnisoft's A-Squared anti-trojan
    >> http://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/free/
    >>
    >> Download each, install one at a time, and be sure to do the online data
    >> update before scanning.
    >>
    >> Is your McAfee current and up-to-date?

    >
    > the mcafee is an all in one so it will search adware and spyware. it was
    > updated recently and in the update i scanned it and cleaned a trojan and 10
    > adware's.


    I can guarantee that if you use Adaware and Spybot they will find LOADS of
    stuff that McAfee doesn't......

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    Ubuntu 5.10
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    Gordon, Feb 13, 2006
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  12. dabaconboy

    dabaconboy Guest

    The computer basically has on it McAfee, office and msn with a few files. it
    is at its bare minimum and still laggs on word processing. however the
    connection is belkin wireless for a desktop and that may be conflicting with
    it. i dont know but i appreciate your help
     
    dabaconboy, Feb 13, 2006
    #12
  13. dabaconboy wrote:

    > the mcafee is an all in one so it will search adware and spyware. it
    > was updated recently and in the update i scanned it and cleaned a
    > trojan and 10 adware's.


    "One size fits all" .. never does.

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    -Warning: I brake for lawn deer
     
    Beauregard T. Shagnasty, Feb 13, 2006
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  14. dabaconboy

    Ron Martell Guest

    "dabaconboy" <> wrote:

    >
    >> Steal a faster CPU and more RAM?
    >>
    >> Or ... your computer is infested with spyware, trojans, worms ...
    >> http://k75s.home.att.net/tips.html#spyware

    >
    >I do not have viruses to the best of my knowledge as i have mcafee all in
    >one however it has been known by relatives and friends to miss occasional
    >viruses
    >


    McAfee is similar to Norton/Symantec in that they both will affect
    your computer's performance in somewhat the same way as tying a 2 ton
    cement block to the back bumper would affect the performance of your
    car.

    There are alternative products that are equally as effective but which
    do not have nearly so great an impact on the performance of your
    computer.

    Check out eTrust http://www.my-etrust.com or Trend Micro
    http://www.trendmicro.com

    Good luck

    Ron Martell Duncan B.C. Canada
    --
    Microsoft MVP (1997 - 2006)
    On-Line Help Computer Service
    http://onlinehelp.bc.ca

    "Anyone who thinks that they are too small to make a difference
    has never been in bed with a mosquito."
     
    Ron Martell, Feb 13, 2006
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  15. dabaconboy

    PC Guest

    "dabaconboy" <> wrote in message
    news:dsqso2$hl0$...
    >
    >> What make of PC? what spec - processor, amount of memory? What
    >> operating
    >> system?

    >
    > I am not sure of the full spec but i know it is win 2000 and has a 4gb
    > hdd,
    > 128 mb memory, and a pentium 2 processor.
    >
    >



    With such a lowly specification by todays standards your 'only' way of
    speeding it up without spending any money is:

    1 Backup your data
    2 Wipe the hard drive and reinstall Windows 2000, hardware drivers and any
    office software you have.
    3 Leave it as is, do 'NOT' go onto the Internet 'ever', do 'NOT' load McAfee
    or other resident scanners, forget the little utilities and other clutter
    that will slow the machine down.
    4 Don't load any fancy desktops, turn off 'all' bells and whistles, animated
    cursors for example, experiment with screen size and colour depth to find
    the fastest combination etc.
    5 Scan any disks on another machine for virus's & malware before mounting
    them in your machine.

    I have done several machines like this for clients to play games on older
    PC's, it can work quite well.
    Be aware that the performance is still modest by today's standards
    The downside is of course the PC is no longer able to surf the net or other
    'connected' tasks.

    If this doesn't suit then I'm afraid you're going to have to spend some
    money.

    Cheers
    Paul.
     
    PC, Feb 13, 2006
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  16. dabaconboy

    Tony Guest

    "dabaconboy" <matt.james.bacon@google mail.com - space> wrote in message
    news:dsr020$qrm$...
    > The computer basically has on it McAfee, office and msn with a few files.
    > it
    > is at its bare minimum and still laggs on word processing. however the
    > connection is belkin wireless for a desktop and that may be conflicting
    > with
    > it. i dont know but i appreciate your help
    >

    Reading through the other post, Mcafee could be a big part of the problem.
    These all in one products are resource hogs and are now being written to run
    on faster processors. Personally I would remove it and replace with AVG and
    Zonealarm. The other Adaware and Spyware programs are a good idea as well
    because they don't run in the background all the time - it does mean that
    you have to manually run a scan every week or so though.

    You could also try using an online scanner such as Kapersky
    (http://www.kaspersky.com/) to see if there is anything your other antivirus
    has missed but no antivirus is 100% foolproof. The fact that you found one
    Trojan means there could be others hiding somewhere.

    You could also try Microsoft's online "service scan" at
    http://safety.live.com/site/en-US/default.htm .

    If your processor is only a P2 350 or 400 then you are going to struggle to
    improve performance although an increase in RAM from 128mb to 256mb would
    probably help a lot.
     
    Tony, Feb 13, 2006
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  17. dabaconboy

    PC Guest

    "PC" <> wrote in message
    news:QZ7If.146217$...
    > "dabaconboy" <> wrote in message
    > news:dsqso2$hl0$...
    >>
    >>> What make of PC? what spec - processor, amount of memory? What
    >>> operating
    >>> system?

    >>
    >> I am not sure of the full spec but i know it is win 2000 and has a 4gb
    >> hdd,
    >> 128 mb memory, and a pentium 2 processor.
    >>
    >>

    >
    >
    > With such a lowly specification by todays standards your 'only' way of
    > speeding it up without spending any money is:
    >
    > 1 Backup your data
    > 2 Wipe the hard drive and reinstall Windows 2000, hardware drivers and any
    > office software you have.
    > 3 Leave it as is, do 'NOT' go onto the Internet 'ever', do 'NOT' load
    > McAfee or other resident scanners, forget the little utilities and other
    > clutter that will slow the machine down.
    > 4 Don't load any fancy desktops, turn off 'all' bells and whistles,
    > animated cursors for example, experiment with screen size and colour depth
    > to find the fastest combination etc.
    > 5 Scan any disks on another machine for virus's & malware before mounting
    > them in your machine.
    >
    > I have done several machines like this for clients to play games on older
    > PC's, it can work quite well.
    > Be aware that the performance is still modest by today's standards
    > The downside is of course the PC is no longer able to surf the net or
    > other 'connected' tasks.
    >
    > If this doesn't suit then I'm afraid you're going to have to spend some
    > money.
    >
    > Cheers
    > Paul.
    >




    One other thing, don't do any of the service packs or downloadable updates.
    While necessary for improved security they do have a 'weighty' effect on
    performance.

    As I said above, minimum install to get the maximum performance, but it
    comes with caveat's

    cheers
    Paul.
     
    PC, Feb 14, 2006
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  18. dabaconboy

    Plato Guest

    dabaconboy wrote:
    >
    > Does anybody know of a COMPLETELY free way to speed up my computer as it is
    > lacking speed completely when i need it most and as a consequence i cannot
    > run macros and so on.
    > appreciate your help


    Defrag
    Make sure you have enough free space on C:
    Delete temp and internet cache files
    Limit the number of 24/7 background apps you've told to run 24/7
    Dont use filesharing programs as they are grabbing cpu cycles when folks
    download





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    Plato, Feb 14, 2006
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    , Feb 17, 2006
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