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I've already got my processes solved and running correctly but yet my computer still runs slow. I use Windows Defender and it says I have no Viruses. My computer is only half a year old.

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1) Clean up the disk. Uninstall unneeded programs (especially those that run at startup and/or put something in the system tray), run Disk Cleanup, and defragment the drive. This is a good first step that will almost always take a few seconds off boot time and application loads for any computer.

2) Stomp auto-starting programs. Click Start > Run and type "msconfig" at the prompt. Click the Startup tab and look at all that junk that loads when you launch your PC. Do you really need "Adobe Reader Speed Launch"? Probably not. Turn off anything else that looks useless, but be careful not to disable your anti-virus and important system components.

3) Run a full anti-virus and anti-spyware scan. I would recommend using AVG Free anti-virus, Malwarebytes and SUPERAntiSpyware remover. These programs are all free.

4) Clean up the registry. CCleaner, available at http://www.ccleaner.com is free and worth running. It will also remove unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space.

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Those are the easy and free things you can do. If your computer is still slow you need to move on to the bigger guns.

1) Upgrade RAM. This is the one killer trick that will make almost any computer run faster. With an older PC, you will rarely have enough RAM to run today's memory-hogging operating systems and applications, and adding a high-capacity stick or two of quality RAM will give you a quick speed boost. Adding RAM is fairly simple, even for a novice, and you should be able to do the job in 5 or 10 minutes.You can run a free test at http://www.crucial.com and find out what kind of RAM (memory) your computer needs.

2) Reinstall Windows. If the above tricks haven't helped, it may be time to wipe the slate clean and start again, reformatting your hard drive, reinstalling your applications, and restoring your data files from a backup. You'd be surprised how much more responsive a freshly reinstalled Windows system can be, as you've wiped out years of temp files, garbled registry entries, old versions of software programs that have been upgraded repeatedly, and all sorts of other electronic junk. Reinstalling is easy if you have the "recovery disk" that came with your PC, and only a bit more involved if you're using a retail copy of Windows XP. Just be sure you back up everything you want to take with you before you pull the trigger!

3) Upgrade your hard drive. This is a more complicated solution, but if you're reinstalling Windows (per the prior tip) you might consider upgrading to a bigger and possibly faster hard drive, too. Hard disk storage is a performance bottleneck on every machine, and magnetic disks degrade over time. Some performance issues could be caused by a failing hard drive, even, and upgrading to a new model could really put some zip back in your system. As a bonus, you can use the original hard drive for backups or occasional storage, if you put it in an enclosure.
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No sense in building up modem if your cable won't allow the information through. I just learned this this mod and learned how to terminate the connections. Low voltage class. Moving up to motors, 3 months left. Look up Category3 and Category 5 type wire. It should pop up.
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Im calling it a night. Good Night!
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Windows Defender is included in Windows Vista, 7, and 8 by default. Download and use Microsoft Security Essentials along side it. I would highly recommend using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as Cjkenkel suggested (her answers were AWESOME) and even running AdwCleaner - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/. Also to check if you have enough RAM so your computer is caching too much stuff to your HDD go to Start -> right click Computer -> Properties and look at the RAM section, list how much RAM you have and what CPU it shows.
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Make sure to remove any other Anti-Virus software before installing Microsoft Security Essentials.
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He can buy more ram too.
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There are more options to
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Windows is the slowest OS system that is why thousands of people are switching to Apple os and chromium os for safer and faster less loading os.
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@ketchup2829 - Mac OS X has been proven slower at tasks (one example) - http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-10319612-285/performance-showdown-windows-7-vs-snow-leopard/

Please don't refer to such a big transition in such a small question. USMC Computer Specialist or not.

Me: 8+ years Software Engineer & Website Coder
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How old is your house? Find out the type of wire is running from service to phone jack. CAT3 is common but was put in older houses. Communications was simple back then. Now with internet communications has gotten different. Now, if you can afford it, running fiber optics cable would be the best. But CAT5 is enough. The easiest way to explain it without getting to technical. You have freeway with 6 lanes.(CAT3) Now same freeway with 30 lanes. (CAT5) It will speed up your modem without even touching your cpu. Now, you have all that modem. Say you can run 120. Your cat3 is only allowing you to run at 60. Call communications guy to come out if you are tired of waiting.

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The reason i say call tech. Cause the wire is made out of 8/24 gauge wire and the slightest kink, will slow it down.
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Which defeats the purpose
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How would that slow my computer, wouldn't that slow down my connection?
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it doesn't allow the information to come through fast. It takes long time to load? Like our communication with countries to the east. You think we are connected by satellite? When in fact there is a fiber optic cable that runs from NY to France. This cable runs 4000 miles on the ocean floor. It took 3 months just to load the cable on the boat, 7 months to lay it on the ocean. Proper selection and installation of any type of audio/video/data cable is extremely important. The final performance will be that of the weakest link in the system. Although we may not experience problems with audio transmission, using proper cable for data transmission is critical. Losing your online Internet connection for no apparent reason could very well be pinpointed to older style untwisted pair connecting cables that are unable to handle high speed data transmission. For residential applications, a minimum of CAT5 or CAT5E(perfered).
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Look it up, i'm not making money off of telling you. Meaning you ask how you can speed up your cpu? Internet connection. You can buy a super cpu, it wouldn't matter cause the data could only come in so fast. Figure out what type of cable you are running. Then go from there.
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Still, he is trying to speed up his computer, not his internet connection.
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It will speed his computer up.
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It will only speed up the internet, not his computer.
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It will speed up his modem. Which will speed up his computer. Its a brand new computer using a old and out of date communication system. That's why he has to wait forever for things to load.
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Obtain a faster DSL or cable modem. The connection speed of your Internet is primarily based on how fast the modem is able to process the information. You can improve your Internet connection by either upgrading the modem through your Internet service provider, or by purchasing a new modem from a local electronics store. The bandwidth speed is displayed on the product packaging.
Install a new cat5 connection card on your computer. As with a modem, the connection card on your computer must be able to process the high speeds.
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Yes but the initial question was just about his computer, ethernet cables or modem has no control over how fast your computer will be.

And just so you can know the actual theoretically speeds of each CAT revision - http://customcable.ca/cat5-vs-cat6/.
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Whew, I'm exhausted.
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LOL. Ya, at least here in the US they was using CAT3 wire till recently. CAT6 and 7 are generally used in commercial applications not a dwelling unit. CAT 5 or CAT5e are sufficient enough for homes. It depends on you set up. Its always good to have more, but when you have less your computer can't run as fast as you want it, or your set up cause the cable is not allowing it to. You can build your computer all you want, but is you don't build the communications at same time, you are not doing any good. They go hand and hand. If your modem is rated at 1000 and your cable is rated at 60, your modem will run at 60. Something as simple as changing the cable, can give you the speed you need. Im sure this guy wasn't worried about how fast solitare comes up. Im pretty sure he was talking about internet connection, and tired of waiting for things to load etc. Anyways, im not a computer guy, im an electrician, but I do something about low voltage and this subject. Not talking out of my butt here. Im exhausted of this question to. The guy who asked, has the information, he could check if im full of it if he wants to. Then once he speeds up his communication, then he will know what to do to speed his cpu.
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You can change the address you are using to access the internet, google has many ip addresses, find a faster one, many people get on the same one, just find one less used, google procedure, it is very easy

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stop getting into virus things ....

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Consider adding more RAM

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You had better to clean no need files, then Probably can reach to your satisfaction.

Turn it up!!

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I highly recommend that you do a complete recovery process. Reinstalling your choice of OS (operating system like Win7). Once done, install all the necessary drivers and think hard on the programs you REALLY NEED to install. Remember the rule: any program installed and uninstalled will always leave a "mark" of their own footprint in the registry. All other "cleaners" will not entirely remove those footprints effectively. Then try this program it's called, Deepfreeze. A good program but you need to read everything about it before install. Hope this helps.

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I do animations and by doing this I will lose a lot of potenitial data. I could try backing up but my computer does internet speed is not good enough to do a online backup and is to slow to transfer to a flash drive.
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Try saving it online like MyBox. You can access it anywhere in the world for that matter. The best thing, it's FREE. Hope this helps.
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You can create a partition on your hard drive. Move any files you want to keep to this new partition, wipe the original and install your OS back on to it.
This is a lot easier if you have a decent amount of hard drive space.
There are some free applications for partition management. Try paragon partition manager free edition.
I wouldnt bother wasting time with software that promises to 'clean' and 'optimize' your computer. in my experience they have very little impact.
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Clear cache and cookies, delete browsing history. Go to tools>internet options> under general tab click delete browsing history.

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you first look into the main directory of the computer and look at the information maybe too much Facebook or also a virus that your computer is caused to slow down?

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Can confirm this works. great advice.
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don't play games and don't go on websites that can make your computer slow

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Delete old files you don't need or use any more, and programs, save them on a flash drive if you still want them

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If your computer is slow, then you have a lot of memory in it. Delete some of your files that you don't use anymore

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go to my clean pc .com

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scam lol
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there are so many things that might need to be done but you haven't given enough information.
What program are you running? How big is the hard drive? How much ram do you have in your computer? how much free do you have on you hard drive? There are so many cleaning programs but the best if hitman pro that you can use free for 30 days. Download it from cnet there downloads are always clean. in general windows xp needs one gig of memory to run, usual comes with a 1/2 gb, vista need 2 gb and comes with 1 gb my windows 7 i have installed 14 gb of ram and she flies. Do your system clean, you can download for free advance system care for cleaning and to undo all those items that are at startup. That really slows you down, also depending on how much security you have the more you have the slower the start up. get a defrag from on line the one that comes with the computer is not the greatest. keep up with you system tools
if no luck write with more info about your computer

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RAM = Random Access Memory and RAM is the main player when it comes to speed. Everyone here answered what else as well as the RAM that can slow you down. Go to this site and follow the steps ( http://www.crucial.com/systemscanner/ ) if you can double up your RAM you will be happy. One factor though is that it may be tempting to increase your RAM higher than the manufacturer recommends but the CPU won't be able to use it and therefore a waste of money. Good Luck

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Actually that's not true. While RAM does determine how fast and how smoothly your computer runs, when you're trying to make it faster, there are many options to consider apart from upgrading your RAM. You can overclock your cpu, defrag, clean registries, remove bloatware, upgrade to an SSD, etc. FYI an overclocked CPU can handle a lot of RAM. If OP has an ultrabook he won't be able to upgrade his RAM but he will be able to do everything I listed above apart from upgrading to an SSD.
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There are many options (ccleaner, etc)....., but the one that worked for me is Detox My PC. I have tried others but they just didn't have that immediate effect on my computer speed that Detox my PC did. Just google it, and you can download it

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If you got so many programs in your computer and you need that too. You can try download computer speed performance search in google.

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The best way to speed up your computer aside from uninstalling programs you do not use it to replace the processor as the processor is what makes the computer fast.The first step to speed up your computer is to run the Windows defrag program. Also install and run an antivirus and anti-spyware application. Often upgrading the computer's memory and processor can boost the speed as well.

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Get a new computer

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1.delete history
2.delete cookies :)
3.or in some cases get a new computer

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How do I delete my cookies? Do I have to call the cookie monster to come and eat them?
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no you go to settings -> delete cookies.
but anyway that is a terrible answer he asked about his computer not his browser, how will deleting cookies in any way speed up his computer performance?
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What works for me best is a sledgehammer. I don't like slow computers.

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clean the disk. delete history .then back up reset

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don't trust any web site.it may contain viruses.don't download programs which slows the speed

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install C Cleaner. that removes temp files & some unnecessary files.
then run disk clean up that is in system tools in start menu.
then uninstall the programs that you don't use & unnecessary programs.
Then run disk defragment from start menu. restart pc & experience good speed.

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This guide may be helpful:
How to Speed Up a Slow Windows Computer for Free
http://www.wikihow.com/Speed-Up-a-Slow-Windows-Computer-for-Free

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Delete unnecessary programs that you don't need. Have some kind of internet security.

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Bright house

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delete any unnessesary folders or programs that u dont need. It worked for me

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maybe einstall Windows would be better!

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Windows Defender isn't that great. I had viruses and AVG found them. (AVG and AVAST are two light weight, less ram consuming antivirus programs.) Also install a firewall. (Windows Firewall is not great at all.) I recommend Zonealarm (free version). Then either get more ram, or free up some space on your hard disk. You may also want to stop letting windows control your virtual ram and set it up yourself. (It's easier and better.) If you can afford more ram (or if you can handle more ram... Some versions of windows and motherboards cannot. Windows XP (regular) supports 4 gigs max. ) I'm going to assume you're using an older computer.

You mentioned you use your computer for animations. If you use Poser make sure you dump your temp files and data. If you use Maya you might want to start deleting the history after you finish up. 3D programs eat up a lot of ram so there may be no way of actually speeding up your old computer without upgrading it... A lot!

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I don't trust AVG after it corrupted my registries. AVAST and HitmanPro are much much better and won't give you blue screens of death.
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I tend to agree with Blawson60, you haven't provided enough information.
What processor, ram, video card, hard drive size and other devices does
your computer have? What OS? Mismatched components can be a problem.
How about ALL Driver Updates - (video, sound, etc.).
Is it slow booting up, or are you referring to internet/browser connection/ page loading? Or, what program is running slow?
Before you start downloading "fix" programs, just remember those programs can remove/ delete system files needed for proper operation, even though the
"fixer" program identifies it as a problem.
Chances are you may have already downloaded a program, video, music or
game with hidden code or some conflicting program. It may not be a virus, just extra command codes.
How was the computer when you first turned it on? Have you "tweaked" it?
Or ran a tweaking program on it?
What did you do with your "processes"? you may have disabled a required
process. You see it could be many things or a simple one.
While all of these suggestions can be considered, more details should be given and considered before you try anything that could make things
worse for you.

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Can you tell me which type of Os and window you use and also tell me which type processor and ram .

If you use better then ..........

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If you download a lot of things or go to sites that a lot of bugs are on then you probably have many viruses. you should reset it to factory settings. go to youtube and type in your computer type and then how to reset to factory settings it will show u how. but before that save ur pictures and ur documents on a flash drive or they will be lost.

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Buy System Mechanic. If you have a lot of music and pictures, buy yourself a flash drive 16gb, put into your USB port and down load to that. Then run System Mechanic again. I would also defrag you computer also.

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I wouldn't mess with those registry cleaners and tune-up programs. Defrag the hard drive. Add more RAM. Replace your hard drive with an SSD. Download AVG, it's free and as good as any anti-virus program you can buy. Turn on Windows Defender. Do NOT defrag if you already have a solid state hard drive!!!

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Clean your HDD once a week .
Get Google Chrome or firefox for best internet speed.
If your using windows os then your gonna still have the same problem
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don't use USB ports more than need>>>>

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reinstall the system

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Disable all programs that set to run whenever the OS starts up.

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You should format your computer or laptop, and you should not download things from internet which are saying speed up your computer etc. those software only makes computer or laptop slower. And you should get antivirus with license

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organise the craP on your hard drive

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You probably have an HDD which means you should defragment it. Use C Cleaner to clean up your registries. Upgrade your RAM if possible. Reformat your computer. Check for bloatware and spamware. Try using Google Chrome.
If all of the above fail, get an external drive, copy everything you want on it, go to system restore and wipe your computer clean, then do a full reinstall.

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just deleting files isn't enough go into control panel, programs, uninstall programs and uninstall all the junk that you dont use

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Well, There are some programs that you can use to speed up your PC. ex - Tune Up Utilities, C Cleaner, Advanced System Care, etc. Try using those. Specially, doing disk Defragment also will help.

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A program that I use is Krojam Cleaner. That sped my computer up significantly.

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