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Just about everybody that owns a computer has, at one time or another, had problems with the computer slowing down from its normal operating speed.  While there are several things that can cause a computer to slow down, one of the most common problems I have seen over the years is actually simple to fix.  This problem is basically one of over loading the computer with the type of programs that load at startup.

Chat programs, peer-to-peer programs, multimedia programs, and many more will sometimes automatically set themselves to load on startup when you first install the software.  Most can be recognized by an icon in the system tray next to the time.  While some of the programs in the system are indeed important, many are totally unnecessary and are just stifling your computers performance.

A good rule to go by is to always keep icons in the system tray (programs that load on startup) to a minimum.  Many programs will let you select whether they load on startup or not.  First see what you have in the system tray.  Simply pointing to the icon will usually tell you.  Sometimes you can right-click on the icon and a menu will appear allowing you to choose various things including, if you're lucky, exiting or closing the program from the system tray.  Close anything you are not using.

If you can't close the program at the system tray, try starting the program and look for a setting in "preferences" or "options" or something like that.  Many times you can find a setting within the program itself that will allow you to stop the program from loading every time the computer starts.

If you have a lot of programs loading that you can't close and you're having other problems, you may be infected with some type of ad-ware or spy-ware.  These can also greatly slow your system's performance.  If this is your case then you need to have someone like myself look at the computer and clean out all the bad programs.

Good Luck!

Jim Barrett

Comments (3)

Renee L. Norton
Birmingham, AL

I just deleted 3 ad ware files and 8 viruses that had been quarantined. Then I ran a full scan and found another virus.  After deleting it, things seem better.

Aug 03, 2008 05:35 PM
Jim Barrett
Barrett Computers - Aiken, SC

Renee did a great thing that most people forget or ignore altogether.  Ad-ware, spy-ware and many viruses leave remnants behind even after your anti-virus program says things are "clean".  When you do find any malware or virus it is a good idea to quarantine them at first.  Then, after you are sure the quarantined files are no longer necessary, delete them totally off the system.  Just as Renee did, run another full scan for both viruses and malware after you have deleted everything.

Its sort of like cleaning house.  You ever clean your house, I mean REALLYclean the house, just to find out afterward that you missed a thing or two?  Well, believe it or not, anti-virus and anti-malware programs can also miss some things and leave them hidden in your system. If your system definitely becomes infected one scan is usually not enough.  Scan the system at least once more after the system appears to be clean.

If your system's performance is still slower than normal and you can't find any problems.  Talk to a professional.

Happy computing,

Jim Barrett

Aug 04, 2008 03:49 AM
Neal Barnes
Starstate Realty - Killeen, TX

Hi Jim  -  Nice post.  Welcome to ActiveRain.  I look forward to reading your future post.  Have a great day!!!

Oct 14, 2008 04:49 PM