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  1. #1 How do I speed up my system? 
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    My system has been running quite slow for a while. I was wondering if anybody here knew of some good freeware that can be used to speed up my computer, especially when I'm browsing online? Thanks.


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    What are you using for a browser?


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    What is your O.S., as well?

    You can try using free CCleaner to keep your cache and temp folders cleared out...
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    Not sure why my post disappeared.

    But is it your net speed that is slow or your system in general? If it is your system in general you may want to get rid of any outdated programs you don't use. See how much hard drive space you have available. Sometimes when your ram is busy, your computer will allocate part of your harddrive to use as temporary ram.

    You may want to get an additional hard drive to run as a slave or upgrade your ram. These days, web applications are becoming more and more popular and if you have several running at one time, they can become resource hogs.

    Also older Operating systems are no longer being serviced. XP is being phased out and new updates to browsers, java and various other web apps will no longer make updates that accommodate XP.

    Other than that, look up ad blocker, that will speed up your browser because it will block the bandwidth hogging annoying ads from loading on your screen. Sometimes these javascript ads actually install malicious code on your system too. So to block them protects your system and speeds it up.

    You may also want to update drivers to your different hardware components. Video drivers, sound drivers stuff like that.
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    There isn't much as to software that will really speed up your system. I suggest investing in SSD drive as you main drive and perhaps a processor upgrade if you are not using a Core i5 or i7 system. Web pages have become for animated with time, the newer processors can handle them better.
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    Have you tried a restart? This clears out garbage that may be present in your physical memory. Open the task manager and it will tell you how much phyisical memory is in use and what processes are using CPU time.
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    I recommend you try Advanced SystemCare. It’s free and easy to use.
    Advanced SystemCare - CNET Download.com

    It helps remove malware, junk files, also fixes reg files and can defrag your hard drive if you want. Works like a charm.
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    Speeding up a computer can make you enormously more productiveóand much more happy too. Saving one second in website page loads or in opening programs multiplied by the hundred or more pages you load or programs you open can save you tens or hundreds of hours a year.
    Even better, speeding up your computer doesnít need to take too much of your time. The following three tricks apply to any modern Windows computer.
    Speed Up Your Computer #1óRemove Unnecessary Programs

    There are an incredible number of great programs for Windows and you may have tried a whole bunch of them. But do you still use them? I find many computers filled with freeware programs, each one with a registration reminder or taskbar applet running in the background using up a little bit of your computerís CPU and memory (RAM).
    If you arenít using these programs, you shouldnít let them use your computerís resources. Simply go to the Add and Remove Programs wizard in the Control Panel and remove any programs you arenít using any more. Donít worry, in most cases you can reinstall the program later if you decide you need it again. (Just make sure to record any applicable registration information if you paid for the program.)
    Speed Up Your Computer #2: Check Your Startup Programs

    Even after you remove unnecessary programs, you probably still have a bunch of programs running in the background while you work. Each of these programs starts when your computer boots or you login to your desktop, and they all use up part of your computerís resources, which slows down your computer.
    You need some of these programs. You probably appreciate some of these programs too. But the rest provide no useful benefit for you, so theyíre just wasting your computerís resources and slowing down your computer.
    To speed up your computer, you should use a start-up program optimizer. There are plenty available on the Web for free or for money. (I havenít tried too many, but the free ones seem adequate to me.)
    These programs look in the several places Windows uses to find start up programs, such as your Startup folder and the Windows Registry ďLoginĒ key (folder).
    After they find every program which starts automatically, they display a list for you. You can go down the list and enable or disable particular programs. For example, one of the most common start up programs I see is the Logitech Registration Reminder program. This program runs in the background every time you start your computer if youíve ever used a Logitech installation CD. It even continues to start in the background after you register your device. Thereís no useful benefit of this program for you, so I recommend that you disable it. If you check, you may find a dozen or more other programs you can easily disable to speed up your computer.
    Speed Up Your Computer #3: Close Programs

    Perhaps the simplest way to speed up your computer, besides performing regular computer maintenance, is to close down programs when youíre done using them, especially heavyweight programs such as Microsoft Office or your Web browser.
    Remember that each program running on your computer uses a bit of its processing power (CPU) or memory (RAM), which holds back the power and memory from other programs on your computer. Keeping a few small programs such as your Instant Messaging [IM] client open isnít too bad, but keeping a few large programs open can significantly slow down your computer, especially if you have a small or medium amount of computer memory.
    Studies have found that people arenít very good at multitasking, so only using one major application at a time can make you more productive in addition to helping speed up your computer.

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    If you are running Windows, re-install the OS. (I get the impression this may be less of an issue with Windows 7.)

    Defragment the drive. (But Windows XP and later should do this in the background pretty effectively).

    Install more memory. If you have less than a couple of GB (depending on OS) this can make a huge change to performance.
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    just write your question in google and search. you will get better answers by PROFESSIONALs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Precious part II View Post
    just write your question in google and search. you will get better answers by PROFESSIONALs.
    And how do you know that some of the people here are not professionals?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange View Post
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    just write your question in google and search. you will get better answers by PROFESSIONALs.
    And how do you know that some of the people here are not professionals?
    hello strange.how are you?

    we, here, pretend to be professionals. but we are not.
    some guys have become master at this art of profesionalism.
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    I got my answer from professionals and posted it with the link back to them.
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    I am a computer systems professional. Presently I'm on the implementation team for Win7 E/Win 8 E for 6,000+ desktop system and the applications that run on them.
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    Precious- Part II is a professional Sock puppet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Precious part II View Post
    we, here, pretend to be professionals. but we are not.
    some guys have become master at this art of profesionalism.
    And you know this how exactly? I worked as a programmer for a time and later ran a software development team. The company I worked for seemed to find the work sufficiently professional to pay me a nice salary. Please cease from making ridiculous observations.
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    When I was using IE8, this forum took so long to load threads that it was painful. I switched to Chrome, and the difference in browsing speed is remarkable, so I'm remarking on it.

    I know there are posters here who have issues with Chrome's security, but I've had none.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexG View Post
    What are you using for a browser?
    Internet Explorer Version 8 in Windows XP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhyMan View Post
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    What are you using for a browser?
    Internet Explorer Version 8 in Windows XP.
    That's what I was using, and this site was so slow that I almost didn't want to come here.

    Chrome is much faster.
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    Xp is probably your problem. we have two desktops with xp and they are both draggin ass now. MS doesn't support them anymore and most websites have advance beyond the browser capabilities of the browsers that work with xp. html5 and css3 are the standard now for websites and it just rolled out in the last year if I am not mistaken. By now most sites should be converted over. Also asp.net and ado.net don't work as well in xp as the newer operating systems. and they are becoming mainstream with websites because so many now access databases. Even this site accesses a database and probably uses some ado or asp programming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pineapples View Post
    I recommend you try Advanced SystemCare. It’s free and easy to use.
    Advanced SystemCare - CNET Download.com

    It helps remove malware, junk files, also fixes reg files and can defrag your hard drive if you want. Works like a charm.
    This is the second recommendation I heard for this software but my computer guy at the shop who fixes all my problems tells me to stay away from it. Help!

    This is great stuff though. I want to thank all of you for your kind help.

    cosmic traveler - I'm going to follow your instructions to the best of my ability but I'll need some clarification later tonight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhyMan View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pineapples View Post
    I recommend you try Advanced SystemCare. It’s free and easy to use.
    Advanced SystemCare - CNET Download.com

    It helps remove malware, junk files, also fixes reg files and can defrag your hard drive if you want. Works like a charm.
    This is the second recommendation I heard for this software but my computer guy at the shop who fixes all my problems tells me to stay away from it. Help!

    This is great stuff though. I want to thank all of you for your kind help.

    cosmic traveler - I'm going to follow your instructions to the best of my ability but I'll need some clarification later tonight.
    The computer guy was right. Most of these quick fix programs just add more junk to your computer. It does what you can do yourself without any extra space hogging software. Basically all it does is what cosmic and i were referring to. Cosmic gave better detail as to how to actually do it though. a lot of these super computer fix programs actually add malware to your computer as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seagypsy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by PhyMan View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pineapples View Post
    I recommend you try Advanced SystemCare. It’s free and easy to use.
    Advanced SystemCare - CNET Download.com

    It helps remove malware, junk files, also fixes reg files and can defrag your hard drive if you want. Works like a charm.
    This is the second recommendation I heard for this software but my computer guy at the shop who fixes all my problems tells me to stay away from it. Help!

    This is great stuff though. I want to thank all of you for your kind help.

    cosmic traveler - I'm going to follow your instructions to the best of my ability but I'll need some clarification later tonight.
    The computer guy was right. Most of these quick fix programs just add more junk to your computer. It does what you can do yourself without any extra space hogging software. Basically all it does is what cosmic and i were referring to. Cosmic gave better detail as to how to actually do it though. a lot of these super computer fix programs actually add malware to your computer as well.
    That’s very true. But in fairness, I recommended this tool because it was simple to use for those not PC savvy, and worked well in my situation.

    I can’t vouch for it not sneaking in some opportunistic adware, so I shouldn’t be recommending it really (I don’t think it does though). But It would be ironic if it did, as it’s suppose to clean your machine of such ills.

    I still think it’s worth trying out for free rather than getting charged silly money by a computer chap at the store.
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    honestly, if i were him and I had a good trusted friend that knew how to use computers really well I'd offer them the cash to work on it. Before I went to school for computers, I had friends who I trusted sometimes even that lived far away to work on my computer. The key here is that they have to be trustworthy. When Neverfly and I lived apart from each other, I used to have him work on my computer by remote. I could use teamviewer to give him total control of my computer from 1000 miles away. I was able to watch his every move while he showed me how to clean my cache and stuff like that. If phyman has a friend online or even locally that may be the best way for him to go. if at any time he feels the wrong files are being accessed all he has to do is break the net connection. but like I said. the friend MUST be trustworthy.
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    I don't know. The basics of the computer are not difficult- why not just learn the basics?

    When people use add on programs to look in their registry for them- something is wrong.
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