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DOWNLOA 10 things you should know about troubleshooting a slow PC

By Bill Detwiler Editor ·
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User complaints are minimal when new PCs are rolled out. They start up quick, and programs seem to open in a snap. But over time, users begin to notice that their system is slow or that it hangs up often. While the possibilities for system slowdown are endless, this download identifies 10 common troubleshooting areas you should examine first before you suggest to management that it's time for an upgrade.

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Join this ongoing discussion and let us know if this download provides helpful information and if there's anything we can do to improve the document's format or content. You can also share you favorite tips and tricks for troubleshooting a slow PC.

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Spyware , slow antivirus programs

by shinderpaljandu In reply to #3 reason for a slow PC

It is amazing how successfull and thoughtfull the spyware development industry is.
Imagine if this energy was devoted to the good of mankind.
One secretary who means well can download a spyware riddled program which can slow down your whole network.
And try to diagnose this.
It is cat and mouse with updates and the spyware removal programs trying to find and keep up with the onslaught.
Users will insist they are doing scans however many are just unwaware of the essence of updates of the spyware removal program lists.
If possible include automated spyware scans with automated updates on network user computers.
As well it is a matter of personal choice but often it is better to have a less mainstream antivirus program installed.
The virus programmmers know who their novice base who they can target with impunity - try Norton. As well as least the retail Symantec versions seem to have the ability to slow older computers to a crawl.

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by etol00 In reply to What about the #1 Problem ...

what are your number 3 through 10 choices for a slow operation?

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Interesting comment

by Bill Detwiler Editor In reply to Call me skeptical...


You raise an interesting point. I think our preference for 10-item lists stems from the natural human inclination toward the number 10. I assume this comes the fact that we have 10 fingers, 10 toes, and use a number system based around 10.

Let me assure you however, that we don't pad our lists or cut critical items to fit within the 10 tips limit.

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Top Ten

by Seeker532 In reply to Interesting comment

It's all Dave Letterman's fault.
Get a rope.

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by boo79 In reply to Call me skeptical...

Wish I had thought of that, lists DO always seem to come in 10's. 20's. Very good point. Here's to odd numbers!

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by master3bs In reply to Call me skeptical...

This download actually had 11; even though it was billed as having 10. :-P

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deleting services in registry

by dkparis In reply to Call me skeptical...

How does a "non-pro" know which services can be deleted?

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Not from the registry

by Dumbterminal In reply to deleting services in regi ...

You just disable them using services.msc
Heres the controversial Black Viper list

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by DickyDick In reply to deleting services in regi ...

This should give you a head start

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do you not have ant useful tips to offer?

by etol00 In reply to Call me skeptical...

i will gladly accept any and all tips that you may have regardless of number.

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