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By konyemachi ·
why is that a p4 system with ram 256 processor speed 800mhx hard drive 20gig using a xpsp2 tend to hand and sometimes runs slow. i have done defragementaion of the hard drive ran scandisk. but to no axil. Note iNTEL BOARD.

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by master3bs In reply to system malfunction

You may have too many programs running in the background; and also might have some spyware. There are several other reasons, but I usually start here.

You can run msconfig from the run prompt on the start menu. Click start, click run and then type in msconfig and click OK.

Now click the far right tab that says startup items and remove the ones you don't need.

Here is a website that lets you lookup startup items to tell if you need them or not.
http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php

As a rule of thumb, be sure to leave checked any antivirus software, taskmon, scanreg and a couple of others I can't think of right now. Best to check the website.

If you don't already, also get a copy of some good antispyware like Ad-Aware: http://www.download.com/Ad-Aware-SE-Personal-Edition/3000-8022_4-10399602.html?tag=lst-0-1

There are actually a lot of great programs out there like this, but ad-aware is very user friendly.

If resources arnen't your only problem that that might not fix everything, but its the best place to start. Update me and let me know.

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by dmiles In reply to system malfunction

Other than what is mentioned you forgot to state the processor speed
Then you have only 256k of memory which will be eaten up by other processes

It also will run slow depending on hte task or programs that you have running in background,such as anti-virus and other utilities

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by sgt_shultz In reply to system malfunction

spyware. download, install and update adaware personal se from www.lavasoftusa.com
then boot in Safe Mode, turn System Restore off (just for the scans) then scan with Adaware. remove everything it finds.

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