Is this all that can be done?

@jhl930 (3605)
United States
July 19, 2008 3:34pm CST
i have a friend and her computer was running really slowly after someone downloaded a messenger onto her computer and she ask me what could be done and i said to un install that messenger, try clearing out all of her cookies(delete them)and all of her temp internet files...and try and defragment her computer and to see if all of that would help and then re start her computer(because she leaves it on all of the time she just hibernates at night)she hasn't done any of this in like a few months...do you think that you could tell me anything else to tell her to try...this has helped some any other ideas...thanks for reading my discussions...
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10 responses
19 Jul 08
I think you have done a good job on this already.What you might want to do now is go through her files and see if there are any that she does not need to be on the computer. Picture files can look small but with digital technology,they accumulate so fast and take up memory,if she has a back up drive it would be a wise idea to store them there instead.Look out especially for video files. Music can also take up alot of memory if you have been storing for a long time. If you do not have a back up drive, then you could burn your files as a data dvd. That simply means a dvd with pictures or music. If she does not have a dvd burner,then cd's will do but they do not hold so much. After you free up more space, you should do better for speed.I hope this will be helpful.
@jhl930 (3605)
• United States
20 Jul 08
i told her that about the picture thing because she has a lot, i just said to store them online but she doesn't want to do that because she's afraid she'll lose them or something!
20 Jul 08
So maybe she can burn them on to disc or buy a flash disk to store them on? Going on line with your storage can be tricky if the server crashes you could lose everything.Its up to her how she wants to back up her photos.
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
20 Jul 08
We have alot of programs on our computer and my partner has a bad habit of leaving them all running. This can slow things down alot. I go thru and frequently remove programs we just don't use. I also close down things I'm not using at the moment and this can help alot. A good virus protection can find out if you have any issues that way too.
@underdogtoo (9600)
• Philippines
20 Jul 08
She could try running an anti-virus software that also checks for spyware. It would be good for her to have anti-virus protection that does real-time screening.
@phayeth (519)
• Philippines
20 Jul 08
does ur friend uses an anti-virus software right now? co´z some viruses in the computer will make ur computer slow..
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
20 Jul 08
She also needs an anti-spyware, adware and malware programs to run to catch anything her antivirus doesn't' catch.
@karagala (447)
• Philippines
20 Jul 08
antivirus, add RAM. Use optimizer softwares / registry cleaners.
• Philippines
19 Jul 08
good day.. You have a sound advice but if her system have a virus, installing an anti virus in that condition might fail. If she has a back up program better install a clean slate then ask her to install antivirus program first before anything else.
@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
19 Jul 08
If you start up your friend's computer, if ever it runs on Windows, and you can see a lot of icons appearing on the lower right corner along the time display, after the computer has completely booted up (or turned on and you can refresh the screen a couple of times with no delay), try to go to the set up menu or preferences menu of each application that each icon represents. If there is an option wherein the application would start whenever the computer starts up, you may disable that kind of feature so that your friend's computer can be alleviated with the applications that it has to simultaneously run whenever it is turned on. Well, that's just what I could suggest to help it boot faster..
@smacksman (6074)
19 Jul 08
She could try winding back Windows to a Restore Point dated before she noticed the problem. If she backs up her personal data before doing the restore then she wont loose anything of importance. Go to Start Programs Accessories System Tools System Restore
@spalladino (17927)
• United States
19 Jul 08
Does she have anti-virus protection? If not, she should get that. She should also uninstall any old programs that she no longer uses. Some of those messengers will really slow your computer down and she should also stay away from the music download programs, too. We had a lot of problems with Limewire and finally uninstalled it. I don't think the problem was entirely with Limewire but with viruses in the music that was downloaded.