Computer running slow and pc problems. Can anyone help?

@jenrl17 (420)
United States
May 1, 2011 2:11pm CST
Not too long ago, my pc was running decently. It wasnt slow really, or anything like that, but I was lacking a registry cleaner, so I decided to get one. I dont even know if I truly NEED a registry cleaner. I went through a few different programs because after I got a few different types of cleaners (not at once) it started to slow my computer down. The latest that I had that I deleted was Advanced Registry Cleaner with all of its 'wonderful' features. I had the free version to start with, and it was ok, but it obviously didnt 'fix' everything unless you bought the Pro, so I did. Well, I strongly believe it made my computer worse. Not only is my pc slow, but it freezes up, sticks and takes a long time 'searching' at times. It takes way to long to open Firefox now and Im going nuts. I already took out the program and everything that came with it and feel I wasted my money. Id like to know what product out there is TRULY good at keeping my pc running very well. Are there possibly any free versions since I already wasted my money on THIS product? I already have an antivirus program that Im satisfied with on my pc. I believe I know how to clean cookies and the cache out, so I do that. I also wanted to mention that for some reason, Internet Explorer has been running strange for a long while now. It also freezes and doesnt load up correctly. I dont even use it anymore, which is why I downloaded and use Firefox now. My computer is a Dell Dimension 2400 (dont know how old my pc is tho, I think its from 2005) with Windows XP Home Edition. I think I gave you all the details. If I left anything out, please let me know. I really need help. Thanks.
10 responses
• United States
1 May 11
Is your hard disk almost full? Or you install too many software? Try to delete those unnecessary files and software, do the disk defragment and see if the issue improve? try to disable all add-ons. If nothing change after all these, backup your important information and reinstall whole system. Hope it's helpful for you!
@jenrl17 (420)
• United States
1 May 11
I have no idea if my hard disk is almost full. How do I check? I uninstalled all that other stuff (the Advanced program). How do I delete unnecessary files, as that program supposively did it already?
@jenrl17 (420)
• United States
2 May 11
Ok thank you. Ill give that a try and if I have any questions, Ill let you know. Thank you.
@Zer0Stats (1316)
• India
1 May 11
Restore your computer.It will work just same as it was working before.
@jenrl17 (420)
• United States
1 May 11
So you dont think I need to get any registry cleaners? A lot of people are advising on CCleaner, download and scan with malware bytes and superantispyware to see what my own AV mightve missed. What do you think?
@Zer0Stats (1316)
• India
1 May 11
Nah...I don't think so.It will never fix your problem unless you don't restore your system so just go for it.Do you know how to do it?
@jenrl17 (420)
• United States
2 May 11
yes I do, thank you. I decided to download a malware and spyware program just to be safe though, so far so good. I think Ill give that a try for a while and if I see any further problems, I will definitely restore my pc to an earlier date. Thanks so much for your help.
• United States
1 May 11
Don't know if this was suggested already but backup all your important data onto a flash drive or something, get the disc that came with your computer, and wipe it completely, and completely restore it. This will give it a completely fresh start and anything on your computer that had anything to do with it slowing down will be gone. Trust me, my computer is from 2001, it's really hanging in there.
@jenrl17 (420)
• United States
2 May 11
Thanks Isdshrooms, but I couldnt even begin to know how to do that, plus I dont have the disc that came with the computer as my husband got it from a friend of his who he has no contact with anymore. Id have to have one of our computer friends come over and help me with this. Good luck in their busy schedule.
@stanley777 (7177)
• Philippines
2 May 11
Hi jenrl17, Last week I have the same problem like yours, you name it my pc have it.I wonder why it happened because I have downloaded all the necessary precautions/preventive measures but still these things infected my pc.My nephew told me to download AVG anti virus, spybots, defraggler (these are all free)in plcae of all previous anti virus and other stuffs I download before.I run all these and all was gone, pc works even faster now.By the way I retain the ccleaner and sometimes I run it too.Hope this helps..
@jenrl17 (420)
• United States
2 May 11
Hi stanley777, So your pc froze, got stuck, kept 'searching' and I even had a problem just getting on the internet through Firefox for some reason. I mean it took FOREVER and I have no idea why. I cant even get on Internet Explorer and thats been a problem for a long while. I havent tried getting back on since 'fixing' my pc today, but that problem probably still exists unfortunately. Ive tried AVG. Thought it was fine until I actually got a virus alert on my screen. Freaked me out so I immediately got rid of the virus and the program (since I didnt think it was doing its job) and my brother suggested Avast, which I like a lot. I have a disk cleaner and defragger on the pc already and I downloaded CCleaner today too. So far I like CCleaner, but I cant figure out how to delete the cookies. If you go under the 'options' area and go under 'cookies', it gives you a list to either keep or delete, but I cant figure out how to delete what I dont want. Do you have any ideas or anyone else reading this know how I can delete them in that program? Thanks.
@dlemza (47)
• South Africa
2 May 11
You should have started with checking your disk space, maybe you needed to defragment your pc, sort your files into folders, or even wipe out temp files. After you removed the programmes you need to restore your pc everything will be fine. Try to understand all about the software you download before you install it on your pc. Good luck.
@jenrl17 (420)
• United States
2 May 11
thanks dlemza, I try to do a defrag at least once a week and clear my cookies etc. A lot of people are saying to restore my pc if it keeps up, which I will do if needed. Ill see how the new installs work first. I checked for any infected files and found 2. That was probably part of the problem, as AV's dont catch everything.
@iklananda (1204)
2 May 11
Maybe you install so many program there. If not then your computer must have a virus on it. Virus can make the computer running slower than it used to be
@jenrl17 (420)
• United States
2 May 11
You know what iklananda, I have an antivirus program on my pc and I run it about once a week, but I installed a malware program today and it caught 2 infections, so maybe that was part of my problem. Antivirus programs dont catch everything as I understand, so I guess its good to have malware and spyware to help it along.
• Philippines
1 May 11
hello there.. i am not really a computer wiz..but based on my experience, my pc starts to slow down when i installed too many apps, saved a lot of videos(especially the .avi formats).. i only have 40gb hdd, and a 512mb RAM..i'm gonna upgrade it once i get a budget..=D try to restore your pc to the last time you remembered it was running smooth..avoid installing unnecessary apps/programs..if you have no idea 'bout the purpose of the app you are trying to install, don't install it..try to get an hdd enclosure..it serves as a flash memory, only it is larger 'cause it's a HDD.. hope it works.. =D
@jenrl17 (420)
• United States
2 May 11
Thanks anjiel, Ill have to do a system restore IF I have anymore problems. Quite a few people on Yahoo suggested to get CCleaner, which I did, along with a malware and spyware program. So far so good, so hopefully all is ok in the computer world again.
1 May 11
Very long description of how to clean up a load of junk on your PC, using only free programs here: http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/2522248.aspx I don't really want to type all that again.
@jenrl17 (420)
• United States
1 May 11
Thanks Spike, I know what you mean. I had to retype my question from another website cause I cant copy n paste here yet. That was 'fun' retyping it all lol. Thanks for the tip.
@fantabulus (4005)
• India
15 Aug 12
If you Computer is running slow then check RAM speed or check cooling fan or SMPS(power supply) call the Computer repair person. Because without open no one can understand which problem may be happen.
• India
9 May 11
Hey please donot worry my lad this is not much a problem.You just have to do formating .i think it is the most suitable and precise way to over come your problem.If the problem presists please send me your computer configuration to my email id - (aghilmmenon@gmail.com) .