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    Windows 7 computer running very slow

    I have a laptop that is running very slow part of the time. I have run a virus check, malware checker and CCCleaner. This has helped, but not completely. The computer loads ok, sometimes a little slow, but the main problem is that programs load slowly and run slowly.

    I am using Windows 7 Home on a Hp laptop.

    Does anyone have any ideas short of starting over with a fresh copy of Windows and lose everything.

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    I would start by running a System Health Report...

    Control Panel > Performance Information and Tools > Advanced Tools > Generate a System Health Report.

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    Did the malware scans find anything ?

    Perform a clean boot to see if it boots any quicker http://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/929135

    StartUpLite will identify any unnecessary start up programs if you aren't sure what to keep, but for the most part, you don't need any under the Startup tab in msconfig. https://www.malwarebytes.org/startuplite/

    I've found that CCleaner doesn't always fully clear the temp folder.

    To check, press the Windows key - type %temp% and press enter.

    If it's highly populated then click on Organize - Select all - Organize - Delete - confirm - check the box then click on Skip.

    There should only be the Debug file remaining, but if anything substantial is left, then repeat the steps.

    How much free space is left on the HDD ?

    Press the Windows key - type disk cleanup - right click on Disk Cleanup and select Run as administrator.

    This will clean out any obsolete Windows Updates and can free up a few GB providing all of your Windows Updates are up to date as it required an update from Oct 2013 (I think), to provide this facility to remove obsolete updates.

    You need ~15% free space to run the Disk Defragmenter, which is next but if you are still short of free space then uninstall any rarely used programs.

    I use IOBit Uninstaller as Windows Add/Remove leaves residue in the registry. http://www.iobit.com/advanceduninstaller.php

    Look out for any small boxes to uncheck before hitting Next or Install that will otherwise give you unwanted bundled software.

    Windows also has its own tools -

    Control Panel - System and Security/Find and fix problems - System and Security then run the maintenance tasks and then performance issues, clicking on Advanced and on Run as administrator in each.
    Last edited by Sudo15; 2015-03-31 at 19:41.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sudo15 View Post
    Perform a clean boot to see if it boots any quicker http://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/929135

    StartUpLite will identify any unnecessary start up programs if you aren't sure what to keep, but for the most part, you don't need any under the Startup tab in msconfig. https://www.malwarebytes.org/startuplite/
    The OP stated that "The computer loads ok, sometimes a little slow, but the main problem is that programs load slowly and run slowly." So it seems that booting is not the crux of the issue.

    I would disagree with the statement "but for the most part, you don't need any under the Startup tab in msconfig".

    You may need several of them, especially if they are security-related.

    Using the %temp% will get you to the Local Temp folder, but you may not be able to delete all of the files in the folder, because some could be in use by Windows.

    I have found that CCleaner works best deleting temp files when the option "Only delete files in Windows Temp folders older than 24 hours" is unchecked (unless you want to keep 24 hours worth of temp files).

    I would suggest the OP do one thing at a time.

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    I'd also open up task manager to see what's using memory and processes.

    Even though I've got 8 cores to play with at 3.8GHz, and 32 GB of memory, I still practice keeping a lean running
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    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
    I'd also open up task manager to see what's using memory and processes.
    Yep...and click on "Show processes from all users".

    The Resource Monitor under the Performance tab in Task Manager is another good place to look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwoods View Post
    The OP stated that "The computer loads ok, sometimes a little slow, but the main problem is that programs load slowly and run slowly." So it seems that booting is not the crux of the issue.

    I would disagree with the statement "but for the most part, you don't need any under the Startup tab in msconfig".

    You may need several of them, especially if they are security-related.

    Using the %temp% will get you to the Local Temp folder, but you may not be able to delete all of the files in the folder, because some could be in use by Windows.

    I have found that CCleaner works best deleting temp files when the option "Only delete files in Windows Temp folders older than 24 hours" is unchecked (unless you want to keep 24 hours worth of temp files).

    I would suggest the OP do one thing at a time.
    Just to justify my advice, I only have one item under the Startup tab in my msconfig and you cannot disable security programs in msconfig because they remain active even when their boxes are unchecked.

    Depending upon how the programs do it on the computer, my Norton 360 is under the Services tab whereas on some, they can be under the Startup tab.

    An excess of programs under the Startup tab will be unnecessarily taking up memory, but until the OP comes back on that we won't know just how many programs are in there.

    I no longer regularly check the %temp% folder as one of my pre-shutting down procedures prior to running CCleaner is to run a scan with SuperAntiSpyware which as well as cleaning out any cookies, will also clear the %temp% folder when that option is checked.

    Any files that are still in use won't be substantial or sizeable to be worth bothering about - it's the build up that can accrue through lack of maintenance that slows a machine up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwoods View Post
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    I would suggest the OP do one thing at a time.
    Always good advice.

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    Lets wait for the OP to look over the Health report. We haven't even scratched the hardware side:
    1. Failing cooling system.
    2. Failing HDD.
    3. Failing RAM.

    Be nice to know the laptop make, name and model number.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sudo15 View Post
    I no longer regularly check the %temp% folder as one of my pre-shutting down procedures prior to running CCleaner is to run a scan with SuperAntiSpyware which as well as cleaning out any cookies, will also clear the %temp% folder when that option is checked.
    You may want to reconsider using SuperAntiSpyware...

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2463191,00.asp

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    Probably not related, but I also have a laptop that mysteriously (and infuriatingly!) slows to a crawl after it's been on for a while (>1hr). Trouble is, I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 on an Acer D255E netbook. I'm suspecting that auto-updates are being downloaded in the background and somehow bogging things down. Possible connection to your problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwoods View Post
    You may want to reconsider using SuperAntiSpyware...

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2463191,00.asp
    While this is a bit off topic, I only use the free version and the only program I pay for is my Norton 360 which has kept me safe from viruses and dodgy web sites.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phansknecht View Post
    Probably not related, but I also have a laptop that mysteriously (and infuriatingly!) slows to a crawl after it's been on for a while (>1hr). Trouble is, I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 on an Acer D255E netbook. I'm suspecting that auto-updates are being downloaded in the background and somehow bogging things down. Possible connection to your problem?
    That sounds like an overheating problem.

    See if anything in https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SensorInstallHowto will be of help in checking the temps.

    These are some other monitoring tools that can help if you suspect it's something going on in the background http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2011/11/5...ols-for-ubuntu

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