Originally Posted by timothytaylor
That's normal. newer softwares demand higher specs to run on. I suggest upgrading your ram or your motherboard altogether. But I think it'd be cheaper for you to buy a new one.
True, but if you are seeing slowdown in just normal PC usage like Internet Browsing, Editing Documents, etc. then its probably one of 3 things, some already mentioned here:
1) overheating of CPU or video do to dirty PC components, so CPU needs to throttle back
2) malware has infected the PC, number one cause on most of my families PCs that I bring back to life. I always hear when I am done - "Wow, it runs like the day I bought it"
3) Defragmented hard drive and swap file. Can be corrected with defragmenter like Piriform Defraggler
For malware, I generally suggest most people backup their data (My Documents - Pictures, Music, etc) and system drivers (using Double Driver
), and then do a full format and reinstall of Windows, their drivers, and their applications. Its a pain but the best way to cure the root cause and be sure.
Saw one computer so badly infected with malware that it took 2 minutes just for the start menu to display after clicking on it. When I was done with fresh install on Windows, it was running like the day it was bought
If you insist on trying to first clean malware, then these are a must to use:
If you are running your computer without a good Anti-Virus software like NOD32 or Norton and not behind a hardware firewall (aka router) then you are just asking for trouble. British TV show did a experiment on TV with a computer expert and showed a computer with no anti-virus software and directly connected to internet without hardware firewall being hacked and taken over in less then 2 minutes.
Keep your software up to date using: