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My Acer Netbook XP Pro has slowed a lot

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Paul H, Feb 11, 2010.

  1. Paul H

    Paul H Flightless Bird

    My Acer Netbook XP Pro has slowed a lot since I started using it. I cleaned
    up the files, then did a defrag. Since the disk is hardly used - maybe 15
    % - it finished quickly with excellent results. I wonder if my Avast and
    some memory resident piece of AdAware are fighting? Or some other CPU
    stealing process is at work? How an I tell? TIA, Paul
     
  2. R. McCarty

    R. McCarty Flightless Bird

    Slowness can be a number of things. Malware running is one thing to
    check/clean up. Recent software or driver updates may account for a
    noticeable slowdown. Another possibility is a Windows volume that is
    "Dirty" or in an inconsistent state ( resolve with Chkdsk ).

    AdAware is a product I no longer put much faith in. I would suggest
    Malwarebytes as your resident Malware protection. Also you might
    want to run SuperAntiSpyware's online scan.

    You can review Startup & Watchdog apps with SysInternal's program
    "AutoRuns".

    One thing that should always be checked is the System & Application
    event logs. Any Warnings or Errors should be resolved. No system is
    going to run properly when it logs Warnings & Errors. You can access
    the Event logs with EventVwr.Msc [Enter] from the Run prompt.

    Performance of XP is always a trade off between how many programs
    you have installed. Some combinations of certain versions can introduce
    slowness or instability. So it's always best to be sure all your apps are
    fully updated. ( Sun Java - Adobe Shockwave/Flash, if you use them ...)

    "Paul H" <NoSpamphobergNoSpam@att.net> wrote in message
    news:-OKl8I2wqKHA.4752@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > My Acer Netbook XP Pro has slowed a lot since I started using it. I
    > cleaned
    > up the files, then did a defrag. Since the disk is hardly used - maybe 15
    > % - it finished quickly with excellent results. I wonder if my Avast and
    > some memory resident piece of AdAware are fighting? Or some other CPU
    > stealing process is at work? How an I tell? TIA, Paul
    >
     
  3. Saucy

    Saucy Flightless Bird

    We got my aunt of one those. I got very slow very quickly. She had installed
    a Google toolbar which also installed a bunch of Google junk in startup, she
    installed this unless program and that useless program. With those netbooks
    it doesn't take much before its overwelmed. Best thing it to run it as
    stripped of 3rd party stuff as you can. No extra toolbars, as little as
    possible at startup and so on.



    "Paul H" <NoSpamphobergNoSpam@att.net> wrote in message
    news:-OKl8I2wqKHA.4752@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > My Acer Netbook XP Pro has slowed a lot since I started using it. I
    > cleaned
    > up the files, then did a defrag. Since the disk is hardly used - maybe 15
    > % - it finished quickly with excellent results. I wonder if my Avast and
    > some memory resident piece of AdAware are fighting? Or some other CPU
    > stealing process is at work? How an I tell? TIA, Paul
    >
     
  4. Ken Blake, MVP

    Ken Blake, MVP Flightless Bird

    On Thu, 11 Feb 2010 05:29:48 -0600, "Paul H"
    <NoSpamphobergNoSpam@att.net> wrote:

    > My Acer Netbook XP Pro has slowed a lot since I started using it. I cleaned
    > up the files, then did a defrag. Since the disk is hardly used - maybe 15
    > % - it finished quickly with excellent results. I wonder if my Avast and
    > some memory resident piece of AdAware are fighting? Or some other CPU
    > stealing process is at work? How an I tell? TIA, Paul



    There's more than one possibility, but the most likely thing these
    days is malware infection. I recommend that your first step is to run
    these two programs (download the free versions of both):

    MalwareBytes Anti-Malware
    SuperAntiSpyware.

    If those don't fix the problem, next look at what you have starting
    automatically when you boot. First, note that you should be concerned
    with *all* programs that start automatically, not just with those that
    go into the system tray. Not all autostarting programs manifest
    themselves by an icon in the tray.

    On each program you don't want to start automatically, check its
    Options to see if it has the choice not to start (make sure you
    actually choose the option not to run it, not just a "don't show icon"
    option). Many can easily and best be stopped that way. If that doesn't
    work, run MSCONFIG from the Start | Run line, and on the Startup tab,
    uncheck the programs you don't want to start automatically.

    However, if I were you, I wouldn't do this just for the purpose of
    running the minimum number of programs. Despite what many people tell
    you, you should be concerned, not with how *many* of these programs
    you run, but *which*. Some of them can hurt performance severely, but
    others have no effect on performance.

    Don't just stop programs from running willy-nilly. What you should do
    is determine what each program is, what its value is to you, and what
    the cost in performance is of its running all the time. You can try
    internet searches and ask about specifics here.

    Once you have that information, you can make an intelligent informed
    decision about what you want to keep and what you want to get rid of.


    --
    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003
    Please Reply to the Newsgroup
     
  5. db

    db Flightless Bird

    you can test windows
    performance via safe
    mode.

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    "Paul H" <NoSpamphobergNoSpam@att.net> wrote in message news:-OKl8I2wqKHA.4752@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > My Acer Netbook XP Pro has slowed a lot since I started using it. I cleaned
    > up the files, then did a defrag. Since the disk is hardly used - maybe 15
    > % - it finished quickly with excellent results. I wonder if my Avast and
    > some memory resident piece of AdAware are fighting? Or some other CPU
    > stealing process is at work? How an I tell? TIA, Paul
    >
     
  6. thecreator

    thecreator Flightless Bird

    Hi Paul,

    Have you checked how much free space is available on the operating
    system's partition? Have you manually cleaned the \Temp Folders or just run
    Disk Cleanup?


    --
    thecreator





    "Paul H" <NoSpamphobergNoSpam@att.net> wrote in message
    news:-OKl8I2wqKHA.4752@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > My Acer Netbook XP Pro has slowed a lot since I started using it. I
    > cleaned
    > up the files, then did a defrag. Since the disk is hardly used - maybe 15
    > % - it finished quickly with excellent results. I wonder if my Avast and
    > some memory resident piece of AdAware are fighting? Or some other CPU
    > stealing process is at work? How an I tell? TIA, Paul
    >
     
  7. Paul H

    Paul H Flightless Bird

    "Paul H" <NoSpamphobergNoSpam@att.net> wrote in message
    news:-OKl8I2wqKHA.4752@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    My Acer Netbook XP Pro has slowed a lot since I started using it. I cleaned
    up the files, then did a defrag. Since the disk is hardly used - maybe 15
    % - it finished quickly with excellent results. I wonder if my Avast and
    some memory resident piece of AdAware are fighting? Or some other CPU
    stealing process is at work? How an I tell? TIA, Paul

    My Netbook has 2 gb memory and 160 gb disk. I run the latest version of
    AdAware frequently, and if I've "surfed the Web" recently, it will find and
    deal with a couple dozen problems. PC World, PC Mag, and Cnet still give
    AdAware top rating - I trust only them - anything else may be a shill.
    Windows, Java, etc. are all current. I don't know how to decide what
    programs can't run together. msconfig shows about 40 programs.
     
  8. shawn

    shawn Flightless Bird

    You should also verify the fan is running as well. That could cause
    overheating.

    Someone else suggested seeing how much hard drive space is left. Some say if
    you're running Windows you should leave 10% free or your system really slows
    down. I've found that true. I usually notice a big slowdown if I get too low
    on space.

    We bought an Acer Revo for my Girlfriend's Daughter. It is probably similar
    to what you have except this is a nettop (ie: tiny desktop computer). Ours
    is Windows XP Home, 1GB memory, 160GB hard drive, and probably the same
    processor as you the 1.6Ghz Atom.

    It came installed with a bunch of un-needed crap, which I took off. The
    first thing I did was visit the Control Panel's Add/Remove programs and took
    off things I didn't need.. WinLocker I had no clue what it even does..
    gone.. McAfee sucks.. gone.

    I run Avast! Free, Spybot Search & Destroy, and one or two other programs in
    the background and things are okay. Sure, it's slow because the system
    itself isn't that great, but it's no slower than when I first got it.. it's
    good enough for her to do homework, surf the web, etc.

    "Paul H" <NoSpamphobergNoSpam@att.net> wrote in message
    news:uBQGKMBrKHA.4492@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >
    > "Paul H" <NoSpamphobergNoSpam@att.net> wrote in message
    > news:-OKl8I2wqKHA.4752@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > My Acer Netbook XP Pro has slowed a lot since I started using it. I
    > cleaned
    > up the files, then did a defrag. Since the disk is hardly used - maybe 15
    > % - it finished quickly with excellent results. I wonder if my Avast and
    > some memory resident piece of AdAware are fighting? Or some other CPU
    > stealing process is at work? How an I tell? TIA, Paul
    >
    > My Netbook has 2 gb memory and 160 gb disk. I run the latest version of
    > AdAware frequently, and if I've "surfed the Web" recently, it will find
    > and
    > deal with a couple dozen problems. PC World, PC Mag, and Cnet still give
    > AdAware top rating - I trust only them - anything else may be a shill.
    > Windows, Java, etc. are all current. I don't know how to decide what
    > programs can't run together. msconfig shows about 40 programs.
    >
    >
     
  9. shawn

    shawn Flightless Bird

    Oops.. I hit send. I also meant to say you can try running TrendMicro's
    Hijack The thing with that is, you probably won't know what's safe to remove
    or not, so there are forums where you can post your results and they can
    guide you what to remove.

    "Paul H" <NoSpamphobergNoSpam@att.net> wrote in message
    news:uBQGKMBrKHA.4492@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >
    > "Paul H" <NoSpamphobergNoSpam@att.net> wrote in message
    > news:-OKl8I2wqKHA.4752@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > My Acer Netbook XP Pro has slowed a lot since I started using it. I
    > cleaned
    > up the files, then did a defrag. Since the disk is hardly used - maybe 15
    > % - it finished quickly with excellent results. I wonder if my Avast and
    > some memory resident piece of AdAware are fighting? Or some other CPU
    > stealing process is at work? How an I tell? TIA, Paul
    >
    > My Netbook has 2 gb memory and 160 gb disk. I run the latest version of
    > AdAware frequently, and if I've "surfed the Web" recently, it will find
    > and
    > deal with a couple dozen problems. PC World, PC Mag, and Cnet still give
    > AdAware top rating - I trust only them - anything else may be a shill.
    > Windows, Java, etc. are all current. I don't know how to decide what
    > programs can't run together. msconfig shows about 40 programs.
    >
    >
     

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