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my PC suddenly turns to be extremely slow

Frank Sikuluzu
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My compac Pentium 3 PC suddenly has a problem recently --- After I turn on the machine, even I do NOTHING on it, in few hours, it turns to be "extremely" slow in everything like opening a folder, web surf, just everything. Then I have to restart the PC and it appears to be normal again for a while, then the problem repeats....

I know my modem has some problem but I don't think it directly contributes to the PC issue. Any idea what probably goes wrong ?
Jesse Torres
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What OS are you using? Also, how much memory do you have?

What anti-virus software are you using?
Frank Sikuluzu
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Originally posted by Jesse Torres:
What OS are you using? Also, how much memory do you have?

What anti-virus software are you using?


Windows 2000 pro, memory is 256M. You know I never have such strange problem before and I didn't add ANY new software or stuff to my PC. SO it is weird. However, I do see some msg poping up saying that "some of your files are infected by.., it is time to install Spyware..." I didn't pay serious attention to it, thought it is just internet advertisement...
Randall Twede
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my guess is malware of some sort is running. i would get a firewall like Zone Alarm and see what programs are trying to use the internet. or use anti-virus or anti spyware program


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Eric Pascarello
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I would say try running

http://www.download.com/3000-2144-10045910.html
and
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/

Both are free.

I would also try running defrag to see if that helps too.

Eric
Jesse Torres
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Download Ad-aware to search your computer for spyware. Then run Defrag on your hard drive.

Good luck,
Jeroen Wenting
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Could be malware in which case you're lucky (however weird it sounds) as you can get rid of it.

Worst case scenario your harddisk fan is not functioning properly and your CPU is overheating. Even then you're lucky as you seem to have a motherboard which automatically lowers your CPU clockspeed to prevent it burning out if that happens.
Check the CPU fan, and if indeed it's not running when your machine is slow it's the culprit and needs replacement (which is not all that hard or expensive but may require taking the entire machine apart).


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