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computer has become very slow

ankur rathi
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Is there any *software way* of making it fast?
Some I know are:
1. Deleting all temporary files (enter %temp% in run tab and delete all the files).
2. Running a anti-virus program if there is any virus making it slow.
3. Disk Defragmentation.

Please let me know other ways...

Because upgradation of RAM or processor is not feasible.

[ November 10, 2006: Message edited by: Bear Bibeault ]
John Kelty
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Look at the list of running processes. That's the Processes tab of Task Manager if you are in Windows. Google anything that's listed that you aren't sure you need to see what the task does. You'll probably find you have several running that you don't want or need. You can usually get rid of them by uninstalling them or by deleting the key file, or by following the information you got when you googled the task name.
Stan James
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Sometimes it's "shut down the virus scanning program" because it's using all the CPU and thrashing the disk. McAfee seems to think an Eclipse build is a major attack on the system and scans every class file as it is modified or something.

I'd mention a spyware removal tool, too, in case your virus scanner doesn't include such a thing. Anybody have any favorites? I haven't studied up on them for a while.

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Cameron Wallace McKenzie
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Did someone recommend 'just shut down the virus scan.' Every single network administrator in the room just sighed.

Get rid you your spyware, delete temp files, and get yourself another hard drive. Hard drives are like 50 cents a gig now. Mirror your drive. It will make read access twice as fast, and give you a total backup if a disk ever fails.

Just my two cents.

-Cameron McKenzie
Stan James
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Every single network administrator in the room just sighed.

Yeah, I think it may be a firable offense if caught (right up there with letting a visitor plug a laptop into the network) but my team has all gotten fed up enought to shut it down for the duration of a workspace rebuild at least.
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