PC running v slowly

My PC is only around a year old so I am a bit surprised how suddenly it has slowed down in a couple of areas. Video (VLC) sometimes pauses, although no rhyme or reason, it may run for an hour with no problems then pause several times in a few minutes. Games are either lagging or becoming unplayable - Enlisted (online MMO) ground to a halt last night and Skyrim wouldn't load beyond the entrance screen.

Boot up time for the PC is also waaaaaayyy slower than usual.

I have updated all the drivers
I have run malware / virus scans
I have pared down the startup menu

Obviously I am missing something, any ideas what it/they might be please? Before I take in for a pro to look at.
 
If you hard disc isn't an SSD, giving it a defrag would be a good idea, look at the properties of the disk and give it a go

Install something like razer cortex, where you can kill off running processes do don't want and see if there is just a lot of background stuff slowing you down
 
Which antivirus are you using?
 
Which antivirus are you using?
Just windows defender at the moment but I installed and ran the free version of TotalAV last night. Might try Malwarebytes later as that seemed good in the past but I am not sure that they do the free version any more
 
If you hard disc isn't an SSD, giving it a defrag would be a good idea, look at the properties of the disk and give it a go

Install something like razer cortex, where you can kill off running processes do don't want and see if there is just a lot of background stuff slowing you down
toshiba 3tb sata3 desktop hd
m.2. 500gb kingston a2000 nvme

Don't think either of those are SSD?
 
Have you checked disk usage in Task Manager? I had a slow running PC recently and some kind of glitch was fooling my system into reporting 100% disc usage. If that is the problem it is relatively easy to fix.
 
I'm not going to pretend to diagnose your PC over the Internet, but consider the possibility that one of your hard drives is dying and be sure you have a fresh back up of any data you can't readily replace (e.g. personal photos, letters, etc.).

If you have an old backup don't overwrite it, keep it and make the new backup on separate media so you don't overwrite good files with corrupted ones.

I don't use Windows much so I'll stay away from trying to diagnose Windows problems.
 

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My PC is only around a year old so I am a bit surprised how suddenly it has slowed down in a couple of areas. Video (VLC) sometimes pauses, although no rhyme or reason, it may run for an hour with no problems then pause several times in a few minutes. Games are either lagging or becoming unplayable - Enlisted (online MMO) ground to a halt last night and Skyrim wouldn't load beyond the entrance screen.

Boot up time for the PC is also waaaaaayyy slower than usual.

I have updated all the drivers
I have run malware / virus scans
I have pared down the startup menu

Obviously I am missing something, any ideas what it/they might be please? Before I take in for a pro to look at.

GPU or integrated graphics?
 

TamH70

MIA
toshiba 3tb sata3 desktop hd
m.2. 500gb kingston a2000 nvme

Don't think either of those are SSD?

Like my colleagues here, I'd lay odds that your boot drive is the NVMe Kingston thingy and that most definitely is an SSD. A really fast one as well

Unplug your SATA 3 Toshiba thingy, and boot up your PC. If your PC is like mine, it shouldn't need the Toshiba actually running to boot up.

It shouuld leap into life with the speed of a thousand startled gazelles. Monitor your box over time and see how things progress. Once you're finished, shut down, wait a bit, and come back to the thing later on and plug your Toshiba disk back in. Compare and contrast the boot time, how fast your applications run and so on. If there is any noticeable difference, it's a racing certainty that your big heavy Toshiba disk is FUBAR. Get all the stuff you need from it, if possible, and replace it with a new one. Once magnetic platter hard drives start going wrong, it's an inexorable process. They will just keep doing so.
 
@gaijin,
Have you tried a system cleaner?
I use Advanced Systemcare by IObit (pro version) and CCleaner by Piriform (free version).
Both clean up un-needed files. Wouldn't hurt to run one (or both),
 

exbluejob

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@gaijin,
Have you tried a system cleaner?
I use Advanced Systemcare by IObit (pro version) and CCleaner by Piriform (free version).
Both clean up un-needed files. Wouldn't hurt to run one (or both),
Shout out to CCleaner, does an excellent job of clearing out a ton of crap (it used to be called CrapCleaner). Sounds to me like your machine is full, hence slowing down.
 
I'm not going to pretend to diagnose your PC over the Internet, but consider the possibility that one of your hard drives is dying and be sure you have a fresh back up of any data you can't readily replace (e.g. personal photos, letters, etc.).

If you have an old backup don't overwrite it, keep it and make the new backup on separate media so you don't overwrite good files with corrupted ones.

I don't use Windows much so I'll stay away from trying to diagnose Windows problems.
Cheers
That worries me as its only 1 year old!

Maybe I should take it down to the PC repair chap tomorrow just to be safe
 
What RAM?]
What does your resource manager say when this happens - what's hogging the CPU etc?
 
Just windows defender at the moment but I installed and ran the free version of TotalAV last night. Might try Malwarebytes later as that seemed good in the past but I am not sure that they do the free version any more
Malwarebytes. my SiL downloaded it for me, and it works a treat. They do
 
Some good advice above.
Make sure all your system software and apps such as games and browser are stalled on the NVMe drive, ditto any temporary files. Keep the big Toshiba drive for data/media files, porn stash.
Make sure drives aren't full, performance drops as drives run out of space. If you've a lot of media files you can get disk de-duplicator software to make sure you aren't keeping multiple copies of stuff.
DO NOT attempt to defrag the NVMe drive. It won't help and could possibly cause harm.
Once you've scanned the system, don't leave multiple A/V, security software installed. Each come with a performance penalty and they can screw with each other and seriously slow things down. Either stick with Win Defender (it's actually reasonably good these days) and remove the rest, or disable Defender.
 
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Cheers
That worries me as its only 1 year old!

Maybe I should take it down to the PC repair chap tomorrow just to be safe

***Be sure to conduct OP SANITISE before you go. Particularly if you've ever deployed***

Also worth trying - go to 'Add or Remove Programs' and mag to grid anything you don't use, don't recognise, or don't like the look of (if not already motioned).

Also fire up Task Manager>More Details>Start-Up - then right click on as many items as you can that are not published by 'Microsoft Corporation' and disable them (you can bin Skype or Office Pre-Fetch etc), to stop programs running at start-up and in the background.

You're getting good free advice from the troops here, implement all the recommendations and see how you get on first before you have to fork out.

I say again -

***Be sure to conduct OP SANITISE before you go. Particularly if you've ever deployed***
 
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