• ARRSE have partnered with Armadillo Merino to bring you an ARRSE exclusive, generous discount offer on their full price range.
    To keep you warm with the best of Merino gear, visit www.armadillomerino.co.uk and use the code: NEWARRSE40 at the checkout to get 40% off!
    This superb deal has been generously offered to us by Armadillo Merino and is valid until midnight on the the 28th of February.

Slow Laptop - help needed

#1
My current laptop is getting very slow, especially when being switched on. It's a Dell, 3 yrs old and I couldn't tell you all the specifications. I believe the hard drive is approx 70Gb and it says their is 40 Gb still free. I think most of the stuff on it is pictures and things like that, but i can only see about 10Gb worth of these. I've removed all the games as far as i'm aware. Any idea's on how to speed things up?
 
#4
Have you defragged it, doesn't always work but sometimes helps. Have you checked for malware/Spyware this can slow a laptop down quite a bit especially if you have been on those "educational" sites ;) . Other alternative is to wipe and start again.
 
#5
I'm in exactly the same boat.

Laptop is prone to crashes, really slow, pop ups etc....

Can anyone recommend a decent course of action as well as some good, free, downloadable spyware and anti-virus software?
 
#7
Adaware is quite good AVG do some free bits as do Bulldog, most of them are going over to the license model though. As Davy says restore or reload and start again
 
#9
Cheers for advice. Have de-fragged - said it didn't need it but have done anyway. Running Mcafee - it says it hasn't found anything like a virus. If i restore it, will it lose all the photos? Is it worth buying an external harddrive?
 
#13
Try this:

Device Doctor

It goes off and finds all of the latest updated drivers for your system. You have to approve the installations so nothing goes on behind your back. I had the same problems with my laptop (dropping internet etc) and my CD drive stopped working.

Ran this programme, updated most of my drivers and my CD drive burst back into life and I have not dropped a browsing session for the past 3 months since updating.

Plus definitely run those ones recommended by MSR. You will be horrified what is lurking on your system.
 
#16
Schaden said:
Virus

get Stopzilla, AVG or Malawarebytes or all three and as suggested go and get a portable HD 500 gig usb is about £60
Can't recommend AVG any more. There are better programs out there. I wonder how Stopzilla fares against malwarebytes?

msr
 
S

swampmonster

Guest
#18
box-of-frogs said:
My current laptop is getting very slow, especially when being switched on. It's a Dell, 3 yrs old and I couldn't tell you all the specifications. I believe the hard drive is approx 70Gb and it says their is 40 Gb still free. I think most of the stuff on it is pictures and things like that, but i can only see about 10Gb worth of these. I've removed all the games as far as i'm aware. Any idea's on how to speed things up?

You running McAfee ?

mine ran like a snail until i got McAfee off...changed it to Norton not ideal but it worked for me.... :wink:
 
#20
You could try ubuntu linux os its very good at speeding up older machines. Download it then burn to disc. Put it in when windows is running and it will open up some dialogue to do a dual boot. Follow the on screen directions and questions. If you do all this you will now have two os on your pc when you boot up choose ubuntu and notice the difference. If like me you like ubuntu you can do a clean install and say goodbye to virus and other windowz problems. If you still need windows you can just leave the dual boot alone or if the ubuntu speed scares you off you can easily delete ubuntu from your windows machine.
 

Latest Threads