very slow laptop

Hi experts, can anyone help me. My laptop is running slower and slower. It takes nearly 4 minutes to load Vista. I have used Advanced windows care to get rid of as much as I can out of the startup menu and also SOLUTO to get rid of un-necessary files to load, or delay some of them. I use Windows Defender.
The amount of disk activity seems to be enormous. It is becoming a pain as I am trying to do some work on it (for a uni course) and it just takes ages to load the machine and then access the web etc.
The OC domestic is getting similar probs on her machine although she uses W7, with it taking ages to switch from her mail page to tinternet and back.
I would appreciate any advice to help.
Are you sure you dont have viruses or malware running?

You could try CCleaner: CCleaner - Optimization and Cleaning - Free Download

Also defrag your drive: Start; local disk right click; properties; tools; defrag (can take ages).

Failing that, back up your drive(s) and do a factory reset then reinstall your data.

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Virus - run malaware bytes and everything else you can think of - do you have a teenager handy who could give expert advice for a small fee?
HI again, already tried CCleaner and malaware and apart from a few errors, no difference to the running of the PC. I have throroughly tested it for viruses.

Any other thoughts ??
Back up your drive(s) and do a factory reset then reinstall your data.
Ditch Vista it runs in treacle!, it is without doubt the worst operating system ever offered for sale.
First thing to do is to bin Vista. If you are unwilling to do that, do a scan of your hard drive for errors. If you have physical errors it will cause slowness.

If everything is fine with your hard drive, click on Start and then Run and type in msconfig and press enter. The click on the startup tab and untick anything that you do not need running (particularly if it is blank). Then click on Ok, reboot the **** and see how it runs.

There are a lot of things that can slow your puter down and a lot of things that you can do to sort it out......reinstalling should be the last thing you do, but probably something that should be done every couple of years.
Get hold of a copy of Win 7/upgrade to Win 7. Save what you need to keep from your laptop. Change booting up order in BIOS to show your dvd drive booting first. Do an upgrade to Win 7, when you load OS disc it will boot up and follow simple instructions. Tick Custom load when prompted, tick box to format your drive(s) and it will clean off all your crap and give you a Win7 OS. Updates to OS will then need to be loaded but well worth it for a good clean up and a much better OS.
AVG PC Tune Up is pretty good as well & allows a one time free use to clean your system up. I'm a fan of CCleaner, SuperAntiSpyware & MalwareBytes Anti-Malware software, as well as using either Chrome or Firefox as your main browser.
Also use CCLeaner to limit the number of programmes that run on start up.
Because he will have already downloaded CCleaner IAW EodMatt's advice and it's easy?
running msconfig is good but can be intimidating when you dont knowwhat anything is, reading Paul Collins Application startup list, lets you know what has to run, AGCbukake.exe for instance?


press start, run (or just in the white bar for vista/7), type:
press enter.
click the 'startup' tab
Click manufacturers to list them in manufacturer order.
untick most of the shit in there, except anything by microsoft, and anything by your native pc company. 99% of anything else is shit, or virusy, or likely spyware. lol

Restart, that will stop a bunch of junkly crap from loading on startup. However mate, it doesnt mean they're gone from your pc, you need to sort that stuff out as well. Antivirus (AVG is free and code) ad-aware (anti spyware, also free and good) will do the rest. Consider a drive cleaner as well, i think some have been mentioned above. Also get a 'registry cleaner' once you've done and run all that.

Finally, defragment and sorted. Having left the IT industry as a pc support engineer once upon a time, I can tell you people paid me way too much to do all that very basic shit.

To really scrub it though, instead of all that, reimage the thing and start fresh.

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