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Posted by: BruceM, April 17th, 2011, 10:17am
I try to keep my Dell 4300 running well, using WinXP and 1G of RAM. Regularly defrag and keep RegVac running from time to time. For several weeks it has been getting slower and slower and sometimes it is so bad I have to shut down. I saw the value in A1 Cleaner and added that and ran it twice. Sorry to say, things are at least as bad. I keep AVAST updated and a virus check shows nothing. The Device Manager shows nothing unusual and I have most of the start-up items cleared except for 4.
How do I single out the most likely program that is causing the slow down?
Posted by: Ray, April 18th, 2011, 5:20am; Reply: 1
   Go to the Task Manager (press Ctrl, Alt, and Delete at the same time and select Task Manager), to the Processes tab and see what is taking up the memory.  That should give you some idea of what is using up the memory.  You can always close a suspected item and see if that speeds things up.  Do that until you find what is the problem.
Posted by: BruceM, April 18th, 2011, 5:42am; Reply: 2
Thanks Ray... but I am concerned as there are 4 programs using a lot of memory.
These are:  iexplore, explore, svchost and TaskPanel (Earthlink). If I remove them and they are not the issue how do I restore them. OR do I set a Restore Point before I try removing them?
Posted by: Ray, April 18th, 2011, 6:14am; Reply: 3
The Processes tab is a list of the things running.  When you close a process, it just stops running.  When you start Windows again (or whatever programs that ran the processes), the processes will be started again.  If you close a needed process, Windows will close and you will have to start your computer again (this is not a problem, just write down that process and remember not to close it again).  Closing processes does not cause any permanent problems.
   I would suggest trying some of the other processes.  Explore is Windows Explorer.  Iexplore is Internet Explorer (it can often slow things down).
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