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Causes for Computer Lag?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
the last couple of days i've been having some major lag. Delays when i type, i seem to have little control of higlighting type, jerky scoll-downs......

I have the same harddrive space free as i did before this when i was having no lag problems. Usually this'll happen and it'll go back to normal in a day or when i restart the computer.

Maybe it's Optimum Online....
post #2 of 17
Are you running any kind of Anti-virus software?

If so, is it up to date and have you run a recent scan?

If not, here's a free online virus scanner:
<a href="http://housecall.trendmicro.com/" target="_blank">http://housecall.trendmicro.com/</a>

Also, if you don't already have this program, download <a href="http://www.lavasoftusa.com/" target="_blank">Ad-aware</a> to check to see if you have any spyware running on your system.

Oh, when was the last time that you defragged your hardrive?
post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 
Well, looks like i have quite a few corrupted files. Some of them were able to be cleaned, but these "BKDR" files that have been found either "cannot access" or are "non cleanable". 11 BKDR files so far and it's still scanning.

And i don't know what defragging is.
post #4 of 17
Quote:
wade:
Well, looks like i have quite a few corrupted files. Some of them were able to be cleaned, but these "BKDR" files that have been found either "cannot access" or are "non cleanable". 11 BKDR files so far and it's still scanning.

And i don't know what defragging is.
The virus scanner found those? Uh-oh, looks like you've got a worm. Does the scan identify the worm?

Is it "backdoor.sdbot?"

If that scan doesn't get everything, try <a href="http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/com/activescan_principal.htm" target="_blank">Panda</a>'s online virus scan.
post #5 of 17
Also, don't forget to run windows update and you can download free antivirus software <a href="http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_index.php" target="_blank">here</a>. AVG's pretty good.
post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 
Still having some lag problems. I've noticed that if the computer freezes up and i have to boot it back up again my Explorer Start page changes to "Global Finder". It's some kind of search engine.
post #7 of 17
Need to run something like add aware.
<a href="http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/" target="_blank">http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/</a>
post #8 of 17
SpyBot is for suxors. wink

Go with ad aware, its award winning.
post #9 of 17
I debated SpyBot for a while and downloaded it this morning. It's a nifty little sucker. Now I'd like to wrap my claws around the clown that used my email address over at Yahoo to send me porn. Thanks, but I'm not interested.
post #10 of 17
Ideally, you should run both Spybot and AdAware. it doesn't matter what order, but I've found that one product will sometimes find things that the other has missed.

At the very least, you should be running a sofware firewall like Zone Alarm, though having a hardware router with a built in firewall is a better level of protection, if you're on cable or DSL connections.

Update the definitions for Spybot, Adaware and any anti-virus software that you have and run the scans at least once per week. Defrag once a month. Backup, Format, and Reinstall once a year or so. This should keep everything in pretty good working order.
post #11 of 17
For defragging go into My Computer right click on your hard drive, click on Properties, click on Tools click on Deframent Now... if you have never done this before do it before going to sleep and let it run all night. If you want a better version buy Diskeeper.

Another (huge) cause of lag in MS is something called Indexing Service. Indexing allows Windows to constantly and continually index every file on your system to allow internal searches to go a couple of seconds quicker. To disable right click on your hard drive and uncheck Allow Indexing Service... and select all.

A slightly more advanced tip for WinXP users. XP loads up a couple of dozen services at start-up so every user could have every possible thing. In reality you only need 5-10 of these services running. Go to:

<a href="http://www.blkviper.com/" target="_blank">http://www.blkviper.com/</a>

click on WinXP Services under Features and followhis instructions exactly. If there is anything you don't get leave it alone.
post #12 of 17
I think you can download a trial of Diskeeper.
post #13 of 17
Just remember it's only for 30 days...
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
I see the defragging option when i right click on the harddrive, but i don't see the indexing option.

Anyway, this Message board seems to be running the slowest by far(especially when it comes to typing) when compared to others that i visit. Strange.....

The main page seems fine. Still having highlighting problems everywhere though.

Also, i just noticed that typing is fine here when i edit posts.
post #15 of 17
It's under the first tab General
post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 
still got these lag problems. It's strange, most main sites are fine. Message boards are a mixed bag. I got to Mark Millar's forum, that place runs fine. This board runs slow as hell. As a matter of fact, im typing my posts in the internet "address" space since there is no slowdown when i type.

I used Spybot and i found this thing GLOBAL FINDER that keeps popping up on my internet start page. I removed it, but it came back. Is there any way i can tell where this is coming from?
post #17 of 17
I agree with all of the suggestions above. If you defrag, make sure you do it in safe mode.
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