I worked on another computer tonight that was bogged down and super slow. If you have this problems there are a few straightforward things you can do:
- See if any programs can be removed from the Add/Remove Programs list in Control Panel. Especially remove the toolbars and other suspicious programs. Sometimes McAfee and Norton products put an excessive strain on a system and should be removed.
- Install all of the latest Microsoft patches.
- If you removed McAfee or Norton earlier you can install AVG now.
- Scan for viruses and spyware.
- Adjust the startup environment so that very few programs launch at bootup.
- Check for plenty of free disk space.
- Check for adequate amount of RAM. Adding more can never hurt.
- Check to see if disk needs to be defragmented.
- Remove temporary internet files from Internet Explorer.
- Also clean out the inside of the pc to remove dust. That can cause overheating which will slow it down and cause it to fail prematurely.
That's a few things that should get you back on the right road to faster computing.