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How do I find out whats slowing down my computer???

My computer is going really slow lately and if I leave it on too long after a while it says "vitual memory too low" and shuts down all the programs.
MaggieD:

Try cleaning your browsing history and stored cookies. I have to do this frequently. That virtual memory is too low message is the tip-off. Go to Start/Control Panel/Internet Options/General Tab/Browsing History Delete/Then Delete All. That should speed it up. If you don't shut down your computer every day, you should do that as well. (If you're in IE7, you can simply to up to the right corner, click Tools/Delete Browsing History and go from there.

Monil:

Download the free program "SUPERAntiSpyWare". I was having problems like yours. I even had two of the best anitvirus programs, etc. but they were not blocking out malware and adware programs that were slowing down my computer. There is a good chance you have a problem with this. Also, it's worth buying that program and not just using the free download as it is one of the best on the market.

Overrandom:

here is a link Here is a link from microsoft web site that may help with your memory problem http://www.microsoft.com/atwork/getstarted/pcproblems.mspx#ETB
clear your history as MaggieD said and also defrag your hard drive.

Iaintskaredofhardwork:

thank ace this will be very useful!

Overrandom:

Your Very Welcome

The Oracle:

All those ideas are good. Additionally, I would download CCleaner from Piriform (formerly called Crap Cleaner)...free. Use it often. Also Ad-Aware from Lavasoft, removes cookies, mru's, other junk...run that a few minutes after you've opened some internet sites. Delete your cookies and browsing history, but also all your forms and passwords. Regularly delete history. You can also go into menus like DiscClean which will offer you suggestions on how to delete (if you want) programs you do not use to free up more space. Lastly, defragment, defragment, defragment..Did I say defragment?...LOL, this REALLY makes a difference......

The Oracle:

Forgot: also go to FileHippo or any site that offers free downloads..I got a Windows memory enhancer download free, and finally, I also went to Intel's site and actually found some programs that are free and accelerate Intel's chips.....

Overrandom:

I use CCleaner its a great program

Iaintskaredofhardwork:

thanks for the great ideas and dieter thanks for asking you all helped someone today!

Ed:

One of your programs has a memory leak. You can use the Task Manager to watch the memory usage for your programs and services.

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