My whole computer has been running slow lately, so I'm going to be upgrading soon. Any help would be appreciated.
The key words here are "running slow lately
", which sounds like it could be a few things...
- Full/fragmented hard drive
- Device conflict
For spyware/adware, you nned to do some downloading. Go with Microsoft Windows Defender, Spybot, and AdAware. Run them in that order. They are all free and available at MajorGeeks.com:
Hopefully you are running an antivirus. If not... well, that's a whole 'nuther ballgame. Use a free online scan to check out your stuff. TrendMicro offers a great one:
For a full or fragmented drive, start with CCleaner to wipe out all the temporary crap, as well as to clean up your registry.
You also need to do a defragmentation. Windows comes with one, but it ain't so hot. Look at O&O; they offer a free and a paid version (yes, it is worth the money, and they give you a 30-day trial):
To check for device conflicta, first ask yourself if you have added anything to your comp lately, especially before it slowed down (like printers, graphics card, anything that attaches to the computer). If you answered yes, go into Device Manager and see if anything has an exclamation mark by it. If it does, it's having a problem.
See if any of this helps you out.