View Full Version : Computer is running really horrible

28th December 2004, 01:34 PM
So my computer is running really bad, it did this a couple month ago for like a week and then everything went back to normal, i was wondering if i could get some help on what it might be? i think it might be my hard drive, it's a westerndigital 7500rpm 40 gig hd, but i have over 50% of it used right now, would that actually cause everything else on my computer to run really slow? for example, msn takes forever to sign on (i have broadband so it's weird) then when it signs on, the messenger windows pop up when i double click a contact but then the window freezes for about 30 seconds then works normal. another example, when i used windows media player, usually my musics loads with no time at all but not it takes 30 seconds to load and play. and when i play games, it takes for ever to load but once it does it runs fine. any help would be greatly appreciated

28th December 2004, 02:18 PM
Sometimes computers can start running slow due to the fact that they have spyware or adware installed on them. One quick suggestion would be to download Spybot Search & Destroy and/or Ad-Aware and do a scan on your PC. Another quick suggestion would be to do a virus scan, if you don't have one you can get a free one online by googling for AVG Anti-Virus.

Try that and if all the scans come back clean and the computer still seems to run slow then post back here.

28th December 2004, 02:56 PM
Maybe you need more RAM. That's the only way the hard drive would work slower. How much RAM do you have in your computer?

28th December 2004, 03:21 PM
Maybe you need more RAM. That's the only way the hard drive would work slower. How much RAM do you have in your computer?
He could possibly need more RAM, but that wouldn't really explain a degregation in his computer's performance. I could possibly see there being some affect if he was using a lot of his hard drive for virtual memory and was not to maybe something like only a few hundred megs free, but ~20GB free? My vote is still for some sort of spyware, adware, malware, or virus.

28th December 2004, 06:08 PM
well, i ran virus scan and i'm clean and i just emptied all my catches and i did an ad/spyware scan and i'm good. right now i have 1 gig ram. it happened as soon as i dled the half life 2 demo, i deleted it and it's been runnin slow ever since.

28th December 2004, 11:12 PM
Check the add/remove list for any suspicious programs.

Run this.

If it doesn't pick anything up, then try making/posting a HiJack This log.


Make sure you run the latest version, Run it from it's own directory and close all programs, eg. Internet Explorer, Outlook.

28th December 2004, 11:35 PM
it happened as soon as i dled the half life 2 demo, i deleted it and it's been runnin slow ever since.

While this likely isn't your problem, did you DELETE it, or UNINSTALL it? Because just deleting it would leave many registry keys as well as other bits of information stored in different locations, and your computer might appear sluggish.

Also, just for the fun of it, hit Ctrl + Alt + Del, go to the "Processes" tab, and look for any processes that are taking up a lot of RAM (i.e. over 30,000 K)

29th December 2004, 01:11 AM
hm you might want to run WinTasks http://www.share2.com/wintasks/screenshots.htm

and then see what tasks you have open. List the ones taking up a lot of RAM.

Or you could use ctrl alt del. your choice.

29th December 2004, 01:32 AM
http://img148.exs.cx/img148/8797/processes5il.jpghere are the processes running, the top one i dont recognize

29th December 2004, 07:06 AM
I doubt it's your RAM considering you have 1 gig, and I doubt it's your running processes considering your CPU usage is at 0%(incredibly low). You can try looking at the performance tab to check how much RAM is being used, but I doubt it is even close to 1 gig. svchost is normal, don't worry. I have a feeling you've skipped over something--something important.

5th January 2005, 08:28 AM
Did you install any games after deleting Half-Life 2?

5th January 2005, 01:00 PM
It could be that ur Hard Drive is fragmented since half of it were used. Try to use windows defragmentor see if it runs any faster.

5th January 2005, 03:00 PM
Your hard drive is probably really fragmented. Run a defrag program over night. If you have Norton, set it to just defrag the empty space first (which could be about with the space used from the HL2 demo). Let it go until it's finished. It might need to go overnight. From there, defrag everything else overnight. Then, turn off your computer for a few hours and try it again.

6th January 2005, 02:14 AM
aight, i'll try that, and hopefully that works, it crossed my mind to defrag my harddrive but i always second guess myself:P

John Basedow
6th January 2005, 02:52 AM
My svchost jumps from 7k to 30k for no apparent reason, too! WTF!

I just force quit it, and my computer runs fine. I don't know what this does, but it solves my problem sure enough.

It's probably the welchia worm. It abuses the svchost.exe process like no other. I've had this problem before, and it just came to my attention that this might be the problem.


Removal tool is found there.


Patch is there.