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Slow computer won't complete Disk Defrag

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Last response: in Windows 7
March 28, 2013 6:47:36 AM

My work computer is less than a year old. I have antispyware and Avast Antivirus on it. It has become really slow and now, when i go into the disk defragment, it starts then won't go past 30%?? I figured if i could defrag it, i could speed it back up a bit. Any suggestions?

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a b $ Windows 7
March 28, 2013 6:58:20 AM

Your first mistake was to put anti spyware and avast in the system.
Free downloads like this spell disaster. Avoid them always.
Use only a professional all in one security system, such as Kaspersky, Norton, Panda, etc...
Loading two different security systems causes compatibility issues, and system conflicts. You just found out about that...

Delete ALL free downloads and junk programs that you installed from the internet...IF you can.
Turn OFF all security and firewall.
THEN do a defrag.

If you managed to do that, then try this:
Click Start, Click Control Panel,
Look at the top of the window, in the path bar you see “control panel >”
Click on “>” (in the path bar) now click on “all control panel options.”
(This will open up all the hidden controls available)
Click Power Options
click on the arrow to “show other plans”
Check the Box that says "high performance"
Click (in high performance) "change plan settings"
Turn off display: set to NEVER
Put the computer to sleep: set to NEVER
Click: Change advanced plan settings
Scroll down the list: Click on the + signs to expand the choices for each item on the list.
Require a password on wake up: set to NO
Hard disk: turn off the hard disk: set to NEVER
Wireless adapter settings:
Sleep: set to NEVER
Allow Hybrid sleep: set to NEVER
Hibernate after: set to NEVER
Allow wake timers: set to disable
USB settings:
USB selective suspend setting: set to NEVER
Power Buttons and lid:
Power button action: Setting: set to shut down
Sleep Button Action: set to: do nothing
PCI Express:
Link State Power Management, Setting: OFF
Processor Power Management: Minimum state (set to) 7%

System Cooling Policy: setting: Active
Maximum State (set to) 100%
Turn off display after: setting: NEVER (turning off display automatically can cause freezing also)
Turn off the monitor power manually, when you want it off. Don’t use the auto monitor turn off.
Multimedia Settings:
When Sharing Media: Setting: Prevent idling to sleep
When Playing Video: Setting: Optimize Video
Click OK

Open the bios set up and make sure "cool and quiet" is OFF. (AMD)
If there is a power saver or a "quiet mode" in the bios, shut it off...
There may be a performance setting in the bios setup you have...make sure it's cranked up to max.
in the bios, see that the allocation for video, if available, is maxed.

Now open the hardware manager profiles...
click start
click computer
click system properties
click device manager
double click on mice and other pointing devices
right click on HID compliant mouse
left click on properties
click on the power management tab
UN-check the box that says: "allow the computer to turn off this device to save power." (there is now NO check mark in this box)
click OK

Now repeat this procedure for all mice, monitors, keyboards, and ALL USB ports on the device manager list.

You must open ALL the devices one at a time, as above, and turn off the power saver, for each device.

NOW turn all the security back ON. NOW open your security antivirus. Make sure the antivirus is set to "gaming mode." Or "multimedia mode."
This prevents the security updating from interrupting your game / multimedia priority.
IF the security does not have "gaming mode" or "multimedia mode" get different security.
IF you are using "free" security downloaded from the internet, get rid of it NOW.
Use ONLY professional all in one security. DO NOT load multiple mismatched security programs, which conflict with each other.
DO NOT load free tools into your system such as: "driver sweeper" or any of that "free" goofy stuff.

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a b $ Windows 7
March 28, 2013 7:08:41 AM

what anti spyware program? how much room left on drive?
a c 1356 $ Windows 7
March 28, 2013 7:31:12 AM

soundguruman said:
Your first mistake was to put anti spyware and avast in the system.
Free downloads like this spell disaster. Avoid them always.
Use only a professional all in one security system, such as Kaspersky, Norton, Panda, etc...

I stopped reading right there. While you are correct that one should not have two antivirus applications on one PC, there is nothing wrong with Avast as an antivirus.
And we do not know specifically what the OP meant by "antispyware".
March 28, 2013 7:49:02 AM

Avast has never given me an issue with any of the other 5 computers i have it on. I also have the SuperAntiSpyware on all 5 computers. But for some reason, my computer that i use here in the office, of which im very careful where i go on it, is the one messing up. I don't go to You Tube, i don't play games, and i don't go anywhere other than my usual work websites which are already protected. I just don't understand why it will start the defrag, and quit/hangup at 30%?
a c 292 $ Windows 7
March 28, 2013 8:06:37 AM

a b $ Windows 7
March 28, 2013 8:25:53 AM

avast has had plenty reported issues, don't you read tom's hardware? I would never install that stuff.
a b $ Windows 7
March 28, 2013 9:26:03 AM

How much of the disk is free ? This is common when there's not enough empty space

SuperAntiSpyware ius something I'd drop ..... although it will NOT cause any problems with Avast as SAS includes no real time scanning feature.

It is specifically designed to be compatible with other security applications, and therefore can be used even when those other applications are incompatible with anti-spyware products, such as Kaspersky....SUPERAntiSpyware received a "POOR" rating from PC Magazine, which complained that it had no real-time protection and the lowest detection rate and lowest score in a malware removal test

The can not use two antivirus programs mantra is a fallacy. What is true is that it is unwise to use two "active" anti virus programs at the same time; they will interfere with one another. However, it is totally safe and quite prudent to use one program as an active scanner and then have a second program run periodic (passive) scans on demand or on a schedule. This is "policy" on most forums that I have managed or worked on which maintain online libraries going back to the late 1980s. Every file must be scanned by at least 2 AV programs before getting released for public consumption.
a b $ Windows 7
March 28, 2013 10:09:39 AM

still don't know the room left on the drive. this is the 3rd time asking.