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April 9, 2014 2:31:23 PM

My PC has been going slow as hell recently and i have no idea why.I regularly fragment it, Virus scan it with Microsoft defender and I clean out cache files also, from my web browser . The main reason I don't understand why it goes slow is because of my great specs:
Intel core I5 4670k @ 3.4
Amd Radeon 7950 3Gb
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500gb
Windows 8.1
If it matters, I custom built this PC myself and up to about 3-4 weeks ago it started to go slow will it help if I uninstall some games because I have an assload of programs installed but I need thats stuff but I can remove 10 of the 58 Games I have installed

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April 9, 2014 2:34:07 PM

your system is only as fast as the weakest link... that's a slow hard drive by today's standards.

Do you have the thing full? mechanical drives slow down as you get them full
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April 9, 2014 2:35:43 PM

How many background processes do you have running? Hit ctrl+shift+esc and check the processes tab. How many are there?
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April 9, 2014 2:44:04 PM

Zain Mukati said:
My PC has been going slow as hell recently and i have no idea why.I regularly fragment it, Virus scan it with Microsoft defender and I clean out cache files also, from my web browser . The main reason I don't understand why it goes slow is because of my great specs:
Intel core I5 4670k @ 3.4
Amd Radeon 7950 3Gb
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500gb
Windows 8.1
If it matters, I custom built this PC myself and up to about 3-4 weeks ago it started to go slow will it help if I uninstall some games because I have an assload of programs installed but I need thats stuff but I can remove 10 of the 58 Games I have installed

We need to quantify 'slow'. How slow, just horribly sluggish, obviously something wrong? Just a bit less snappy then when it was new? And during what activities do you notice this? Booting, surfing, gaming, general windows operation? All of the above? We need details here.

One word of advice - if you suspect malware you CANNOT count on windows defender to find or remove a virus that has already gotten past it, you will need to scan with a dedicated virus checker/remover like malwarebytes, which is a free download.
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April 9, 2014 2:47:09 PM

my answer is: use windows 7, get ssd and forget about those slow hdd's that needs to fragmented, do not use firewall, antivirus or any auto update for anything.
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April 9, 2014 3:34:06 PM

lowriderflow said:
your system is only as fast as the weakest link... that's a slow hard drive by today's standards.

Do you have the thing full? mechanical drives slow down as you get them full


What would U say is a good hard drive by todays standards btw the hard drive has 500 gb and 425 gb is full so you might be right
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April 9, 2014 3:35:01 PM

notherdude said:
Zain Mukati said:
My PC has been going slow as hell recently and i have no idea why.I regularly fragment it, Virus scan it with Microsoft defender and I clean out cache files also, from my web browser . The main reason I don't understand why it goes slow is because of my great specs:
Intel core I5 4670k @ 3.4
Amd Radeon 7950 3Gb
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500gb
Windows 8.1
If it matters, I custom built this PC myself and up to about 3-4 weeks ago it started to go slow will it help if I uninstall some games because I have an assload of programs installed but I need thats stuff but I can remove 10 of the 58 Games I have installed

We need to quantify 'slow'. How slow, just horribly sluggish, obviously something wrong? Just a bit less snappy then when it was new? And during what activities do you notice this? Booting, surfing, gaming, general windows operation? All of the above? We need details here.

One word of advice - if you suspect malware you CANNOT count on windows defender to find or remove a virus that has already gotten past it, you will need to scan with a dedicated virus checker/remover like malwarebytes, which is a free download.


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April 9, 2014 3:36:36 PM

notherdude said:
Zain Mukati said:
My PC has been going slow as hell recently and i have no idea why.I regularly fragment it, Virus scan it with Microsoft defender and I clean out cache files also, from my web browser . The main reason I don't understand why it goes slow is because of my great specs:
Intel core I5 4670k @ 3.4
Amd Radeon 7950 3Gb
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500gb
Windows 8.1
If it matters, I custom built this PC myself and up to about 3-4 weeks ago it started to go slow will it help if I uninstall some games because I have an assload of programs installed but I need thats stuff but I can remove 10 of the 58 Games I have installed

We need to quantify 'slow'. How slow, just horribly sluggish, obviously something wrong? Just a bit less snappy then when it was new? And during what activities do you notice this? Booting, surfing, gaming, general windows operation? All of the above? We need details here.

One word of advice - if you suspect malware you CANNOT count on windows defender to find or remove a virus that has already gotten past it, you will need to scan with a dedicated virus checker/remover like malwarebytes, which is a free download.


Thanks you were right there was about 3 trojans on my system and it was going a bit slower
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April 9, 2014 3:37:29 PM

nitrium said:
How many background processes do you have running? Hit ctrl+shift+esc and check the processes tab. How many are there?


no i use task manager and close off any bs programs im not using
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April 9, 2014 4:22:28 PM

Zain Mukati said:
nitrium said:
How many background processes do you have running? Hit ctrl+shift+esc and check the processes tab. How many are there?

no i use task manager and close off any bs programs im not using

I'm talking about the number of Processes, NOT applications! Most processes are BACKGROUND tasks. If you click the Processes tab you can see how many and which processes are using the CPU.

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