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Computer response time varies but is very slow, hard drive runs alot.

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by IH460, Feb 22, 2010.

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  1. IH460

    IH460 Thread Starter

    Dec 5, 2006
    Dell desk top running Windows XP Home Edition. Sometimes (usually early in the day, like now) it runs pretty well with decent response times. It often runs very slowly (esp. later in the day, ~after noon and later), taking minutes for ANY mouse click. When running slowly, the hard drive runs continually. Task Manager shows little CPU usage, but high Page File History log - which runs near 80% 'most all the time. Opening programs, printing, switching screens - anything - is painful during the slow times.

    Running AVG (was running McAfee before, it was slow then, too). Run CCleaner occasionally. We've been through this once before several years ago. We have four users defined on the system, but only two of us use it regularly now. Two other computers on our internet router run well.

    Looking for help - my wife is ready to have this unit "professionally cleaned" - I'll try you folks first. Thanks in advance. Let me know where to start.
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