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notr33l

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So for the last few years my computer has been doing this thing where it will have consistent lag every 1-2 seconds. Sometimes the lag is really noticeable and other times it inst. It is definitely noticeable in games and even if I put the games all the way to minimum settings it will still do it.

I have had this problem for a really long time now and the only other 'hint' I have as to why it is happening is my Task Manager will show a ludicrous amount of RAM being used. Usually somewhere between 30%-60% of my ram even while idle. I should also mention I have 32 Gb of ram and closing programs doesn't change the percentage and doesn't even reflect the amount of ram being used in the first place.

I have tried everything from cleaning my computer with compressed air, to most recently installing malware-bytes to try and find something on my system. Has anyone gone through this problem before and was it a faulty component?

Here is all my system info:
OS Name Microsoft Windows 10 Home
System Manufacturer Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
System Model Z87X-D3H
System Type x64-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz, 3501 Mhz
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 32.0 GB
Graphics Card AMD Radeon R9 200 Series
 

askey127

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Hi notr331,
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Download and Run the Farbar Scan Tool
  • Download FRST64 and save to your Desktop.
  • Double click Frst64.exe to launch it.
  • FRST64 will start to run.
    • When the tool opens click Yes to disclaimer.
    • Press the Scan button.
    • When finished scanning, 2 logs will open on your Desktop, FRST.txt and Addition.txt
    • Please post them in your next reply.
If you lose track of them, they will be saved in the same location as FRST64.exe
Feel free to use separate replies if it's more convenient.

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askey127

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notr331,
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It's really important, if you value your PC at all, to stay away from P2P file sharing programs, like µTorrent, Bearshare, Bittorrent, BitComet, Azureus, Frostwire, Vuze, Shareaza, Bitlord.
There are NO Safe ones.
Criminals have "planted" thousands of infections in the shared torrent files.
Most of these recent infections will compromise your Security, and some can turn your machine into a useless "doorstop".
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Remove Installed Programs
Use Start > Settings > System > Apps and Features >
Highlight each Entry, as follows, one by one, if it exists, choose Uninstall, and give permission to Continue:

µTorrent
Java 7 Update 79
PassShow
PriceMinus

Take extra care in answering questions posed by any Uninstaller.
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REBOOT (RESTART) Your Machine
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Run A Fix With FRST
Download attached fixlist.txt file and save it to the Desktop.
NOTE. It's important that both the program FRST64.exe and Fixlist.txt be in the same location, or the fix will not work.
(Both on the Desktop is OK, or both in the same folder elsewhere)

Run FRST64 and press the FIX button just once, and wait. DO NOT PRESS THE SCAN BUTTON.
If for some reason the tool needs a restart, please make sure you let the system restart normally.
The tool may start automatically and complete its work after the system restart. Let the tool complete its run.
When finished, FRST64 will generate a log on the Desktop (Fixlog.txt). Please post the contents in your reply.

askey127
 

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notr33l

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Done and done! It is a bit hard to tell if it fixed the main issue but my computer seems to be running faster now. I will let you know in a little bit if the issue still persists. Thanks again for helping out and such!
 

askey127

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notr331,
You have a lot of items starting automatically.
First, Run this small fix:
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Run A Fix With FRST
Download attached fixlist.txt file and save it to the Desktop.
NOTE. It's important that both the program FRST64.exe and Fixlist.txt be in the same location, or the fix will not work.
(Both on the Desktop is OK, or both in the same folder elsewhere)

Run FRST64 and press the FIX button just once, and wait. DO NOT PRESS THE SCAN BUTTON.
If for some reason the tool needs a restart, please make sure you let the system restart normally.
The tool may start automatically and complete its work after the system restart. Let the tool complete its run.
When finished, FRST64 will generate a log on the Desktop (Fixlog.txt). Please post the contents in your reply.


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After that, you can do your own research on which item(s) are causing the problem.
The trial and error process of finding which one(s) are the troublemakers is easier for you, than one at a time online.

Install WinPatrol - Download and Install the Free WinPatrol, and view Instructions here: https://www.winpatrol.com/download.html
- WinPatrol is an active program that drops a "Scotty Dog" icon into the system tray (right click to check/change status), allows you to monitor/edit startups, services, Browser helpers, and prompts for permission if any program tries to change your system.
About startups:
If you right click the Winpatrol "ScottyDog" icon in the system tray, and choose "Display Startup Programs", you will see the list of everything that starts automatically on your machine.
If you highlight any one of them and choose "Disable", that program will no longer start automatically.
The program will still be on the machine, and still retained in the Programs list, but will now be listed as "Disabled".
If you change your mind, you can highlight the same program again and choose "Enable", so it will again start automatically.
In this way you can exercise complete control over how many programs start, and how loaded down your machine is.
Any program that has startup Disabled can still be used manually from Start > Programs.

askey127
 

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