Longtime subscriber Greg H wrote about a computer slowdown with Windows 7:
Greg H. wrote:
I’m running an Intel clone machine with Win 7 Pro using a Microsoft wireless mouse and keyboard, which I have had no troubles with in the past. Lately, everything is just running super slow with lag times everywhere. Examples: 1 click of the mouse now takes several in rapid succession; right clicking the mouse takes several seconds at least for anything to happen; typing on the KB often has a lag before the letters show up on the monitor; clicking different tabs within Firefox seems to take forever before the screen changes over.
I am running Vipre Premium and PC Tools Performance Toolkit for registry maintenance. Whenever a deep scan is completed, no viruses or trojans are found, just some cookies and minor stuff. Why do you suppose my machine is running so slowly? Oddly enough, if I shutdown and unplug the power cord for awhile then power back up, the speed often returns. I am running an Intel mobo with Intel 2.8GHz chip and 4GB of RAM so the machine usually zips right along.
Can age be a factor here? Could my RAM sticks be crapping out? Should I scrap the whole wireless thing and go back to USB connections? It’s super frustrating to try to work with these major slowdowns. Any help is greatly appreciated.
I suggested to Greg that he try using WinPatrol to see what’s running in the background. I suspect that he’s installed something that’s basically taking up his computer time.
It could be malware, but VIPRE and the PC Tools kit should solve that.
Another thought is to try a different malware scanner. I use Malwarebytes Antimalware as a secondary scanner, but I do not allow it to run all the time, as it would probably battle with VIPRE or any other virus scanner for access to files. That’s why you don’t want to run two always-running antivirus programs simultaneously – scanning with one while the other is running is ok, but not both of them trying to protect the system at the same time.
I doubt that it’s Greg’s wireless networking that is causing the problem.
I also suggested that, when you clicks his mouse or does other things, he should watch your hard drive activity light. If it’s lighting up and staying lit, it would indicate hard drive or memory issues. With 4GB of RAM, that should be plenty, though. Hard drive problems could cause slowdown issues, as Windows tries over and over to read a portion of the disk.