Slow computer

Fri, 2010-08-06 17:09 by Brigham · Forum/category:

I have recently had a problem of a slow computer. (Windows xp) My desktop appeared, but when I tried to get on to the internet or even access my music or Microsoft games, nothing much happened. The task manager showed several things going on, but not using a lot of processor, but I could hear the thing "chuntering on". In desperation I uninstalled Mozilla Firefox, and went back to internet explorer. This has cured the trouble. I would be interested to know what really caused the problem, and whether it will occur with internet explorer. Any ideas?

Disk vs. processor

Fri, 2010-08-06 20:23 by admin

One interesting observation is that our minds and tools are still set for a scarcity of processor power, but in fact nowadays it is more often the hard disk that becomes the bottleneck.

One tool is still the Task Manager, but you have to configure it to show you the disk operations. It still doesn't show them as graphs, merely as numbers, but that's better than nothing. The high and fast-rising numbers indicate the tasks hogging the hard disk.

What the cause of the slowness was is now difficult to determine. It could have been some Firefox plugin or even some malware infection of that browser.

Slow computer

Tue, 2010-08-17 09:02 by Brigham

I think that I have found the problem. I had noticed that in the task manager the MpMsEng was doing a lot. I have tried to uninstall Ms Security essentials. It wouldn't uninstall and I had to open it and uninstall all the seperate bits, using the unlocker application. Even then I got a warning about Ms antimalware that was still on my computer. I had to use the unlocker again to get rid of it. As you can guess my computer will need a lot of reorganisation, as in trying to get to the bottom of the problem, I fiddled about with it. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that everything will be OK now.

Shouldn't use much

Tue, 2010-08-17 11:01 by admin

I use MS Security Essentials on some computers. (On others I use Avira Antivir or Panda Antivirus.)

In my experience none of these uses computer resources excessively, but it is always possible that something goes wrong and a program runs wild.

Disc vs Processor

Sun, 2010-08-08 09:22 by Brigham

After your reply, I had cause to open the task manager. It was almost as if you had reconfigured it. After the CPU column another column has appeared entitled Mem Usage. The numbers are in "K's" which I presume is kilobytes. These are very big numbers indeed. At least now I will be able to see how much "hogging" is being done, and by what. I know you didn't do it, but thanks for all your help anyway.

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