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Computer incredibly slower than what It previously was.

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    Computer incredibly slower than what It previously was.


    Recently, my 8.1 has been at least twice as slow as a month previous, and I've downloaded almost nothing other than basic things such as Steam, AVG, etc..

    Skype would crash and I would need to restart it, upon booting it back up, it would need another restart.

    Chrome would lag and tabs would open with a huge delay, pages would go unresponsive like crazy, and all downloaded things on my PC such as Steam would crash and require a reboot.

    Please, any suggestion would help.

    I don't have a good enough income to afford a new PC without saving up for at least two years, so that means I can't buy a new PC for a while, or until a holiday such as Christmas. But it's very unlikely.

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    Trnava
    Posts : 683
    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    CCleaner might help by cleaning up caches and similar.
    If you use AVG Free, disable linkscanner and email scanner.
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    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    I always run sfc /scannow in such situations just to be sure the core system is OK.

    Then there is making sure your drive is up to par. A chkdsk /r from Administrator command prompt may help. It can take hour(s) to run though. I was having random problems months back, ran it and haven't had problems since.
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    What are the specs of this computer? Have you looked at what programs/processes are running in the background? You might have picked up malware from somewhere.

    I would uninstall AVG and use something else. It was a great program in its day, but is now a huge resource hog. Don't know anything about Steam, but looking at their website, it seems a likely way to end up with toolbars and other junk you don't need.
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    North Yorkshire
    Posts : 95
    Windows 8 Pro 64 bit


    My two neighbours had the same problem, partly due to older computers. However after running Ccleaner and removing unwanted programs and removing their 3rd party A/virus program( which can be quite hungry beasts) and replacing with the inbuilt Windows Defender they both had a marked improvement in speed. Keeping things as slim as you can and run Ccleaner and defragmentation to ensure the best possible performance.
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    I would try booting into safe mode and seeing if it's still very slow. IF it is, then I would suspect hard drive problems -- especially since attempting to download stuff causes the PC to crash.
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Computer incredibly slower than what It previously was.
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