I have a Dell Inspiron 9300 laptop (1.73 GHz with 1 gig of RAM running WinXP and McAfee Internet Security Suite) and have noticed that the performance of it has slowed down over the past several months. It is now taking almost a minute to completely load when powering on and is also taking longer for programs to load.
Last night I completed the following to resolve the problem to no avail and now I am stumped:
1) Cleaned up the hard drive by deleting all temp files and other files I no longer needed.
2) Uninstalled a program I no longer needed.
3) Ran SpywareBlaster and fixed the errors it found.
4) Ran Spybot S&D.
5) Ran AdWare and fixed the errors it found.
6) Ran RegCleaner and fixed the errors it found.
7) Defragged the hard drive though the defrag report stated it did not need to be defragged.
When I view the processes running on Task Manager, I have over 80 running. I am thinking that this is too many, however I do not know which processes I should stop and which processes are completely necessary to run the computer. I am worried that I will stop a process that needs to be run and further complications will occur. Also, if I end the process in the Task Manager, will I have to end the processes every time I reboot the laptop?
I would like to stop some of the start-up services when the laptop is powered on, however I do not know which start-up services are completely necessary to run at boot-time. I would greatly appreciate any advice you may have. I have had this laptop for a few months and it flew when I first purchased it, however now it seems to get more bogged down over time.
Thank you in advance.
August 30, 2006 10:56 PM
February 1, 2012 8:50 AM