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Girlfriends computer is running really slow, need some help.

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Download Spybot Search and Destroy and see what that finds. Also run CCleaner to get rid of some temp files and other trash.

Most free virus programs are not really that great once a virus is already on there and wouldn't probably be able to get it off, so like others have said, it would be easier to back up important files and then reinstall.

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gotta say just because you make her, and you, sound ignorant about computers...

when is the last time a disc cleanup and disc defragment were done? those help a lot, and if she is using the machine heavily they should be done regularly.

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I'm with KK... based on your questions, it may be wise to let someone else mess with it.

It is honestly not very difficult to do a little troubleshooting on a PC, but if you have no clue what to do, you can cause more harm than good.

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Will AVG clean off the stuff that is already on there?

Yep.

Spybot is also good and the one panthro lists is probably fine.

Adaware is helpful too

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i gave up on those anti-spyware programs. sometimes malicious programs are disguised as them. i just keep my norton up to date now. its like 70 a year, but its worth not having the headache.

that and the two system tools i mentioned are all i do, and my laptop runs great.

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AVG is a virus. Use Malwarebytes to remove spyware and Panda Cloud for virus protection.

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Step 1: Grab hammer

Step 2: Give the laptop a few technical taps

Step 3: Look at GF and say, 'See I fixed it baby.'

Step 4: Slam the laptop on the ground and scream, 'THERE ARE NO WOMEN ON THE INTERWEBS!!! NOW GET YOUR ASS BACK IN THE KITCHEN AND MAKE ME A SAMMICH!!!'

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its a desktop FOF

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I wouldn't call somebody just yet, you do not want to spend 50 dollars on a 100 dollar computer.

This is what I would recommend for a quick fix it will take just a few clicks. The longest wait will be downloading the programs and running them which on that machine you should just let them run over night.

Download CC cleaner, run it. It will delete all of your temp files and recycle bin. It should speed things up a little bit.

http://download.cnet.com/ccleaner/

Malwarebyte's anti-malware is my favorite for removing the malware. If she has any other virus or spyware programs you need to remove them. Many of them start running when windows is trying to boot. It slows things down a lot. It will be counter productive.

http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html

If you want you can do a quick scan, restart the computer, then do a full scan. It may be quicker as the quick scan will remove a lot of the stuff that is hogging the system resources. It can then do the full system scan a lot quicker.

I don't think the drive needs to be defragmented. I can't remember back to the XP days but most computers do that automatically on a pretty frequent basis.

Keep the computer unplugged from the internet as much as possible while you are working on it.

If you want you can restart the computer in safe mode to make things even quicker. Restart the computer and press F8, select advanced windows boot options and choose safe mode with networking. Download and run the programs I listed.

This should take care of your problem. I would look for a computer friendly person to help you before paying somebody. It's just not worth it if you are on a tight budget.

I also want to add if she's using an old XP desktop then it's just a matter of time before it gets infected again, so you will need to make sure to check it regularly.

A gentlemen I know wanted to pay me 120 dollars to do something very similar for his daughter's old XP desktop. I talked him down to 50 and that was still too much. Don't spend money on a jalopy.

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