Pc running slow


i was wondering what sotware is out there to resolve issues with pc that are running slow as if it had been formatted and had a reload of windows.  
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Anti-Spyware: www.superantispyware.com
      - http://www.superantispyware.com/downloadfile.html?productid=SUPERANTISPYWAREFREE

System Cleaner & Optimizer: www.iobit.com 
       -  http://www.iobit.com/advancedwindowscareper.html?Str=download   (Advanced WIndows Care Personal)
       - http://www.iobit.com/iobitsmartdefrag.html?Str=download (Smart Defrag)

Avast Antivirus: www.avast.com 
       - http://avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html

Make sure your computer is updated with the latest drivers from Microsoft & hardware vendors. Run these programs and they should help you out quite a bit.

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Is it also slow in Safe Mode?
If no, take a look at your SCU (MSCONFIG) and carefully disable the appropriate startup programs as described here>

This article may also be helpful>
"Optimize XP":
Just a reminder; rapidly tap F8 key during boot to enter Safe mode.

Could you provide a little more detail for us please, for example, is the laptop internet access also slow and have you thoroughly tested for Malware and viruses?

If you still have the problem after following all of the suggestions above, suggest you download, install and run Trend HijackThis 2.02:

The technique is to create a folder where you would like the HijackThis file to reside, and run it from there, not from the Desktop or a temp folder. It is important that you download this file to its own folder as this folder will be used when HijackThis makes backups. Temp folders get deleted, taking with them HJT's 'backups' of items that were 'fixed'.

Run Hijackthis scan, save the log file, then copy and paste the logfile by clicking the "Attach File" box, then pasting into the dropdown page.  We can then advise what to 'Fix'.

Guide and Tutorial on using HijackThis should you require it:
If you're familiar with using HijackThis you'll know what items to FIX, but if you're in any doubt, & require advice, please copy and post the logfile here so that we can analyse it & advise what entries to Fix.
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