Slow Computer

Is there a dignostic program that I can use to check my computer to get it to run faster?
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David-HowardConnect With a Mentor Commented:
There some good basic steps to take listed here.
http://askbobrankin.com/make_windows_xp_run_faster.html
The article mentions anti-spyware and anti-virus suites.
For antimalware I suggest:
www.malwarebytes.org 
For antivirus I suggest:
http://free.avg.com/
I would also suggest that you clear all of your Temp files, internet Temp files, etc.
You might also take a look at what is running at startup.
Click Start
Click Run
In the Run field type
MSCONFIG
Locate and click the Startup tab
This is a listing of items that run when you log on.
Most likely many of them can be removed. (Unchecked)
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Asta CuConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Operating System and what all is running, along with how current you are with WindowsUpdate is important.  Many tools, many reasons, so please do advise to make this most efficient for you.  The following tips can help improve your computer's performance. These examples use Microsoft Windows XP. Some of the screens may differ from version to version, but overall you'll find these tips work for all versions of Windows, including Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition (Me), Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista.

http://www.microsoft.com/athome/moredone/optimize.mspx
By following a few simple guidelines, you can maintain your computer and keep it running smoothly. This article discusses how to use the tools available in Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) and Windows Vista to more efficiently maintain your computer and safeguard your privacy when you're online.
http://www.microsoft.com/atwork/getstarted/speed.mspx
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/moredone/cleansweep.mspx
Windows Defender detects and removes spyware
Windows Defender is software that helps protect your computer against pop-ups, slow performance, and security threats caused by spyware and other unwanted software by detecting and removing known spyware from your computer. Windows Defender features Real-Time Protection, a monitoring system that recommends actions against spyware when it's detected, minimizes interruptions, and helps you stay productive.
The benefits of installing Windows Defender include: see this source link for more
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/defender/default.mspx
 
 
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