I Think Maybe You've Given a Clue.....
by tobeach - 3/29/07 1:28 AM
In Reply to: Hard drive size by Paige1
"I really don't run any programs. I sometimes have a couple websites open if I want to keep them to view on another day. I'll have my hotmail and outlook express open..." I think you're spreading your limited system resources over too many (open) baskets.
I could be wrong but I believe each time you open a 2nd or 3rd web site (for example) you CUT YOUR ISP SPEED basically in half.
If you were 56K dial up and kept 1st site open while opening a 2nd your net speed would then be 33k, a third down to 16.5. Outlook Express equals another (access cut). Similar to splitting incoming line between 2,3 or more computers.
I suggest instead, you create additions to "Favorites(IE) or Bookmarks(Mozilla)lists for those sites. that way you can pop from one to the other quickly without cutting speed. Closing the 1st allows 2nd to open at full capacity.
Pictures (depending on size) can be very large & slow to load.
If you have MS automatic update enabled, it could be checking & downloading large updates in the background while you're on line. This can really suck up resources. Better to disable & check manually & download at a time convenient when not doing other online things.
RE: OE: OE keeps a channel open to your machine as long as you have mail labeled as "unread" (also if you're using the open and wait for a "You have mail" function). OE also has a back channel that can be used by malware to deliver pop-up ads or worse.
Suggest you check mail, read what you want, the at upper left click on "EDIT" and at very bottom of drop down, click "Mark All Read". This will close that open channel. Then just close OE.
You can get AdawareSE from Lavasoft (FREE)which will find & remove ad cookies and they have a (FREE) add-on which will disable the OE back channel.From: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/
I may get rid of my Hotmail! They not only download a large amount of ads (some of which can even damage your machine by causing conflicts or just by poorly programmed ;Ad Farm & Mediaplex ads come to mind). MSN AD networks were recently invaded by the Winfixer infection. Yahoo AD is currently getting hit by same which can cause infection or viewers machines. Additionally, Hotmail has started adding LIVE LINKS into users posts which could lead to trouble (like Winfixer) and your contacts may think you added the link for them to see! At very least Hotmail is using you to get their ads past your contacts junk mail box & directly into their safe "IN BOX".
There are several more items which may be slowing things down:
Major build up of ever accumulating files in system restore, temp files (reg & internet), index .dat (full history of everywhere you went since day machine was new), re-directs thru multiple servers
(invisible to you), needed defrag or disk clean-up etc.
A great little cleaner program (CCleaner)(Free) can remove most of these in under 5 seconds if you use once per day. First cleaning pass may take 10 minutes to clear backlog (often 100 or more megs of junk).
The following link to one of my posts will give you Dwnld Link & instructions:
Spybot Search & Destroy (Free) will remove many spies & will (in advanced mode) allow you to see ALL programs running in the background at start up. You won't believe how many. It also, there, allows you to disable un-needed ones temporarily or long term by checking/unchecking box by each one.
Mine had 23 listed, I disabled all but 3 (not counting system inis).
The disabled ones will still start when you call for them(like printer or media player if you land at site needing it) if you click icon on your desktop
Some Anti-Virus/security progs are major system hogs (you don't mention yours) but Symantec/Norton & McAfee come to mind. There are ones lighter on system like AVG (Grisoft) which maybe a consideration.
Hope this helps some.
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