Is this a good deal and a computer that will do what I normally do? I just browse and research stuff mainly. I don't do gaming.
I can buy this tower for less than it would cost me to have my hard drive cleaned up and any viruses or malware removed so my old computer will get back to maximum speed. I have just let it get loaded up with junk and I don't know how to delete it so I will have to take it to the shop and they want about $150 and up to clean everything up and reinstall what I want to be reinstalled depending on the amount of bench time involved.
My current computer is running slow and freezing up occasionally, requiring a restart. Just loaded up with crap and about out of space on the hard drive. I have a high-speed fiber-optic internet connection and everything used to snap up immediately when I clicked the mouse. Now it sometimes takes up to 10 seconds or so to go from one page to another. I also have a CPU fan that is acting up periodically and needs replacing. Ralph did a cleanup on a former computer for me and I think he said it took him several hours to straighten everything out. This machine is about 6 or 7 years old and I have it booted up and running all day every day. I turn it on at about 7 each morning and don't shut it down until I go to bed at 11 or 12 at night. I am in a quandary as to whether it is time to buy a new machine or to fix this one.
Post by clarencebunsen on Oct 24, 2019 10:54:11 GMT -5
I have noticed some slowdowns with the recent updates but not much can be done about that until Microsoft fixes its fixes.
Clean ups can be done in baby steps. Start by evaluating what you have on it and what you need on a regular basis. I have the full Office installed. I use Word every day. I have used a spreadsheet once in the last year. I don't believe I have opened the data base since I bought this computer 6-7 years ago. I also have the free Libre Office which came pre-installed. Obviously a lot of overkill.
Before you do anything drastic, create a backup of your files. I bought an external hard drive a few years ago. Plug it in, tell it to back up Keith's files and go play with something else for awhile. It will create a dated backup of my files. Which reminds me, I need to do that. LoL.
Photos can take up a lot of room. I have been trying to download mine to SD cards. That way I can play them on an electronic picture frame. Last month we had our Alaska vacation from a few years ago playing. I need to set something new up, perhaps something featuring grandkids.
No need to do it all at once, set aside a little time each day to review files and decide what can be thrown away and what can be moved to back up. Speaking of which I need to do that with my lodge files. I am not secretary anymore, official minutes are all printed out, I don't need electronic copies anymore.
I took your advice and went into the control panel and started uninstalling some of the things that I don't use. I googled each of them so I knew what they were and that I could dump them without affecting anything else. I got rid of 4 or 5 programs that were probably running in the background, slowing the computer down. The tech at the shop told me that seeing as how I am running a good security program chances are slim that I would have a virus embedded.
One biggy that I am sure was a major offender was Firefox. When I installed Microsoft Edge, I didn't uninstall Firefox. With that and a few other programs eliminated, things are running faster already. Thinking back to when Dave was still alive, I remember him telling me that Firefox occupied a lot of space on the hard drive or whatever.
Thanks for the advice CB. Looks like I will be okay for now other than taking my machine in for them to replace the CPU fan and just give it a general check-up. I think I will like the new shop that has come to town. They have enough technicians working to be able to have one tech assigned to the front counter to do quickies and walk-ins while you wait. They told me that the part would only be about $7 and that they could replace it in about 15 minutes.
Who knows. Maybe Santa will bring me a new computer for Christmas. However, I might have to give him a copay of some sort, or split the cost with him.
Last Edit: Oct 24, 2019 16:31:57 GMT -5 by Clipper
I'm having the same issue. Freeze ups, runs slow, etc. I'm using Avast for virus protection, SuperAnti Spyware & CCCleaner. I run a virus scan every couple weeks but it never picks up anything. This computer is only a year old this August. Very frustrating.
Post by Pizzaballa on Oct 24, 2019 20:18:04 GMT -5
I have AVAST. You know what I have been doing. Well if you run the performance check the results will tell you what programs are slowing down your computer then if you pay then so much money they will get rid of what your do not need. Ha Ha I did it on my own and got rid of some junk I do not need and holy cow my laptop is dancing.
Not a good deal Clipper, at all............... I can buy one on Amazon "renewed" for $83.00.
I would try cleaning it up yourself, use the CCrap Cleaner and it will help you along with some of it. Perhaps we could get together on the phone on one of my days off and I can walk you through a bunch of stuff to get rid of some of your other problems.
If you want to consider a new one, touch base with me first. I spent less on the one I ordered to y specs than what they wanted for something less in most places. It will easily last me another 7-10 years.
I ran Ccleaner and it cleaned up a lot of crap, and the machine is running quite a bit faster. I occasionally get a pop-up Microsoft message in the bottom right corner of the screen that says "High CPU Usage, Microsoft Edge content process." What does that mean?
Here's a link for you to check out. Scroll past the advert that says, " For various PC problems, we recommend this tool." and go on to read the article and what it entails. If you feel comfy with it go ahead and try it, if not wait and we can touch base on some things. You may need to just stop some things from starting when your PC starts up. You wouldn't believe the crap that runs in the background.