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Does a slow computer necessarily mean that it’s infected or is it just old?

My old computer was about 2.5-3 years old, and it was sitting in a room that made you sweat just by sitting in there.
Sure, a by-product of having an infected system is that is slows down the system, and my old computer was deemed dead by a dead motherboard. I’m wondering if the reason why is was so slow before its death. Are there any significant signs that a slow infected computer show that won’t appear on just an old, toasty, slow computer?

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4 Responses to “Does a slow computer necessarily mean that it’s infected or is it just old?”

  1. joelj1964 said:

    impossible to answer friend. Good luck!!

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  3. NO6664ME said:

    Yes,it could be infected with spyware,cookies,etc. or it just needs a good disk cleaning and defrag.

    Do this:
    1.Download and install these 3 free programs at CNET http://www.download.com
    1.Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware and update
    2. CCleaner
    3.Smart Defrag

    2.Open Malwarebytes and run a full scan and remove all infections.

    3. After the scan,open CCleaner and run both the cleaner (first)and the registry cleaner (second).

    4 After you have ran CCleaner,Open Smart Defrag and change the setting to Deep Optimization and run the program

  4. ribbone said:

    My computer had slowed down considerably after a year of usage and the reason had been the HDD. I had never cleaned it or run a defrag as the defragger would simply run taking ages and the fragmentation levels remained almost the same. But after a run with CCleaner and defrag using a proper defragmenter which does not leave out any fragmented files and also completed efficiently inspite of only about 6% free space, there was a noticeable improvement in performance. So I would say, a slow computer may not just be about infection or age, its also about HDD maintenance.




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