HIgh RAM-----slow PC

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by asta-la-Vista, Oct 4, 2009.

  1. Hi I looked for posts dealing with RAM and had trouble finding, I
    thought everybody had problems with slow PCs.........

    Now i need some advice please I have a Vista that is 1 1/2 years old
    and it had become really slow. RAM is high even when all applications
    are off and Firefox can use up to 1GB of memory and I have 2G/, I used
    software like RAMboost and did the long OnceCare scan with MCS,
    defragmented drives, increased the memory that can be used as RAM on the
    hard drive. etc.....many things recommended. still same nothing is
    changed after a short while.....

    Is reformatting and bringing back to how it was when I bought my only
    And should Firefox take a bloody 1 GB of RAM alone? I checked the
    processes in task manager and it seems I need all of them
    somehow..........and if that was the case if I reformat then wouldn't
    the same thing happen again?

    asta-la-Vista, Oct 4, 2009
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  2. Software like that is junk that is far more likely to worsen the
    problem than to solve it.

    Page File? Doing that was unnecessary.

    The two most likely things that would degrade your performance are
    what malware infection, and what background programs start up

    Malware infection is most likely. What anti-virus and antispyware
    programs do you run? Are they kept up to date?
    Ken Blake, MVP, Oct 4, 2009
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  3. Hi, antivirus....Avast/ use Spybot/ defender/ update always and scan...
    and the One care from mcs site which took like 4 hours......myabe us
    one or two malware stuff once.
    asta-la-Vista, Oct 4, 2009

  4. OK, good choice.

    But relying on those is *not* a good choice. I recommend downloading
    and trying the freeware versions of MalwareBytes AntiMalware and
    Ken Blake, MVP, Oct 4, 2009
  5. asta-la-Vista

    doc1234 Guest

    doc1234, Oct 9, 2009
  6. asta-la-Vista

    f/fgeorge Guest

    First STOP using RamBoost and other software like it! Vista has its
    own way of dealing with memory and your pc is trying to do 2 different
    things at once. When you installed FireFox IE was not uninstalled, it
    is still there. Try using it and see if the pc is faster, if so leave
    FireFox alone and use IE. Remember to upgrade IE to version 8 though!

    Second exactly when is the pc slow? Is it slow only on the original
    boot up and then fast after that? Is it slow all the time?

    Third go back to the defaults on all settings that affect memory and
    the harddrive. You are micromanaging from a point of slowness here and
    you need to go back and start over. By increasing the amount of
    harddrive space that is used as pretend ram, you have slowed down the
    pc, how much I can't tell. Too much is definately overkill, too little
    is not as bad. Which I am saying what I am saying, go back to the

    Vista is different than XP and does alot of things differently. You
    seem to be tweaking using XP settings not Vista ones.
    f/fgeorge, Oct 9, 2009
  7. In addition to what f/fgeorge said, have you run your disk cleanup tool?
    A load of temp files will definitely slow the computer down.
    Richard in AZ, Oct 11, 2009
  8. OK guys, thanks for the help. I removed Ramboost and ran all the malware
    stuff that was recomended. I used a purge software that erased many temp
    files etc...it helped for a few days but went back to the headacke. It
    starts fine and a few hours later slows down painfully. I will try IE
    but I have many addons in fox that I need like Zotero etc.....i do not
    understand I cannot use fox on my computer while the whole world uses
    1G of ram for fox I mean is that normal anywhere? I have had
    situations like this before and formatted the hard drive and things were
    fine for a good while. I do not see anybody recomending that, is it
    useless with this Vista mess? I will reset the things i remember I
    changed but this is not right. I have scanned this pc like there is no
    tomorrow, stopped many startup files. Is W7 much better than this crap?
    thanks again..........before I throw this at the wall and rest......
    asta-la-Vista, Oct 26, 2009
  9. asta-la-Vista

    f/fgeorge Guest

    Are you REALLY trying to run Vista in 1 gb of ram?!!!!!!!!! No wonder
    that darn thing is soooo slow, Vista tries to micromanage your memory
    and is swapping a ton of stuff to the hard drive! Vista is MUCH better
    in 2 gig and LOVES 4 gig, even though it only really sees 3.25 to 3.5
    gig of memory.
    f/fgeorge, Oct 26, 2009
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