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I'm at my wits end with how slow my computer has become please help

#1White Wolf KibaPosted 9/6/2013 7:25:55 AM
The system is completely spyware and virus free.
I have BitDefender Internet Security which finds absolutely nothing
SUPER Anti spyware and MalwareBytes which don't run at all times to not conflict with BitDefender also don't find anything.

But the computer gets painfully slow at random for no reason at all....so slow in fact that I have to see this every now and then
http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/7554/1r99.jpg

yes folders take time to load, I've never seen this in my life even on slower computers.

My specs:
16GB RAM
GTX680 2GB
i7 3820

Games, emulators, programs everything runs flawlessly
but things are usually insanely slow when:
- The internet slows down/dies - it's as if something is trying to call home slowing the entire system down, disabling the update feature on the anti virus doesn't help
- When I launch some things for the first time after boot up or a restart, it's INSANELY slow
- It takes up to 10 minutes for the computer to become operational after an initial boot up despite windows itself and the desktop coming up in no time at all

The problem is, for the most part everything works fast
but when one of the above things happen the system becomes impossible to use, period.

It's as if there's lag even offline
as if I'm running everything through a cloud system or something, it's very strange and difficult to explain.

I've experienced this same stuff with other computers before, all clean and virus/spyware free.
It's as if my entire system depends on the internet connection which in the past few weeks has been pretty bad for me.

I don't know what type of SSD I have and I can't check because all it says is SATA ATA Solid State Drive or some such, atm I don't have my computer's documentation on me to see what it is.

I'm a graphics designer and illustrator and I constantly have work, I can't afford to deal with this crap even for a second let alone waste weeks trying to figure it out.

Formatting is out of the question because when it works, it works perfectly.
also I don't know what I'd do with all my licenses if I format, I have a legit license for all my crap and I don't understand how these things work after formatting.

I'm sure the problem can be identified AND fixed without having to reformat.
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#2White Wolf Kiba(Topic Creator)Posted 9/6/2013 7:26:58 AM
btw right now
everything works PERFECTLY fine

...but guess what
the internet also works perfectly fine

I can open a ton of folders with tons of files in them without so much as a single issue.

But when the internet slows down or i pull the ethernet cord...oh boy
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#3_GRIM_FANDANGO_Posted 9/6/2013 7:35:44 AM(edited)
Formatting is out of the question because when it works, it works perfectly.
also I don't know what I'd do with all my licenses if I format, I have a legit license for all my crap and I don't understand how these things work after formatting.


You are better off trying to figure out how to deal with these things when you format or go to a new OS once, than committing to NEVER formatting. If you are really at your wits end and it is a problem you have been trying to tackle for a long time but have been unable to, then in that case formatting may still be your fastest option.

My experience with bought software is that it is not hard at all to reinstall etc.
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#4White Wolf Kiba(Topic Creator)Posted 9/6/2013 7:52:56 AM
I have everything really nicely set up and as I said
the computer works fine as long as the internet works fine

like there's zero slowdown if the internet isn't slow

I've been thinking about using Linux for a while now since I always preferred Linux over windows for non gaming and just general computer use, but I don't know how safe it would be to install a distro to a USB HDD.
Like would it mess with my boot sectors on my internal HDD?

I don't want to open the computer and unplug stuff, I'm no good with that
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#5WeaponX1138Posted 9/6/2013 8:02:15 AM
You could format, reinstall everything and be back to where you want to be in just a few hours. This would also eliminate the possibility of it being a software issue.
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#6happyscrub1Posted 9/6/2013 9:30:48 AM
WeaponX1138 posted...
You could format, reinstall everything and be back to where you want to be in just a few hours. This would also eliminate the possibility of it being a software issue.


This.

I don't understand why people go thru so much issues to fix PC issues when they can just reformat.
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#7SteamsterPosted 9/6/2013 9:34:38 AM
happyscrub1 posted...
WeaponX1138 posted...
You could format, reinstall everything and be back to where you want to be in just a few hours. This would also eliminate the possibility of it being a software issue.


This.

I don't understand why people go thru so much issues to fix PC issues when they can just reformat.


Probably because they think it's inconvenient, despite being a pretty solid option when you're at your "wit's end."

I think having a snail paced PC is more inconvenient, but to each his own.
#8happyscrub1Posted 9/6/2013 9:41:28 AM
White Wolf Kiba posted...
Formatting is out of the question because when it works, it works perfectly.
also I don't know what I'd do with all my licenses if I format, I have a legit license for all my crap and I don't understand how these things work after formatting..


I think you would do better asking questions about the software you have and how to find out what you can keep if you reformat. You could have a factory reset "drive" on your computer that would give you everything back.
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#9jnblz316Posted 9/6/2013 9:47:36 AM
Steamster posted...
happyscrub1 posted...
WeaponX1138 posted...
You could format, reinstall everything and be back to where you want to be in just a few hours. This would also eliminate the possibility of it being a software issue.


This.

I don't understand why people go thru so much issues to fix PC issues when they can just reformat.


Probably because they think it's inconvenient, despite being a pretty solid option when you're at your "wit's end."

I think having a snail paced PC is more inconvenient, but to each his own.


What kind of motherboard do you have? I ask because my desktop was giving the same issue to an extent even after reinstalling windows. It would slow down to a snails pace and even after running every malware/spyware program I had it still did it. So I did some digging and found out the motherboard I had was recalled a few years back due to the certain Sata connections being faulty (6Gbps) and I had my HDDs connected into those specific ports. Once I switched to the 3Gps connections (those were not affected) my PC runs perfectly now. Try switching SATA connections to see if that's the issue.
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#10StormKMDPosted 9/6/2013 9:50:37 AM
The slowness might be the fact that you have 3 security systems on one computer. Get rid of them, get MSE and come back.
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