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Old 12-24-2008, 03:26 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by Bo Aakerstrom View Post
Background processes are the likely culprits to slow systems. Add to that applications like Norton et al and various forms of malware.
System background processes like system services can take up a lot of CPU (no need for malware ). Another real killer is low memory (the more is loaded initially, the less you have left, and that tends to increase with time, too) so you hit virtual storage - even if you have ample of the latter, disk access is much slower than memory access, and especially so if the disk is badly fragmented (and it will only get more so the more virtual memory is used).

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