Has my PC run down? Should I replace it?

Question

Hi,

Everytime I use my computer now, it freezes up and gives me this error message "Danger - system is dangerously low on resources, please get out of (and then it states a program in use, usually IE that I have to get out of)".

Is this a problem I can fix with my existing computer (add more RAM etc.), or is it time to get a new computer?

This problem seemed to pop up the same time my kids started using AOL instant messaging with their buddy lists around 6 months ago. Is there a connection?

What is your opinion on the eMachines? Can you give me the pluses and minuses of this brand of computer?

Thanks a lot for your help. I enjoy your website/show. They are a big help.

Thanks.

Paul Lamb

Phoenix, AZ

Answer

This question was answered on January 17, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

I think your PC is fine It needs a little TLC.

Download a copy of AdAware from Lavasoft.com or from Tucows.com Run it to see if there are any Spyware programs running on your PC Remove the suggested programs, as many of these utilities can cause problems, aside from potentially watching and reporting every move you make on the Internet.

Before installing any downloadable utilities from the Internet, do a Google search on the files in question Use the name of the program along with the word "Spyware" as your search criteria Where there is Spyware, there will be someone to alert us common users to PC parasites.

Do a virus scan on your PC

Try to unload, or uninstall some of those programs which leave icons in your system tray (next to the clock)

These things alone will probably solve many ills.

At that point if you are still recieving the 'low resources message' you might want to add some more Ram If you have less than 128mb in there right now then it would be a good idea

If you still are having problems and the computer is 5 or more years older you might be looking at purchasing a new system.

E-machines are built as cheaply as can be Often, some components are difficult to repair or replace With the cost of PC's being as low as they are, spend the extra thirty dollars and go for something al little more reliable.

RG

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Posted by Robert of Mesa Community College on January 17, 2003