Recently I was seeing my PC getting slower, so I started using autoruns to see how many things were automatically starting up when I turned it on. I was surprised to see that according to autoruns there were 293 things starting up.
That's under the "Everything" tab so it includes everything, services, drivers, update checkers, the whole ball of wax. Is that normal?
No, I don't have an SSD
I use Avast antivirus and keep it up to date. It's been some time since I did a scan.
I don't have any programs set to start at startup. Some of the items are exe's but they seem to be support for other things such as antivirus, printer, etc.
I did defrag the HD and it has plenty of free space. In nine years taking care of PC's and networks at an industrial plant here I don't remember ever having a HD cause slowdowns for any other reason. You are right, that is something to check and I appreciate your mentioning it. Do you know of any other HD issues?
well... every single time before my 1.5tb drives died on me they had serious slowdown for about a week or more.
then i started getting some freeze ups and blue screens.
honestly its worth looking into but i wouldnt focus all of your attention on that.
if your pc just started getting slow recently... like all of a sudden.... then perhaps try system restore to back before there was a problem. it could be something you installed bogging the system down.