New Asus laptop is slow

Stelline

Estimable
Feb 16, 2015
5
0
4,510
0
Hi, I have an Asus X551M running Windows 8 that's less than a month old and it is sloooooow. Web browsing is a little slower than I'd like but marginally acceptable - running anything else is just stupidly slow. I've changed the power option to high-performance, removed as much of the bloatware as I could, and the laptop is still very slow. The laptop I had previously (HP Pavilion g6) was nowhere near this slow and it was older and not as (theoretically) powerful. What gives? Am I screwed, or is there a way to make the Asus run like... well, like it's a new computer?
 

Stelline

Estimable
Feb 16, 2015
5
0
4,510
0


Malwarebytes reports no problems, HDD defragmented. No noticeable change, computer still stupidly slow.
 

Stelline

Estimable
Feb 16, 2015
5
0
4,510
0


Nothing out of the ordinary.
To be more specific: Avast, Hamachi (for gaming), Skype, hkcmd module, and igfxtray module. Everything else I disabled (like the Asus Product Register program and Google Update).
 

PizzaTheHutt

Estimable
Jan 2, 2015
198
0
4,710
37
Avast is a massive resource hog so if you can, try installing something like kaspersky. Also, is your hard drive OK? Try running some SMART info checkers and post what it says
 

Stelline

Estimable
Feb 16, 2015
5
0
4,510
0


Okay so, I switched antiviruses (I saw several lists that said Avira was good and not a resource hog), and the SMART info checker says that everything's good. Computer still slow. Maybe a tiny bit less slow, but still way too slow for a computer that's less than a month old.
 

PizzaTheHutt

Estimable
Jan 2, 2015
198
0
4,710
37


OK, is this just when opening things or does it slow down when doing a specific action on the computer?
 

Stelline

Estimable
Feb 16, 2015
5
0
4,510
0


It's pretty much consistently slow all the time. Web browsing is slow, opening a program (any program) is slow, running a program is slow... I've only installed a couple of games since buying the computer (neither of which are exactly high-resource games), but the computer acts like I've had it for years and made serious attempts at downloading every picture there is on the internet.
 
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