Computer hard drive blowing

I have a Windows 7 Ult x64 and I seem to have a lot of running programs taking up memory and keeping the HD buzzing away. This is slowing down my browser use and I am wondering if the “Network Access Protection Agent” will keep web pages from adding things that do this in the background without my approval. I also found my TrendMicro Spyware protection was somehow turned off? Also, can I run CCleaner to remove this from my “Start-Up” program list? I am struggling to figure this all out? Do I have a potential Malware problem?

-Ronald

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Dane Morgan
Network Access Protection won’t help you with that. NAP is a tool for Network Administrators to prevent “unhealthy” machines from accessing the network. Machines without antivirus protection or firewalls, or that have outdated software, for instance, can be prevented from accessing and compromising the network.

If you are literally hearing a buzzing, it is much more likely that it is your power supply fan or your graphics card going out than your hard drive. If your hard drive starts making buzzing sounds, your computer stops working soon after. If your power supply is going out, or even, just it’s fan, the resulting heat generated and not dissipated will slow your computer down. The same can happen with a graphics card going out if you are loading anything that requires the card to work hard at all.

If you have for some period of time, been operating with no antivirus, a malware infection could very possibly be causing slowdowns as well. In this case, CCleaner and Malwarebytes are good choices since they assume you have been compromised when they scan.

Finally, if you are on a computer that came with Windows 7, your browser may just be more software than your computer can handle. Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 in 2015 and end of life when they won’t even issue security patches anymore is less than two years away. Chrome, in particular, requires a lot of memory, and each tab you open requires even more. You may simply not have enough system resources available

Ronald
The “Buzzing away” I was referring to is in actuality the HD indicator light staying on, not flashing as usual.
Dane Morgan
That makes more sense.

It really sounds to me like you are just using more system resources than you have available. Chrome, in particular, is well known for using a lot of memory, and the more extensions and tabs you have, the worse it gets.

Windows has a virtual memory system that will use your hard drive to store data normally held in RAM when there isn’t enough RAM available. It’s a contingency thing though, and not ideal. It is orders of magnitude slower.

The easiest, quickest fix for you would be to add more ( and faster ) memory to your computer if it is expandable. You could also try using software that uses less memory. Edge and Firefox Quantum both use less than Chrome, for instance.

And SSD hard drive would make it faster as well, though, that still isn’t as ideal as more RAM.