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Any good software to make my computer run faster again?

by kgf10 / September 17, 2009 11:37 PM PDT

I hear so many bad things about these free software download scams that try to sell you sotware instead of trying to help. If anybody has any links that work without attacking please let me know,

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Scan your computer
by Donna Buenaventura / September 18, 2009 9:59 AM PDT

using online scanners or on-demand scanners to remove any rogue program or malware infection:

Below online scanner requires IE:
ESET Online Scanner: http://www.eset.com/onlinescan/
A-squared Web Malware Scanner: http://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/ax/
SUPERAntiSpyware Online Scanner: http://www.superantispyware.com/onlinescan.html

Below online scanners will run in Firefox and IE:

Trend Micro Housecall: http://housecall.trendmicro.com/
F-Secure Online Scan: http://www.f-secure.com/en_EMEA/security/security-lab/tools-and-services/online-scanner/index.html

Please temporary disable your antivirus program if the online scanner found infection and in the process of removing them. This is to avoid conflict or interference in the removal process.

Or you can scan using Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware:

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by bozotheclown138 / September 18, 2009 2:21 PM PDT

thats not making it faster thats just scanning for viruses and such. anyhow ccleaner, advanced system care free, smart defrag, and disabling startup items and services. and for AV use one that isnt a hog like mcafee. or for best performance reformat!

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Very Slow Behaviour Often Main
by tobeach / September 18, 2009 3:31 PM PDT

sign of malware infection so checking & removing that is first priority.

After that get CCleaner Slim (no toolbar)free as mentioned, & run to clear backlog of temp files, index dat etc. If badly jammed make take 10 mins to finish future runs (daily) take about 5 seconds. I would NOT use the reg. cleaner function only cleaning for now.
CC Home: http://www.ccleaner.com/
CC Slim dwnld: http://www.ccleaner.com/download/builds

Start/Run applications (all those down by the clock):
Everybody thinks their program should be running in the background all the time...Bull Feathers!!! You want minimum at start up and ring up others as needed manually! Depending on OS & whether desktop or laptop. you can remove many of them from boot up via "msconfig".
Look in the start-up tab and uncheck those 3rd party programs that you don't use constantly. How you do depends on OS somewhat but General tab look for start in
diagnostic mode to enable the changes. You can recheck if need be.

On my desktop machine, my bar shows Clock, LAN internet connection live, AVIRA A/V active & volume control. That's It!!! My Laptops show a few more items (some manuf. installed items that I don't know for sure what they do since they're proprietary secrets). Generally laptops need more running than desktops.

Wherever possible go into programs and change from scheduled update check to manual update & do as needed per program. Some think you need to check every 5 minutes!! More BF! AV 1 time per day at beginning of day,
some other on demand scanners daily or every couple of days. This forum lists all major players updates the day they come out so you can check here to see what needs be done.

3RD Party (Google/Yahoo/Ask/Jeeves/etc.)toolbars:
Dump 'em is general rule of thumb. They can really slow browsing and often act as spy/tracking wares. Newer Browsers usually have them listed as add-ons and you disable them from the browser bar help or tools etc.
In older, often listed in add/delete programs in Control Panel.

Be sure you have only 1 AV running at any time same for other anti-malware that have background real time protection (usually only pay versions) running that may cause conflicts and really slow down your machine. Only 1 software firewall!! May also have 1 hardware (router)

Check out Black Viper's new site for tips on start-up items that are needed or not under XP or Vista:

You should be able to get XP boot-up down to 45 seconds (+/-) & Vista about double that? Those times indicate
likely optimal reduction of start up items.
Good Luck! Happy

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just real quick
by bozotheclown138 / September 18, 2009 3:55 PM PDT

sure its a sign but also a ****** computer can cause that too and yes toolbars unnecessary, and check out your BHO's and Activex's and yes you can use the reg cleaner in ccleaner have never had a problem from using it before and trust me i fiddle around a lot

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thanks for the information
by kakarukeys / September 18, 2009 8:17 PM PDT

I learned something I didn't know before.

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Hope It Helps! Thanks For Posting
by tobeach / September 19, 2009 4:48 PM PDT

back and keep at it. As long as you remember or write down, changes made can be reversed. Even System Restore point (created manually or auto point)will reverse changes. After any major improvement, manually create an SR point and label it well so you don't have to start from scratch. Good Luck!! Happy

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