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frequent crashes

by ddrand / August 19, 2007 7:11 AM PDT

My desktop computer which is a Dell XPS gen 4 continually crashes. Unfortunately, my childresn have used the computer and gone all over the Internet- gosh knows what this has done. I have Trend Micro PC-cillin and a registry cleaning program. I have also uninstalled all unused prgrams so that only the essentials are there. Are there any truly good optimization programs or are the "new" online offers I have heard on the radio worthwhile. I am afraid of turning my computer over to someone online for security purposes. Also all drivers and bios have been updated. Win XP Pro operating system.

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ddrand
by tomron / August 19, 2007 7:30 AM PDT
In reply to: frequent crashes

Many things can cause crashing,such as hardware,heat and infections.

Have you tried system restore?

Try Trend Micro PC-cillin and AVG ANTI SPYWARE in safe mode.

As a last resort disable system restore,scan in safe mode,then enable system restore,then scan in norm mode.

Tom

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by jackintucson / August 19, 2007 7:36 AM PDT
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recommends the following "six-pack" of cleaners.

HOUSECALL
EWIDO
ROOTKIT REVEALER
KAZAABEGONE
WINSOCKFIXXP
IEFIX

I would add on... AVG, Spy Sweeper, Registry First Aid. I would also give your children instructions on safe surfing. The ills of peer-to-peer (kazaa) programs and perhaps setting them up with their own restrictive logons.

and life goes on...

Jack

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by Jackson Douglas / August 19, 2007 9:27 AM PDT

Grisoft, the makers of AVG, bought the makers of Ewido some time back, and renamed it to something like AVG Anti-Spyware. So, unless you were referring to the AVG virus scanner, it's a worthwhile thing to take note of.

I also don't find there to be any particular need for registry programs, but I suppose if they make people feel better, even if they aren't really doing anything, they're unlikely to hurt anything.

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