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by nondaj / October 9, 2004 1:37 PM PDT

PC Stats:
XP Pro 2002 SP2
Pentium 4 ? CPU 2.53 GHz
1.00 GB Ram
IE ? Foxfire browsers
DX 9.0 c (no problems)
File System ? Fat 32
Mode 800x600 pixels, 32 bit highest
Monitor ? Dell

XP Graphics Card ? Nvidia GeForce 4MX 440
Nvr_disp.dll driver vers. 6.14.0
128 MG Ram

I have been alerted to RegClean, Easy Cleaner both of which seem excellent; am too much of a novice at PCs to use file cleaners that ask me to make many decisions about files (particularly the registry).

have Ashampoo which I was told with one click will clean the whole computer. I realize there are no programs that do everything, but have yet to find supportive file clean programs that I can handle. Did find a program called Smart Cleaner (French program I believe from Scaramouch) which deletes many files and does not ask the user to make too many decisions. It also claims it will not delete any needed files if the user should make a mistake.

Computer protected with Spybot, Adaware (Lavasoft), Spywareblaster and Spyguard.

I almost daily
1 - use ?Internet Options? to delete cookies, temp files, internet files
2 ? do a disk cleanup
3 ? keep the recycle bin empty
4 ? delete documents cache
5 ? update Panda antivirus program
6 ? run the Spybot, Adaware, Spywareblaster programs and update same

upon submitting a tasklist to a tech on a forum on Cnet, he felt that it was far too busy, might contain a bug, and need cleaning.
Have investigated several sites to submit this list to for help, but the sites either no longer do highjacklist cleaning, or were not operative, or I had such difficulty registering to the point I gave up.
Can?t win for losing.

Questions:
Can recommend registry cleaner I can handle

Can recommend general PC file cleaner I can handle

Give advise about what to do about the compromised task list?

am I covered and doing enough to ensure
good/protective PC use and gaming capabilities?

Hope I have not overwhelmed this post with too many questions?

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Re: PC cleaning programs
by Testy / October 10, 2004 1:23 PM PDT
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Re: PC cleaning programs
by nondaj / October 11, 2004 3:10 AM PDT

Thanks Testy will look at this PC cleaner and give it a try.

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Re: PC cleaning programs
by Colliedug-20248384997927690865133251855750 / October 12, 2004 9:36 PM PDT
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Re: PC cleaning programs
by glenn30 / October 25, 2004 2:32 AM PDT

I just recently came upon this, maybe from your post, and really like it. Even I can use it... it removed all kinds of junk from the registry that four others missed. Happy

Glenn

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Re: PC cleaning programs
by macattack--2008 / November 11, 2004 5:08 PM PST

CCleaner (Crap Cleaner) is the way to go. Don't get any easier then crap cleaner and it does the job .. oh by the it's FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE http://www.ccleaner.com/

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Re: PC cleaning programs
by Echo2 / October 24, 2004 1:51 PM PDT
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Dear nondaj:

Your setup looks pretty good so far! Since you are a beginner, I recommend TweakNow registry cleaner which you can get here : http://www.download.com/3000-2094-10262639.html and Registry Mechanic which you can get here : http://www.winguides.com/regmech/. If you go with Registry Mechanic make sure under "Settings" that you check "scan C drive for corrections" Also see my posting at : http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-6138-0.html?forumID=31&threadID=41142&messageID=493981 and :http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-6138-0.html?forumID=31&threadID=33881&messageID=493895.
As for a file cleaner, it depends on the level of thoroughness you want to acheive. The windows disk utility is fine for most people. For more comprehensive file deletion and disk cleanup, go with East-Tec Eraserhttp://www.east-tec.com/eraser/, CyberScrubhttp://www.cyberscrub.com/cyberscrub/index.php Window Washerhttp://www.webroot.com/products/windowwasher/?rc=648&ac=adw17ww or BC Wipehttp://www.jetico.com/index.htm#/bcwipe.htm. Eraser is a free file cleanerhttp://www.tolvanen.com/eraser/. There are of course many others. These programs allow you to overwrite the file(s) you want to delete as many as 100 times. CyberScrub actually allows you to determine the symbols and numbers that are used to overwrite the file(s). Do a little reading in the help files of these utilities if you choose to go with one of these file cleaners or any file cleaner for that matter as you can get into trouble if they are not used correctly. SystemWorks by Symantec is a favorite of mine as it cleans and repairs your registry and Windows system with a high degree of safety. It diagnoses and repairs problems without the user having to decide on which action to take. It also includes a secure file deleter although it doesn't have a disk cleanup feature outside of its disk optimization utility. It does come with Norton antivirus so if you go with SystemWorks do a custom install and uncheck the norton antivirus box or else Norton will get installed along with the rest of SystemWorks and you will have a serious compatibilty problem with your Panda antivirus.
Get yourself a firewall. Everybody seems to like Zone Alarm. It is free and it's good. Outpost and Kerio are also free good and popular.
I like your antispyware configuration. You might want to add Spy Sweeper, Giant, or Pest Patrol to relly beef up your system.
Finally go to PC Pitstop and get a full system test done. It is free ( a donation might be a good idea ) informative and relatively thorough. Give it a try at : http://www.pcpitstop.com/
I don't know what you mean by compromised task list but I hope this helps!

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