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Do you have to wipe a computer clean often to keep it fast?


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#1 cowsgonemadd3

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Posted 01 November 2008 - 06:24 PM

I have noticed my computers are getting slow as molasses but yet they were fast as a rocket when they were new or had a new copy of windows installed.
I am about to wipe my laptop clean again and hate to do it but both my laptop and our home computer are so slow.

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Posted 01 November 2008 - 07:10 PM

If you perform maintenance like
Defragment your harddrive
run check disc
run cleanup

http://www.stevengould.org/index.php?optio...8&Itemid=70

update your antivirus and run it
and run this program
BUT DONT POST RESULTS HERE IN THIS FORUM
post the results in this forum

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...mp;s=&f=103

download it and update it

http://majorgeeks.com/Malwarebytes_Anti-Malware_d5756.html

and run this program download it and up date it

http://filehippo.com/download_superantispyware/

and stop unnessecary programs at start using msconfig

Malwarebytes will get any malware it can its great program for that
Superantispyware will cleanout tracking cookies
Cleanup will clean the crap off your harddrive
Chkdsk will fix bad sectors on harddrive
Defragment will organize files that have been taken apart
MSCONFIG is a good place to disable programs at start up (but not your Antivirus and firewall)
these are onlya few good ways to perform maintenance

Edited by mme, 01 November 2008 - 07:41 PM.


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Posted 02 November 2008 - 05:29 AM

Over time all the stuff that you've done to Windows comes back to bite you in the behind. This is an oft ignored feature of the infamous Windows Bloat. To fix it you've gotta do a lot of stuff - or you can backup, wipe, and reinstall Windows.

To see all the stuff that's loading, use this free program: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysintern...s/Autoruns.mspx
Be very, very careful what you choose to disable - as you're messing with the core startups for the system.
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Posted 02 November 2008 - 11:44 AM

I will only add that...when using Autoruns, it is very seldom that the average user has any need to look at any tab other than the Logon tab in Autoruns.

All other tabs should be ignored and left alone, since disabling any of the other processes on other tabs...may result in self-inflicted problems with the system.

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