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Boosting computer speed safely

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#1 Mr Binante

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Posted 27 May 2005 - 05:02 PM

I have a laptop and it runs pretty slowly sometimes. It has only 512 MB ram but I don't see why that would be an excuse for it running soooo slow. I run Ad-aware plus (the paid version) on a regular basis, I use diskeeper for disk defragmenting, and Registry Mechanic 4.0 to clean out my registry. I recently downloaded a free ram flusher but iit doesn't seem to help much. I'm also protected by Norton AntiVirus 2005, Zone Alarm Pro and whatever meager FireWall protection RoadRunner offers, along with PcPitstop Optimize and Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta.

Sometimes an error pops up when I'm shutting down. It says somethig like "windows sink (something something....) Is not responding etc etc... I wish I could repeat the error message ver batim but it only happens occasionally.

Also my FireFox seems to run slowly with Java applications. Is there anything I can do about that? (I'll post this on another topic later)

One other thing, I asked a couple weeks ago if theres any way I can get sound through Java in FireFox. Someone told me it's not possible, and that I have to wait for Mozilla to fix it. Is that true?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give.


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Edited by Mr Binante, 27 May 2005 - 05:13 PM.

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Posted 28 May 2005 - 07:28 AM

Overclocking is never a "safe" activity. To overclock, one must be willing to accept the hazards of such including shorter life and occasional burnout of the processor if you exceed the max limits it was manufactured to operate under.

Some of the "hobbyist" or "game" priority motherboards already have some degree of overclocking processes built in so they do so automatically.

I would research thoroughly and become expert before I traveled that path. You could do irreparable damage to your processor and motherboard.

By the way - I don't believe ram managers do anything worthwhile for an XP machine. The op system is more capable of regulating ram than third party code is.

It looks like you could use some web based scans (requires IE not Firefox)
Web based online Antivirus and anti-malware scans: (these can be run regardless of whatever else you are using. You must use Internet Explorer to run these.)

Panda Activescan (IE only)

Trend Micro antivirus and malware scan:

Etrust Anti-virus web scanner

Kaspersky Anti-Virus Web Scanner

and - some additional anti-malware programs:

Anti-malware freeware (You can run as many of these as you wish. Unlike resident AV programs like Norton, McAfee, etc generally exhibit no conflict between these and you should always run several)

AdAware: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
Microsoft Antispyware Beta: http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/s...re/default.mspx
SpywareBlaster: http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
Spybot S&D: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (Win XP and Win 2000):

This one for coolwebsearch and some additional nasties:
CWShredder from InterMute
CW Shredder removes some variants of spyware known as the Coolwebsearch Trojan. The Trojan takes advantage of a flaw in a key component of Windows -- Microsoft's version of the Java Virtual Machine -- to install itself via popups often found on porn and illegal software (a.k.a. "warez") sites. Run CWShredder after installing, and have it look for updates. Then click the "Fix" button, and the program will both scan and fix any problems it finds. If your system does not have this kind of spyware, it will give you the good news.
Cost: Free

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