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#1 01ecc


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Posted 27 June 2005 - 11:37 AM


Any help would be greatly appreciated. Wasn't exactly sure where to post but have a friend who sent a 'record' of all of his programs and then received a 10-step guide to 'clean out' his computer.

We have XP and have just run CCleaner (computer seems to be going faster as a result), but have 6 different users and the computer generally takes forever to even open Word while the internet is open! Far too many files; our memory is just overwhelmed...but we're not sure what to do about it.

Thank you!

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#2 PapaSmurf88


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Posted 27 June 2005 - 12:26 PM

Hello 01ecc

Welcome to Bleepingcomputer.com

First Off make sure that you have updated your Windows securtiy patches then go out to TrendMicro

Then go out and download Ad-Aware, SpyBot Search&Destroy and AntiVir

After that download HiJackThis and install into c:/HiJackThis. After running this program post the log here and someone will be along shortly to analyze your log and help you out.

Papa Smurf
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#3 TEB


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Posted 27 June 2005 - 01:20 PM

Here, remove yourself of many files you dont need, temp, prefetch, things like that. If your trying to clean up the computer this will give it a great speed boost.

To open the address bar in explorer, right click the top explorer bar and in the list of options check address bar. The address bar might not just appear, but will have to be dragged out from the side.

Empty Temporary windows files:
Open my computer, and click the address bar so that you can type in it. Type %temp% This will bring up the temporary files for the user you are currently on. Delete them all, if you cannot delete some its ok because some programs leave files in temp while they are running.

Windows stores files in this directory so that when you click an icon or start up a program, it doesnt need to search your harddrive for it. It just opens it up, this can be useful. But also very space and time consuming if theres files that havent been used in a while. So open explore, and paste this is the address bar C:\windows\prefetch Delete any files there for programs you havent used in a week.

Internet explorer 5 temp files:
If your using IE5 or even if you havent used it ina while, chances are there are still files there that arent needed. Paste this in the explorer address bar C:\WINDOWS\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5

Internet Explorer Cookies:
Cookies if you use internet explorer, are good to be cleaned out new and started over every once in a while. Paste this in the explorer address bar C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Cookies
And delete anything there.

This is internet explorer historyand windows history.....consumes alot of space. Paste this in the address bar.
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Local Settings\History
Delete anything there.

#4 turnip


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Posted 30 June 2005 - 03:49 AM

Also defragment your HD regularly, if you cant do that manually, set one of the third party tools on the job, they will keep track of fragmentation levels daily and defragment when needed. This will help keep the system fast.

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Posted 30 June 2005 - 04:39 AM

If you want to schedule automatic defragging of the inbuilt disk defrag download my bat files from here.

Defrag C: -b
Defrag C: /V

-b will optimise your boot files for best performance. The follow on option will then defrag the rest of the drive. Create new edit the other bats in notepad for any other drive letters you may have.

Buying a 3rd party disk defrag isn't really necessary.

At work I've with the above bats I've scheduled all the PC's to defrag at startup and twice during the day.

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