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new but used computer: need a guide to get back to scratch


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#1 floridaheather

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 01:30 AM

My last laptop had a nasty virus that eventually, and even w/ a HJT tech, was beyond hope. Well, I now have a "new but used" computer that I would like to give some TLC to and eliminate some files & programs and miscellany BS that doesn't need to continue to dwell on this hard drive but I want to do that in such a way that there are as little file crumbs and extraneous matter taking up valuable speed & memory as possible. I just went thought HELL with my last laptop. Also, I want to get the "must-have" freeware for both everyday maintenance and emergencies. I want to prime and buff this new/used laptop til it shines. Can you help me optimize my comp til it is like a clean slate? Pls advise! Thx.
ps. I am so happy to be rid of my last computer horrors that I want to baby this one, seriously! thx again. (I am going to make a restore point right now; let's go to town!) plus I need some schooling on where to save things (I have a clue that you need to save anti-malware software to your desktop--literally not a "short cut" and run it from there, but that some programs/software are best not to saved to the desktop--I need some guidance and practical wisdom.)
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btw: I am running Windows Vista home 32bit; it is a (O GD, I hate admitting this) Gateway MT6730. THX N advance!
two more things: this computer does not have recovery Win Vista disks *&* I have an up-to-date subscription to the full Norton security suite.
TY & TTYS!

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 01:43 AM

My requirements would include:
1. ccleaner
2. comodo firewall
3. getting ride of norton and replace with free avast
4. superantispyware & malawarebytes

http://majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=4191
http://personalfirewall.comodo.com/
http://majorgeeks.com/Norton_Removal_Tool_d4749.html
http://www.superantispyware.com/
http://www.malwarebytes.org/

Edited by zbd, 10 February 2010 - 01:49 AM.


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Posted 10 February 2010 - 12:02 PM

hello
If it has a recovery partition (it should) you can make it like brand new, by rebooting and tapping the f11 key (choose "full system restore") then follow others advice..

The 1st thing to do is "lose norton" as it requires alot of system resourses!!

zbd has some good choices....good luck and keep us posted!!

ps do you still have your old laptop, as you may be able to restore it the same way. (different keystrokes)

Edited by keny111111, 10 February 2010 - 02:07 PM.

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#4 floridaheather

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 02:02 PM

hello
If it has a recovery partition (it should) you can make it like brand new, by rebooting and tapping the f11 key (choose "full system restore") then follow others advice,the 1st thing to do is "lose norton" as it requires alot of system resourses!!
zbd has some good choices....good luck and keep us posted!!

ps do you still have your old laptop, as you may be able to restore it the same way. (different keystrokes)


yes!!!! I do still have the old system! would love to know how to restore it. but it came w/ disks for restore while this computer did not. i will pst back asap! TY!!!

EDIT: I tried the f11 option but it didn't bring up any option screen (just went into booting in normal mode as usual). Maybe if it is broken, it doesn't need to be fixed? I am going to try another couple f keys for options on boot and see if there is anything there. Please let me know if you can think of any other boot option that offers a full sys restore. ty!

Edited by floridaheather, 10 February 2010 - 02:28 PM.





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