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Help maximizing performance of my Laptop!

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 07:12 AM

Alright, here is the lowdown:
Make/Model: Dell Inspiron 1525
OS: Windows Vista Home Premium
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo – T8300 @ 2.40 GHz
Ram: 4.00 GB
Sys Type: 32-bit

I bought this a few years back, and just bogged it down with so many programs and what not that I ended up just backing up all my info, and did a “Return to manufacturers settings”... However, as I’m realizing now, even though my computer has hardly anything on it, it still runs fairly slow as well as boots up slow. So I have a few questions...

1. What should I have checked for my MSCONFIG boot options to make my startup run faster and smoothly?

2. What antivirus and spyware programs should I have? I’m currently using Microsoft Security Essentials (which I’m pretty sure is horrible but it doesn’t slow down my computer) as my antivirus, and PC Tools Spyware Doctor. I know there’s a huge debate about these types of programs, but I want something that works well and is “lite” on my system and I’m not afraid of paying big bucks for the programs. My local PC repair place uses NOD32... what are your opinions on this antivirus?

3. I run Defrags usually once a month and do not download movies or music on this computer. All of my large files/videos/pictures are passed onto an external hardrive. Yet, sometimes it takes word and other programs forever to open and what not. Wtf?

4. Internet explorer runs like a fool sometimes (and do not advise me to download firefox or any of those other IE replacements). What should I put my settings as to make it run smoother?

Hopefully you guys can help me out! I’m an engineering student and I run CAD programs on this computer so I want it to run as smoothly as possible. And, I know for a fact that my computer isn’t junk. Everything aside, if anyone has ANY other suggestions/tweaks or tips, pppleeeasseee share with me!
Sorry for the super long post, and don’t feel obligated to reply to everything.. Thanks in advance.

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 10:55 AM

1. Use ccleaner

2. follow these tips:

3. adjust automatic services using blackviper suggestions:

4. ditch PC tools

5. use Avira or Avast free antivirus (only one)

6. use superantispyware

7. use firefox (I know you said not to suggest it, but I ignored line 4)

Edited by zbd, 26 July 2010 - 11:05 AM.

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 09:09 PM

Internet explorer runs like a fool sometimes. What should I put my settings as to make it run smoother?
This should help.

My local PC repair place uses NOD32... what are your opinions on this antivirus?
It's a great program, do give it a try!
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Posted 28 July 2010 - 03:27 PM

Hey thanks a lot for the replies!!
I've tried a lot of the suggestions and my computer is running a lot quicker (like night and day). I was pretty impressed with the SuperAntiSpyware, despite the cheesy name.. lol. That aside, the program runs really well and has gotten a lot of good reviews.
I'm still undecided on Firefox.. lol.. since IE is working better..
Last but not least, the CCleaner Lite program is wicked. Works very well and I was impressed with all the features.

Thanks again!!


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