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#1 lookin for help

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Posted 18 October 2010 - 02:17 PM

I have a 2003 dell with windows XP. I have taken it in 3 times over the course of it's life to have it cleaned by a professional tech. As a normal means of daily routine, I have AVG protecting me. I constantly run MBAM, Spybot and the AVG scan. I also have WinASO registry optimizer that i run.I delete unused stuff with CCleaner. I defrag. I only have like 2 programs at startup and minimal programs installed in my computer.
My question is this, with all that I do, how come I can never get my computer to run so smooth and quiet and fast as it does when I get it back each time from my Computer Tech after he cleans it? What is he doing that I (or the average person) isn't doing?

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 18 October 2010 - 02:39 PM

That's a question...that he can answer...if you ask him.

It's impossible for anyone here to say, IMO.

There's more to maintaining a system...than going through the motions of maintaining a system, IME. There are no "5 easy lessons" that can be used.

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Posted 18 October 2010 - 02:44 PM

I also have WinASO registry optimizer that i run.I delete unused stuff with CCleaner.


Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:

• Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

The Windows registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.

• Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad entry". One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.

• Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.

• Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.

• The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results".

Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.

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Posted 18 October 2010 - 03:03 PM

very interesting...I guess i wasted my $29.99

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Posted 18 October 2010 - 10:40 PM

If your pc was working better when you got it back from your tech, it's hard for me to say you "wasted" your money.
Are you bringing it in only for cleaning, or is there something wrong with it? Running slower than normal, not working with certain programs...
There must be a reason you think you need to bring it somewhere to get "cleaned" is all I'm saying. And it sounds as if the person you are bringing it to is doing a good job.

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Posted 18 October 2010 - 11:27 PM

Have you tried analyzing what you do after you get it back cleaned? Maybe it slows down after you run a specific program or make a specific change. If you kept a log of any changes for a while, maybe you could determine some "root causes."

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 01:21 AM

Ubuntu

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 05:05 PM

Do you defrag your computer on a regular basis?
I think that helps a great deal!
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