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#1 myself123

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 09:18 AM

hi there

is they any good free harddisk and memory checking software, , as i am having problems when i log into windows the computers freezers, also will not start up in safemode.

i have Avast, Malwarebytes, Zonealarm, CCleaner, IOBIT 360, so i do not think its virus or malware infection, so would like to test the hd and ram.

many thanks

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 09:34 AM

To check the ram, download memtest (http://www.memtest.org/). Burn it to a cd, make sure the cd drive is at the top of the boot order in bios, then boot to the newly created cd and run the utility.

For the HD, go to the website of your hd manufacturer and download their diagnostic utility. Burn it to disk and boot to it.


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Posted 27 January 2011 - 09:47 AM

hi there

is they any good free harddisk and memory checking software, , as i am having problems when i log into windows the computers freezers, also will not start up in safemode.

i have Avast, Malwarebytes, Zonealarm, CCleaner, IOBIT 360, so i do not think its virus or malware infection, so would like to test the hd and ram.

many thanks



Per he following please remove IOBIT and 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.
Also why do you have Zone Alarm when Windows Firewall is good enough? Are you using ZoneAlarm with AV along side with Avast?

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 10:09 AM

because Vista firewall lets all outbound connections, i am using ZA free firewall with Avast, i use ccleaner to remove temp file such as cookies , i do not use the registry tool. i use Iobit to scan for malware as such i do not use the registry tool
many thanks for everyone's help.

Edited by myself123, 27 January 2011 - 10:11 AM.


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Posted 27 January 2011 - 10:17 AM

According to this: Allow a program to communicate through Windows Firewall you must allow access for programs to communicate outdie the firewall must be a setting you have in place to allow all outbound traffic. Please see this How do I block outbound traffic?

ZoneAlarm in my professional experience and opinion is a PC hijacker. If you go to remove it the usual way bits of the program stay behind, and cause issues later on.

iobit uses the malwarebytes anti-malware database illegally, so I would remove it. Please read: Malwarebytes IP stolen by iObit.

Edited by cryptodan, 27 January 2011 - 10:18 AM.


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Posted 31 January 2011 - 02:04 PM

*useless remark*
you know, I think the whole idea of considering a list of known malware to be someone's "intellectual property" is kinda detrimental to the community as a whole. there'd probably be fewer ineffective cleaners if people just shared the info instead of playing the "IT'S MINE, IT'S MINE!" game with it.
*end useless remark*

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 02:46 PM

hi there

is they any good free harddisk and memory checking software, , as i am having problems when i log into windows the computers freezers, also will not start up in safemode.

i have Avast, Malwarebytes, Zonealarm, CCleaner, IOBIT 360, so i do not think its virus or malware infection, so would like to test the hd and ram.

many thanks



For hard disk checking, I use HDD Health. It's free. It saved me by alerting me that my drive was about to fail.

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 10:13 PM

Microsoft.com has a free memory test program. Go to: oca.microsoft.com/en/windiag.asp.

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