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General Advice on what I can remove to free up HD space


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#1 pieper

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 09:30 PM

Dell Inspiron, 80 MB hard drive is maxed out at 72 GB used. Desperately trying to free up some space so I can limp along until funds are available.

I've removed tons already (Google Earth, old ISP software, AdAwarem, bundled garbage, docs, photos)... but this remains:

ABBYY FineReader 5.0 Sprint Plus ABBYY Software House 5.0.0.3262
Acrobat.com Adobe Systems Incorporated 1.1.377
Adobe Atmosphere Player for Acrobat and Adobe Reader
Adobe Download Manager NOS Microsystems Ltd. 1.6.2.63
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Adobe Flash Player 10 Plugin Adobe Systems Incorporated 10.3.181.26
Adobe Reader 9.4.4 Adobe Systems Incorporated 9.4.4
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Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Extended Microsoft Corporation 4.0.30319
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Microsoft Office Basic Edition 2003 Microsoft Corporation 11.0.7969.0
Microsoft Office PowerPoint Viewer 2003 Microsoft Corporation 11.0.8305.0
Microsoft Plus! Digital Media Edition Installer Microsoft Corporation 1.1.0.3514
Microsoft Plus! Photo Story 2 LE Microsoft Corporation 1.1.0.3463
Microsoft User-Mode Driver Framework Feature Pack 1.0 Microsoft Corporation
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Microsoft Works 6-9 Converter Microsoft Corporation 9.7.0621
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Musicmatch for Windows Media Player 0.00.000
Musicmatch® Jukebox 9.00.2028
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I use ZoneAlarm, CCleaner, f.lux, Mailwasher, iTunes (the culprit, I know), Symantec, PhotoShow, both browsers, etc. Is there anything here I can safely uninstall?

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 10:29 PM

You probably have tons of music and videos on your HDD.
Burn them to a CD or DVD then make sure they are on the disk and delete them from your HDD. :busy:

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 10:37 PM

I suggest that you remove anything that you don't use and taking up the most space. An excellent tool for seeing on what is taking up the most space on your hard drive but use cautiously is WinDirStat. Normally, I just check in my "Documents and Settings" Folder on my XP machine for any large files that I don't use and just burn them to a disk. However, you should stick to your "Desktop" and "My Documents" Folder, unless you absolutely know what you are doing. As for the applications you have listed, I don't know what you use often and don't use at all.

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 06:46 AM

Get rid of Comcast Desktop Software (v1.2.0.9) Comcast 23

You don't need it. Was your Comcast internet set up by a tech? If you did not install it, the tech did when he set up your internet service. It serves no useful purpose. It isn't needed to connect to the internet through your Comcast connection.

Out of curiousity, what components does it include? I'd like to know if the Comcast toolbar is part of it.

I noticed you have these installed:

J2SE Runtime Environment 5.0 Update 2 Sun Microsystems, Inc. 1.5.0.20
J2SE Runtime Environment 5.0 Update 4 Sun Microsystems, Inc. 1.5.0.40
Java 2 Runtime Environment, SE v1.4.2_03 Sun Microsystems, Inc. 1.4.2_03
Java 2 Runtime Environment, SE v1.4.2_06 Sun Microsystems, Inc. 1.4.2_06
Java™ 6 Update 24 Oracle 6.0.240

These are older versions and can be removed. You will need to install the latest version of Java which is Version 6 Update 26 and can be downloaded from HERE

Yahoo! Software Update-if you did not install this it probably was installed when Yahoo Messenger was. Software Update can be safely deleted.

Norton AntiVirus 2005 (Symantec Corporation) Symantec Corporation 11.0.9
This is out dated. Plus, your ZoneAlarm Check Point includes an anti-virus. There is no reason to have 2 anti-virus programs installed.

I suggest you uninstall Norton AntiVirus 2005
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After uninstalling Norton/Symantec run the Norton Removal Tool which can be obtained from HERE

Edited by Queen-Evie, 23 June 2011 - 10:41 AM.


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Posted 23 June 2011 - 12:02 PM

Agree with Evie on removing Norton.
Your version is six years old. I doubt that it is doing you much good anymore.
Be sure to run the removal tool!
You might try Avast as a free alternative.

As suggested, burn all music and pictures to a cd/dvd or put them on an external drive.

Clean out the temporary internet files.

Also clean out the system restore points. That can gobble up tons of space over time.
Turn it off and then back on. Personally, I reboot after I turn it off but that is just me.
See http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310405
In the beginning there was the command line.

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 01:29 PM

Agree with Evie on removing Norton.
Your version is six years old. I doubt that it is doing you much good anymore.
Be sure to run the removal tool!
You might try Avast as a free alternative.


pieper won't need Avast if using the anti-virus portion of ZoneAlarm Check Point.

You didn't mention any toolbars, but if have any installed, consider getting rid of them.

Edited by Queen-Evie, 23 June 2011 - 01:35 PM.


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Posted 23 June 2011 - 10:38 PM

Thanks so much for the input! Oddly, I did not receive email notifications of your responses, but did set up instant notification?

I've removed the Java updates, D/Led the current. Axed Comcast (yes, the toolbar was part of it, but I had disabled that previously), had already deleted any/all vestiges of Yahoo. Two comments/questions, though. Norton, while it's a 2005 Edition, is updated every year, so it's actually current and in constant use (I work online for several companies as an IC). While I do have Zone Alarm, it's the freebie version and I don't have the anti-virus enabled (since it's not a free component). I also have free Norton through Comcast, but right now I don't have the space needed to D/L and extract their version. Therefore I presumed I should NOT uninstall the Norton components. I need solid A-V protection. The second issue/question is probably boneheaded... I panicked and bought a WD Passport SE External HD. I backed up the files using their interface software, only to discover a huge chunk of the 3GBs backed-up are garbage I do not need/want (like wallpapers, Dell 'movies', etc.). How on earth do I delete this junk, and is there an easy way to drag/drop files onto it without the painfully long backup process? Oh, and while the HD shows me the files it contains, is there not a way to view them to verify?

You guys/gals have been lifesavers in the past, and I'm SOooo sorry it took me as long as it did to 'remember' to post here! Again, thanks...

ETA - also uninstalled iTunes and related components. That was a panic decision, since those are what really jammed up the drive.

Edited by pieper, 23 June 2011 - 10:59 PM.


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Posted 24 June 2011 - 08:58 AM

Thanks so much for the input! Oddly, I did not receive email notifications of your responses, but did set up instant notification?

Two comments/questions, though. Norton, while it's a 2005 Edition, is updated every year, so it's actually current and in constant use (I work online for several companies as an IC). While I do have Zone Alarm, it's the freebie version and I don't have the anti-virus enabled (since it's not a free component). I also have free Norton through Comcast, but right now I don't have the space needed to D/L and extract their version. Therefore I presumed I should NOT uninstall the Norton components. I need solid A-V protection.


It is probably a good thing you cannot install Comcast offered Norton right now. Recently, without any warning or advance notice, they introduced Constant Guard™ Online Security Protection, which includes Norton Security. Unfortunately, there are issues associated with the program that were not present when the only thing available was Norton without Constant Guard.

Those who have installed Constant Guard Protection have reported issues with keyboards not working properly. The culprit is GuardedID, which is an anti-keylogger. It can conflict with some software, mainly games that remap the keyboard. One poster reported that his pc was password protected and he could not log on.

There is no way to disable GuardedID.

The solution is to remove GuardedID. If it won't remove, then Constant Guard should be removed.

A fix for the keyboard issue has been identified and will be rolled out mid to late July.

The good news, if you still want Norton from Comcast, is that you can still get Norton without Constant Guard. It's available HERE

Should you decide to install Norton from Comcast, read this first: http://forums.comcast.com/t5/Security-and-Anti-Virus/How-to-Initially-Install-Norton-Security-Suite/td-p/870729

If you wish to find out more about the various issues associated with the Constant Guard suite, use the links in THIS POST on the Comcast Help forums for those issues.

There are numerous topics in the Comcast security forum about the program.

edit to add: Do you use an email client or do you access mail on the web?

If you have any questions or concerns, click Register, sign in with your Comcast user name/password, and create a forum ID. DO NOT USE YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT NAME FOR YOUR FORUM ID. You can also post in CHF for other Comcast issues. Those forums are provided to Comcast customers, and are a great resource for vendor specific issues. There are forums for computer issues, email issues, security, internet, cable tv, CDV, billing, and customer service.
Many times we, the users there, can provide answers tech support and customer service can't. For things that we cannot help you with, we can escalate to the forum admin and he will do his best to help you get your issues resolved.

(Once you get to the forum, save the page to your favorites. If you want to get to it from the Comcast home page, you have to jump through hoops to reach it) If you have any questions about the CHF, you can send me a pm either here or there (my user name is the same as the one I have here at BC)


Now for your external drive. I totally understand panic and wanting to back up your files and folders. You have 2 choices:

Go through the files and folders on the external drive and delete the garbage.

OR you could, after your C drive is cleaned and garbage gone from it, do another back up. You could create a folder on the external drive and back up to that folder. When you are satisfied that everything is saved, DELETE the earlier back up files.

You can drag and drop only what you want to save OR you could copy folders then paste to the external drive. What I do is copy several folders at a time, then paste them to my external drive. Larger folders may take a while to actually paste, but this method allows you to be selective. Don't forget to copy over your Favorites.

edit to add: do you access mail on the web or do you use an email client?

Edited by Queen-Evie, 24 June 2011 - 10:44 AM.


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Posted 24 June 2011 - 12:47 PM

Still struggling here. This is where I'm at now. Anything else I can off? Like Quicktime or MusicMatch?

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Adobe Download Manager NOS Microsystems Ltd. 1.6.2.63
Adobe Flash Player 10 ActiveX Adobe Systems Incorporated 10.2.152.26
Adobe Flash Player 10 Plugin Adobe Systems Incorporated 10.3.181.26
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Intel® PRO Network Adapters and Drivers
Intel® PROSet for Wired Connections Dell 8.00.5000
Java™ 6 Update 26 Oracle 6.0.260
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LiveReg (Symantec Corporation) Symantec Corporation 3.1.0
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Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Extended Microsoft Corporation 4.0.30319
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Microsoft Plus! Digital Media Edition Installer Microsoft Corporation 1.1.0.3514
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Modem On Hold BVRP Software, Inc 1.12
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On the external drive, I'm sure this is daft too, but how do I even get to the files on the drive, using the interface installed? It simply shows me the files with no option to delete, etc. And I just spotted on the Comcast Backup that files deleted from my computer (like all the docs/photos I've so diligently been deleting) are removed from Comcast's 'Vault' after 30 days once deleted from my computer. That's not cool. My clock is ticking, and no idea when I'll be able to get a new machine and copy them over.

Again, many thanks.

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 03:25 PM

If you don't use these you can uninstall them:

Musicmatch for Windows Media Player 0.00.000
Musicmatch® Jukebox 9.00.2028
PhotoShow Express Simple Star, Inc. 3.0
PowerDVD 5.3
QuickTime Apple Inc. 7.69.80.9

On the external drive, you should be able to view what is in the folders and you should be able to right click then choose Delete.

As far as Comcast back up, I have never used it and don't know what to tell you, other than maybe post about it in the Comcast forum. Maybe someone there has used it and can give you more info.

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 04:04 PM

Thank you yet again. I don't use any of those that I am aware of. I vote to axe MusicMatch and Quicktime. The others may go later.

This drive does not display anything on a right-click. Which is what has me so frustrated.

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 06:30 PM

I'm stumped about the external drive. I will put out a call and request that others try to help you with this.

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 01:16 AM

I am in full agreement with Queen-Evie regarding the Norton 2005. I spend a good deal of time on the Norton forums, and can tell you that while the definitions may be up to date, the antivirus engine itself is sufficiently outdated as to be nearly useless for protection against modern malware. The older products were also much heavier on the system and stored up virus definitions forever. We always recommend removal of the older product and updating if possible to the newest version. If Zonealarm has an antivirus component, it will also cause some conflicts that may slow the machine.

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 09:37 AM

This is what I did with my external drive.

When I got it, I wanted to use it primarily to back up the folders in 'My Documents' and all of my music files. I usually copy important files to my external drive right away and don't even keep them on my internal HD.

First I re-formatted the external drive so that I could use it the same way I might use a USB stick. This, I can just copy and paste all of the important files I have without having to go through the process of backing up my entire system. If you want backup your entire system, create another place on the external drive for that.

On my internal HD, I used some of the tools in the 'Slow Computer Browser Thread'

Slow Computer

I particularly like CCleaner to clean up unnecessary files. I regularly run the disk clean up and defrag features offered in Windows, but CC cleaned up A LOT more than the Windows tools.

CCleaner

Another thing I do:

A lot of programs that are uninstalled still leave some files on the C drive. I look through the programs files and delete files for programs I have removed. They also leave files in the user folder on the C drive.

Yahoo is particularly bad about leaving these traces of their programs on my computer.

Edited by Booh-kitty, 25 June 2011 - 09:39 AM.

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 09:54 PM

Do you have System Restore enabled? If so I would disable it, and that will free up some space by removing all old restore points. You can remove it by going to System in Control Panel and going to System Protection and turn it off on your drive. Then reboot. This will allow you to burn somethings to a CD such as songs and moves.




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