I was locked out of my computer and thankfully AustrAlien helped me recover my computer in this thread. I was having problems with my computer prior to whatever happened that caused my computer to go blue-screen, like running very slow to open programs and running slow on the internet. I cannot open Firefox the conventional way, clicking on an icon, or at least I have to do it several times before it fires up. Also there was an increased incidences of my wireless crashing.
I have been doing the typical maintenance stuff like running my anti-virus (AVG), system cleaners (ASC and CCleaner) and MalwareBytes, so I think that the problem is deeper than that, I think that there is just too much stuff on the computer occupying space and the the programs are probably tangled up and running in the background (I try to uncheck that when installing programs, but I suspect that some sneak through), and add-ons are also probably messing things up.
My initial was to wipe everything out and start over but I am starting to get scared about doing something that drastic because I don't know if I have the disks and what-not for the operating system and key programs to re-load, so I don't want to take the chance of wiping out something that I cannot recover, so now my plan is to wipe out all but a few programs and random processes, also there may be some programs like Firefox that I may want to uninstall and reinstall fresh.
What I have done:
* Analyzed the hard drive (not 100% sure I've done this, see ** below).
* Ran chkdsk (per AustrAlien, he also wants me to do additional checks).
* Ran a Belarc analysis (file attached).
* Ran Revo Uninstaller to get a list (images attached).
* Did a print screen of processes that run on start up (images attached).
* Backed up personal files.
What needs to be done (not sure about the steps themselves or the order, so I am looking for confirmation and suggestions):
* Have the hard drive analyzed, ** when I could not get into my computer, as part of my trouble shooting with Dell they had me do a diagnostic and my computer passed, so this may have been done. To get the diagnostic started, I pressed FN and turned on the computer and followed the rep's instructions and he told me that I passed the diagnostic, I can include that transcript if necessary.
* Per AustrAlien, run chkdsk a few times.
* Save some / most / all of my application set up files, not sure if I should do this.
* Start deleting programs, is Revo Uninstaller a good tool for this?
Does this seem like a reasonable plan? Any input and guidance is appreciated, thanks.