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#1 eriscot

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 08:28 AM

Can you help me? I have 2% free space



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 08:46 AM

How many partitions on the system...how many hard drives?

 

How much free space in Windows partition, how large is the Windows partition?

 

Do you have an external hard drive?

 

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 08:50 AM

I'm a carpenter, can't answer one of your questions.  I'm willing to try anything if you have the patience to deal with me. Thanks in advance



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 08:55 AM

What kinds of programs are you running and what kinds of files are you storing?

Ie picture files will take up loads of space.

 

Have a  look through your programs and uninstall those you dont need or use.

 

Clean your temp files with a cleaner if they,ve built up

 

Move some files to an external drive to save space and/or run some programs portable..



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 09:00 AM

Micro works 7.0 203mb

office basic 192mb

net framework 2.0 185mb

net framework 3.0 179mb

adobe reader 142mb compatibility pack 64mb



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 09:10 AM

Just deleted contracts and pictures I have been storing for quite awhile, was under the assumption that they were relatively small in the scope of things.



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 09:37 AM

A bit of maintenance on your system is easy once you learn it and will save you time and hassle later.

 

If you go to Start,Control panel,add/remove programs you,ll see a list of your installed programs and can uninstall

any you don't use or need using the built in uninstall function,which will save space on your drive.

 

Just make sure not to uninstall anything you need,if unsure don't uninstall it.

 

Start,All Programs,Accessories,System tools,Diskcleanup, will take you to the built in disk cleaner which lets you clean temp files on your system if thieve built up and are hogging loads of space.

 

Then maybe move some files to a flash drive or external drive to save more space.With an external drive you just plug

it in and use it as you use your local computer drive as you would a flash drive or memory stick  to store files,also useful for backing up your data.

 

Hamluis will probably give you more detailed instructions than i can.



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 10:36 AM

How many partitions on the system...how many hard drives?
 
How much free space in Windows partition, how large is the Windows partition?
 
Do you have an external hard drive?
 
Louis

 

I'm a carpenter, can't answer one of your questions.  I'm willing to try anything if you have the patience to deal with me. Thanks in advance


We have the patience as we realize that everyone has a different skill levels. Our goal is to help you, which we will do to the best of our ability, even if it means "hand holding" and slowly guiding someone through the help process.

Since you admit you are not computer savvy, run the following tool which will answer the questions asked by Hamluis.

Please download MiniToolBox, save it to your desktop, click the MiniToolBox icon and run it. MiniToolBox will not be installed on your computer because it is an on demand scanner.

Checkmark the following checkboxes:

• List Installed Programs
• List Users, Partitions and Memory size.

Click on Go to start the scan. Once it is finished highlight the text, copy it and paste it in your next post.

IF you do not want the user account names to be shown to the world, you can delete those from your post.

Edited by Queen-Evie, 24 October 2013 - 10:46 AM.


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Posted 24 October 2013 - 10:44 AM

Yes pictures actually take up loads of hard drive space,better stored on usb or external drive,leave u in hands of moderator .



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 10:49 AM

MiniToolBox by Farbar  Version: 13-07-2013
Ran by scott neifer (administrator) on 24-10-2013 at 11:42:54
Running from "C:\Documents and Settings\scott neifer\My Documents"
Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 (X86)
Boot Mode: Normal
***************************************************************************

=========================== Installed Programs ============================

56Kbps Internal Modem
Adobe AIR (Version: 1.5.2.8900)
Adobe Flash Player 11 ActiveX (Version: 11.8.800.174)
Adobe Flash Player 11 Plugin (Version: 11.1.102.62)
Adobe Reader 9.2 (Version: 9.2.0)
Compatibility Pack for the 2007 Office system (Version: 12.0.6612.1000)
Critical Update for Windows Media Player 11 (KB959772)
eMachines Bay Reader V1.00 (Version: 1.00.0000)
FastAgain PC Booster (Version: 1.0)
Google Update Helper (Version: 1.3.21.123)
HP Deskjet 2050 J510 series Basic Device Software (Version: 22.50.231.0)
Macromedia Shockwave Player (Version: 10.1.0.11)
Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 (Version: 1.1.4322)
Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Security Update (KB2698023)
Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Security Update (KB2742597)
Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Security Update (KB979906)
Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2 (Version: 2.2.30729)
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Service Pack 2 (Version: 3.2.30729)
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (Version: 3.5.30729)
Microsoft Base Smart Card Cryptographic Service Provider Package
Microsoft Compression Client Pack 1.0 for Windows XP (Version: 1)
Microsoft Internationalized Domain Names Mitigation APIs
Microsoft National Language Support Downlevel APIs
Microsoft Office Basic Edition 2003 (Version: 11.0.5614.0)
Microsoft User-Mode Driver Framework Feature Pack 1.0
Microsoft Works 7.0 (Version: 07.02.0620)
NVIDIA Drivers
NVIDIA Windows 2000/XP nForce Drivers
Rhapsody Player Engine (Version: 1.0.604)
SpecialSavings (Version: 2.0.0)
SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition (Version: 4.24.0.1004)
Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (KB963707) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows Internet Explorer 7 (KB976749) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows Internet Explorer 8 (KB2598845) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB2141007) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB2345886) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB2467659) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB2541763) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB2607712) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB2616676) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB2641690) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB2661254-v2) (Version: 2)
Update for Windows XP (KB2718704) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB2736233) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB2749655) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB951072-v2) (Version: 2)
Update for Windows XP (KB951978) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB955759) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB955839) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB967715) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB968389) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB971029) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB971737) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB973687) (Version: 1)
Update for Windows XP (KB973815) (Version: 1)
Visual C++ 2008 x86 Runtime - (v9.0.30729) (Version: 9.0.30729)
Visual C++ 2008 x86 Runtime - v9.0.30729.01 (Version: 9.0.30729.01)
WebFldrs XP (Version: 9.50.6513)
Windows Backup Utility (Version: 5.1)
Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications (KB905474) (Version: 1.7.0018.5)
Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool (KB892130)
Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool (KB892130) (Version: 1.7.0069.2)
Windows Internet Explorer 7 (Version: 20070813.185237)
Windows Internet Explorer 8 (Version: 20090308.140743)
Windows Media Connect
Windows Media Format 11 runtime
Windows Media Format SDK Hotfix - KB891122
Windows Media Player Hotfix [See Q828026 for more information]
Windows XP Service Pack 3 (Version: 20080414.031525)
Yahoo! Toolbar

========================= Memory info: ===================================

Percentage of memory in use: 48%
Total physical RAM: 1983.48 MB
Available physical RAM: 1024.68 MB
Total Pagefile: 3818.16 MB
Available Pagefile: 2658.59 MB
Total Virtual: 2047.88 MB
Available Virtual: 1990.82 MB

========================= Partitions: =====================================

2 Drive c: () (Fixed) (Total:111.79 GB) (Free:1.42 GB) NTFS

========================= Users: ========================================

User accounts for \\YOUR-USOASF2W5I

Administrator            ASPNET                   Guest                   
HelpAssistant            scott neifer             SUPPORT_388945a0        

**** End of log ****



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 11:04 AM

FastAgain PC Booster (Version: 1.0) is listed in your installed programs. UNINSTALL IT. It's nothing more than "snake oil" which will do nothing to speed up your computer. Read this for more information http://www.pchell.com/reviews/fastagain.shtml

If you don't use the Yahoo toolbar uninstall it.

I also noticed these 2 entries

Windows Internet Explorer 7 (Version: 20070813.185237)
Windows Internet Explorer 8 (Version: 20090308.140743)

IF I recall correctly when IE 8 is installed via Microsoft updates it *should* overwrite IE 7. Hopefully someone with more knowledge will be able to tell you what, if anything, you need to do about Internet Explorer.

Regarding SpecialSavings (Version: 2.0.0) is this something you installed and use?

Edited by Queen-Evie, 24 October 2013 - 11:23 AM.


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Posted 24 October 2013 - 12:31 PM

Tried to uninstall specialsavings, it won't allow me to, keep getting error 1001.

Removed fast again, thank you.



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 12:43 PM

Might help with Specialsavings if you want to uninstall it

 

http://www.shouldiremoveit.com/SpecialSavings-8242-program.aspx



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 01:02 PM

Might help with Specialsavings if you want to uninstall it

http://www.shouldiremoveit.com/SpecialSavings-8242-program.aspx


You do need to be aware that there is a removal program on the page linked to by Wolverine. It's called "Should I Remove It?"

I have no knowledge of the this program, never heard of it until today, thus have no clue if it is a legitimate program for one to use. Being the curious type, I investigated and discovered it is an alternative program to use instead of Windows Add Remove Programs feature with the purpose of "Helping you decide which pc programs to purge".

I've just finished more research on SpecialSavings.

Information here http://www.techsupportall.com/remove-specialsavings-com/

One of the tools mentioned is AdwCleaner which can also be downloaded from Bleeping Computer's download section AND is often recommended by malware removal specialists here.

Apparently SpecialSavings is not a good thing to have on your computer.

I know you are concerned about free space and slowness and I totally understand. However, if there is malware/infections those need to be dealt with first. Otherwise it doesn't matter what you do because your system will be impacted until it's clean.

Another thing: I did not see any antivirus listed in your installed programs. Can you clarify if you do have one installed or not?

We also need to know your hard drive size. One way to find out is from Start Menu open Control Panel. Click Administrative Tools/Computer Management/Device Manager on the left side of the page.

Click the drop down arrow next to Disk Drives. Post what it has listed under disk drive. Somewhere in the drive model number will be the size of the drive.

Edited by Queen-Evie, 24 October 2013 - 01:46 PM.


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Posted 24 October 2013 - 01:39 PM

Sorry Queen Evie should have researched "Should I Remove It?" more carefully,taken so much of this kind of nonsensware stuff of peoples machines lately im getting complacent,ill let you continue..


Edited by Wolverine 7, 24 October 2013 - 01:39 PM.





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