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#1 Verrette

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 04:37 PM

Hello friends,

 

I have some time today to dedicate to cleaning up my computer! Can someone let me know what I need to download, copy & paste to this blog, in order for you computer genius's to lead a hand??

 

Thanks all the most!

Stacey


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Posted 26 April 2014 - 04:46 PM

By "cleaning", do you mean malware- removal? (getting rid of ad-ware, viruses and the like).

 

If so, there is a separate forum for that. Actually 2, one for if you suspect you are infected and another for if you know you are infected.



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Posted 26 April 2014 - 09:28 PM

I mean get rid of anything (files, folders, ad-ware, viruses) and anything else that A. does not need to be on my computer, and B. anything that is taking up space....

 

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 09:51 PM

Well, what is just 'taking up space' is subjective. Rather than deleting stuff you aren't sure if you use or not, it might be best to run the built in Disk Cleanup utility . Start Menu--> All Programs--> Accessories-->  System Tools--> Disk Cleanup. It only deletes stuff you're computer will function fine without- temporary files and extra restore points (for System Restore utility).

 

It will also compress files you don't use very often if you enable that option. That can take a long time, and fragments files like crazy, so you might want to defragment your drive afterwards. Start Menu--> All Programs--> Accessories-->  System Tools--> Disk Defragmenter

 

However, if you want your system to perform better, I would recommend looking at this reference

 

http://www.theeldergeek.com/services_guide.htm

 

It is a guide as to how your services should be set. Each service is a program that is potentially running in the background, using system resources. Some services you need to have running, but many you do not need and you should be sure they are not set to automatically run.

 

If you are worried about malware and want to do an online scan for viruses and such, here is a link http://housecall.trendmicro.com, but I'll admit I've never used it myself. The company Trendmicro is highly reputable, and it's probably an effective scan.


Edited by yu gnomi, 26 April 2014 - 09:54 PM.


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Posted 26 April 2014 - 10:23 PM

Okay, I will try your suggestions! Thanks!


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Posted 26 April 2014 - 10:38 PM

Any programs you are sure you won't use again (and maybe some programs that you are sure you can download again for free) you can un-install from Start Menu--> Control Panel --> Add/Remove Programs 

 

which will bring up a menu of the applications installed on your computer.

 

You should probably do that before the other steps I mentioned, I just forgot about it.



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Posted 26 April 2014 - 11:48 PM

Speaking of uninstalling no longer needed apps, Revo Uninstaller (Free version) not only removes the app, but in Advanced mode, also all of the folders & registry keys with it, which will free up space on the computer. There is even a Free portable version that doesn't require install that can be ran from a Flash drive. It's at the bottom of the page, below the standard Free one.

 

http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_uninstaller_free_download.html

 

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