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How to clean up Vista?

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#1 M. de Jager

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Posted 14 January 2015 - 11:23 AM



Today I helped someone with an old laptop what hasn't been on for like a year. The hard disk (136 GB) is 99% full with stuff, what is a easy way to clean it up?


Deleting the system32 seems like a good idea.




Edited by M. de Jager, 14 January 2015 - 11:24 AM.

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#2 InadequateInfirmity


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Posted 14 January 2015 - 11:25 AM

Well the firs thing that I would do is a checkdisk /r



Then we can look into cleaning up the crap from the machine.


Please download MINITOOLBOX and run it.

Checkmark following boxes:

Flush DNS
Reset FF proxy Settings
Reset Ie Proxy Settings
Report IE Proxy Settings
Report FF Proxy Settings
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List IP configuration
List Winsock Entries
List last 10 Event Viewer log
List Installed Programs
List Users, Partitions and Memory size
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Click Go and post the result.


Please download Junkware Removal Tool and save it on your desktop.

  • Shut down your anti-virus, anti-spyware, and firewall software now to avoid potential conflicts.
  • Run the tool by double-clicking it. If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, right-click it and select Run as administrator.
  • The tool will open and start scanning your system.
  • Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system's specifications.
  • On completion, a log is saved to your desktop and will automatically open.
  • Please post the JRT log.

Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode onto your desktop.

  • Close all open programs and internet browsers.
  • Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  • Click on Scan button.
  • When the scan has finished click on Clean button.
  • Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.
  • Please post the contents of that logfile with your next reply.
  • You can find the logfile at C:\AdwCleaner[S1].txt as well.


Download Panda Cloud Cleaner and save it to your desktop.

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  • Double-click on PandaCloudCleaner.exe. When the Setup - Panda Cloud Cleaner window has loaded choose Next and then Next
  • Ensure Launch Panda Cloud Cleaner is selected. Click Finish Once the window appears. Click on Accept and Scan
  • Please be patient as the scan may take some time to complete depending on your system's specifications.
  • Once the scan has completed, if Scan finished with detections is denoted in the window do not take any action and or have Panda Cloud Cleaner clean anything!
  • Now within the window click on the (or any or them if multiple) tab then on View Report a notepad file should now open called PCloudCleaner.txt
  • Save this to your desktop and post the contents in your next reply.
  • Then click on Back then Exit

#3 amystarzyk


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Posted 28 January 2015 - 08:52 PM

I too was having the same problems as the original poster. I followed your instructions and have pasted the results in this reply.  I also attached my "event files" log.  It seems I have several viruses.  I am now going to runthe farbar recovery scan to see if that will give me some more information. 

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Posted 28 January 2015 - 09:01 PM

Hi amystarzyk

You should post your thread in the Am I Infected? What do I do? section to avoid hijacking this one, and also make sure that a helper come help you personally.

Edited by Aura., 28 January 2015 - 09:01 PM.

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Posted 30 January 2015 - 07:26 PM

Topic moved to the appropriate forum.
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Posted 30 January 2015 - 07:55 PM

@amystarzyk still having issues?

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