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#1 AndyP5000


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Posted 30 March 2017 - 11:08 AM

Can anyone help me go threw the process of cleaning my machine of unwanted processes, junk removal ancd giving my win 7 comp a good clean out.


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#2 RenoGeek


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Posted 30 March 2017 - 02:39 PM

Well I would start by 1st backing up your computer.

You would not believe how many service calls I do start with "I was cleaning my computer and...

Once your sure you have a good backup then I would uninstall any programs your sure you no longer use. 

Then you can use a good system cleaner like CCleaner.



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Posted 31 March 2017 - 09:27 AM

Another thing you can do is run a HijackThis scan; you may be surprised at what is loading. Just be careful what you delete, you can damage some of your programs by nuking the wrong thing. Also, you will find a lot of "file not found" results in Windows 7 for Windows OS files; the files are actually there, but the way W7 is set up HijackThis can't read them, so just ignore them. What I do when I clean up a machine is nuke all BHOs, Extra Buttons and tool bars. Chances are there a ton of them loading that you don't know about. M. Internet Explorer will have several entries. Nuke them all, it will not affect how it runs at all-except it will run faster.

Next, run adwcleaner and JRT adware removers, downloadable from this website. Let them remove anything they find.


Next download and run Autoruns, which will list everything that is loading on boot. Choose the "Hide Microsoft Entries" from the tabs on top. This is for your protection so you don't accidentally damage your operating system. Deselect the checkbox in front of the entry you want to prevent from loading and that item will not load on boot. There will be a lot of things loading that you can just as easily start by clicking on the shortcut button for that program; there will be a lot of program updaters loading; you can manually update your programs yourself occasionally.

That should get you started.

Edited by ranchhand_, 31 March 2017 - 10:40 AM.

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Posted 31 March 2017 - 11:16 AM

Just do a clean install...it's faster and more reliable than trying to fix unknown issues of all types...and will provide a valid base for dealing with any situations that may originate in hardware.



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Posted 31 March 2017 - 05:23 PM

Are you experiencing any specific issues? What's driving your desire to "clean your machine"?

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