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How To Use Cleanup! To Protect Your Privacy


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#1 Roger F. Gay

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Posted 07 March 2007 - 06:09 AM

RE: Tutorial "How to use CleanUp! to protect your privacy"

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/how-to-use-cleanup/

I tried twice to download and install CleanUp! but both times got an error. The file size is not correct.

The tutorial was written in 2004. Apparently something has gone wacko since then.

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Posted 07 March 2007 - 06:42 AM

The link worked for me.
File size is 311 KB.
If that link doesn't work for you, try downloading it from here:
CleanUp!

Please read all cautions, and warnings, before using.
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Posted 07 March 2007 - 07:16 AM

Nope. The file I'm getting is 84K.

The warnings and cautions are frightening.

Edited by Roger F. Gay, 07 March 2007 - 07:17 AM.


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Posted 07 March 2007 - 07:21 AM

The warnings and cautions are frightening.

They're supposed to be. :thumbsup:
The program can do a lot of damage, if not used properly.
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Posted 07 March 2007 - 07:25 AM

Is it tricky to use it properly? Once installed, I was just thinking I'd run it. I thought it did about the same things that Tools -> Internet Options -> Delete does with some extra work getting at those temporary files that Microsoft is too lazy to get.

I suppose I'm getting ahead of myself. I still haven't been able to install it.

Edited by Roger F. Gay, 07 March 2007 - 07:28 AM.


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Posted 07 March 2007 - 07:45 AM

I used the download link in the tut and it was 312 kb..Please go over the options. It says for instance clean out the prefetch files. It is amyth that prefetch files slow down your computer. On the contrary In those files are all the data stored to enable a quick start of the program.

Is there a specific reason why you want to use Cleanup? (Apart from cleaning your computer :thumbsup: )

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Posted 07 March 2007 - 07:51 AM

Just follow all warnings, and you should be alright.
The warning's are there to, hopefully, make sure your paying close attention to what you're doing.
You know, double checking every action, to make sure it's what you want to do, before clicking that button. :thumbsup:
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Posted 07 March 2007 - 09:27 AM

Is there a specific reason why you want to use Cleanup? (Apart from cleaning your computer :thumbsup: )


No. I was just doing some maintenance after being bothered by a plugin Microsoft advertised called Winter Fun Pack 2004. While I was at it, I was looking into this that and the other way to have a clean, neat, and properly maintained computer. I ran across the tutorial ... don't know if I care about running it right away or not ... but thought I'd install it and have it available under Tools in my start -> all programs menu. Otherwise, when I want to clean it up, I'll have to go looking.

This is a portable computer, which I expect to carry around here and there. So, seems like a nice feature to be able to clean it whenever I feel that I want to.

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Posted 07 March 2007 - 09:57 AM

Perhaps you could follow the below directions. It is a well written guide by our quietman7 on how to maintain your computer.

Please follow these steps :

• Defrag your system. Disk fragmentation slows the overall performance of your system. When files are fragmented, the computer must search the hard disk when a file is opened. Disk Defragmenter consolidates fragmented files and folders on the hard disk so that each occupies a single space on the disk. This speeds up reading and writing to the disk. Read "The Importance of Disk Defragmentation" for instructions.

• Check for disk errors by running CHKDSK. CHKDSK can be run from the Recovery Console, the command prompt or through the Windows GUI.
To run chkdsk from the Win XP GUI see these instructions.
To run chkdsk from the command prompt see these instructions.
To run chkdsk from the Recovery Console see these instructions.
The problem with running CHKDSK from Win XP is that it will not check files that are being used by Windows. Using chkdsk in the Recovery Console with the /r switch is a way to resolve this.

• Check for damaged, altered or missing critical system files by running the System File Checker. If SFC discovers that a protected file has been damaged, altered or missing, it restores the correct version of the file from the cache folder. You must be logged on as an administrator or as a member of the Administrators group to run sfc and it may ask you to insert your XP Installation CD so have it available.

• Clean up your hard drive by removing unused programs and transferring old data, pictures, music files to a CD or an external hard drive. When you have moved/saved the files you want to keep, run Disk Cleanup and let it scan your system for files to remove. "Don’t clean out the Prefetch folder" - This is a common myth that will not improve performance.

• Check for any unnecessary running services. If you have a typical installation, many services are configured as "automatic"; that is, they start automatically when the system starts or when the service is called for the first time. Use "Black Viper's Services Configuration" to help fine tune this area.

• Check for any unnecessary applications loading at startup when Windows boots with MSConfig. Some startup programs are necessary so be careful what you disable. If you are unsure what any of the startup entries are or if they are safe to disable, then search one of the following Startup Databases:
Startup Programs Database
StartupList Index

Note: MSConfig.exe is a troubleshooting utility used to diagnose system configuration issues. Although it works as a basic startup manager which allows you to enable/disable auto-start programs, msconfig should not be used routinely to disable startup programs.

A better alternative is to use a startup manager. If you have have Spybot S&D 1.4 installed, launch it, go to Mode and select Advanced. Then go to Tools, select System Startups. You will be provided with a list of programs that load when Windows starts. If you untick an entry it will no longer run at startup. This will allow you to experiment and see how your system performs with any of them disabled. Other startup managers you can download and use for free are Startup Control Panel, Autoruns and Starter by CodeStuff.

• Remove any third party "Memory Manager" or "Optimizer". Windows XP memory management was designed to make the best use of Ram and these memory management utilities defeat that purpose. They push applications out of RAM into the pagefile, creating holes in the RAM and by doing so, slow down your computer.

• Disable some visual effects. While visual embellishments that may be attractive, they don’t do anything else for you. Disabling some of them frees up system resources and makes the operating system perform better. Right click My Computer, choose > Properties > Advanced, click on "Settings" under performance...UNcheck all the visual effects, except for the last three. Click "Apply", then "OK", then "OK" again. Then right click your desktop and choose > Properties > Appearance > "Effects...Uncheck the first two boxes and hit "OK".

As a Cleaner I use www.ccleaner.com]Ccleaner. Also here some words of warning.
There is a feature to clean your registry. Unless you know what you are doing in this area it is advised you stay away from it.Here is tha FAQ on Ccleaner. In case of any doubts please post back your question

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Posted 07 March 2007 - 10:48 AM

That's some interesting stuff fozzie. The SFC tutorial explains something about what to do with Microsoft tool's irritating habit of asking you to install the original CD. That's the kind of problem that occurs when marketing runs a high tech company. Anyway .... just had the problem earlier.

I do use SpyBot regularly. Great program. I sent a donation. I also run AdWare SE.

I defragged the disc a couple of weeks ago and ran Disk Cleanup earlier today. I'm running Windows File Protection now and have SFC scheduled for the next time I reboot. I don't know if CHKDSK / ScanDisk is on my XP Media Edition.

Anyway ... I'm going to commit the instructions to Favorites. This is a fairly new computer that I've tried to keep in good shape during the first 4 months of its working life. I just get a little nervous after downloading and installing lots of stuff. As mentioned earlier, I sometimes have to clean up after a bad experience ... most recently in the aftermath of Winter Fun Pack 2004.

If you're copy-pasting the instructions elsewhere, you might note that there's an error in the ccleaner link.

Edited by Roger F. Gay, 07 March 2007 - 10:53 AM.


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Posted 07 March 2007 - 01:03 PM

OK. So SFC is CHKDSK. It took a lot longer to run that what I remember from the olden days of DOS.

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Posted 07 March 2007 - 01:07 PM

As a Cleaner I use www.ccleaner.com]Ccleaner. Also here some words of warning.
There is a feature to clean your registry. Unless you know what you are doing in this area it is advised you stay away from it.Here is tha FAQ on Ccleaner. In case of any doubts please post back your question


Does Ccleaner do anything that [MSIE] Tools -> Internet Options -> Delete doesn't do?

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Posted 07 March 2007 - 07:47 PM

I just get a little nervous after downloading and installing lots of stuff. As mentioned earlier, I sometimes have to clean up after a bad experience ... most recently in the aftermath of Winter Fun Pack 2004.

If you are worried about having to clean up bad uninstalls, use a program like Total Uninstall.
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Posted 08 March 2007 - 04:54 AM


As a Cleaner I use www.ccleaner.com]Ccleaner. Also here some words of warning.
There is a feature to clean your registry. Unless you know what you are doing in this area it is advised you stay away from it.Here is tha FAQ on Ccleaner. In case of any doubts please post back your question


Does Ccleaner do anything that [MSIE] Tools -> Internet Options -> Delete doesn't do?

It is an all-in-one cleaning tool which I have start to use over the years. Again the word of warning be aware of what you delete, better be safe than sorry. If you use the cleaner you can check all items before definetely removing them.

Edited by fozzie, 08 March 2007 - 04:54 AM.


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Posted 08 March 2007 - 05:05 AM

chkdsk and sfc are not the same thing. See the following links:

chkdsk

sfc
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