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#1 Joe2325


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Posted 08 March 2007 - 04:39 PM

Ok, I got a virus a while ago and a gentlemen on this fabulous website helped me take care of it and rid myself of that problem but when I got it I had to have DL'd like 25 programs. My computer is now running incredibly slow. I walked through that guide to a slow computer nothing has really helped. So, I want to start it up from factory settings. I tried a system restore but it won't restore to a point before the virus. So if someone could walk me through of help me out that would be great. I have also saved all my important files that I want onto a DVD-R (Pictures, school work, work, etc.). Any help would be appreciated. Be back later to check in. pzs. Thanks.

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Posted 08 March 2007 - 05:07 PM

Since you have backed up all your important data, and if you have the programs you need to install, and you have your os disc, then the quickest way to remedy that slowness is to repartition the drive, reformat it, then reinstall your os on it. Then all you'd have to do then is just reinstall your programs, and then place your data back into those folders.

Then again, you could always uninstall one program at a time, defrag the computer, and also do a registry cleaning. Chances are, your registry is full of bad entries and it's slowing down your computer. Try this FREE registry cleaner:

Eusing Registry Cleaner
Eusing registry cleaner is a fast and FREE, and most importantly, very good at cleaning out bad registry entries. Even if you use other registry cleaners, you should definitely add this one to your list.

It has a function to allow you to backup your registry 1st, and the function to restore it too, just in case. But I never had any problems cleaning any of my registries.

But if you don't want to reinstall an os, I'd start uninstalling program after program, reboot, then clean the registry, then reboot,,, then uninstall more programs, reboot, then registry clean again... until the computer works as normal.

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Posted 10 March 2007 - 07:09 AM

I've seen several computers like this recently. As Walkman says, the easiest and quickest way is to reformat and do a clean install of XP.

That being said, there are several things that you can try to remedy this before resorting to a clean install.

1) Try running SFC.EXE /SCANNOW from the Run dialog. You may need to slipstream a copy of SP2 into your installation media if it isn't there already. Here's a guide on SFC.EXE: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/43051/how-to-use-sfcexe-to-repair-system-files/ and here's a guide on slipstreaming SP2: http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windo..._slipstream.asp

2) Try a repair install of Windows XP. Here's a guide for that: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
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