Cleaning computer

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  1. tallen00

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    Hi...I don't know much about computers and I am having problems with mine. I currently have a Dell, I don;t know which model, it is about two years old and runs on Microsoft XP. The computer is running slow and I am wondering if there is a way to do scan on the computer to remove files or programs, or whatever it is that is making the computer run slow...help is greatly apprecitated and needed!!!
     
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    run disk cleanup on C: drive (but don't choose to compress old files!!)

    then defrag after.

    run spybot search & destroy
    and AdAware free version

    also go to your run line and type: msconfig

    then hit the startup tab and disable any 'crap' that's running in the background that's useless. crap as in stuff that watches for you to request something, like a realplayer window. Windows will pop it open regardless of whether the realplayer 'assistant' thing is running or not.
     
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    +1 Good post! But there is a little more you can do...

    After Spybot S&D run these two things...

    Sysinternals PageDefrag
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/utilities/pagedefrag.mspx

    SysClean
    http://www.trendmicro.com/download/dcs.asp
    Download SysClean Package

    and then download the virus definitions...

    http://www.trendmicro.com/download/viruspattern.asp

    Download the .zip file and extract into same folder as the sysclean.com file and run the sysclean.com file and it will scan for the latest bugs.

    Enjoy...
     
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    AWC, as far as I know, also contains a registry cleaner. Word to the wise: Even though there is a provision in AWR to restore the registry, back it up by creating a restore point before using it.
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    The best way IMO is to back up all your important files to a secondary or external media storage source (CD, DVD, external HDD, second hard drive or second partition), then reformat the hard drive or partition containing the OS (operating system) and reinstall a fresh copy of the OS.
     
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    Lotsa good advice here. What I would do is:

    1) Open your computer case and blow all the dust bunnies out with some canned air or a air compressor (be careful if you use a compressor not to damage anything with a powerful air stream)

    OPTIONAL: Backup all your wanted data, and reformat the whole drive and do a fresh OS install. Skip steps 2-5.

    2) Run disk cleanup as stated by other above.

    3) Run disk defragment

    4) Update virus definitions and do a full system scan.

    5) Spybot search and DeStRoY!

    I myself do a disk cleanup/defrag almost weekly. I have Virus scan run every morning at 3am to do a full system scan. I blow out the dust from my computer at least monthly. and probably do a full system wipe yearly.

    Never have any problems and everything runs super smooth.
    :wavey: