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Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Generalcarry, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. Generalcarry

    Generalcarry NRA Member

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    I’ve used: Ccleaner, AVG 8.0 free and On Line Armor for quite a while, and still do. I also defrag and use disk cleanup weekly. I’ve added Smart Defrag, Advanced SystemCare and Malwarebytes’ yesterday because this computer seems to be slowing down and frankly thought this may help.
    I’m probably pitting one program against another and was wondering what to get rid of or keep. Maybe even something to add.

    I maxed the RAM at 4GB but only 2.98 show and I have ~84% of my HD free.
    Any suggestions?
    Thx
     
  2. Sgt. Schultz

    Sgt. Schultz Annoying Member

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    You are running a 32 bit OS so 3 - 3.2 GB is all Windows will use. What do you have loading when Windows starts?
     

  3. Generalcarry

    Generalcarry NRA Member

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    I have 14 items on startup if that's what you mean.
    Periodically I write everything down (that's checked) in startup and google it to see if it's necessary or not. I will copy them down if that's what you mean.
     
  4. Generalcarry

    Generalcarry NRA Member

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    If your talking about the icons next to the clock, there are 4 or 5 depending. When I turn on the computer I exit everything I can. I do all the updates manually, and I'm still using SP2.
     
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    Sgt. Schultz Annoying Member

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    I'm talking about Start - Run - MSCONFIG


    I have two items loading on systems the I setup and configure, the AntiVirus and Firewall software anything else is just wasting resources.
     
  6. Generalcarry

    Generalcarry NRA Member

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    Wow.... I remember some guy on TV a few years ago Black Vipor(?) who said pretty much the same thing.

    That's exactly what I did, MSCONFIG and I have ~14. Things like Webshots, qttask, oaui... Guess I'll have to get more aggressive but , I only "kinda" know what I'm doing.
     
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    Sgt. Schultz Annoying Member

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    A lot of applications add stuff to load at startup, for example printers and scanners load monitoring software that you can do without, QuickTime adds a tray icon (qttask) for ease of access and the list goes on and on …
     
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    Pierre! NRA Life Member

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    having 2 applications running "scans" or "real time protection" on your system is just beggin for file corruption too, not to mention the massive slow down every time you "touch" a file or make a change to one...

    Only 1 "scanner" at a time... same with thermal monitors!

    HTH
     
  9. MavsX

    MavsX The Dude Abides

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    yeah, go into msconfig and uncheck all! well maybe not Norton..but....the others...waste 'em.
     
  10. Generalcarry

    Generalcarry NRA Member

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    So I'm going to go back into startup and look at those checked items again. Now I know qttask can be unchecked, but as I google the others I can only rely on a few to be explained in terms I recognize. That UNI_Blue tells me nothing, bleeping computer helps at times but it's a hit and miss. Is there 1 site in particular that would help me clean up both PC and my wifes notebook?

    Should I eliminate any of the "free add ons" or are they OK?
     
  11. SKeefe

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    If you go to Tools and then Startup in CCleaner then it will allow you to easily disable the applications that are starting when you start your computer.

    I usually first try to actually go into the programs that are in startup and disable them from starting automatically from within the program's preferences.
     
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    jwest46 Rebel Yeller

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    Good question and I hope you (we) get an answer. The command lines in msconfig are not always clear as to which application they are associated. I have been hesitant to uncheck things as I am not sure how important they are. I have ten or twelve apps running on startup but would bet most are not vital. I may take this question over to some of the tech support forums.
     
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    Generalcarry NRA Member

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    That was good, I found 3 right off the bat I knew I could turn off with no ill effects.
     
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    RaiderRodney Just Win Baby

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    I also use Webshots...if you disable it then your wallpaper will no longer update :p You could always just use the "My Pictures" screen saver and move your pics there...but it doesn't update your background.

    If you can still find it...Pc Mag had a wonderful free program called "startup cop" that did a great job managing startup items ;)
     
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    Generalcarry NRA Member

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    That's good to know and makes sense once you think about it. I thought it would stop all my screen savers, but if I can keep the ones I have until I decide to change, I'm on it!
     
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    Perhaps I better not say anything but I do wonder why people keep using that OS.
     
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    Me and you both.... I have a Windows partition, for when I "must" have Windows, which isn't often... It gets no general use though, and truthfully, I rarely even boot it.

    IGF
     
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    I have to keep a machine running windows at the house for domestic tranquility. The wife refuses to look at anything "different".
     
  19. Sgt. Schultz

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    Check out this site ...

    http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_index.htm

    ... under the section "The Programs" click "All Items" look for "If you are a regular visitor, click HERE to go straight to the list..." at the top of the page.
     
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    My wife's computer, maintained by me has Kubuntu 8.04 on it. It's a self defense issue. If you send my wife an email that says "Click here and I will wipe your computer" she would STILL click here just to see what it does. So she uses Kubuntu and doesn't have root access.
    And does it really matter? My wife wants to read email, view and send images, surf the web and type and print a few letters. Kubuntu is fine. My parents use it too for the same reasons.