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briz_dad

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Recently, I've noticed that my computer is starting up slowly and it seems a lot of resources are tied up with junk... can someone help me do some house cleaning with my system?

(I've done the beginner things: defrag, disc scan, clean disc)

TIA,
Greg
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Have you scanned for spyware? Slow startup might be a sign of excessive spyware, just download adaware and/or spybot and run them.

If that does not help; How many gigabytes are you using on your harddrive out of how many? If your using alot of memory it will load up slow. Try and uninstall programs that you do not use, and make sure you delete all the folders in your c:/programfiles/* of the programs that you uninstall (sometimes they dont go away).
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I use Ad-Aware SE regularly.

I have used 40G and have 18G free.

All the programs I see I want installed...

any other help?
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Ok, did you recently install any programs? Ive had that happen before. I installed Battlefield 2 and my computer went all wacky. If youve installed any programs just before youve had all the problems, if its not to much of a hassle go ahead and try and remove it.

If not, then do you have any virus protection? Id recommend using Zone Alarm Security Suite.

This is the 15 day trial version, after you download this go to the "anti-virus/anti-spyware" tab and select advanced options.

Under "Virus Management - Detection" check both boxes which enable byte-by-byte scanning (and virus-like behavior) of every byte on your computer

Under "Spyware Management - Detection" check the box that says to scan for tracking cookies, and check the "Deep-Inspection Scan" option on the lower part.

Click ok, then "update now" under your anti-virus/anti-spyware tab to make sure everything is up-to-date.

After you update, click "scan for virues/spyware" and take a walk, a long walk, this is gonna take awhile.


ps: Is it just booting slow or is it running slower in general?

Edited by DeadEye, 22 June 2006 - 02:18 PM.

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I have Norton anit-virus and I haven't installed anything recently... oh, wait - I did just install the half-life 2 game. Let me uninstall that and see what happens.

- Greg
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