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smittyd

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Hello. When I close a program or file, my icons disappear then come back shortly thereafter. Also I am starting to get the message: Microsoft has encountered a problem and will close. This is starting to happen quite often also. Any suggestions? Thanks...
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Try using AWC for general computer performance. (It's free)

http://www.iobit.com/

Edited by zbd, 18 February 2007 - 11:32 PM.

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Ok, there are always three possibilities, untidy computer, malware or a hardware problem, of the three untidy computer is probably the commonest and easiest of the three so here is a spring clean of the computer, just in case you ask the winkey is the button that looks likes microsolf's flag, please post back if no joy

Time to use your "runbox" to clean your computer,
(all these steps are done with the run box then)

deleting the prefetch files
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runbox command
- press keyboard buttons: winkey + r
- paste in the slot: prefetch
- press: enter
(the prefetch folder opens)
- press: ctrl + a
(select all is the same)
- press: shift + del
(deletes without prompt)

disc clean up
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runbox command
- press keyboard buttons:winkey + r
- paste: cleanmgr.exe
- choose drive(normally C: )
- press: enter
(this process can take a long time)

checkdisk
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runbox command
- press the keyboard buttons: winkey + r
- paste in the slot: chkdsk /f /r
- press: enter
( black window appears)
- press: Y button
- press: enter
- reboot the comp
(this process is the longest, worse the screen may be
lost before hours later the computer arrives at the welcome screen)

disc defragmenter
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runbox command
- press the keyboard buttons: winkey + r
- paste in the slot: dfrg.msc
- press enter
(this process can take a long time)

deleting internet cookies, files and history
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- press the keyboard buttons: winkey + r
- paste in the slot: inetcpl.cpl
- press: enter
- click: delete cookies
- click: delete file
- click: clear history

disable unwanted startups
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runbox command
- press: winkey + r
- paste: msconfig
- press: enter
- click tab: start ups
- keep: the AV and firewall entriies enabled,
- disable: 100% unused or unneeded entries
- Unsure about the start up: http://www.bleepingc...r.com/startups/
(IMPORTANT: enable all startups before running the Hijackthis program)
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I did all that has been suggested and it appears to doing just fine. Thanks for the help...
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