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Windows XP Professional Problems

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Have been encountering many problems as of late with Windows XP Professional.

-Windows Defrag Utility has disappeared
-Mozilla Firefox will not let me bookmark any locations
-Microsoft Outlook identifies a lack of memory resources and asks that some programs be stopped before proceeding.
-Most downloads have to be restarted half way through

Just wondering if I may have been infiltrated by worm, spyware, or virus that has latched on to memory and corrputed things.

Very frustrating.

Point 2, I Unistalled earlier of Firefox, and downloaded and re-installed latest version after having deleted all bookmarks for earlier version, but new program will not let me bookmark and webpages either.

Point3, I can't do anything with Microsoft Outlook so will have to continue using Outlook Express which I don't care for.

Miscellaneous; i keep getting "Your Computer has recovered from a serious error" messages weekly.

Please advise what should be next course of action in this case.


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Items in blue which are underlined are clickable to give more information about the process

Click start then run, type prefetch then press enter, click edit then select all, right click any file then click delete, confirm delete

Click start, all programmes, accessories, system tools to run disc clean up, then from system tools, run disc defragmenter.

Click start then run, type sfc /scannow then press enter, you need the XP CD

Windows File Protection will show a blue onscreen progress bar, when the bar goes, reboot

If you do not have an XP CD you can borrow a same version as was originally installed XP CD, if you downloaded SP2 then you need an SP1 XP CD

If you do not have an XP CD and are unable to borrow one, run the scan, click skip if it asks for the CD, if it keeps asking, click cancel.

If it kept asking for the XP CD then system files are missing

Click start then run, type chkdsk /r then press enter, type Y to confirm for next boot, press enter then reboot.

Windows will appear to load normally then either the monitor will show progress or the screen will go blank, do not disturb this.

This will take an hour or so before it gets to the desktop.

Download and install Tune Up 2007 Trial

Run Tune Up Disc Clean Up

Run Tune Up Registry Clean Up

Click Optimize and Improve to run Reg Defrag, which will take a few minutes and need a reboot. You should disable the antivirus programme to run this and check it is running after the reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to optimize the computer, select computer with an internet connection from the drop down menu, this also requires a reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to accelerate downloads, select the speed just above your actual connection speed, this requires a reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to run system advisor

Open Word, click help, click detect and repair, tick restore shortcuts
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