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Looking to clean my computer up some to run faster. It has been running slower than usual and it seems to be because there are so many programs on it. My question really is, is running the software CleanUp! a good idea? What exactly will it be removing? Or should I post a hijackthis log before I do anything?
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I very much like ATF Cleaner because it requires no installation. Just download and "save" to your desktop. Double click to run. http://www.atribune....tent/view/19/2/

Depending on what procedure you have in place to manage your cookies, you may not want to mark that entry. "Prefetch" is a file Windows keeps to speed loading of your most commoly used programs (128 of them). Cleaning that will do no harm, but will make your applications a little slower to load the next 3 times or so.

While a "cleanup" procedure will help some, if you really want to speed up Windows, you will need to learn about your background processes and services so that you can control them to suit your peculiar needs. When I open Taskmanager, I know what all the entries in there are doing. This took some learning on my part, but now I can quicky identify processes that are unfamiliar and find out what they are and what they are doing on my system. You can too.

To get started, I have posted much of what I have learned here: http://doc1101.vox.com/
Included are web addresses of useful tools and informational sites. My Vox does not contain "live" links. To view the referenced pages, copy and paste the URLs to your browser address bar and GO.

HiJackThis logs should only be posted here: http://www.geekstogo...o-Here-f37.html

And then only after completing the instructions here: http://www.geekstogo...-Log-t2852.html

HJT logs posted elsewhere may be removed by the Moderators
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