Do I need explorer?
Posted 23 May 2005 - 06:46 AM
Posted 23 May 2005 - 10:22 AM
Hi I have just installed firefox and wondered if I can delete explorer. Obviously I am a beginner and my puter is only 128ram, so if I can keep it freed up hopefuly it would be more efficient. The othe query I have is there seems to be too many programs running do I really need them all? And do I just have to ctrl alt del every time to stop them running. Sometimes when I do that I get an error msg either fata exception or illegal operation. Would be grateful for some advice thanks Nik
You can uninstall IE. If you go to start > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs > Add/Remove Windows components (on the left hand side) and uncheck the IE box, then click next and it should uninstall. If you want to delete the IE folder from program files, it usually wont allow you to do it. I suggest you install a program called "KillBox" (http://www.bleepingc...are/KillBox.zip). Once downloaded, type the location into the box (usually "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer" and select the option "delete on reboot", then click the red cross.
Alot of files running in windows task manager are necessary to keep your computer working, they can, I believe be stopped from running by disabling them in msconfig, but I don't know it's such a great idea you go through it if you don't know what you're doing as you could stop vital processes from running?! Sorry if I haven't been much help to you.
Posted 23 May 2005 - 01:12 PM
If you do the following I'll help ya determine what is necessary for your computer and what is not. Backgroung processes like that can eat up system resources esp on old machine with not much resources anyway!
Alot of files running in windows task manager are necessary to keep your computer working, they can, I believe be stopped from running by disabling them in msconfig, but I don't know it's such a great idea you go through it if you don't know what you're doing as you could stop vital processes from running?!
If you have Spybot S&d installed open the program and be sure to change to advanced mode.
- Click on Mode in the Spybots menu and choose Advanced Mode.
- Click on Tools in Spybot's left panel and choose System Startup
- Now click on Export above the right panel
- A Save in Dialog window will pop up, choose a location you will remember to save this file in. I'd use the desktop so I can see it easily.
- click Save
- Add this file as an attachment to your next post.
- Don't change anything here yet and exit spybot.
If you don't use spybot S&D see
- How to use Spybot to remove Spyware. If you suspect that you have spyware installed on your computer, here are instructions on how to download, install and then use Spybot.
Note also if you remove IE from your computer windows updates will be a problem for you if you need to update win 98 anymore. There's ways to use firefox and install updates but it's more complex. up to you.
Hope this helps.
Posted 23 May 2005 - 01:58 PM
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