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steve789

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hi

I was wondering what the best free pc cleaner out there?, everyone i got does a scan then u gotta buy to clean your pc.

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CCleaner is fantastic. http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner You might also try IObit Advanced System Care Free.
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Whichever one you use, including CCleaner DO NOT USE the registry cleaner aspect of the program and that includes CCLeaner.

Registry cleaners OR any other programs by whatever name they are advertised, be it "Make your computer go faster" "Boost your computers speed"
etc. are NOT necessary, frequently dangerous and invariably USELESS.

If you are in any doubt as to WHY my advice is given - read the My LInk in my signature OR just have a look at the forums on this site.

Edited by Macboatmaster, 26 November 2010 - 02:56 PM.

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Further to the above, a vast number of StartUp items,. unnecessary services, set to automatic - such as Indexing to name just one, are frequently the cause of slow boot and performance. A general cleanup using XP diskcleanup and if necessary defrag and a more thorough cleaning using for example ATF Cleaner and then a few tweaks again using XP`s own provided utilities and systems is generally all that is required.

1. START HERE
http://www.microsoft...mproveperf.mspx

2. Run this - ATF Cleaner
http://www.atribune....id=25&Itemid=25
Perfectly Safe, does not play around with the registry.

3. Run this it will deal with your startup items.
http://www.malwareby...startuplite.php

4. Go through this list and change the services as advised. To access these you go Start, run and type "SERVICES.MSC" without the quotes.
http://www.blackvipe.../servicecfg.htm

You may find this one easier to follow NOTE - YOU will NOT have some of these the list was prepared for another computer - but the ones that you do have STILL apply.
This process can free up a great deal of RAM, And will drastically improve the responsiveness of your computer. It's a relatively simple procedure, Just follow the directions Exactly. If you're not up to this task, Then don't hesitate to skip it. To enter the Services window, Go to "Start", click "Run", and type "Services.MSC", without quotes. Services can be set to 3 different levels - Automatic, Manual, and Disabled. We will be changing some of these. Below is the list of services and the settings they should be set at. Each one must be changed individually. To change them, double left click on the service and in the pulldown menu that says STARTUP TYPE, you will select either Automatic, Manual, or Disabled as detailed in the list below. After changing the STARTUP TYPE of each separate service, you will need to click APPLY and then OK.

> WINDOWS SERVICE NAME - STATUS - NOTES

> .NET Runtime Optimization Service - DISABLED - None

> Acronis Scheduler2 Service - AUTOMATIC - Part of Acronis TrueImage backup utility. Acronis will not run if set to Disabled. However, I set mine to Disabled and then to Automatic when I plan on using Acronis.

> Adobe LM Service - DISABLED - Serves virtually no function for the common user. Useless.

> Alerter - DISABLED - None

> Application Layer Gateway Service - MANUAL - None

> Application Management - MANUAL - None

> ASP .NET State Service - DISABLED - None

> ATI Hotkey Poller - DISABLED - If you do not use any of ATI`s hotkey functions, set this to Disabled. It`s a huge waste of RAM.

> Automatic Updates - AUTOMATIC - Set to Disabled if you do not use Automatic Updates & don?t update on Microsoft`s web site.

> avast! Antivirus - AUTOMATIC - Part of your Avast antivirus. Don?t touch it.

> avast! iAVS4 Control Service - AUTOMATIC - Part of your Avast antivirus. Don?t touch it.

> Background Intelligent Transfer Service - AUTOMATIC - Set to Disabled if you do not use Automatic Updates & don?t update on Microsoft`s web site.

> CA ISAFE - DISABLED - ZoneAlarm`s Outlook spam filter. Virtually useless but set it to manual if you need it.

> Clipbook - DISABLED - None

> COM+ Event System - DISABLED - Set to Manual if you are a developer working with .ASP, .NET Framework, or Microsoft Visual Basic.

> COM+ System Application - DISABLED - Set to Manual if you are a developer working with .ASP, .NET Framework, or Microsoft Visual Basic.

> Computer Browser - AUTOMATIC - None

> Cryptographic Services - MANUAL - None

> DCOM Server Process Launcher - AUTOMATIC - None

> DHCP Client - AUTOMATIC - None

> Diskeeper - DISABLED - Diskeeper`s auto defrag - waste of RAM & virtually useless. Diskeeper will run with it Disabled.

> Distributed Link Tracking Client - DISABLED - Set to Automatic if on a LAN or WAN network.

> Dsitributed Transaction Coordinator - DISABLED - Set to Manual if you are running the computer as a file server.

> DNS Client - AUTOMATIC - None

> Error Reporting Service - DISABLED - None

> Event Log - Automatic - None

> Fast User Switching Capability - MANUAL - Can be set to Disabled if there is only one Windows user account on the computer.

> Help and Support - DISABLED - Set to Manual if you use Windows Help.

> HID Input Service - MANUAL - None

> HTTP SSL - MANUAL - None

> IMAPI CD-Burning COM Services - MANUAL - None

> Indexing Service - DISABLED - A HUGE waste of RAM & processor cycles. Only needed by web and file servers.

> InstallDriver Table Manager - DISABLED - None

> IPSEC Services - DISABLED - Set to Manual if on a corporate network.

> IPv6 Helper Service - DISABLED - Set to Automatic if on a WAN network or acting as a web server.

> Logical Disk Manager - DISABLED - Set to Automatic if you use SATA hot-plugging and/or mass media devices such as hot-plug enabled external hard drives, zip drives, thumb drives, etc.

> Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service - MANUAL - None

> Messenger Sharing USN Journal Reader service - MANUAL - Part of Windows Live Messenger. Virtually useless.

> Messenger - DISABLED - This is NOT MSN/Live Messenger. It is a security risk & a source of spam.

> MS Software Volume Shadow Copy Provider - DISABLED - None

> Net.Tcp Port Sharing Service - DISABLED - Set to Automatic if the computer is a web server or on a WAN network (Disabled for LAN networks).

> Net Logon - MANUAL - None

> NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing - DISABLED - Set to Manual if you use NetMeeting but it is a major security risk.

> Network Connections - DISABLED - Set to Automatic if on a LAN or WAN network. Some broadband ISPs? software may depend on this service. If you Disable it & find you have no internet connectivity, simply set it back to Automatic & reboot.

> Network DDE - DISABLED - Set to Automatic if on a LAN or WAN network.

> Network DDE DSDM - DISABLED - Set to Automatic if on a LAN or WAN network.

> Network Location Awareness (NLA) - DISABLED - Set to Automatic if on a LAN or WAN network. Some broadband ISPs? software may depend on this service. If you Disable it & find you have no internet connectivity, simply set it back to Automatic & reboot.

> Network Provisioning Service - DISABLED - Set to Automatic if on a LAN or WAN network.

> NT LM Security Support Provider - DISABLED - None

> Nvidia Display Driver Service - DISABLED - Set to Automatic if you overclock your graphics card using CoolBits or nTune

> Office Source Engine - MANUAL - Part of Microsoft Office 2003 & 2007.

> Performance Logs and Alerts - DISABLED - None

> Plug and Play - AUTOMATIC - None

> Portable Media Serial Number Service - DISABLED - Set to Manual if you use zip drives or other removable media storage. IPods & cameras will work fine in Disabled.

> Print Spooler - DISABLED - Set to Automatic if you have a printer installed or plan on installing one.

> Protected Storage - AUTOMATIC - None

> QoS RSVP - DISABLED - None

> Remote Access Auto Connection Manager - DISABLED - None

> Remote Access Connection Manager - DISABLED - None

> Remote Desktop Help Session Manager - DISABLED - Set to Manual if you use the Remote Desktop Help feature. A HUGE security risk when set to AUTOMATIC or MANUAL !

> Remote Procedure Call (RPC) - AUTOMATIC - None

> Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator - MANUAL - None

> Remote Registry - DISABLED - None

> Removable Storage - MANUAL - None

> Routing and Remote Access - DISABLED - Set to Automatic if on a LAN or WAN network.

> Sandra Data Service - MANUAL - Part of SiSoft Sandra. Sandra will not run if set to Disabled.

> Sandra Service - MANUAL - Part of SiSoft Sandra. Sandra will not run if set to Disabled.

> Secondary Logon - AUTOMATIC - Can be set to Disabled if there is only one Windows user account on the computer.

> Security Accounts Manager - DISABLED - Set to Automatic if on a LAN network.

> Security Center - DISABLED - This only alerts you if you have Automatic Updates disabled, Windows Defender disabled or do not have an anti-virus program installed. Windows? firewall runs fine w/o it. It?s useless.

> Server - AUTOMATIC - None

> Shell Hardware Detection - AUTOMATIC - None

> Smart Card - DISABLED - Set to Automatic if you use any type of SmartCard.

> Smart Card Helper - DISABLED - Set to Automatic if you use any type of SmartCard.

> SSDP Discovery Service - DISABLED - Set to Automatic if on a LAN or WAN network.

> System Event Notification - AUTOMATIC - None

> System Restore Service - AUTOMATIC - If you regularly use a REAL backup utility like Acronis True Image or Norton Ghost, feel free to disable this.It saves a lot of RAM and HDD space.

> Task Scheduler - DISABLED - Runs every 8 minutes to check for scheduled tasks. A huge waste of processor cycles & RAM. Set it to Automatic if you use it but I recommend Disabled.

> TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper - DISABLED - None

> Telephony - DISABLED - Set to Automatic if you use VoIP such as Vonage or Comcast?s VoIP telephone service.

> TelNet - DISABLED - None

> Terminal Services - DISABLED - Set to Automatic if you are on a LAN or WAN network or use the Remote Desktop Help Session utility.

> Themes - AUTOMATIC - None

> TrueVector Internet Monitor - AUTOMATIC - ZoneAlarm Firewall?s core service. This can not be Disabled.

> TuneUp Design Expansion - DISABLED - Part of TuneUp Utilities 2007. This service is useless. TuneUp Utilities runs fine with it Disabled.

> TuneUp WinStyler Theme Service - DISABLED - Part of TuneUp Utilities 2007. This service is useless. TuneUp Utilities runs fine with it Disabled.

> Uninterruptible Power Supply - DISABLED - Set this to Automatic if you are on a laptop.

> Universal Plug and Play Device Host - DISABLED - Set this to Automatic if you are on a network and use the Plug & Play Service over that network. A huge security risk.

> Upload Manager - DISABLED - Set this to Automatic if you are on a LAN or WAN network.

> Volume Shadow Copy - DISABLED - None

> WebClient - DISABLED - Set this to Manual if you are on a WAN network or acting as a web server.

> Windows Audio - AUTOMATIC - None

> Windows CardSpace - DISABLED - Part of a recent Service Pack 2 update. It currently has no uses & can be disabled.

> Windows Defender - AUTOMATIC - Set to Disabled if you do not use Windows Defender.

> Windows Driver Foundation - User-mode Driver Framework - AUTOMATIC - Yet another useless Microsoft service.

> Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) - AUTOMATIC - If you use your own firewall, you can safely set this to Disabled. Some broadband ISPs? software may depend on this service. If you Disable it & find you have no internet connectivity, simply set it back to Automatic & reboot.

> Windows Image Aquisition (WIA) - DISABLED - This must be set to Automatic if you connect any scanners, cameras, and/or webcams to your computer.

> Windows Installer - MANUAL - None

> Windows Management Instrumentation - AUTOMATIC - None

> Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Extensions - MANUAL - None

> Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service - DISABLED - Part of Windows Media Player 11. Set to manual if your are on a network & use this function.

> Windows Presentation Foundation Font Cache 3.0.0.0 - MANUAL - Part of .NET Framework 3.0 A new service that may be handy in the future.

> Windows Service Pack Installer update service - DISABLED - Another useless service. Automatic Updates does the same thing.

> Windows Time - MANUAL - None

> Windows User Mode Driver Framework - MANUAL - None

> Wireless Zero Configuration - DISABLED - Set to Automatic if you use wireless internet or any other wireless hardware.

> WMI Performance Adapter - MANUAL - None

> Workstation - MANUAL - None

Edited by Macboatmaster, 26 November 2010 - 07:37 PM.

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thank you
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You are welcome, please let me know how it goes.
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Registry cleaners are necessary for any system because it is the record of old software that sucks the speed of your system.I think the best Registry cleaners is RegScrubVistaXP.
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A registry cleaner will not increase your system's speed or performance, and has the potential to break your registry to the point that your PC is no longer bootable.
We strongly advise that people stay away from any of the registry cleaners out there.
Go HERE to get more information about why registry cleaners aren't needed.


Thanks to Sari for the explanation
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i did that run and type "SERVICES.MSC" thing some of the options that were given to me by Macboatmaster weren't on the list but the ones that were there i changed. and im using advance care system, so i have alot of carp the was cleaned so double thank u

Edited by steve789, 07 December 2010 - 01:33 PM.

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