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slopoke
December 14th, 2008, 07:30 PM
like it says... i need help in cleaning up my computer so it goes faster, and i know stop lookin at porn would help:D

Pariah
December 14th, 2008, 07:40 PM
Going faster...

First eliminate spyware/malware using Spyware Blaster (http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html) and Spybot Search and Destroy (http://www.safer-networking.org/).

Next eliminate temporary and miscellaneous junk files using CC Cleaner (http://www.ccleaner.com/).

Last defrag your drives (http://www.geekgirls.com/windows_defrag.htm).

These are the basic tools I use to keep my PC clean and optimized.

Additionaly you need to know what programs are getting loaded into your memory when you start up your PC (there is a lot of unnecessary crap getting loaded into your PC). Spybot has a startup manager. Open Spybot and on the bottom left you will see a button labled "Tools". Click it and select "System Startup". Programs highlighted in green are legitimate programs and are proably needed, yellow are unknown, unneeded or unambiguous programs (disable at your preference) and red are likely malicious programs that should be disabled.

cblood™
December 14th, 2008, 07:44 PM
like it says... i need help in cleaning up my computer so it goes faster, and i know stop lookin at porn would help:D

not trying to be an a-hole but Computers & Technology - Reno4x4.com (http://www.reno4x4.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=87)

kairo
December 14th, 2008, 10:38 PM
mild soap and warm water. Isopropyl alcohol for adhesive removal

jfrey123
December 15th, 2008, 05:44 AM
To clean it up?

http://www.treehugger.com/2008-01-18_123310-TreeHugger-windex.jpg

Reno Computer Repair
December 15th, 2008, 07:02 AM
I use several of these programs daily for removing spyware/adware/malware on client computers.

NO SINGLE PROGRAM FINDS IT ALL, USE SEVERAL DIFFERENT SCANNING TOOLS!!!
Here is my recipe:

TURN OFF SYSTEM RESTORE!!!!

1. Adaware
2. Spybot
3. Microsoft Defender
4. A-Squared
5. Winsock XP Fix
6. Hijack This!
7. GRC.com Rootkit Revealer
8. Microsoft Malicious Software Removal tool
9. AVG Anti-Virus Malware Edition - (Full retail version, not the free).
10. Trend Micro online scan
11. CC Cleaner
12. Manual Removal of offending registry entries (safe mode), then manual removal by slaving the hard drive to another PC.
13. MalwareBytes Anti-Malware - started using this recently and it is killer!

If all those fail, then it's time to:
NUKE THE FN HARD DRIVE WITH DBAN, reformat, re-install OS.
Then refer to "Silkwood Shower"

stlthvx
December 15th, 2008, 08:45 AM
I know you're not gonna wanna hear this, but if you want a REAL performance increase do the following:

1) Back up all important data to DVDr or external hard drive
2) Format hard drive
3) Reload OS and applications from scratch

I have been in IT support for over 10 years and there is no single spyware/adware/virus scan product that COMPLETELY removes all the junk. Reloading is the only way.

For those tech saavy enough, you could always make an image of your system once you are reloaded and all your apps are installed. That's what I do. Anytime I want to reload, I just reimage my machine and then run a Windows update to get current afterwords. Nice and fast.

Phill Kenoyer
December 15th, 2008, 10:38 AM
I've been in the business for 20 years. The only cure for Windows is Linux. Faster, no malware, and it's all Free!

And don't give me that crap about it doesn't work with your Windows apps. You either don't need those apps, there are Linux replacements, or you can just use Wine and run Windows apps inside of Linux.

Also, you would do the world a favor and be part of the solution and not part of the problem.

stlthvx
December 15th, 2008, 10:42 AM
I've been in the business for 20 years. The only cure for Windows is Linux. Faster, no malware, and it's all Free!

And don't give me that crap about it doesn't work with your Windows apps. You either don't need those apps, there are Linux replacements, or you can just use Wine and run Windows apps inside of Linux.

Also, you would do the world a favor and be part of the solution and not part of the problem.

Yeah, I had a Debian laptop I was using for a long time. It rocked. I should load it again on one of my spare PCs. I need to get a Squid proxy cache server up and running. :thumbsup:

Phill Kenoyer
December 15th, 2008, 10:50 AM
Yeah, I had a Debian laptop I was using for a long time. It rocked. I should load it again on one of my spare PCs. I need to get a Squid proxy cache server up and running. :thumbsup:

Use Ubuntu. Debian used to be good, but having to use outdated software sucks. They are always three years behind.

http://Ubuntu.com/

stlthvx
December 15th, 2008, 11:00 AM
Use Ubuntu. Debian used to be good, but having to use outdated software sucks. They are always three years behind.

http://Ubuntu.com/

Yeah, it was like 4 years ago when I was using Debian. Is Ubuntu about the same as far as ease of use, etc?

Blazin 93
December 15th, 2008, 11:07 AM
I pesonally run mulitple anti spyware programs as well. My favorite one (and the one that seems to remove the most) is called super anti spyware. I use the free edition, I've heard that the purchased edition is not any better. It seems to remove alot more stuff than adaware and spybot. With that being said, your best bet, like the others say, is to use multiple apps. I also use the system cleanup program and defrag the drive once a month. It usually makes the computer speed up a little (or a lot if there is a ton of crap on it). I also use Kasperery (spelling?) antivirus, but I noticed the superantispyware free edition works better at removing spyware than even that (however kasperery removes virus's).

slopoke
December 15th, 2008, 04:47 PM
thanks for all the help, i will get started now:thumbsup:

Shamus30
December 15th, 2008, 05:11 PM
I've been in the business for 20 years. The only cure for Windows is Linux. Faster, no malware, and it's all Free!

And don't give me that crap about it doesn't work with your Windows apps. You either don't need those apps, there are Linux replacements, or you can just use Wine and run Windows apps inside of Linux.

Also, you would do the world a favor and be part of the solution and not part of the problem.


You forgot about being able to run windows from within ubuntu using a VM for those hard to live without windows programs if you really need them.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SeamlessVirtualization

Dennis
December 15th, 2008, 05:19 PM
We've been using VMware Workstation at work for a while at work to build test systems. I've been using VMware Fusion on my Mac to run Ubuntu as well. Great way to build a PC box too.

Toyota Guy
December 15th, 2008, 05:20 PM
I know you're not gonna wanna hear this, but if you want a REAL performance increase do the following:

1) Back up all important data to DVDr or external hard drive
2) Format hard drive
3) Reload OS and applications from scratch

I have been in IT support for over 10 years and there is no single spyware/adware/virus scan product that COMPLETELY removes all the junk. Reloading is the only way.

For those tech saavy enough, you could always make an image of your system once you are reloaded and all your apps are installed. That's what I do. Anytime I want to reload, I just reimage my machine and then run a Windows update to get current afterwords. Nice and fast.

X2
Also run a registry cleaner and run msconfig and get a rid of any unnecessary programs in the startup config. It wouldn’t hurt to also check you logs in event viewer to look for any programs causing issues.

owenst7
December 17th, 2008, 01:03 AM
I know you're not gonna wanna hear this, but if you want a REAL performance increase do the following:

1) Back up all important data to DVDr or external hard drive
2) Format hard drive
3) Reload OS and applications from scratch

I have been in IT support for over 10 years and there is no single spyware/adware/virus scan product that COMPLETELY removes all the junk. Reloading is the only way.

For those tech saavy enough, you could always make an image of your system once you are reloaded and all your apps are installed. That's what I do. Anytime I want to reload, I just reimage my machine and then run a Windows update to get current afterwords. Nice and fast.

Bump for the best advice here. This method is ultimately faster anyways once you've done it once or twice, and is the only way to get rid of all the junk you have. My brother's a software engineer and I've been building computers with him since I was in 6th grade. This is the method we've both used for years about once or twice a year. An external harddrive is handy, and if you get an enclosure for an old dive, it's only about $40. I think I have some extra drives if you need a cheap one. I owe ya one for winching me out last fall :)

stlthvx
December 17th, 2008, 08:06 AM
"I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure"

Rizzo
December 18th, 2008, 07:29 PM
I've been in the business for 20 years. The only cure for Windows is Linux. Faster, no malware, and it's all Free!

And don't give me that crap about it doesn't work with your Windows apps. You either don't need those apps, there are Linux replacements, or you can just use Wine and run Windows apps inside of Linux.

Also, you would do the world a favor and be part of the solution and not part of the problem.


Use Ubuntu. Debian used to be good, but having to use outdated software sucks. They are always three years behind.

http://Ubuntu.com/

You took all of my responses! Ubuntu is rock solid and I'm never going back to windows!

If you are addicted to Windows, however (because some people have detachment issues), it has been stated already, but back-up what you cannot live w/o, reformat & start over. It's the only sure-fire way to have a well-oiled machine (if that's even possible w/windows).

Spence
December 18th, 2008, 07:30 PM
I know you're not gonna wanna hear this, but if you want a REAL performance increase do the following:

1) Back up all important data to DVDr or external hard drive
2) Format hard drive
3) Reload OS and applications from scratch

I have been in IT support for over 10 years and there is no single spyware/adware/virus scan product that COMPLETELY removes all the junk. Reloading is the only way.

For those tech saavy enough, you could always make an image of your system once you are reloaded and all your apps are installed. That's what I do. Anytime I want to reload, I just reimage my machine and then run a Windows update to get current afterwords. Nice and fast.


+1!!!!