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Old 12-01-2006, 02:30 PM   #15
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A great little utility to use from time to time is Hijack This! It will analyze your system and output a very detailed log of all processes running on your system.

You can then Google each process for further reading (example: coolwebsearch.exe), and to determine whether or not any particular process is malicious or otherwise un-kosher.
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Old 12-01-2006, 02:46 PM   #16
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I like a programs called The Ultimate Troubleshooter - it looks at tasks, services and startup and it even tells you how to disable the uneeded programs
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Good advice on spybot and Hijackthis. Sysinternals/MS also make some good security tools for tracking down problems. F-Secure Blacklight can be good for problematic malware, give Windows Defender a try also.
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It is msconfig, not misconfig. Copy and paste.
haha, thats an appropriate typo though
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Old 12-02-2006, 09:36 AM   #19
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Don't just go in there and delete files! Trust me, things will get worse!

Easy, easy fix: Download Crap Cleaner. Run the cleaner to delete the...garbage. Then run the "Issues" to delete the dead-end paths and such.

My link to the subratam.org start-up list is no longer valid. Edit: Found it!! Try going to http://www.castlecops.com/StartupList.html to look up what a specific file does, or if you have persistant problems, they have a great forum with people who can help you.

Good luck!
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If you have multiple users on the PC, go into Control Panel, under Users, disable Fast User Switching. having multiple users logged on can slow down your PC.

Another thing to check. Right click on My Computer and click on Manage. This will bring up the Computer Management Console. Expand the node marked Event Viewer. Check the Application, and System log. If you see one on the list marked with a red X, that says Userserv, double click it. Read the description. If it says something about windows failed to release part of the users registry settings in the memory. Downlaod and install this tool User Profile Hive Cleanup service.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en

Be careful about disabling startup items in msconfig. If your unsure of what your disabling. google the item and see what you come up with and decide wheher or not yo need or want it running. Many of these programs have the ability to disable starting the program at boot setting within their options menus.

One thing I found that will help with Windows XP a little. is this. WARNING, this step involves messing with your registry. If you aint comfortable doin it, dont do it.

Find out what Model/ CPU your PC/Noebookk has. Then find out what size Second Level(L2) Cache it has. Once done, Click start, Run, type regedit. In the menu bar, click Edit, then "Find..." Type in SecondLevelDataCache. All one word. and click Find Next. When you get to the location in the registry the key will already be highlighted. Double click it. Under Value Data. enter the L2 Cache size you looked up earlier.(its usually 128, 256, or 512, but these days it could be 1024 or 2048) Under the "Base" field. click Decimal, then click Ok.
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Thanks all. Especially Severum, Sharon and saint77...I actually used some or all of your suggestions and they were spot-on.

Now, it's time to have a talk with teenage daughter and Yahoo downloads.LOL
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I like to blame all of my computer malfunctions on my teenage daughters. If it's not music downloads, it's neopet-type game downloads, or even just hokey pages that they find through google - bad pages set up to trap the unsuspecting. I use this freebie - SpywareBlaster - that blocks a giant list of known problem sites.
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www.ramsinks.com has a lot of usefull links to free software for your computer plus no malware
click on software at the top right of the screen.

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Hmm, we used to have a download section with nice tools, look for startup control panel by mike linn, it shows what processes are running and let's you disabled them easier than msconfig. Also for antivirus AVG by grisoft they also have spyware too
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Mike, AVG will no longer be free as of January. Any other recommendations?

Yes, I miss that download section, too. Time for another! That one was getting dated anyway.
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yah they have a new one 7.5 which is free

http://free.grisoft.com/freeweb.php/...nti-virus-free
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yah they have a new one 7.5 which is free

http://free.grisoft.com/freeweb.php/...nti-virus-free

And far better than McAfee or Norton as they are resource eating hogs.
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Do not remove the Windows hot fixes. These are primarily security fixes that automatically download and install via Windows Automatic Updates. They are published by Microsoft to address deficiencies in the operating system as they are discovered.

Defragging is good, but you can trust the system when it states that it isn't necessary at the moment.

Your problem is likely due to installing software of questionable sources. In other words, don't download and install software unless you know exactly what you are getting.

Good anti-virus, anti-spyware, and firewall software is very important to prevent rogue software from taking over your system, and hurting system performance.
This is correct........I recommend AVG Free Antivirus, Windows Defender(New version) and a properly configured router .....Defrag was a FAT issue, and NTFS is much better
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