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    Clean out a computer to get it running faster

    I always hear about people taking there computers to best buy to get them cleaned up and running faster. Does anyone know how much that costs. My laptop is 3 years old. My virus thing says I have no virus's. However it's reallys starting to slow down. Anyone know anything about this? thanks for the help.


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    Re: Clean out a computer to get it running faster

    You can reload it yourself if you have the restoration disks that came with it. Is it a celeron processor by chance?



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    Re: Clean out a computer to get it running faster

    I'd start by just running Disk Cleanup and then Disk Defrag. Then maybe if you hard drive is almost full trying backing up non-essential files and removing them from your main hard drive.


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    Re: Clean out a computer to get it running faster

    don't take it to best buy, its such a scam. Read the fine print of what they actually do to your computer, its things you can easily do yourself, disc clean-up, defrag, etc.



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    Re: Clean out a computer to get it running faster

    Staples will do that stuff for free. The guys in Ankney seem to be pretty nice. I'm not sure how good it works. I run Spybot, Adaware, disk defrag, clean out the temporary files using CleanUp. None of this has helped my computer speed up any.



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    Re: Clean out a computer to get it running faster

    Backup essential files, reformat hard-drive, re-install OS, restore backed-up files.

    Also, if you're not maxed on memory that will help a ton.



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    Re: Clean out a computer to get it running faster

    Check your Add/Remove programs for anything you never use and uninstall them too. Could be some IE toolbars and spyware crap that got loaded somehow too. Also, if you are comfortable doing it use msconfig to disable any uncessary startup services.

    Start -> run then type msconfig

    click on the startup tab and you may find some things from programs like quicktime, adobe, or other programs you installed that start a service on bootup that you can uncheck as they are unnecessary services that don't need to run in the background. Be sure you know what you are doing though when you start messing with that, don't disable windows services or you may create more problems.


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    Re: Clean out a computer to get it running faster

    www.maxmyspeed.com

    Just kidding, please do not use that service. I'm sure it's every bit of a ripoff as Best Buy.

    Anything in particular that is slow? Uninstall stuff you don't use anymore, run ccleaner, defrag your hard drive, disable unwanted startup items. Check your task manager to see what processes are resource (specifically memory) hogs.



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    Re: Clean out a computer to get it running faster

    Just run CCleaner. It's pretty much the same thing BB does.



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    Re: Clean out a computer to get it running faster

    Bestbuy has a tool called MRI, which you can find torrented if you like to pirate =) But essentially what that tool is is a cd loaded with automated disk utilities, 4-5 different antivirus/spyware utils, hardware diagnostics, etc. They insert it into your drive and let it run with a simple hands off approach. Check the logs and remediation at the end and charge you shload of money. You can do all of this on your own with many of the items listed above.



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    Re: Clean out a computer to get it running faster

    1) Do NOT buy a service unless you're really incompetent when it comes to computers. All the things those people do, you can do by yourself for free.

    2) Get a program like Ad-aware or Malware Bytes or the sort. Running these can help detect unwanted programs or files that your virus scanner might miss.

    3) File cleanup. You can do this manually by moving unused files to backup discs (either an external hard drive/second hard drive or CDs/DVDs). You can also cleanup other unused files by running 'Disk Cleanup' that is on Windows.

    4) Disk check. Easy to do and probably what you want to do first. No need to install programs, as it's included with Windows.

    5) Disk defrag. Also available via Windows, but you can download freeware that supposedly do a better job.

    6) Uninstall unused programs. You'll be surprised what all you may have installed on your computer, but you don't use.

    -6a) Many programs may have default settings during installation that cause them to start up all during your initial boot up process, which will slow down the computer. You can change what programs and services run at startup, and have your computer speed up a bit.

    7) Registry cleaning. Now, this is a bit trickier, as you could damage something if you delete necessary files, but if you download a program and don't change the default settings, you should be able to clean up unnecessary files without screwing up your computer.

    8) Finally, if all else fails, just backup your essential files/files you want to keep and then reformat the drive and reinstall Windows. You'll need to set everything back up after, but you'll notice the computer is faster. What you're really doing is all of the above steps, if I'm not mistaken.

    I wanted to add that before installing programs, look them up on CNET (http://download.cnet.com/windows/?tag=hdr;snav). You can sort through the various filters to find free software, and you can usually find the reviews for the software as well.

    Also, before doing anything to your computer, always backup your essential data and files, and set a system restore point just in case.


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    Re: Clean out a computer to get it running faster

    Quote Originally Posted by edr247 View Post
    1) Do NOT buy a service unless you're really incompetent when it comes to computers. All the things those people do, you can do by yourself for free.

    2) Get a program like Ad-aware or Malware Bytes or the sort. Running these can help detect unwanted programs or files that your virus scanner might miss.

    3) File cleanup. You can do this manually by moving unused files to backup discs (either an external hard drive/second hard drive or CDs/DVDs). You can also cleanup other unused files by running 'Disk Cleanup' that is on Windows.

    4) Disk check. Easy to do and probably what you want to do first. No need to install programs, as it's included with Windows.

    5) Disk defrag. Also available via Windows, but you can download freeware that supposedly do a better job.

    6) Uninstall unused programs. You'll be surprised what all you may have installed on your computer, but you don't use.

    -6a) Many programs may have default settings during installation that cause them to start up all during your initial boot up process, which will slow down the computer. You can change what programs and services run at startup, and have your computer speed up a bit.

    7) Registry cleaning. Now, this is a bit trickier, as you could damage something if you delete necessary files, but if you download a program and don't change the default settings, you should be able to clean up unnecessary files without screwing up your computer.

    8) Finally, if all else fails, just backup your essential files/files you want to keep and then reformat the drive and reinstall Windows. You'll need to set everything back up after, but you'll notice the computer is faster. What you're really doing is all of the above steps, if I'm not mistaken.

    I wanted to add that before installing programs, look them up on CNET (Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com). You can sort through the various filters to find free software, and you can usually find the reviews for the software as well.

    Also, before doing anything to your computer, always backup your essential data and files, and set a system restore point just in case.
    Unless you have a virus. In that case you do NOT want to set a restore point until after you're sure you have it removed.



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