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My computer was shut down by power surge, i had to restore system to get it running again , more than once maybe 6 times!!!!! after that i defrag.... and there are now more files then were there originally . Wont defrag anymore, fragments are red, they appear as blue(contiguous files) i dont know what they are or how to remove them. I use to use 30% of my computer space, now it's showing @ around 80% used. How do I delete this access and where do i find it, i have no back up disks available to me. Bought system with programs loaded. any advice would be helpful thanks, Karen

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You must backup your file and burn it in dvd/cd, any time your hardrive will be busted, the defrag is not god to use, wen your pc is not proper shutdown they can damage the hardrive,

backup your files and reformat your hardrive and install new O.s

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Acer Aspire 7560 wont restart


Before shutting down your system click on any programs still running and shut them down. This will cut the time for normal shut down to take place.

You could also run a hard drive diagnostic to see if it has any errors. There might be some if you don't let the computer shut down itself. Restarting can also cause the programs to become corrupt, if they didn't shut down right. Running a defrag on the drive will also help it shut down quicker.
Look on the net also for information on getting your PC to shut down quicker.

Oct 18, 2014 | Acer Aspire PC Desktops

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How to fix a slow computer


All of the Utilities mentioned in this tip are FREEWARE, readily available on the Internet. Some have "nags", but are still free. In the spirit of keeping things free, I will tell you, as a computer technician, what I do to keep my computers running smooth.
I am by no means pushing these FREE Utilities. I recommend them only because they are free and, most importantly, because they WORK. These Utilities are time tested. I have used them on many computers for many years with no ill effect.

Before beginning, it is highly recommended to set a restore point. That way, if you get carried away in your clean up, you have a restore point. In fact, once you get your computer running good, it's not a bad idea to set another restore point.
To set a restore point go to start>programs>accessories>system tools>system restore. Then look for "create a restore point" and follow it out. After creating the restore point, it's best to shut the computer down completely, then turn it back on.

Also, it takes time to do all these things, so plan accordingly. Your patience will be rewarded with a faster computer.

The FIRST thing that I do to fix a slow computer is get rid of all the junk. the free Utility for doing that is:
http://www.eusing.com/Window_Washer/Window_Washer.htm

Just skip the "nag" and click on "wash settings". Under the "windows" "system" tab, check "temporary files". Under the "browsers" tab, check "IE Cache (temporary internet files)" and "IE cookies" Do like wise for Firefox if you use it. You can check all the other stuff if you want, but these are the main ones that you want to clear. More info about cookies later.

2...Run an anti-spyware Utility such as mbam:
http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php
Download it, install it, update it, run it, scan entire system.
Of course, you can use the anti-spyware/antivirus of your choice.
Some other good free anti-spyware:
http://www.superantispyware.com/
http://free.avg.com/us-en/homepage
http://www.threatfire.com/download/

3...Run defrag. Before running defrag, you want to shut down as many applications and processes as you can. Start by physically disconnecting your internet connection, then shutting down your firewall, antivirus, antispyware, etc. Plus, right click all that stuff in the lower right corner of the task bar and exit as much stuff as you can.

You can also run defrag from safe mode. Just push F8 when your computer first starts and select "safe mode".
Then run defrag: start>programs>accessories>system tools>disk defragmenter.

4...The next thing to do is run a little known Windows Utility, which is part of the Windows System File Protection called System File Checker (SFC). This program ensures that all of your Windows system files are intact and in the right place. Windows system files sometimes get corrupted or deleted in various ways, sometimes resulting in error messages like: "missing dll" and other nasties. Viruses and malware sometimes attach themselve's to Windows system files, so guess what happens when those files are deleted by your antivirus program? THEY GET DELETED TOO. That's the purpose of the quarantine...to make sure the system still runs without those files before deleting them.
To run SFC you must have a copy of your Windows installation CD. Insert the CD in your drive and wait for the Windows installation window to appear, then click on "exit". You must have the CD so the program can pull any files that it needs from it.
Then go to start>run type in "cmd" (without the quotation marks, then click "OK". Then type: sfc/scannow
Let that run until it's done.

5...Now you want to get all the junk from your registry. One must be very careful when running a registry cleaner, as some of them do too good of a job, causing problems. For this reason the only registry cleaner that I recommend is free and one that I have used for _years_ without a problem. Not to saya problem can't occur, but it also has a restore feature:
http://www.eusing.com/free_registry_cleaner/registry_cleaner.htm

Don't be surprised if you have 300 to 600 invalid entries.
Also, avoid the temptation to run this too much. Once a month is plenty.

6...Now go to the Windows update Website and download and install all updates.

7...Run defrag again.

8...Another program to run is one called "Autoruns" Nothing slows a computer down more than a bunch of stuff that just doen't need to be running until it's needed. You be amazed of all the stuff that is running unnecessarily on your computer:
http://www.sixfiles.com/dbase/files/sysinternals-autoruns.html

Once you get your computer running smooth, keep it that way with a little maintanance. Here's a schedule you can use:

Daily or when IE or Firefox seems slow: Run Free Intenet Window Washer (Eusing). It also has a cookies manager. Clear all your cookies, then go to ONE of your regular websites. Then go to the cookie manager and add those cookies to the "cookies to keep" column. Then clear all your cookies again. Go to your next favorite website and repeat the process. Once you have all your "good" cookies added to the cookies manager, you can then delete all future cookies while leaving the ones you need for quick webpage retrivial intact.

Weekly: Anti-malware program(s), defrag, Windows update,

Monthly: SFC, Autoruns, Eusing registry cleaner. The registry cleaner can also be ran after un-installing programs.

Some other good freeware:
http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_uninstaller_free_download.html
For removing those pesky programs that won't uninstall.

http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/sbdownload.html
Spywareblaster.

http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en-us/zonealarm-pc-security-free-firewall.htm
This is a good firewall. If you have broadband this is a must!

http://duplicate-file-finder.en.softonic.com/download-version/duplicate-file-finder-3.4
Great for removing duplicate files.

Last but not least: Arovax Shield:
http://www.arovaxshield.com/

The secret to keeping a machine clean is not to let it messed up in the first place. Arovax Shield is excellent protection. In fact, it's too good. You want to shut it off when installing programs, as it won't allow any changes to the registry.

Again, my intentions are not to push any particular software, only to convey what free software that I have found and used over the years that work for me.

If you have done all of the above and still have a slow computer, I have the following suggestions:

1...Clean the inside of the computer. Explaining how to do this is beyond the scope of this article. There are plenty of websites that can tell you how to do it. One must be careful, though, as static electricity can kill a computer. If you are not comfortable doing it, have it done professionally.

2...Get more memory. The days of high price memory are over. Run the following program to see what memory you have:
http://www.gtopala.com/siw-download.html
Get the standalone version.
Or go to websites like crucial.com or similar website. Buy as much memory as you can afford.
3...Make sure whatever internet connection box (cable modem, fios, dsl, whatever) that you are using is getting plenty of ventilation. When they overheat, they usually keep working, but slowly.

on Dec 30, 2009 | PC Desktops

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Everytime I go to internet explorer a message pops up telling me to come to this web site. an after a while the computer just shuts down


pammie819,

Your computer has a small piece of software that someone else has remotely installed, most likely the software installed itself. It's call a virus, malware, etc. To use a computer online surfing the internet or checking email this day and age, you must pay for and keep paying for a good quality security program or your computer will always have issues like this or similar. Follow the steps below. If these steps do not work and if you needed to ask this question to begin with, will need to take your computer to a computer technician for repair.

1) Backup all of your personal files and only your personal files. Do not backup anything else. You are trying to save your personal items from loss and hopefully whatever is on your computer does not reside within your personal items. If you do not have a external hard drive or flash drive, its time to get one. They are sold everywhere.

2) Go to the following link and install the ccleaner software:
http://www.piriform.com/
It works great and its free!

3) Go to the following link and install Malwarebytes software:
http://www.malwarebytes.org/
Also great and free!

4) Go to the following link and install Auslogics software:
http://www.auslogics.com/en/software/disk-defrag/
Again great and free!

5) Go to the following link and download but do not install Comodo Internet Security:
http://www.comodo.com/home/download/download.php?prod=cis
Free and include the anti-virus and firewall in one-

6) Search online and find out how to start your operating system in its non-networking safe mode.
http://www.wikihow.com/Start-Windows-in-Safe-Mode
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/force-windows-to-boot-into-safe-mode-without-using-the-f8-key/
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/316434

7) Disconnect your connection to the internet; unplug the wire, turn off the wireless card, etc.

8) Restart your computer in safe mode.

9) Once in safe mode, do not start any programs and do not look around, do the following:

A-Run ccleaner. It has a computer cleaner and a registry cleaner. Run both cleaners repetitively until they stop finding anything to clean.

B-Run Malwarebytes. Do a full system scan. Delete and/or Quarantine anything it finds. Keep running the full system scans repetitively until it no longer finds anything. This could take a while.

C-Run Auslogics. Select all of your drive and click defrag. Keep running the defrag repetitively on all of the drives until it defrag's each drive in less than a few minutes; if after 5 or 6 time it still takes forever, your drives are just messed up; just continue. This also could take a while.

10) Restart you computer in regular mode. Do not start any programs or look around , do the following:

A-Install Comodo Internet Security. During the install process, restart the computer as need by Comodo.

B-Run a full system scan. Delete and/or Quarantine anything it finds. Keep running the full system scans repetitively until it no longer finds anything. This could take a while.

C-After the last scan, restart the computer.

11) Once in back in regular mode again, run each of the four programs you have just installed and run their update feature. Follow what it says to do except for running any scans.

12) Update your operating system. Search online if you do not know how. This is one of the most important steps of this process. Run the update repetitively until it stops finding anything to update; only update what needs to be updated. If you are not Chinese you do not need to update the Chinese language! Restart your system as the update ask as this is important to do so. After the last update cannot find anything to update, restart your computer.

13) Once in back in regular mode again, do not start any programs and do not look around, do the following (Yes, just do it all again. It will take less time this time around):

A-Run ccleaner. It has a computer cleaner and a registry cleaner. Run both cleaners repetitively until they stop finding anything to clean.

B-Run Malwarebytes. Do a full system scan. Delete and/or Quarantine anything it finds. Keep running the full system scans repetitively until it no longer finds anything. This could take a while.

C-Run Auslogics. Select all of your drive and click defrag. Keep running the defrag repetitively on all of the drives until it defrag's each drive in less than a few minutes; if after 5 or 6 time it still takes forever, your drives are just messed up; just continue. This also could take a while.

14) Restart the computer ahhhhhgain.

15) By know you should notice a difference.

Please rate this answer if it helps!

Thanks,
-Chris

Feb 05, 2011 | PC Desktops

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When turning on my computer it just beeps intermintenly.


uH-oh, power restarts like that can damage power supplys, motherboards, and hard drives----even if you are connected to a surge protector. You can try the following, then begin to check the power supply, then the hard drive and video card seperately....
These are the steps that you need to take, and the instructions on how to do it:
1. Reboot into Safemode
2. Run a virus and spyware scanner
3. Defrag
4. Scandisk
5. Registry error repairing
6.Reboot into regular mode windows

Here is how to do it:
Reboot yor machine while holding the F8 key right as it boots back up. A menu will apear. Choose -->"start windows in safe mode with networking".
Windows will start in safe mode. Run an AVG virus scan, then run Defrag by exploring your computer, right click on C: drive, click PROPERTIES, then the TOOLS tab, click the "check now" button, and only checkmark the top box 'fix file system errors', then click ok, the computer will then tell you it will scan upon next reboot., Now click the DEFRAG NOW button. the choose defrag. After Defrag runs for about an hour and it is finished, restart the system. If is still won't run normally, go back into Safemode buy pressing F8 on reboot, then run a registry fixing program such as uniblue registrybooster, then reboot again. If it still won't run right, you may want to reinstall Windows and see if that works. If reinstalling windows doesn't fix it, it is definitely a hardware problem.---Most likely the power supply!!
PRINT THESE INSTRUCTIONS AND KEEP A COPY NEAR YOUR SYSTEM FOR FUTURE PROBLEMS. THIS SERIES OF STEPS CAN FIX MANY PROBLEMS
Good luck.
James.
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How do i fix blue scree error tha reads stop:0x0000007E


is this a recurring problem. There isn't much you can do, usually a software crash causes this,
maybe defrag the computer, uninstall any unneccary software, run a virus scan, etc. Sometimes it just happens, if it happening all the time, there maybe a hardware problem, or you may need to restore to factory settings.

Jan 06, 2010 | Dell Dimension E310 PC Desktop

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Power surge emptied d drive/disc all data gone.computer will not shut down on it's own.


it is advisable that you repair or re-install your operating system. This will restore all system files that may have been lost or damaged by the surge.

Nov 29, 2009 | PC Desktops

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Norton not loaded purchased from internet, did not get email with produt key, i'm 79 and mest it all up, please help me. mr james monksfild, email pelican12@talktalk.com. thank you.


ø First of All Shut Down your Computer.
ø Restart Computer and Keep Tapping F8.
ø Choose Safe mode with Networking and Press Enter. (Win XP or 2000).
ø Run Windows in Safe Mode Click Yes.
ø Restoring Windows to a previous point
ø Click Start, Programs or All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and then System Restore. The Welcome to System Restore window opens.
ø Select restore my computer to an earlier time, and click Next. The Select a Restore Point window opens.
ø Select a bolded date and a restore point, and then click next
ø (Note: - You need to choose a Date before the installation of Norton)
ø Click OK if a pop-up window about closing programs appears. The Confirm Restore Point Selection window opens.
ø Click Next. The computer should shut down and turn back on automatically after the restoration completes. The Restoration Complete window appears.
ø Click OK. The computer has now been restored to a previous time when it worked correctly.
ø (Note: - If an error message appears saying that the computer cannot be restored to the point you selected, try a different restore point)
After the System Restore is complete, and the computer starts successfully, update the computer software as follows: - 1). Update the system virus definitions. 2).Get the latest critical system updates using Microsoft's Windows update.
Once all this is Done you Need to Download and Install Norton Again.

Jul 04, 2008 | PC Desktops

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Hi masters: My computer go realy slow,when you stop using it for 10 min.I have installed a CA security anti virus,etc ,but still reporting one virus that the CA anti,hasent been able to clean so...


You need to find the path to where the virus file is located & delete it you're self. You're antivirus software should show you where it is located. Once you delete the virus file, shut down the PC. Unplug the power cord from the PC. Open you're case & remove you're memory. Wait about 15 seconds & reseat you're memory. (make sure you're memory is seated correctly).
Removing the memory clears the memory from memory virus).
Close you're case & reconnect the power cord. Boot the PC. Once windows has finished loading run windows diskClean, than run windows defrag. (may take some time). After defrag has finished restart you're PC. Run another virus scan. If you're virus software still finds a virus or you're system & its still running slow the virus may have damaged windows files or windows registry. A reinstall of windows may be needed. If you have system restore turned on than the virus is most likely being stored in one or more restore points.
Remove infected files that you cannot clean in the System Restore data archive. To completely and immediately remove any infected file or files in the data store, turn off and then turn on System Restore. To do so, follow these steps:
1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
2. Click Performance and Maintenance, and then double-click System.
3. Click the System Restore tab, and then click to select the Turn off System Restore for all drives check box.
4. Click OK, and then click Yes to initiate the restore point deletion.
To turn on System Restore again after the restore point deletion has completed, repeat these steps, but click to clear the Turn off System Restore for all drives check box.

Good Luck!

Mike


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My comp is missing the startup files and i am missing bigfix programs how do i get the setup cds or dvds for the emachine i have now?


If system restore does not fix your computer, then you have hardware problems (overheating, faulty memory or CPU, or some other component). Start by looking at those possibilities.

Mike

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My home pc trouble in windows xp professional


Hi chirutha,

Which version of Windows are you running? I would suggest running System Restore to a point maybe a week ago and then trying it again. You can find System Restore from your Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools menu. System Restore for Windows is non-destructive and won't delete any data files (music, pictures, documents) that you've put on the computer. It's also reversible.

You can also access System Restore directly from booting into Safe Mode (after the system POST startup messages run when the computer is booted up, press F8 until the Windows Boot Menu comes up and select Safe Mode).

If you can't power your computer down, hold your breath and then hold the main power button for five seconds and it will shut down.

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