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Getting slower i have installed avg anti virus, avg rootkit and avg spyware but it all came out clean, i have also done a registry check and defrag but not too useful. thought of reinstalling the os, but lost the cds that came with the computer... any advice? thanks

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  • catch71 Apr 23, 2008

    Tried that, but not too sure which are the ones i could turn off, got rid of a RavMonE virus though. any tip to identify useful functions other than to google each file, and most times, i am still not sure whether it can be disabled :-(


  • catch71 Apr 24, 2008

    thanks, think that is not helping too much even though i turn off most of the non essential functions. Actually wanted some advice on how to re install the os etc without the cd that came with the pc, ie, loading drivers off the internet, do you think that is the best option. sorry, just not too useful with computers.... thanks a lot for your patience.. cheers



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Try reducing the start up items , perhaps remove unwanted tray runners... thru start->run->msconfig

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    Viv Vek Apr 23, 2008

    ctfmon, hkcmd, igfxtray... these three are the essentials..
    others you can identify by the folder where they are from, the second column in that list..

    If it is like from Real plyer update (realshed...or something) or nerocheck then you may as well turn em off



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