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I got back from a 3 month deployment and my teenaged daughter had downloaded all types of programs and stuff from the disney channel. My computer is running slower than ****. Is there any easy fix or am I going to be uninstalling programs all day long over the 4th weekend?

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The only quick way would be to re intstall the O/S, but this means losing eveything on your pc

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Do i want to run this file published by air software type appl. downloads/google chrome update


If you have visited getsoftfree.com, you may have a virus, malware, adware, a browser hijacker, or pups (potentially unwanted programs).



A. If your computer will boot and you can operate it ok...

Download and install Malwarebytes and Superantispyware (Note: If you can\'t do the download on your machine, do it on a friend\'s, put them on a thumb drive, and install them from it). Then scan your computer with each program, and quarantine anything found.



B. If your computer won\'t boot, or can\'t operate properly after boot...

Tap F8 when you are booting, select "Safe Mode With Networking". Download and install Malwarebytes and Superantispyware (Note: If you can\'t do the download on your machine, do it on a friend\'s, put them on a thumb drive, and install them from it). Then scan your computer with each program, and quarantine anything found.



C. If this process finds malware, to keep stuff like that from coming back, I recommend you get the paid version of Malwarebytes.


Good luck

Jun 25, 2014 | HP Compaq Presario SR5350F Desktop PC...

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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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I have a program(taskhost.exe) which I can't close, and is preventing me from logging off, or shut down my PC


Taskhost.exe is part of windows. killing shouldn't affect anything critical. It's function is to run script that need to run at certaint times. low priority stuff. Recomend you run antivirus and anti malware software. also run windows update. those 3 things tend to find the majority of issues. then open your control panel and look through the add programs section and see if anything has been installed that you don't want. Many time programs install other programs that will cause your computer to have issues.

Feb 09, 2014 | PC Desktops

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Computer only works in "safe mode".


the restoration discs will ask you if you want to repair or put a fresh os. like you said be sure tyou have every thing you want because fresh is better!

Nov 02, 2012 | HP PC Desktops

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Runing slow, some time not responsive.


Below are some useful tips for making your PC's performance better.Please follow the below steps and fix your problem.
Eliminate Viruses and Spyware 1 . Run your antivirus program. There may be something slowing your computer that you can remove. It is a good idea to run your antivirus program every week.
2 . Remove spyware. Run a good spyware tool at least twice a month.
3 . Use a pop-up blocker, if you have one. Check your antivirus program.
Dispose of the Extras 1 . Delete your document files for anything you no longer need. Saved pictures, audio and video files in particular can slow your computer.
2 . Remove unwanted programs from the Control Panel area. Old toolbars or games the kids downloaded off the Internet are a good place to start.Look for software you no longer use, such as the old printer you threw out last year.
3 . Clean out your email. Old messages are a constant drain on your computer's resources. Go through every folder, deleting everything you do not need. Leave no mail! Finish by emptying the Deleted Items folder.
4 . Turn off unnecessary programs. Check your task bar for icons that show running programs. Disable anything you are not currently using.
Run Maintenance 1 . Run the Disk Cleanup tool located in your Control Panel. (Windows only. For other operating systems, please check the Resources section below.)This will remove temporary files, cookies and unnecessary components to speed up your computer.
2 . Defragment your computer. Defragging takes some time, but will speed your computer significantly. You can find the tool in your Control Panel.Run it monthly.

Hope the above information will be helpful to you. Thanks for using Fixya.

Feb 03, 2011 | HP Pavilion A520n (DW233A#ABA) PC Desktop

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Very slow and always error


Start--> Programs-->Accessories-->System tool-->Disk clean up click choose the option and click ok after that one dialog box will open check all the options and click delete it may help your computer

If u have more than one anti-virus programs i will recommended that u use only one program that will make your computer slow

your computer should be slow becaue u have too much stuff in your hard drive

Download CCleaner and scan the computer and recovery files it may help you

Best Of Luck :)

Oct 11, 2009 | HP PC Desktops

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SLOW TO LOG ON AND OFF


do this and it will do faster, basicaly it disables programes that run in the background and only leave you to work with the important stuff like internet ect..ready?

1. click on start "right bottom side of the screen"
2. click on RUN
3. type msconfig "without the word type and the number 3"
4. now you'll get a window called system configuration
5. go to the page called start ups
6. click on disable all, and click ok after and restart pc.

now you're super fast,

Mar 03, 2009 | Dell Inspiron 531s Desktop Computer

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Antivirus 2009


I see these every day, note: also fixes AV 2008 and many others.

This Malware is known as "Rogue anti-virus" software.

This program will remove it: http://www.majorgeeks.com/downloadget.php?id=5360&file=10&evp=2e0d43eb67e1e71c0b31e62c003599c0
the website that has it also has a really good antispyware program called malwarebytes

www.malwarebytes.org

once you run a full scan in this program run this program:
http://www.superantispyware.com/downloadfile.html?productid=SUPERANTISPYWAREFREE
it's another free antispyware. these are both professional grade removal software for free. I remove this stuff about 3 times a day. It seems this outbreak is the largest I've ever seen.

If you want a good protection suite that will keep it out buy a copy of NOD32 (www.nod32-av.com) another you may not have heard of, it will block this and many others before it even gets on your computer.

Jul 16, 2008 | Dell Dimension 2400 PC Desktop

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I have 3 downloads that have been stuck dowmloading for weeks and i cant seem to clear them,whenever i try to download other stuff they always stay on searching.what has gone wrong,please...


i hope that you know that areslite or even LImewire will continue those download when you log on to your computer or when you start running them, if you cannot clear them in your program there might be some bug created by that undownloaded file to ares, try re-installing that program to remove the bug, anyway any downloaded file will not be affected anymore.

Jul 12, 2008 | PC Desktops

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Ripping Disney CD


Some CD's are protected and will not let you rip them to your computer. You may be able to find programs that can get around it, but they are probably illegal.

May 23, 2008 | Dell Dimension 4600 PC Desktop

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