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Start-up menu My PC takes three minutes to boot up. There is a large number of programmes ticked in msconfig>start-up. Which, in adition to Anti-virus and Firewall must I leave ticked?

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  • Frank Ashleigh Jul 17, 2008

    Very many thanks. I'll follow your advice. If it goes wrong, where do I send the writ? (Not really)

  • Frank Ashleigh Jul 20, 2008

    Thank you Hollyecho for your most helpful suggestion. I've applied it and boot-up is much quicker now. Mind you, I already have Zone Alarm, Ad Aware and AVG installed, so left l tose ticked.



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NO - absolutly not.

Untick all except your Anti-Virus and Firewall, if windows needs a program in start up it will "re-tick" it automaticly.

It would be a very good idea to run c-cleaner (free program) , adaware (free program by lavasoft) and spybot to make sure there are not any spyware programs on your computer slowing it down also.

Posted on Jul 17, 2008

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    Hollyecho Montgomery Jul 17, 2008

    Just give me a good rating -- good luck



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