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Major tuneup I have had the computer for several years and there are programs that I never use and probably all kinds of things running in the background. Recently I increased the Ram to 4Gigs so it should be running fast. How can I get rid of the programs that I don't use and do a good tune-up. I know how to defrag and delete temp files and all the easy stuff.

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Get Registry cleaner or winXP manager. this will clear any junk and your PC will be lot faster

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Try Downloading CCleaner and run that.
Also just go into Add/Remove Programs and get rid of all the stuff that you don't need.

Another option would be to completely reinstall windows as that will get rid of everything that is unnecessary

Also you could do a system restore through windows, and restore to a date that's close to the time when you bought it.

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I bought 4 G of memory, dell pc tuneup and external hard drive total over $400 from Dell in August. Sales guy from Dell told me it will work like NEW! I am having MAJOR problems last 2 days...Dell won't...

If your computer still works with its internal hard drive, I would say the issue is with the external drive. Try to backup data, then run check disk on it with the option to repair/fix errors it finds. If no luck, try to completely reformat it. If the external drive was purchased as new August of this year, it should have its own warranty of at least a year. This means, if it is faulty, you can get a warranty replacement for it. Just provide the order number or sales invoice number for the drive as a proof of your purchase in the event that you need to get a replacement for it.

Nov 04, 2010 | Dell Dimension 8300 PC Desktop


Why is my computer so slow and how do I fix it?

Many complaints I receive from clients have to do with slow performance from their computer. There are several reasons why this happens.
As updates and enhancements are added to Windows, it takes more memory to run the system. In addition, many new programs with lots of capability use more memory than their predecessors. Windows Vista is quite a system hog and needs at least 2 GB RAM to run (even though Microsoft might say differently). You should have at least 1GB to run Windows XP and 2 GB for Windows 7. I personally recommend 3GB for all 3 systems.

Assuming you have no malware running that is affecting performance, the next thing to check is what programs run at startup. From the command line, type MSCONFIG. The command line is accessed in XP by clicking START>RUN. In Vista and 7, the command line is just above the START button.

After opening the window, click on the STARTUP tab. Check out all the things that are running at startup. Do you need them? Probably not. You really need the antivirus programs running and that's about it. I suggest unchecking the items you don't recognize. Then restart your computer and see if all the things you need still run. If not, you can go back into MSCONFIG and recheck the things you need. You are not uninstalling programs by unchecking them--just telling them not to start.

The third thing you can do is go to the My Computer or Computer menu item and right click on the hard drive. Go to TOOLS and check your disk for errors. Next, run DEFRAG. Not only will this result in an increase in speed, it wil keep your file system healthy.

on Dec 28, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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What makes a computer run so slow? first of all I am not computer saavy. It may be something simple. If there is a simple solution, plz describe in simple laymans terms. Thx!

There are a million things that cause computers to run slow. Few are "simple" to fix.<br /> <br /> Here is what I want you to do. Go to this site: <a href=""></a> and download a program called <u><i>CCleaner</i></u>. Follow the instructions on the screen. When you have the free program on your computer, run it. This program will clean all the unnecessary stuff from your computer which will speed it up a little bit.<br /> <br /> If you want to do other things, you should defrag your computer. If you are using a Windows operating system, you can do this by clicking on "my computer". Find your hard drive which should be identified as "C". Right click on the C drive, select Properties. Click on the tab that says Tools. You will see a tool that says Defragmentation. Click on defragment and let the computer work. This process may take a few minutes to several hours ... let it complete the defrag before you do anything else.<br /> <br /> Run the CCleaner at least one time per month. The Defragger should be run about the same.<br /> <br /> I hope this helps you with your problem. If you found these remarks helpful, the courtesy of a kind word and a positive vote will be appreciated.<br /> <br /> Thank you and thank you for your interest in

Aug 30, 2010 | HP Computers & Internet

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System run's real slow, how do i run and update/troubleshooter check

1st you should clean up the junk files on your hard drive. This can be done with the windows disk cleanup utility.(accessories->system tools folder in start menu)
2. Defragment the hard drive. (same place)
3. Go to or some other registry cleaner site. Download the program and run it.
4. Run a virus scan.

If your computer is still slow you may consider getting some pc tuneup software that will do the three steps above and a few more things.

Feb 09, 2010 | Dell Dimension 2400 PC Desktop

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How do I clean my computer out to only the stuff that was in it the first day I got it?

You can do several things. You can do a disk cleanup. Just right click on all partitions and go to properties and clear the temp files, and all the files that you do not need.
Open browsers and go to internet options and clear all the internet temp files and cookies from there also.
You can manually clean temp files by going to Documents and settings/<your user name>/local settings/
Use a registry defragging and cleaning software(with caution). Defrag the disks. You can do it from the control panel. Or go to disk management in the management console.
To get it, r click on My Computer icon and go to manage. Go to disk management.
When u delete files, use shift and delete (do not go to the recycle bin then).
These services are available with recent anti virus software also. Firstly check you machine for any viruses.
Use a tuneup software like tuneup 2009 or system mechanic pro.
Hope this will help you.
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Jun 27, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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cn i hav the specs of your pc, and your hard drive free space, and your OS,,

pc's performance and stability depends on your memory, programs that you run, video card and processor,, you might want to check also your free space, try defraging it and disk clean up its a big help

Sep 09, 2008 | HP Computers & Internet

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I bought the Acer TM2451WLCI Laptop computer about a year ago. Right out of the box it was very slow and it hasn't gotten any faster. Is there anything I can do myself to make it perform faster?

there are several freeware programs that would help. a couple things you can do are to run defrag on the drive...
also go to start.... my computer ... then right click and select properties..... when that window opens click on disk clean up.

make sure all the boxes are marked then click ok and yes to confirm.


Aug 28, 2008 | Acer Computers & Internet

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Acer Aspire 5310 The laptop appears to connect to the internet but when the home page opens it comes up with a blank screen that says connecting. I am then unable to shut the page down without going...

What kind of anti-virus and anti-malware programs are you running? This sounds like you might have been infected by a trojan/virus and that one or the other or even both of your anti-virus/anti-malware programs are blocking a hijacked home page. If this is indeed the case, the antivirus and/or anti-malware programs are doing the jobs they are supposed to do. You will need to run an excellent anti-malware program such as MalwareBytes located here
and SuperAntiSpyware located here
Run those two programs after updating them of course to ascertain the status of your computer. Let the programs do the job they are intended to do, i.e. scan and remove what they find, then reboot your computer. I also suggest the use of a good FREE antivirus program called AVAST Home Free version located here
Avast has been my antivirus of choice for over 4 years now, great automatic updating and free registration for a year at a time. You will have to go to to the website to complete their registration form, but it's simple as pie and you love the fact that you did. So do at least the first two things, then come back to us with word of what you found on your system.

Aug 23, 2008 | Acer Computers & Internet

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EXTREMELY slow start up, freezing

This is probably due to malware, but here are a few things you can do:

  1. Download and run Hitman Pro. This will run several anti-malware utilities to clean up the machine.
  2. Download and run PerfectDisk. This defragmentation utility is MUCH better than Windows' native program.
  3. Click Start->Run. Type in "msconfig" without the quotes into the box and click OK. Click the Startup tab, and take a look at all the programs that run at your computer's startup. Be VERY careful because you cannot just remove everything. Some things are necessary for your computer to run, so if you don't know what it is then leave it be. Uncheck anything you know you don't want starting such as Instant Messaging programs like AIM or MSN or regular programs such as Adobe or Java. They are notorious for running processes at startup and really aren't necessary. If you want a good list of startup processes then check out

May 13, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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I think you're doing it right, but are not logged in as an administrator, so you get errors like this. If you log in as an administrator and check the logs, you might see a reason listed for denying the installer program.

I recommend Linux, but you can just use an administrator account for installing major things like antivirus, drivers, Nero, etc. on WinXP and possibly be happy. It sounds like you know some good practices, not running as administrator all the time.

Apr 24, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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