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Old 05-03-2006, 12:46 PM
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Default Best way to clean a PC

By clean I don't mean physical cleaning. I mean the HD. My PC suddenly slowed down tremendously and I have been taking lots of steps to sort it out...I performed the following tasks:

Registry Cleaner
Spyware Scan
Virus Scan
Cleared History + Cookies

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Defrag it.
Clear out temp files.

I also used Msconfig to sort out the startup programs...Any other tips will be helpful.

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Old 05-03-2006, 03:27 PM
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Delete all downloaded files or put them on disks that will free up memory and speed you should try that.
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Old 05-03-2006, 10:26 PM
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Not planning to do that soon. I am at the moment defragging my PC. I did a Error Check on my HD before that which took about 1.5 hours and Defragment will surely take me 5-8 hours. Lets hope it gets better by tomorrow.

Thanks for your suggestion though.
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Old 01-27-2009, 05:07 PM
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I just reformat and reload. It sucks but it's either that or get a new computer.
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:39 PM
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I agree with a reinstall being the best method. Sometimes viruses or spyware programs download and install all sorts of hidden junk on your computer.

Better than reinstalling, though, would be to make a backup image of your hard drive after you have everything reinstalled and updated. Then if anything happens that requires a reinstall all you need to do is restore your hard drive from the backup image, which saves a great deal of time. Basically the same as reinstalling but a lot more convenient.
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Old 01-31-2009, 03:43 PM
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I agree with a reinstall being the best method. Sometimes viruses or spyware programs download and install all sorts of hidden junk on your computer.

Better than reinstalling, though, would be to make a backup image of your hard drive after you have everything reinstalled and updated. Then if anything happens that requires a reinstall all you need to do is restore your hard drive from the backup image, which saves a great deal of time. Basically the same as reinstalling but a lot more convenient.
Definitely make a backup. I just don't want to go Vista so I'm trying real hard so I've been doing this alot with my XP computers to keep them going.
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Old 04-22-2009, 02:05 PM
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I had a virus attack to my PC and I reinstalled my OS and now it is so slow that I can't get the work done.
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:14 PM
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You've done most of the task how to clean up you computer, but try to delete all your temporary download internet files and do clean up your cookies too.
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Old 05-20-2009, 07:10 PM
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Default still in my system...

This is also bugging my computer. How can I remove totally an old version of msword and other programs? I did all possible remedy but still it's there in my system. only a few were removed...huhummmm
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Old 05-22-2009, 04:36 AM
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You could run the diskcleanup with CCleaner, its an excellent program. Also defrag your MFT and Page File if required, you may need to get a third party defragger like Diskeeper for that though.
Make sure all Microsoft security updates are applied.
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