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  • Started 2 years ago by DawnReneePR
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DawnReneePR
Posts: 6

I've mentioned previously that i'm new at computers and have recently gone back to school.....that means i'm broke. Is there a free (not free trial or free scan then pay for the service) program that can speed up my comp a little bit? The things i've found online are really shady.

Posted 2 years ago
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bubbatie1
bubbatie1
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try ccleaner http://www.piriform.com/promo/.....4AodyQ8A_w

free version run it at least once a week (if not more since youre in school & probably surfing the net alot )

i run mine every other day. this program comes highly reccomended here. most others are either too intrusive or just dont work as well as ccleaner ! good luck

Posted 2 years ago
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Superevil
Superevil
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You can also try MSCONFIG built into the system. Read through This Article and hopefully MSCONFIG should be all you need. As bubbatie1 suggested you can also use CCleaner to clean up your system and also disable start up programs. Another word of advice, be careful of free cleaner programs. As you stated they are usually all shady and should not be trusted. If you're not sure of something, feel free to ask us and we can steer you in the right direction.

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Hermitt
Hermitt
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Also Install then Run & update these two Apps and scan your PC with each one.
Remove everything they find.
http://www.malwarebytes.org/pr.....bytes_free
http://www.superantispyware.com/ (Get the FREE version)

Jim

Posted 2 years ago
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bubbatie1
bubbatie1
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awesome advice also when installing any program be carefull on the steps so you dont get any unwanted bloatware like bing ect

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ispalten
ispalten
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How old is the computer? Is it new or used? Was it running faster before?

Even a new computer will 'slow down' some as you add programs and startup items.

Computer spec's (CPU, DISK, LAPTOP or DESKTOP, RAM amount) would help as well as the Windows Experience Index (go to START ORB, enter WEI and select CHECK THE WINDOWS EXPERIENCE INDEX, may need to RUN it) that he computer has.

There may be very little you can do about this. With the above data it will give us some clues.

Irv S.

Posted 2 years ago
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warlock
warlock
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Is your computer slow or just using the internet slow? What are you trying to do when it is slow?

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Darwin4
Posts: 4

Try a registry cleaner (may be CCleaner) registry gets bloated fast and that does slow down your computer considerably. Also I agree with Irule, if all else fails installing a fresh copy of the OS can speed things up.

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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Darwin4 hi. That is the worst piece of advice you could offer. Would the OP even understand what to delete ?
And whilst we do recommend CCleaner, just saying Registry cleaner, could open the floodgates to a host of problems.

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Darwin4
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Hi there Lighthouse, I meant Registry Cleaner Software, of course no one should go around deleting keys in their registry, you are right I should have been more precise. Also before running the Registry Cleaner program it is a good idea to create a back up of the registry most of these programs have this option. this way if anything goes wrong or any program stops functioning normally the original registry can be restored.

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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I also was referring to Registry Cleaner Software. You still need much knowledge on how to use them properly. And that includes knowing your registry inside out.

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feinui
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Lighthouse - about your comment on registry cleaner. I use cc cleaner and I thought all you had to do was to say yes to all the things they suggest you delete. From what you said, this is not the smart thing to do. My level of computer knowledge is only a notch above complete novice. I am the one who used a Uniblue programme (paid for) to speed up my computer and the whole thing eventually got trashed. I had to re-instal everything from scratch. But it took me a while to realize that it was the program messing about with my drivers and registry that did the harm.

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CompWiz
CompWiz
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feinui,Hi.:)

NEVER trust such programs.

Posted 2 years ago
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cas34
cas34
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There are a number of reasons your PC could be running slow.

I suggest hitting control+alt+delete and look at how much memory each process is using. If there is a process you are not using at the moment you may be able to stop it but would google the name of the process first if you are unsure what it is.

As is the case with fixing computers it is usually a process of elimination, so if this step did not work then my next suggestion would be to use revo uninstaller and remove any programmes you do not need.

http://www.revouninstaller.com.....nload.html

You may also have some malware infection on your PC which can affect your PC's performance.

Here are some programmes you can install and run a scan (only run 1 scan at a time) and hopefully they will find any malware and remove it:

http://www.filehippo.com/download_avast_antivirus/
http://www.filehippo.com/downl.....h_destroy/
http://www.filehippo.com/downl.....i_malware/

What operating system are you using? You can try and search for a tweak guide for that operating system as there are often tweaks you can make that boost performance.

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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CCleaner is about the safest one out there (although one of our senior members would disagree with that). But you should still check everything it finds, before deleting them. Anyone (and software) can make mistakes.

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ispalten
ispalten
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I don't think ANY cleaner is safe in its DEFAULT state and in any case, should not be used by someone that DOESN'T review all suggested changes AND understand what each is being delete and know why.

Case in point, the Extension list. Most if NOT all will review files you have and then decide what extension entries are in the registry you are NOT using. Great, but at some point if you bring in a new extension and that doesn't have an install program for it that makes the entry in the Registry, you'll not be able to run it easily.

Same goes for things like HISTORY, MOST RECENTLY USE (MRU), and other temporary registry items. Some you actually want, like a browser most recently used URL list, and they get removed, no big deal, but it might have been something you would have rather kept. Many 'cleaners' pride themselves on reducing the registry and hence your boot times, but in reality, a lot of what they remove gets replaced very shortly.

The Registry can be large, it can be fragmented, and it can harbor a lot of unused entries. Unused entries doesn't mean you will not need them later either, just you are not using them. What these ARE good for is getting out 'left-overs', entries tied to programs you have deleted but they left registry entries. That said, some of these 'orphan' entries are very hard to find. Usually these are license numbers and personal data. Why is it hard to find, not to make them difficult to remove but so you can't EXPORT them and give them to someone else so they then can run the program. Cleaners can't locate these either.

Two rules if you choose to use any cleaner :

1) BACKUP the REGISTRY before doing anything!
2) KNOW what you are deleting and WHY!

Hope that what you do DOES NOT stop you from booting (yes, do something bad and THIS can happen).

If you really think cleaning the registry does anything (long term) for you, try and find SOME data that supports this. Yes, you can time your booting before and after cleaning the registry and it should improve but will it still have the same performance after 2 weeks of use or be back to where it was? SHOW ME THE DATA!!!

Some links for your enjoyment...

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/r.....ifference/
http://forums.cnet.com/7723-61.....ally-work/
http://www.pctechguide.com/registry-cleaners
http://www.edbott.com/weblog/2.....-cleaners/ <<=== Maybe an OLD article but it still holds true....
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/.....-snake-oil
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Registry_cleaner
http://wordflow.webs.com/apps/.....snake-oil-
http://www.technibble.com/resu.....-cleaners/
http://www.opticdev.com/registry-cleaners-work/

http://blogs.n1zyy.com/n1zyy/2.....void-them/
http://www.pcworld.com/article.....ur_pc.html

So, in closing, I can also find a LOT of pages that tout using a cleaner, however all these are either by the provider or a shill. I still say 'show me the data'.

That said, I *DO* use a cleaner occasionally, and generally more than one, CCLeaner and JV16tools, and occasionally Glary... in EVERY case, each will find entries the other 'misses' (I do NOT consider this a good thing) and in ALL cases, I delete ONLY what I know an want. That said, even I've been fooled. Some registry entries are 'obscured', that is there is no clear connection to them. However a PROGRAM knows what it wants. No Registry Cleaner I know of scans every EXE to get strings and tries to match those strings to entries in the registry. I've at times lost use of programs until I re-enter the license or status/scores in games just because of this.

BTW, from what I know, when an entry is deleted, no cleaner compresses/compacts the registry (I could be wrong). So once the item is removed, it does NOT improve speed reading the registry.

OK, fire away at me....

Irv S.

Posted 2 years ago
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Xhi
Xhi
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The arguments aside. In this day and age of really fast computers cleaning the registry will not significantly speed up a slow computer. There will be no humanly noticeable effect. In short the most it can do is make the user feel good.

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perryculary
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my computer is so slow, too. i'm doing nothing special with it - just some computer games like Max Payne and stuff. a friend gave me a link to a software that is supposed to make it run faster ( xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ). what do you guys think of it? is it worth sth? or does anyone have another idea. (i have an acer notebook from early 2012). cheers

Edit by mod, save your wallet, computer and bank account, touch not with the proverbial bargepole.

Posted 2 years ago
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vistamike
vistamike
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perrycular, hi.

Could you please your problem as a new topic please.

It's not what we think of the software you posted above, it specific to your PC problem and makes life easier for the forum to deal with it. Thanks

Mike

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viraj
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1) used advanced system care it's repair your registry setting ,repair broken files (then go start click all progrrames & there you should find advanced system care there click on turbo & used your setting manuallly)
2)use malware bytes to remove malware it's a free tool
3)used disk clean up utility
4)disk defragment
5)used antivirus to remove virus
6)increase virtual memory (right click on my computer then go to advanced tab there you should find setting option for virtual memory click on setting & go custmize setting & add 3000 to 4000)
7)star than run (msconfig) then go to startup & uncheck unneccessary box than services beside that & stop unneccessary services
8)used cold booting 9)used scannow tool (from run command (srf /scannow)
it would be work for you 100%

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