I have noticed my PC seems to take longer & longer to start up lately and I thought the fact I hadn't defragged for some months (I know!!) could have some bearing. When I try to open System Tools/De-Frag it doesn't open properly ie. no showing what the estimated fragmented files are,everything is greyed out. When I click on defrag nothing happens and when I press Control/Alt/Del I get the message "Program not responding" I have run AVG with nothing found.
Don't know what operating system you are running but seeing defragmenter and security packages reminded me of this problem I had... it's a long thread. The cause for me was a paid for security package. After this fiasco I did a clean install, used MSE and vowed to never ever use any 3rd party cleaners etc. Result, a totally troublefree computer.
I downloaded Auslogistics, which worked fine, from "The Kestrels" link after reading that various people used it instead of Windows, also ran the freeware Malwarebytes. Thanks for all the replies they are much appreciated.
But just as a FYI: a common reason why defrag doesn't start up is because services that depend upon it (Task Scheduler,Disk Defragmenter,Remote Procedure Call (RPC),DCOM Server Process Launcher,RPC Endpoint Mapper) are disabled. Ensure that these are set on automatic start for defrag to function normally.
Another possible reason is that the filesystem is corrupted, so running chkdsk /r will ususally clear that up.
Also, for defragging, there are good automatic defraggers ('install and forget' type) that will monitor for fragmentation and defrag whenever necessary without the user's intervention. Quite convenient.
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