speed things up

  ballyboy 16:26 29 Jan 2009

hi my computor has started to get slow is there a decent free download out there that can speed things up by removing software that is not needed or has not been used for a fair bit.pc is running on windows xp and i have nortons secruity suite installed.many thanks

  User-1229748 16:38 29 Jan 2009

getting rid of norton would make a difference unless its norton 2009,also use ccleanerclick here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:56 29 Jan 2009

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporay files and folders -- use Crap Cleaner click here

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :-
Superantispyware click here
Malware removal tool click here

Free Antivirus software
Avast4 click here
AVG antivirus click here

c) Clean the registry -- Free Registry cleaners :-
RegscrubVistaXp click here
Regseeker click here
TweakNow RegCleaner 1.3.2 click here
Easycleaner click here ( Use with care, It advises you to back up the registry first, this is a good idea as it cleans rather aggressively. )

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Rght click MY Computer - select propeties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a differnt drive (if you have one), click custom size and set Initial size to one and a half times the amount of memory you have fitted i.e. 512MB memory = set to 768MB, set maximum to double your memory amount i.e. 512MB memory = 1024MB click ok.
If your hard drive is full and there is not enough room for the pagefile this can slow down, freeze or even cause the PC to crash (restart).

e) Cut down on the programs that load at startup -- Start - Run type msconfig - startup tab- untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background. click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:56 29 Jan 2009

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives / IDE Channels:

i) Check the transfer rate, you need to have the transfer mode set to DMA not PIO.
Right click My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager - Expand (click the + ) IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers right click Primary Channel - Advanced Settings Tab -
If transfer Mode is PIO then follow the instructions at click here to change.

ii) Check for errors and defrag your hard drives -- My Computer - select drive - properties - tool tab - Error checking / Defragmentation.

ii) If you are using Windows XP or Vista, it's a good idea to convert your system drive to the NTFS file system if you have not already. In addition to providing numerous security and data recovery improvements over FAT32 (the file system of choice for Windows 9x/ME and XP Home) it can also speed up your system slightly.

In fact, the only real reason for sticking with the FAT32 file system for any of your data is if you have more than one operating system on your PC and the other OS's can only see FAT32 partitions (as would be the case with Windows 98, for example, which is incapable of reading NTFS data).

To convert your drives to NTFS:
Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage'
From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.'
Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information.
Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd'
To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs'
So for example, if you were going to convert your C: drive, you would type 'Convert c: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

b) Divers
Obtain the newest drivers for your hardware
This may seem a bit obvious, but keeping your system's drivers up to date can give both your performance and stability a boost. Video card manufacturers release updates especially often, and these can often give "significant boosts" to gaming performance as video card in question is "optimized."

Don't neglect the other components of your system either. Your motherboard manufacturer may have released newer versions of its Input/output drivers for your board, and sound cards and other peripherals can also benefit from newer software.

  birdface 17:41 29 Jan 2009

Try the free version of this.click here the optimizer you want.it only repairs 10 items at a time but you can run it as often as you like.

  ballyboy 20:26 10 Feb 2009

hi thanks to everyone who helped with my pc problem.really appreciated all the useful info and tips nice to know there is help out there.

  ballyboy 22:42 16 Feb 2009

help i have installed on my comp norton internet secruity 2009 but sadly this has not stopped me being infected with a virus called system secruity it keeps saying i have been infected with a long list of items but then starts saying i have to down load it to help cure the problem.it will not let me delete it from my system.it doers not show up on my add and remove programes.i have contacted norton but they want £70.00 to help i do not if this is expensive or not as this is the first time this has happened to me.i asked if there was a software available that i could buy that would cover me 52 wks but they said not.can anyone help with this problem cheers al

  masterfrm 13:01 17 Feb 2009

Why you are using Norton. Norton is not effective antivirus and sometimes slow down computer. I used norton. I had get many problems with norton. After that i had get KasperSky Internet Security. Kaspersky work very well on my computer and speed up my computer speed. I suggest to use KasperSky. If you want more info, check this site >>>> click here

  User-1229748 13:04 17 Feb 2009

download update and run malwarebytes and superantispyware and run them in safe modeclick here

  User-1229748 13:10 17 Feb 2009

i also found this removal tool but i've never used it and i don't know anything about this site,hopefully someone can give this site the all clearclick here

  gazzaho 13:39 17 Feb 2009

smackheadz Web of Trust flagged that link in red meaning danger, just thought you should be warned.

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