List of system tools

  lonemascot 09:44 01 Feb 2010

Hi, I wonder if anyone has a 'top of the bunch' list of free third party system tools such as registry organisers, anti virus & spyware/malware software, disk cleaners, defragmenters etc that they could post here. The sort of stuff that everyone needs but rarely uses lol. I don't really like using the stuff that comes with the OS as i don't like the user interfaces.

I'm running vista and have noticed that my PC is getting gradually slower and slower.

Also when using word or excel, if i copy some text the computer freezes for about 5 seconds before allowing me to carry on. I have a cpu usage meter and the ram is rarely above 50% and the 4 cores never seem to be pushed anyway. Ideas?

Cheers peeps.

  Woolwell 10:11 01 Feb 2010

Before you clutter your system with free software I suggest that you do some spring cleaning. Get the dust and dirt out of the inside of the system. remove programs you no longer use. Archive or delete old files. Empty temp internet files and generally free up space on your hard drive. Then see if the system has speeded up.

Probably wise to use Revo to remove programs that you no longer want.

  birdface 10:23 01 Feb 2010

If using IE8 try.Tools.Developers Tools.Disable. And click on script and wait for it to activate.
You should be able to browse a lot quicker with it set to that.
The one drawback is if you have to use any program using flash it will not work.You have to go back into Developers Tools.And untick Script.
Well worth a try if Using IE8.
I use IE8 and Firefox so can use Firefox normally but prefer IE8.

  birdface 10:30 01 Feb 2010

Maybe try Winaso Optimizer-[Trial version it last for ever.]
It will only repair 10 items at a time but you can run it as often as you like.
It should speed up your computer a bit and well worth a try.
The only problem is if it finds about 200 problems you are going to have to run it quite a few times but the final result is usually worth it.

click here

Scroll down to the trial version if you are thinking about using it.

  Woolwell 10:52 01 Feb 2010

Have a look at this thread and Crossbow7's advice click here

  lonemascot 11:15 01 Feb 2010

Had a look at the other thread. Sounds like reg optimizers may cause more probs than they fix. Buteman recommended Winaso, has anyone had problems with this or does it do what its supposed to.

I bought my PC from PC world and although it came with vista pre installed i didn't get any OS discs as such. I did have to burn my own back up discs. can i use these to reinstall the OS if my spring clean doesn't sort it out?

  sunnystaines 11:57 01 Feb 2010

there are so many out there some good others poor, many dodgy.

we all use different ones, but male sure you stick with recommended ones not ones you come across in spam or pop up ads.

i use the free iobit ASC
click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:14 01 Feb 2010

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 -- Use the tool in Crap Cleaner its very safe and also allows you to back up the registry first.

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/\ 17:14 01 Feb 2010

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives /

i) IDE Channels:
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) Drivers
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.

c) Memory
Add more physical memory, this of course means opening the "box" and fitting a memory module, make sure you buy one that is suitable for your PC. Crucial .com click here will guide you through the process of slecting the correct memory. click here for a guide to fitting memory.

  lonemascot 23:08 01 Feb 2010

I have a had a chance to work through all of your advice. Run disk cleanup and done some defragmenting. Cleared the start up programs. Uninstalled a load of old crap with Revo. Changed memory allocation. Downloaded Winaso and it found 1908 errors! just got to run and fix about 191 times then lol.

So far copying is faster and overall start up is pretty good so thanks guys. I got some good anti spyware programs too.

  birdface 10:16 02 Feb 2010

With so many problems to fix it may be better to run C Cleaner first that should get rid of most of it then run Winaso to remove the rest.
basically as you have removed a lot of programs the reminents are left behind and that is what is being cleared.
Try recycle bin and if anything in there remove it first.

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