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This is the PC I bought from Walmart. I've since built a kick-butt gaming rig and am giving this to my mother for internet use.

The PC was taking four minutes to load to desktop and more than a minute to shut-down. I uninstalled a lot of programs and moved a lot of files to my PC. Now it is going to desktop and shutting-down in less than a minute. Also, now there are 300GBs free on the 1TB Seagate. Anyway, I ran Scandisk with Surface checking and ran Disk Defragmenter. All good.

Now I still have some programs that don't want to be deleted in the control panal. Simple things like Audio programs and RAR extractors and Half-Life bots. I tried reinstalling them and then uninstalling them and nothing.

Now I know of Crap Cleaner and Spybot's Search & Destroy and some stuff like that. Can anyone suggest what I could do to SAFELY clean these programs from my system.

I'm trying to get the system to be nearly as robust as when I first turned it on in December with just keeping the essential programs and files. It already feels that way but I want those programs gone.

Please advise me. If you need more info. I'll be checking. Thanks.
Edited by Deverica Wolf - 5/26/11 at 1:00am
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There are only 3 ways you can EVER increase a computer's performance:

Decrease resource usage (Usually by pulling stuff out of the startup folder), Defrag the hard drive, and improve the hardware.

Looks 2 is taken care of and 3 isn't happening, so all that's left is 1.

start -> run -> msconfig

Go to the startup tab, and uncheck EVERYTHING that isn't antivirus, something you specifically want to run on startup, or necessary for some piece of hardware to function. (There are very few items that actually fit into that category; disable them at first and if things don't work then turn them back on.)

As far as antivirus, make sure you're using a decent one (like avast or MSE) and not norton.

Edit:
Another thing you can do is look at the services tab and check the "hide windows services" box to see what services have been installed. However, don't disable them from here. Hit start -> run -> services.msc and find them in that list (right click, properties, set startup type to "disabled"). Same rules apply.
Edited by Traches - 5/26/11 at 1:04am
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I have been using McAfee anti-virus/firewall which comes free with my Cox internet.
I am also using Windows 7.

I'll try those things.
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I have been using McAfee anti-virus/firewall which comes free with my Cox internet.
I am also using Windows 7.

I'll try those things.
Go to start>right click Computer> properties> advanced system settings>settings under performance> use the following settings (easier than listing them all)

I know it's not program related, but will make Windows snappier.
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I have been using McAfee anti-virus/firewall which comes free with my Cox internet.
I am also using Windows 7.

I'll try those things.
I'd completely get rid of McAfee, and install avast. It's free, doesn't slow your computer down, and offers just as much protection. McAfee is a terrible resource hog; just getting rid of it should make a noticeable difference.

http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download (The free version works great.)

If you have a router you don't need firewall software running on your computer; having multiple firewalls can cause problems and offers very little additional protection. If you don't have spyware, you won't need to block outgoing connections (which is the main difference between a router and a software firewall.)
Edited by Traches - 5/26/11 at 1:39am
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I'd completely get rid of McAfee, and install avast. It's free, doesn't slow your computer down, and offers just as much protection. McAfee is a terrible resource hog; just getting rid of it should make a noticeable difference.

http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download (The free version works great.)

If you have a router you don't need firewall software running on your computer; having multiple firewalls can cause problems and offers very little additional protection. If you don't have spyware, you won't need to block outgoing connections (which is the main difference between a router and a software firewall.)
You're actually better off having a software firewall behind a router. Without one you have no control over outbound traffic.
    
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Here's all your services, detailed descriptions, and recommended tweaked settings to let you know which are safe to disable.

http://www.blackviper.com/2010/12/17...onfigurations/
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You're actually better off having a software firewall behind a router. Without one you have no control over outbound traffic.
Assuming you don't have malware of any kind, why would you need control over your outbound traffic? Honest question.
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post #9 of 14
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Here's all your services, detailed descriptions, and recommended tweaked settings to let you know which are safe to disable.

http://www.blackviper.com/2010/12/17...onfigurations/
Page missing.

I think I would be comfortable having a Firewall for myself. For her, no doubt about it. We're both on normal Motorola wired modems.


So now I'm interested in purchasing Avast for the Firewall. I do a lot of online purchases so Safeone sounds cool. How is their Firewall/Anti-Virus better than the rest?
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http://www.blackviper.com/2010/12/17...onfigurations/ is the link I believe he was sending you to.

If you'd like to purchase avast go for it, and since you're not behind a router then a software firewall would be a good decision. I have no experience with avast's paid products, but their free antivirus is some of the best around. In a nutshell, it's better because it catches more viruses, doesn't give too many false positives (Labeling something as a virus that isn't), and doesn't slow your computer down. There are other great free antivirus options out there though if you care to look for them.

All of that said, the built in windows firewall is actually pretty decent and the free version of avast does everything else that you actually need. It looks like the "online shopping" feature would be more of a hassle than it's worth; and the same thing goes for an outbound firewall. The only time they are useful is if you are already infected with malware, which means you've already lost.

Another possibility to look into would be to go out and buy a router, or 2 if you can't share a connection on your computers and don't want to set up wifi. A non-wireless router can be had for 20 bucks or less, and will be fundamentally more secure than a software firewall.
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