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post #11 of 19
Step 1: End unneeded processes


A list of unneeded processes would be nice...and a link explaining what they are/ what they do.
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post #12 of 19
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Lightning_Scythe View Post
is smitfraudfix still usable? or have u found malwarebytes better?

and as for msconfig, if u know u definitely do not want the programs to ever load u could use regedit to delete them from startup

in regedit check the following folders for startup programs
HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun
or
HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun
Thanks for the Info! As for smitfraudfix I have never heard of it.

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Originally Posted by ElMikeTheMike View Post
You're kidding, right?
Yes, but I really do hate Internet Explorer, no offense..

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Originally Posted by Sylon View Post
Step 1: End unneeded processes


A list of unneeded processes would be nice...and a link explaining what they are/ what they do.
Ya, Im looking for one
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post #13 of 19
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Firefox and Opera are safer and more secure than Internet Explorer. They also have a lot more features and thousands of add ons. If you are still using Internet Explorer you shouldn't be.


If you think their should be any changes or additions just tell me.
You forget to mention that Firefox with their new 3 version and the latter stages of version 2 completely disregarded normal web design coding, and what looks just fine in every other browser....looks wrong in Firefox. They have screwed up major, and I am definately taking a link to Firefox OFF of my website. What they have accused in the past of IE doing...is exactly what they are doing now...crap coding that doesn't work right on other browsers point blank. Firefox used to be my favorite browser, it is not anymore. I now tell my clients to stick with IE7 or go with Opera, as BOTH of those major browsers DO stick with normal web coding, and DON'T go off on these stupid Firefox specific codes that DON'T work correctly in any other browser. Firefox 3 is about as junky as the new phpbb 3.0.
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Originally Posted by mortimersnerd View Post
Use services.msc not msconfig.
services.msc is under the Services tab in MSC, same thing
but msconfig also lets you get at the startup in addition to services

edit: ^ FF3 is fine for me
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Added some more Info.

Anyone else have a suggestion?
Pretty good, and not so in-depth that it may confuse noobies. I use the majority of these at the shop on customer's computers.

Might I suggest you put the command line as chkdsk /r. That repairs some problems instead of just telling you these are some. Of course running the SpinRite.iso on level 4 is still the only known way to truly repair a HDD.
Edited by PhillyOverclocker - 7/7/08 at 6:31pm
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post #16 of 19
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Yes, but I really do hate Internet Explorer, no offense..
I'm not offended.

Your guide is to "clean up a crapped windows install" and the first thing you have listed is to install a web browser that doesn't do anything to clean up a windows installation.

It reads more like a Firefox advertisement than anything. Also, your guide should be free from personal opinion. Just because you hate IE, I should too? Just a suggestion, we all appreciate the effort.
Edited by ElMikeTheMike - 7/7/08 at 6:57pm
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post #17 of 19
This is pretty basic but gets the computer cleaned.
What? You've never heard of SmitFraudFix?

You should also add msconfig into this. eg

Step X: Run msconfig and disable all unwanted start-up programs.

I think this is needed as some programs are required but are not required every single time Windows starts.

I've come across a lot of slow draggy computers and I just basically do the following;

Prior: Backup PC just in case!
1. Add/Remove Programs (Delete everything unnecessary, I've come across computers with 5< apps doing the same thing)
2. Run msconfig
3. Run SmitFraudFix
4. Remove start-up registry keys that contain viruses (Regrun program)
5. Leave only one or two icons on desktop
6. Disk Defrag
7. Enjoy!

This has worked for all of the 10 computers that I have needed to speed up.
    
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When you say run msconfig, tell them to go to start menu>run>type msconfig>boot.ini>blah
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lol it would take less time to reformat than to do all those steps
And guess how long it would take to back up 1TB of music?
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