Locked out of Local Disk (C:)

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July 27, 2009 at 23:50:06
Specs: Windows XP
I've had a problem with right clicking and getting into the menu for my Local Disk (C:). This is where I access my Disk Defrag and other clean-up tools. (Bear with me, I'm not very brilliant when it comes to computers, thus, I'm here) When I attempt to, every time without fail my whole computer freezes and I'm forced to pull the plug out to start it up again. I don't have any viruses (Trend Micro scanned it) or Malware (Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware scanned it) but I fear my forced neglect is starting to affect my computer as now it seems not even wanting to read disk (Which makes setting up my Blackberry stuff hard) and locks up here and there at the most simple tasks. I tried downloading AusLogics Disk Defrag, but it doesn't seem to do much of anything as I can defrag over and over again and still find tons of fragmented files. I want my computer back, but at this point I'm considering a hard reboot. Anyone have any sort of suggestions? -Jackie

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July 28, 2009 at 02:27:32
Btw you can get to your disk defrag by just going START>All Programs> Accessories>System Tools.

You might very well just have too much **** running on your computer as a similar problem was happening to me when i had half a dozen services and startup programs running before i started trimming down a few.

I use a program called PC Decrapifier
Just go through it slowly and decide what you don't need. It's an excellent first step.

Then go START>RUN and type "MSCONFIG"
Go under the Startup tab and disable anything that is not essential at startup. You'll be surprised at how much faster things go. NOTE: Don't go crazy and disable things you don't recognize. That's a good way to get in trouble.

Go START>RUN and type "services.msc" It provides a detailed list of what programs do and give you the option of seeing what things do as well as gives you the option to just temporarily pause them to see if pandemonium follows. ;)

If nothing seems to work personally I would just get a backup drive, get anything important off and format the hard disk. I format mine once every 6 months and it keeps it running very well.

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July 28, 2009 at 04:31:43
Try booting to Safe Mode with networking and download Ccleaner Slim from the link below. Install and run the program.

If things run faster in Safe Mode that is a sure indicator that you have too many processes running in regular mode. BTW, there are many types of nasties out there and no one program can find them all. Don't assume your system is clean because of one scan.


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July 28, 2009 at 14:00:07
And using defrag to fix problems is not the way to go. Despite what some people may think, you aren't going to fix any problems by doing a defrag.

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