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Fixing Windows XP errors?

September 28, 2010 at 21:19:19
Specs: Windows XP

Is there any site or way I can fix Windows XP errors for free? Some sites say free scan and then tell you have thousands of errors but want you to pay $ for them to fix rhe issues.I do not know these errors really exist, I do know some most likely do. I did a few scans the the number of errors is very high, but also very different with each one. Both free download scans that scanned my PC today said I had anywhere up to 8456 errors (activeX cleaner) and System cleaner said 1103. One site fixed some for free it said, but I don't know for sure if anything was fixed. I still only have 6% space available on my computer.
Is there a way to fix errors for free? Debbie

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#1
September 28, 2010 at 21:57:54

Avoid these sites. Most of the "errors" they find are not real and the remainder are of little consequence.

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#2
September 28, 2010 at 22:04:44

Those error fixing scans should be spelled SCAMS.

That's what they are.

You can take care of most things by yourself free of charge with a little preventative maintenance.

Begin by running disk cleanup. You will find it in START> ALL PROGRAMS> ACCESSORIES> SYSTEM TOOLS

In the same place you will find defragmenter. DO that.

If you are running out of space consider deleting any old files or uninstalling programs you no longer need.

You can also reduce the amount of space occupied by your recyclebin. It is typically set at 10% of total drive capacity and on large drives is a ridiculously large amount of space to tie up when regular emptying of recyclebin will see it use only a fraction of that. Rightclick on the recyclebin and select properties to make the adjustment.

There are other cleanup utilities such as CCLEANER SLIM which is regularly recommended by the experts here as a good easy to use cleanup tool. Google for it but make sure you get the SLIM version.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#3
September 29, 2010 at 00:44:41

FREE Microsoft Live One Safety Scaner:

http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/...

If you have to pay you have been scammed.......................


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#4
September 29, 2010 at 05:30:54

You can get Crap Cleaner here.

http://download.cnet.com/CCleaner/3...

It is a good tool and it is free. Be careful though, it will clear out all you histories, web links, last used application, passwords and everything else if you let it. Look at the options and make sure it is not about to delete something you want to keep.

I can only reiterate what others have said. These online scanners are nothing but scams. Nost of the supposed errors they come up with are inconsequential, all they want is your money.

Stuart


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#5
September 29, 2010 at 09:41:04

I have tried to defrag and disc clean-up not enough space to do either properly. It says to delete unused files, but I have no idea what most of the files are. I have used about 4 clean-up sites online and they will clean up about 100 errors for free it says, but I see no difference after doing that. I have tried all the ones suggested, but only free to a small point and I suppose to have 1000's of errors, so what is 100 if you have 4000 errors. Any other ideas? Please help if you can. I have highspeed and it reminds me of when I had dial-up a few months ago. Debbie

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#6
September 29, 2010 at 10:00:12

Keep away from these on-line scanner. I cannot empasise that to much. It is like inviting a total stranger into your home and giving them free run of the place.

Although some of these sites might be legitimate, a lot will use the opportunity to plant all kinds of malware on your computer. They need access to you computer to do there work, usually via an active X-control. There no telling what that active-x control is doing. By the time you find out which are good and which are bad it is too late. It is probably this that has got you into the situation you are in.

Use one of these stand-alone scanners like crap cleaner, and KEEP AWAY FROM ON-LINE SCANNERS.

Stuart


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#7
September 29, 2010 at 11:15:46

Ccleaner is good, you could also look over at Gizmos freeware

http://www.techsupportalert.com/pc/...

Also, I would use Superantispyware to clean out spyware.

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.


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#8
September 29, 2010 at 11:52:25

MalwareBytes freebie is another good one for unearthing viruses that others miss.
A virus is a possibility.

Yes, avoid those things that claim to fix everything, maybe including back ache. There are far too many scams about. Unused files don't usually take up much space and it is a very risky business either picking them off or allowing some program to do so.

Have you got a lot of programs onboard and what is your HD size? There maybe some programs that you never use and can be uninstalled.

Video and DVD downloads can be massive.


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#9
September 29, 2010 at 19:03:31

I don't know if I got a virus. I am real careful and never tried any of these clean-up sites (downloads) till long after I had the problem. I don't open e-mails I don't know the sender, and have not opened anything I was concerned about. I called my nephew tonight and he helped me to go through and uninstall some things, yet the 6% space is still what it says is available. Mike (nephew) is going to come over on Sat and see if he can figure the problem out. Thanks to everyone and I will show him your suggestions and maybe it will help to figure this out. thanks and I will post the results. Debbie

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#10
October 1, 2010 at 17:38:28

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

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