free s/w clean-up

February 20, 2009 at 10:05:38
Specs: Windows XP, 1.7 GHz / 256 Mb
I have an XP home system with 256MB RAM, 1.7 MHz cpu,60GB hard drive (only 6GB used), AT&t DSL connection.
I would like to have a free sw clean-up, so I can have the problems in the 7 year old sw eliminated. The computer is getting slow!
I am a 78 year old man and try to save some money by not buying any sw.
Thanks for your help.
Tom Kelley

Tom Kelley


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#1
February 20, 2009 at 10:17:02
XP with only 256MB RAM isn't going to run blazing fast but there are cleaners that *may* help. Try CCleaner Slim for starters:

http://www.ccleaner.com/download/bu...

Another thing that will slow a system is too many programs loading at startup. How many processes do you have running? To check, press Ctrl-Alt-Del to bring up Task Manager, then look at the lower left corner..what's the number of processes?


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#2
February 20, 2009 at 10:17:35
There is no software needed for what you want.

Control panel/add-remove programs is where you would want to start. Remove programs you are not using anymore.

Then go to Accessories/system tools and run Disk Cleanup by checking everything and running it.

Then from the same location run the Disk Defragmenter.

These are all built into the system and free.


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#3
February 20, 2009 at 11:31:31
I have to respectfully disagree with Wanderer. Just uninstalling programs will not speed up a system. Uninstalling programs will free up disk space, but they do not slow down a machine unless those programs are actually running.

Run msconfig and check the 'Startup' tab. Disable any programs that you don't need running all the time. If you are unsure about anything you find in the list, check the following web sites for help in determining what they do.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/sta...
http://www.answersthatwork.com/Task...
http://www.processlibrary.com/

As Jam said, 256mb is kinda low for XP. Adding memory will probably speed the system up significantly.


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#4
February 21, 2009 at 13:00:21
Hi,
This is Tom Kelley,
Thanks for jam, wanderer and aegis1!!!!!!!!!!
1) the number of processes are:35 - and this is only the web running.
2) I have about 54 GB free of the 60 GB hard drive,but I can try Disk Cleanup and then run the Disk Derafgmenter and see what happens.
3) Will try to run the msconfig, 'startup' tab. Will need some curage to disable any programs - which I think I don't need, but I'll give it a try.

Note: There are 'cleanup' programs advertised on the web. Some with 'free download and check-up' of errors. I've tried one and shows some 200+ "cleanable" errors, but I would have to buy them to do the cleaning. That is why I thought there maybe a similar 'free' cleaup program.

Many thanks again for you guys (or girls) to offer advice to me.
I will also think about adding more RAM.

Sincerely, Tom Kelley

Tom Kelley


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#5
February 21, 2009 at 13:08:40
Use CCleaner as jam suggested. Run both the cleaner module and the registry module. For insurance save the backup file when running the registry module. I haven't experienced any issues when using it but for piece of mind save the file. I suggest saving to the desktop. Then in a couple of days if nothing is amiss you can delete the file easily.

CCleaner removes the files in the index.dat file created when surfing the internet. That file can get very large. Part of that file is any cookies for site or email logins. If you don't remember the login passwords for some sites I suggest you change them now and mark them down because they will be lost.


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#6
February 21, 2009 at 21:19:34
I loved Ccleaner, but it was found to have a backdoor virus, had to delete it.
There are several free programs out there. Do you have spyware, malware, virus protection, etc.?
I have an older computer, and have been working on speeding mine up also.
Have you cleared your Java console, emptied Windows 'prefetch cache', deleted your browsing history, temp.files, cookies, etc.? What is your virtual memory setting?
There are alot of little things to do to help.
Main thing is to make sure you aren't infected, using totally 'freeware' (I learned this term quickly).
There are a bunch of help sites out there, also. This being one of them.
If you haven't fixed your problem I can give you some of the websites. I'll check back.
Good luck! Gandi

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#7
February 21, 2009 at 21:45:14
hi tom, log on to crucial.com and let their scanner run on your PC. Chances are you may get a real good deal on ram, depending on your machine.

There are lots of great FREE cleaners listed when you click on the link in my signature. Yes, they are totally free and fully functional.
I would suggest you run those and that should get your PC running faster again. GOOD Luck

Oh, and I never heard of Ccleaner having a virus, that's a new one to me.

Some HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions Cheers


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#8
February 22, 2009 at 06:16:56
Gandi

Could you provide some substance to that statement concerning CCleaner.


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#9
February 24, 2009 at 13:23:25
Hi,
This is Tom Kelley.

Thanks for the reply to ; OtheHill,Gandi and XpUser4Real.
I will implement some "cleaning" and also look into get more memory.
Appreciate your help and thanks again.

Tom

Tom Kelley


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#10
February 24, 2009 at 13:27:50
I don't see Gandi returning with some documentation on CCleaner.

Gandi You may have heard about CCleaner installing Yahoo toolbar. This is considered spy ware by some and a useful tool be others. Definitely not a Virus though.

jam recommends CCleaner slim for that reason. I personally don't have an issue with yahoo toolbar.


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#11
February 24, 2009 at 15:21:17
Tom

CCleaner is quite safe - no viruses, stacks of us use it.

Steer clear of those programs that find stacks of errors then ask you to pay to fix them. They are usually snake oil.

some other bloke...


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#12
February 27, 2009 at 09:55:24
Hi jam,
This is Tom Kelley

You suggested I check the Number of start-up programs. I did. There are 34 of them. Task Mgr shows CPU usage between 2-11%. The larger ones are:
ashServ.exe 12,284K
PropelAC.exe 10,164K
svchot.exe 8,676K
McciCM Service 1,508K
14 of them 1,000K +
The aboves, I don't know which one need, which one I don't.

Of course even I know that I need The Task MGR (4,400K), and the explorer.exe (7,000K).
Are the number 34 is "normal"? How can I decide which to delete?
Thanks jam,

Tom

Tom Kelley


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#13
February 27, 2009 at 12:32:29
Most times Googling for the process will give you incite into what it is. For instance ashServ.exe appears to be related to Avast. Avast is an Anti Virus program.

PropelAC.exe is related to dial up ISP service but the name has sometimes been used by a virus. Do you use dial up? If not then you can lose that one.


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#14
February 27, 2009 at 13:55:54
Ah support for the reason to review Add/Remove programs and remove those not being used. :-)

Removing the tsr [terminate and stay resident] associated with the program speeds up the system by using less resources/memory.


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#15
March 1, 2009 at 14:18:44
My Download Page has a list of free software:
http://www.webng.com/pcassist/Downl...


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#16
March 7, 2009 at 11:08:42
This is Tom Kelley

Thaks to all for your help! Now, I go and try to implement your suggestions.

Tom

Tom Kelley


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