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Re-formating Your PC
« on: Jul 17, 2010, 13:53 »
My computer is doing my head in more and more. It's just too slow for words and it annoys me no end that I can't figure out how to make it fast again. Is it possible somehow to just delete everything on it and begin allover with an empty computer and if yes, how do I do that, please ? I have all the original discs so re-installing the programmes shouldn't be too much of a problem, I hope.

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Re: Re-formating Your PC
« Reply #1 on: Jul 17, 2010, 14:15 »
My computer is doing my head in more and more. It's just too slow for words and it annoys me no end that I can't figure out how to make it fast again. Is it possible somehow to just delete everything on it and begin allover with an empty computer and if yes, how do I do that, please ? I have all the original discs so re-installing the programmes shouldn't be too much of a problem, I hope.

Am days away of having a rock'n'roll style fit and throw it out the window altogether !

Have you scanned for spyware and viruses. If so try doing a defragmentation on your hard disc and then see if it works faster.

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Re: Re-formating Your PC
« Reply #2 on: Jul 17, 2010, 14:22 »
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Re: Re-formating Your PC
« Reply #3 on: Jul 17, 2010, 17:20 »
Hi Alex

Spyware or Malware is malicious software you pick up as you patrol the net

A really good scanner for removal (and its free)

Malwarebytes

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Re: Re-formating Your PC
« Reply #4 on: Jul 17, 2010, 17:22 »
As to formatting..that very much depends on whether you have a recovery partition OR the original disks with the Operating system on

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Re: Re-formating Your PC
« Reply #5 on: Jul 17, 2010, 20:53 »
Ah, cheers. Spyware sounds like a very bad invention. :cry:

I called a computer hotline and asked if there is a way to turn your pc back into being fast. He recommended that I should check out this website http://www.spamfighter.com/SLOW-PCfighter/ and follow their instructions on how to scan the pc for reasons that could cause it to run this slow. I did and after a full scan I was told there were 1,907 errors in total, which surprised me somewhat. I knew the computer was behaving in strange ways but that it was this bad made me look at the screen for a few seconds in disbelief. Anyway, I then took their advice and downloaded their cleaning up program but will wait till my good mate comes 'round on Monday to do the rest as I want to make sure I do it proper and not end up making things even worse. In the meantime I'll take your advice as well, mate, and have a look at the spyware scanner thingy, too. With a bit of luck come Monday I won't be able to recognise my pc. In good ways, of course :D

Thanks for your help, and to you, too Gaz, much appreciated.

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Re: Re-formating Your PC
« Reply #6 on: Jul 17, 2010, 21:27 »
Download CCleaner - Optimization and Cleaning - Free Download   Allow it to delete all of your rubbish.  When you have done that go to the Registry Cleaner and let it check for and then delete all that it finds.

Most importantly it is a safe application and will not mess up your computer.  I do mine once a week.  It's rare these days that a re-installation is needed as there are lots of programs to bring your P.C back to good working order.

What Operating System are you using?  XP, Vista, Windows 7 or something even older?

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Re: Re-formating Your PC
« Reply #7 on: Jul 18, 2010, 09:26 »
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Re: Re-formating Your PC
« Reply #8 on: Jul 18, 2010, 11:46 »
Yes, CC cleaner works the best for me and its free.

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Re: Re-formating Your PC
« Reply #9 on: Jul 18, 2010, 17:39 »
Forget c cleaner download and run f cleaner cleans a lot more

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Re: Re-formating Your PC
« Reply #10 on: Jul 18, 2010, 19:32 »
Are you trying to confuse me on purpose, lads :lol:

Doesn't take a lot, granted.

Thanks for all the suggestions, much appreciated. At this time tomorrow I should be back on track with a fully functional and fast pc again. My mate is hopeful he can fix it with the thingy I downloaded and if he's this optimistic so am I. Fingers crossed.

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Re: Re-formating Your PC
« Reply #11 on: Jul 18, 2010, 21:24 »
And malwarebytes is better again  :)

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Re: Re-formating Your PC
« Reply #12 on: Jul 18, 2010, 22:27 »
Hey Pat, his computer is running slowly, I doubt if its caused by malaware.  More likely rubbish and wrong, obsolete, Registry entries.

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Re: Re-formating Your PC
« Reply #13 on: Jul 18, 2010, 22:30 »
Try CCleaner - Optimization and Cleaning - Free Download yourself whilst you are waiting.  It's free, safe, nothing to loose, and won't wreck anything.

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Re: Re-formating Your PC
« Reply #14 on: Jul 18, 2010, 23:36 »
I stopped using CC when it deleted the registry entries of my Quickbooks! :cry:

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Re: Re-formating Your PC
« Reply #15 on: Jul 19, 2010, 07:00 »
Hey Pat, his computer is running slowly, I doubt if its caused by malaware.  More likely rubbish and wrong, obsolete, Registry entries.

It's actually a classic symptom of malware Lancelot.

You should run more than one anti-malware product as well, as they tend to catch different infections. I run Malwarebytes, Adaware and Spybot Search & Destroy periodically on my PC. No such problems on my Mac.  :wink:

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Re: Re-formating Your PC
« Reply #16 on: Jul 19, 2010, 19:02 »
"It's actually a classic symptom of malware Lancelot."

Thanks for that, I hadn't hear it said previouisly.


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Re: Re-formatting Your PC
« Reply #17 on: Jul 19, 2010, 19:43 »
Am delighted to say my pc is now back to being fast and good. Turned out I had five different spyware thingies stuck somewhere, which were removed nicely as well as the 1,900+ errors of various kinds that slowed down the machine, too. All now vanished completely and the pc is running very nicely again. I'm going to keep an eye on things on a weekly basis from now on to avoid any similar situations in the future. Thanks for all your help, people, much appreciated, cheers. What I don't understand though is if spyware is a bad thing, which I found out it is, how come the normal, fully up-dated anti-virus program didn't stop them getting in ? Do I really need both an anti-virus set-up as well as an anti-spyware one and a pc-cleaner program ? And is it normal that I lose all my log-in details to everywhere after each scan ?

Must admit am very pleased I didn't need to re-format the lot. From what I understand it would've been quite a job for someone like me :oops:

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Re: Re-formating Your PC
« Reply #18 on: Jul 19, 2010, 20:42 »
Glad it's fixed. Anti-virus software won't necessarily detect spyware/malware, so you need to run both to be sure. Just check for spyware once a week, that'll be enough to keep things zinging.

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Re: Re-formating Your PC
« Reply #19 on: Jul 19, 2010, 21:21 »
Cheers, mate, that's my plan, continued daily scans and a weekly clean-up. Am so happy to have everything working this way again. It's like having a new pc. But like I told you in a PM yesterday, for the un-knowing and technically challenged of us it really is a jungle figuring out how it works. I've never had any training or anything in this, mainly use the pc for my work, for casual dating and for surfing. Anything beside that is pretty much lost on me, I'm afraid. Which just makes the feeling even better when it all works out like this in the end. All thanks to you guys. Am just sorry to have come across thick asking stupid questions but it's the only way I learn with these things.

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Re: Re-formating Your PC
« Reply #20 on: Jul 19, 2010, 22:05 »
If you use the new AVG 9.0..it has a Link Scanner.
When used in conjunction with Google, it can warn you of dodgy websites that may pass you a Drive By nasty!...works well

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Re: Re-formating Your PC
« Reply #21 on: Jul 19, 2010, 22:36 »
neforum, what about Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 which claims that it is all you need?  Any thoughts?

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« Reply #22 on: Jul 19, 2010, 23:20 »
neforum, what about Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 which claims that it is all you need?  Any thoughts?

Never used it, but it could do the job if it covers all threat types.

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