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Old 07-17-2005, 05:25 AM   #1
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hi all,

i've noticed that my laptop gets slower and slower everyday, even though the hard disk is 90% empty and i've got about 512mb RAM. short of reformatting my whole system, is there any way to speed it up? i think it's because of all the installing and uninstalling of programs, screwing up the memory management, but i'm not sure. is there any way to fix this?
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i would backup all files and re-install windows, does your virus scanner work in the background? that might be the problem, or you have spyware working on your pc.
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Old 07-17-2005, 05:54 AM   #3
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how do i check if there's any spyware and remove it?
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Old 07-17-2005, 06:28 AM   #4
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Have you got any spyware software or you can get a beta copy here:

BETA Microsoft antispyware

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en

OR

Spybot search and destroy


http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html

Either of these will detect any and remove it if it needs to, only use one of them.

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Old 07-17-2005, 06:34 AM   #5
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Why should u only use one of them. I'd say download both of them, I have both running and have no problems. And just google "anti-spyware" if u want another anti-spyware program, though IMO Spybot and Microsoft anti-spyware are the best.
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Old 07-17-2005, 06:34 AM   #6
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or Defrag your system
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Old 07-17-2005, 08:30 AM   #7
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Well i suppose that you can have two but its not reccomended, those are the best free ones but you can get paid ones.
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Old 07-17-2005, 08:38 AM   #8
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Everyone is right in their advice. But the tip off is you saying you install and unstall programs. The leads to a cluttered up reg. The system is still looking at those reg entries and has to keep up with them even if the program is gone. Most uninstallers are junk and leave behind a mess in the reg. I would suggest getting a cleaner like crap cleaner. That's its name. But despite that it works and is safe to use. You get it from www.ccleaner.com
When you go to use it turn on all the functions and run it untill it sees nothing. It may take several passes if you have a really junked up drive. Oh yeah if you have any cookie based passwords in the system it will clean them out also. A minor inconveneance.
Now as for the rest get spybot and adaware. Update them BEFORE you run them. Then get on a routine about running all these programs. Makes things run smoother and quicker.
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I think that deamon is a bit harsh, telling me i am wrong, when as u said, were all right.
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I am sorry if I offended u, but as I said: I have never had any problems with having 2 anti-spyware programs at the same time and there are some spyware that one anti-spyware program could miss and the other one find it.
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