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Making your PC faster!

Is there really any software out there in the market that can make you PC function any faster/better.

The likes of

XP Smoker
Registry Mechanic.........etc

..........or are thay all just a Gimmeck??

Any thoughts?
Be careful on Registry Mechanic.

The backups made as I found to my cost, are specific to Registry Mechanic.

So, uninstall Registry Mechanic, and guess what happens next?

If you want to get your PC running faster , defrag regularly and uninstall crap you don't need. AVG anti-virus, spybot, ad-aware and ccleaner which I can't say enough good things about.

I ran this prog for several years when on Windows 98 and a phone line connection.

It worked very well, updates came regularly and they promptly reply to any probs:

Now with broadband and a new computer , I didn't think it was worth re-installing.

Format your HDD and reinstall using the minimum software required. Clears out the crap and keeps from programs you don't need from running.

Zone Alarm firewall is excellent too.

Edit to add: is CCleaner any good? Need a registry cleaner that works without having to pay out.
Few things you can do (RAM is always good)

start run > msconfig uncheck all in startup (www.sysinfo.org if unsure) will speed up your startup

Check your processes too procexp from http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/utilities/ProcessExplorer.mspx

read through that also gives you a good indication if anything has attached itself to winlogon etc

copy this code into a txt file save as a .bat will clear your internet cache and tmp files

echo --------------------------------------------------
echo This program will clean up your hard drive
echo by removing temporary program and internet files
echo Any files in use will NOT be deleted
echo --------------------------------------------------
del C:\WIndows\Temp\*.* /f /s /q
rmdir C:\windows\Temp\ /s /q
del "%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Temp\*.*" /f /s /q
rmdir "%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Temp\" /s /q
del "%USERPROFILE%\Recent\*.*" /f /s /q
del "%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.*" /f /s /q
del "%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\*.*" /f /s /q
rmdir "%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\" /s /q
del "C:\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\*.*" /f /s /q
rmdir "C:\WINdows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\*.*" /s /q
echo ----------------------------------------
echo Cleaning completed successfully
echo Remember to empty your Recycle Bin and
echo defragment your Hard Drive regularly
echo ----------------------------------------

Also general housekeeping defrag etc
If running windows XP rather than reformat do a systems repair,and the way to do a systems repair is do what you would do to do a reformat when it asks do you want to do a repair ignore it and carry on when it says checking for previous operating systems and then offers to do a systems repair click yes,place windows xp disc into drive what it will do is set windows xp back to default as in no updates and replace all DLL but all drives and software and data will be left alone only the operating system will be repaired and when done all you need to is a windows update will run as good as a fresh install
There are many programs out there that claim to improve system performance. Many actually will but the actual increase is almost negligable most of the time.

Personally I use Crap Cleaner, it will remove a lot of junk when initially used and then I run it about once a week just to keep on top of things. I also run Spybot Search and Destroy along side that, again about once a week.

The best way to gain a performance increase is more often than not an increase in system RAM.
as an alternative to using an application to speed your system up, try blackviper.com which has comprehensive information on the services which run at boot and hog resources and recommendations as to wether or not they can be disabled (and how to do it :D ).
Delete Norton, switch to AVG Free Edition.

Don't buy a system from a mainstream retailer, find an independant and specify that you don't want any "carp" on the damn thing, just an OS and the basics.

Failing that, wipe the hard drive, and start again. You will never get rid of every little peice of Manufacturer-installed software otherwise.

PartTimePongo said:
AVG anti-virus, spybot, ad-aware and ccleaner which I can't say enough good things about.
Yep good advice here. I have been building and tinkering/overclocking PCs for well over 5 years now and I'd recommend killing anything that is a "security" suite like Norton AV. Infact I consider anything made by Symantec to be malware.

I use

Antivirus: Nod32 (AVG is fine)
Defrag: Diskeeper (this will defrag when needed and will do it when I'm not using the PC)
Spyware/malware: Spybot S&D, Adaware, Hijackthis.
ccleaner is very, very good and easy to use. Recommended.

keep your graphics card driver upto date. Don't install loads of crap. :) Use Firefox if not already doing so.

If you are going to do a re-install I'd recommend partitioning the drive so you only run the OS on the C drive and use another partion for programs eg D: and say E: for storage that way if you need to do a windows format in the future you won't need to back up all your data and then load it back on afterwards. Also makes defragging the OS drive quicker.

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