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" I'm going to help you figure out how to speed up your computer and solve those slow computer problems once and for all. Computers are wonderful devices that allow us to do many things but things can get rough once the garbage that comes in through our internet connection begins to stop up our system. I have put together a step-by-step PC maintenance procedure for cleaning all of this out. Follow the steps below and you will see a noticeable improvement in your PC performance. If you're looking to really speed up your PC -- like make your computer twice as fast -- check out Computer Secrets Unleashed. Remember if you run Windows XP, keep the registry clean. Enjoy! 1. Download Microsoft's Anti-Spyware program, Adaware, and Spybot Search and Destroy. Microsoft's program can be downloaded at Microsoft Windows Defender. Adaware can be downloaded at Lavasoft Downloads. Spybot can be downloaded at The Home of Spybot-S&D. All of these programs are free. 2. Install Microsoft's anti-spyware program now, but not the other two. 3. Run MSconfig. To do this, select Start>Run and type msconfig into the space. Select the Startup tab and get rid of all unnecessary programs. The way to determine this is to go to ProcessLibrary.com and check it against their database. 4. Boot into Safe Mode. To do this, restart the computer and press F8 continuously. Select the Safe Mode option from the list and continue to desktop. 5. Delete any spyware programs from your add/remove. To do this, select Start>Control Panel>Add or Remove Programs. Check all unknown programs against SpywareGuide.com. 6. Locate the temp folder in your computer and delete everything in the folder. This is located, usually, in C:\Documents and Settings\Username\local settings. 7. Still in Safe Mode, install Adaware and Spybot. Run Adaware, Microsoft's antispyware and Spybot. Update to the most recent definitions in each program and run them in full scan mode. Microsoft's program cannot be installed in Safe Mode. You have already installed it. 8. Reboot into standard Windows mode. 9. Download HijackThis. You can get this program here Merijn.org. Install and run it. Click Do A System Scan and Save A Logfile. HijackThis will analyze processes that are running on your computer and alert you when there are things running that should not be there. It will also let you know when there are programs running that are not malicious but can safely be gotten rid of because they are not needed. 10. Post the logfile in the Automated Log Analyzer at HijackThis. 11. After determining what's safe and isn't, check appropriate boxes and click Fix Checked. 12. Run the Microsoft Anti-Malicious program, which you can download at the Microsoft Download Center. This program is designed by Microsoft to detect and remove programs whose sole purpose is harming your computer. The technical term for this type of program is a rootkit. 13. Download and run BLBeta Expert. This can be downloaded at F-Secure Blacklight. Make sure to carefully review anything it detects before removing. BlBeta is another program that is designed to get rid of rootkits. 14. For Internet Explorer, click Tools> Internet Options> Security Tab. Click on the Internet Globe icon and select Custom Level. Disable the following:
Initialize And Script ActiveX Controls Not Marked As Safe. If this causes trouble viewing any favorite sites. and set its Value Data to 1. click the Trusted Sites icon of the Security Tab and use the Sites button to add the URL's of sites that are exempt from these requirements. Click AlwaysUnloadDLL. (This Registry location is referred to as HKEY_CURRENT_USER\CONTROL\PANEL\DESKTOP\MENUSHOWDELAY. 17. type privacy. and expand CurrentVersion. and then click the Desktop folder icon to display its contents. In the right pane. Windows tries to keep . change the Value Data field from 0 to 1. Change the Value Data to 0 for the least delay. For Firefox. and then click OK. Double-click this new entry. expand New. or 4/10 of a second. type 2. Expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER. click the plus symbol next to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER folder. double-click MenuShowDelay to change its value. Download Unsigned ActiveX Controls. making your computer faster. and change the value to 1. expand Microsoft. Dating Blogs. Right click in the window and click New and Integer.a. d. Right-click Filesystem. and DWORD Value. Open HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVE RSION\EXPLORER. In the first box. and name the new key AlwaysUnloadDLL. expand SOFTWARE.popups. 18. expand Control Panel. Open Regedit by clicking Start>Run and type in regedit. 16. Once Regedit is open. There is a caveat for some users here. This will make menus appear instantly on your computer instead of having a delay. and click Desktop. This disables the constant updating of the dates when a file or folder were last updated. b. Do not make this change if you are not running at least a Pentium processor and 16 MB of physical memory. 15. type about:config in the address bar. Rename NewValue#1 on the right-side pane to DisableNTFSLast-AccessUpdate. 21. 20. Scripting Of Java Applets. c. Create a new DWORD Value called DesktopProcess. Expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE. the plus symbol next to Control Panel. This will speed up the system. Right-click Explorer. expand Windows. Open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\CONTROL\FIL ESYSTEM. Double-click the AutoEndTasks string and change the value to 1.) The default Value Data is 400. The purpose of these changes is to tighten the security of your system so that not so many malicious programs make it to your system. and click OK. This will prevent Flash popups in Firefox.disable_from_plugins. double-click the Default string. In the second box. Also click High Safety under Java Permissions. This causes all of the components of the explorer to run in one process. select New. click Key. 19. Active Scripting.
and click Control. It's important to keep your Windows registry clean. Double-click the HungAppTimeout string and change the value to 1000. 27. Expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE. Expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER. . expand Control Panel. This alone will prevent your computer from running slow. Select properties. Crud is constantly building up in your computer. Double-click the WaitToKillServiceTimeout string and change the value to 2000. It also will optimize the amount of time a system takes to close a program when you try to end Windows. Change the value to 100. Expand the IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers entry. Click Ok. Now. reboot. This optimizes the time that it will take for Windows Services to close when the system is set to shut down. click Desktop. This sets your system up to more efficiently handle application hangups. expand CurrentControlSet. you can speed up your PC dramatically. and recheck the setting to make sure it sticks. If a user has low memory. To ensure DMA is in use. To do this. and click Desktop. When this is enabled. This will cause Desktop menus to appear almost instantly. and double-click the MenuShowDelay string in the right-hand pane.some DLL's in memory when the program uses them. Expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER. expand Control Panel. Move the slider down to the desired amount and click Ok. double-click the WaitToKillAppTimeout. the Recycle bin takes up too much of your space. 23. so make sure and set up a maintenance plan to keep your computer clean. 22. Set Recycle Bin to 1-3 percent of the hard drive space. 24. By default. Remember that this is not a "do once and forget it" procedure. this can cause performance issues. string and change the value to 2000. right click on the Recycle Bin. click Properties. it will allow information from your CD/DVD to go straight to memory. 26. You should notice markedly increased speeds in your computer. Close regedit. bypassing the system processor and speeding up the system. If you can get your windows registry cleaner. and click Device Manager. double-click the entry for the channel where your hard drive is installed (most likely the Primary IDE Channel). and that takes regular computer maintenance. right-click My Computer. click Start. 25. and use the Transfer Mode dropdown menu to select DMA If Available if PIO Only mode is selected. expand System. select the Hardware tab.
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