Clearing rubbish from computer, internet explorer, anti virus etc...help!....

Hello,

Please can I have some advice. I have a notebook that should be quite good but I think it is full of rubbish (and maybe a virus or 2!)

What programs shall I download to get her running a bit better?

I could do with a decent free anti virus and something to compress/delete the clutter. Maybe malware/trojan stuff aswell?

Is internet explorer 9 OK? I think it is 7 ATM.

I'm not too fussy and clearly don't know a lot so any help would be great!

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run malwarebytes for spyware etc.

use Firefox or google chrome as a browser

Get CCleaner too

Banned

cilit bang... oO

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So far then I think I'll go for Microsoft Security Essentials, Google chrome, Malwarebytes, CCleaner and....cilit bang!

Thanks for the advice guys - keep it coming

Defrag the machine. You can download defraggler or just use the Windows Defragmentation tool - be warned, this can take many hours depending on how much cack is on the hdd

go to run bar and type format c:/

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wickedteen

go to run bar and type format c:/




What does this do? Is it safe?

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DragonChris

Defrag the machine. You can download defraggler or just use the Windows … Defrag the machine. You can download defraggler or just use the Windows Defragmentation tool - be warned, this can take many hours depending on how much cack is on the hdd




Does this actually do much in order or speed/memory?

yes its safe it will wipe all the rubbish of your pc

pokerpad

What does this do? Is it safe?



Lol I wouldn't advise it.

And defragging the machine is worthwhile, it can speed up the machine (not guaranteed, but I recommend that you do a defrag)

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DragonChris

Lol I wouldn't advise it. And defragging the machine is worthwhile, it … Lol I wouldn't advise it. And defragging the machine is worthwhile, it can speed up the machine (not guaranteed, but I recommend that you do a defrag)




Is the defrag in the control panel?

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Also, I quite often get an annoying thing come up when on the internet. It starts scanning 'my drives' and is hard to shut.

Should the Avast 6/Malware stop this?

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Boogie83e

Backup/Image the OS/Boot Drive first!!! To external source/network … Backup/Image the OS/Boot Drive first!!! To external source/network etc.



oO

Boogie83e

Backup/Image the OS/Boot drive first!!! To external source/network … Backup/Image the OS/Boot drive first!!! To external source/network etc.



Don't confuse the OP

Disk defrag is found under Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter *

As for the bootup scan, that could be some existing antivirus set to scan on bootup, or a virus. Either way, be sure to uninstall the antivirus before installing Avast/MSE.

MalwareBytes is an anti malware program that has to be told to run, I can't remember if it gives real-time protection, but is a tool to use to remove malware, so install it, let it update then do a full scan (again will take time - fixing a computer is a time sink).

* Just realised this might not be the case in Windows 7... just search 'defrag' in the search bar on the start menu and it should come up. If you still don't find it, I'll look at my computer when I get home to find it unless someone else can remember where in W7 it's found.

Edited by: "DragonChris" 6th Apr 2011

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Thanks!

once ya have the av and malware rograms installed, do a full scan in safe mode. press f8 on start up.

DragonChris

Don't confuse the OP :pDisk defrag is found under Start Programs … Don't confuse the OP :pDisk defrag is found under Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter *As for the bootup scan, that could be some existing antivirus set to scan on bootup, or a virus. Either way, be sure to uninstall the antivirus before installing Avast/MSE.MalwareBytes is an anti malware program that has to be told to run, I can't remember if it gives real-time protection, but is a tool to use to remove malware, so install it, let it update then do a full scan (again will take time - fixing a computer is a time sink).* Just realised this might not be the case in Windows 7... just search 'defrag' in the search bar on the start menu and it should come up. If you still don't find it, I'll look at my computer when I get home to find it unless someone else can remember where in W7 it's found.



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Edited by: "Discente" 6th Apr 2011

What operating system are you running?

I dont believe IE9 will run on Windows XP

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7 start up I think

Take a look at the guide here, it will tell you the steps you need to clean up and get a machine running smoothly again: blog.techmonkeys.co.uk/win…ow/

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Thanks

for disk defragment in windows 7 - start > control panel then in search bar type in "Disk Defragment"

Banned

Disk Defragmenter runs on a schedule anyway in win7

Run comodo system cleaner - its damn good

system-cleaner.comodo.com/

and stop using IE - its crap

install firefox 4.0
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