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Windows 7: Performance Anxiety

08 Feb 2011   #11
Victek

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Outburst View Post
this guy has norton antivirus....not sure if its 360 or what but i am sure its norton....will pass the info along to do the speed test and will let u know what happened as soon as i get the info myself.
Norton 360 is OK if it's the latest v4 (in fact v5 may be available now) and up to date, but even so I would run at least MBAM and TDSSkiller for a second opinion.


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08 Feb 2011   #12
gregrocker

 

You can clean reinstall which is actually better than a new computer since most are larded with sponsors' bloatware: re-install windows 7

Until then you can clean up a factory bloatware install using these tips:

Uncheck everything in msconfig>Startup except AV and gadgets/sticky notes if you use them. Google the other listings to find out what they are. The factory utilities have better versions built into Windows 7 so they can all go except for notebook battery and hard drive monitors which can be helpful. The rest are freeloaders on CPU/RAM and Startup that can wait to start until you run them. Startup Programs - Change

Decide which programs you can do without over time, then use Revo Uninstaller in Advanced mode to uninstall them. Revo will first run the Windows uninstaller but when prompted to restart instead click "Next" to delete the bolded hidden Registry Keys and files which Revo cues up. Revo sets a System Restore point in case you delete something which needs to be restored.

Monitor whether bloatware uninstalls have corrupted System files by running SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker. Irreparable system files resulting in Performance problems can sometimes be remedied without reinstall by a Repair Install.

Use a lightweight free AV like MS Security Essentials or Avast 5 with the Windows Firewall to gain back performance from more bloated AV's.

Check optional Windows Updates regularly for driver updates. You can trust Updates given by Windows 7 as they rarely malfunction and keep your Firewall fortified.

Enable automatic hardware driver updating: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...-your-hardware

Monitor Event Viewer>Admin View to google repeat errors to find how others have resolved them. Check also the Performance log on Advanced Tools page accessed by clicking WEI score link at Computer>Properties. Look for cued issues at top of Tools page, Generate a System Health Report.

Type "Solutions" in Start Search box to see solutions to problems sent and not. Windows 7 is interactive so always send Problem Reports.

Clean and order the HD perfectly using free state-of-the-art CCleaner ("Run Cleaner" and Registry tabs) then Auslogics Disk and REgistry defraggers monthly.
http://download.cnet.com/ccleaner/
http://download.cnet.com/Auslogics-D...-10567503.html
http://download.cnet.com/Auslogics-R...-10678033.html

Save a Windows 7 backup image externally which may become preferable to the Recovery Disks and can reimage your HD or a replacement in 20 minutes:
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
System Image Recovery

You can extract any favorite apps like Works from HP Recovery Disks using this method: https://www.sevenforums.com/installat...tml#post488270
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08 Feb 2011   #13
Outburst

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

i have the latest version of norton 360 on my pc and im very impressed with it...atleast for antivirus that isnt free any way. just do a full scan and norton does the rest....if it needs a defrag norton will do it and if not it wont...that simple. but when it comes to removing bloatware and managing start up programs that has to be done manually.

GREGROCKER...thats very good advice....i manage start up programs on my pc's and remove unneccesary programs then degrag in combo with any browser besides IE and i couldnt ask for better performance.
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08 Feb 2011   #14
Victek

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Outburst View Post
i have the latest version of norton 360 on my pc and im very impressed with it...at least for antivirus that isn't free any way. just do a full scan and norton does the rest....if it needs a defrag norton will do it and if not it wont...that simple. but when it comes to removing bloatware and managing start up programs that has to be done manually.
In my recent experience N360 cannot remove the TDSS rootkit, though it may detect it. Dedicated anti-malware such as TDSSkiller, MBAM and Hitman Pro are needed to confirm the system is clean (or clean it).
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08 Feb 2011   #15
Outburst

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

THANKS VICTEK...i was only able to spend a few minutes with his pc and i didnt notice any funny business(usual signs of a virus)....its just slow and he told me he gets messages that he dont have the correct drivers for certain things but he can never download the correct drivers or something to that effect.
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08 Feb 2011   #16
alfred01

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Outburst View Post
THANKS VICTEK...i was only able to spend a few minutes with his pc and i didn't notice any funny business(usual signs of a virus)....its just slow and he told me he gets messages that he dont have the correct drivers for certain things but he can never download the correct drivers or something to that effect.
Hi Outburst. Do you think there is anyway you can get this person to join this Seven Forums group himself. It is very great of you to do all this to help and I don't mean any disrespect to you, but it would be a lot easier to talk to him directly. Either way, you're a good person to do so much to help. Good for you.
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08 Feb 2011   #17
Outburst

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

ALFRED....there is nothing i would like more than have him join but he aint hearing it....ill give u his email address where u can personally invite him if u like. he tells me when somebody sends him a link he dont even open it cuz it takes so long. I just hate to see him not be able to enjoy the web to its fullest potential expecially with a new computer.
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09 Feb 2011   #18
alfred01

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Outburst View Post
ALFRED....there is nothing i would like more than have him join but he aint hearing it....ill give u his email address where u can personally invite him if u like. he tells me when somebody sends him a link he dont even open it cuz it takes so long. I just hate to see him not be able to enjoy the web to its fullest potential expecially with a new computer.
Hi Outburst. I would be more than willing to try to convince your friend to join but the posting of e-mail addresses is not allowed. I have to say again that you should be proud of yourself for going to such lengths to help, but as the old quote goes: "You can lead a horse to water........". Take Care and come visit us if you wish.
David
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09 Feb 2011   #19
Tinkerdog

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

You talk about being a long way away from this person.

You can have them download TeamViewer for FREE from

www.teamviewer.com

then have them start it and follow the onscreen info to tell you their settings so you can also run TeamViewer on your end and then access their PC - remote control and file transfer too!

Then you can go in and check out his settings and run any virus / spyware tools remotely!

All for FREE!!
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09 Feb 2011   #20
Max Peck

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Outburst View Post
a close family member has a new HP desktop computer. He purchased it because his older pc was VEEERRRY slow. [snip] ...
I have friends come to me with the identical kind of problem all the time. I always remove all the crapware, the big A/V solutions, defrag the hard drive and install MSE. Not one of them has ever complained about slow equipment again. If the problem is really serious I just reload Windows from scratch, install all updates and MSE and turn 'em loose. I seldom hear back from them again about it. I build the system up and keep it as simple as possible and it "just works". Takes a little bit of time to do it but, as I said, the next time I hear from them they're crowing about how FAST their machines run.

-Max
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