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Windows 7: Windows 7 and PC slowdown needs maintanance

31 Jul 2018   #1

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
Windows 7 and PC slowdown needs maintanance

Not sure if this is the right spot for this.

System-- Hardware and Software has been slow showing a lot of long throbber
indicated loads.

Spybot Search and Destroy is finding a lot of add stuff like Ad dot Fraud dot Win32.Fraud dot

Are these just cookies or how can I find them all?

I've considered just doing a reinstall to clean house.

After Spybot scan which is going slowly as well I'll run Malwarebytes free version.

On other days I tried restores and such but not solving the slowdown.

The motherboard is purchased new but not real recent AM3+ MSI. Processor is a used Phenom II x4.
Memory should be adequate and I ran MS memtest on that.

Any other tips aside from reinstalling to a freshly low levelled drive?

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01 Aug 2018   #2

Windows 7 HP 64

You have Win 7 ultimate 64 installed with only 2G of memory.
With 4G of memory or less you should install Win 7 32.
Only use Win 7 64 with more than 4G of memory.

- Run disk cleanup (%windir%\system32\cleanmgr.exe)
- Clean it up using CCleaner -

On options - Monitoring - unmark everything.
Analyze - Run cleaner

Windows collect a lot of trash over the years so I do a fresh install every two years. There is always a performance gain.
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01 Aug 2018   #3

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

Thanks for answering. I've made some progress.

As you said, Ran Disk Cleanup in System tools
Ran Defrag from System tools
Ran Malwarebytes but more on that below.
Ran Hijack this and deleted all the file not found items
Ran Spybot Search and Destroy.

These are the usual things I think of right away.

However I did find a new suite of recommended tools here:

Remove the WhiteClick or the White Click Toolbar

That link has more than just White Click and contains their guide of current cleaner tools. It contains technique have not used in Malwarebytes previously.

I see some improvement with just the tools mentioned above.

Will report back on my progress.
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01 Aug 2018   #4

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN

Agree with Megahertz07 regarding RAM.
More thorough disk cleanup, Disk Cleanup : Extended
Your MoBo supports 16gb unbuffered ram. More ram 4gb minimum will definitely improve performance.
You can use Crucial tool to determine installed ram and compatible ram. You don't have to use Crucial products, however, it will provide you with the appropriate RAM specs for your machine.
Crucial System Scanner
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02 Aug 2018   #5
Vineet Garg

Windows 7 Ultimate x32 With Sp1 + Vista Ultimate x32 with Sp1 & Sp2 !!

Hi All,
1. Very well said by Sir Megahertz & Snick. I really appreciate it. (Thanks, it helped me learn new tricks)
2. It would always be good to make a system image and keep it safely before going for any troubleshooting steps.
3. Don't go for registry cleaners, editors & so called system/performance optimizers. They are more of a disaster than help! I think one should also not go for windows components trimmers or use them very carefully. You should have system image to back.
4. We hope to come with more troubleshooting steps soon!

Thanks & Regards. ...
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02 Aug 2018   #6

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

The disk cleanup extended is interesting, but this warning appeared in related links:

FYI: Extended Disc Cleanup has started killing recent Windows Updates - Windows 7 Help Forums

For now rather than making batch files and whatnot which I've forgotten long ago I'll just
continue with the guide mentioned above. It won't be immediate but I'll report back.
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02 Aug 2018   #7

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN

Read loninappleton's link posted. I have not run into any issues with Disk Cleanup or the Extended version. Thanks for the heads up regarding the issue.
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02 Aug 2018   #8

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

No chance to work on it today but the few steps I started with made improvements.

Just to add something for (I think it was Hitman Pro) which was recommended by

Bleeping computer (BC is a trusted source for me with no association with them.) I seem
to recall in HitmanPro that since it displays the problem areas you as the user can go in and fix
before such thing as a purchase. I will try to clarify that.

Major Geeks, another trusted source, has a guide that also steers the user off of
such things as Cleaners. They can be used to scan only but this is not expert advice.
The problem with activating cleaners is that they may identify newer upgrades as
not belonging in the program.

I've gotten a lot of help from Seven and Ten forums. Will keep the discussion going as I progress or fail.
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03 Aug 2018   #9

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

I'm making notes as I go based on past experience.
The Bleeping guide is for a a specific malware. I am using it to find out what new program
technique and software is available since the last need to do a cleaning of a working PC.

This is a note about Bleeping saying early on to use Windows Uninstall program.
I've used RevoUninstaller since I've known about it. it is free and has many features for this task.
It is already in my toolkit so I'm adding the info here.

Download Revo Uninstaller Freeware - Free and Full Download - Uninstall software, remove programs, solve uninstall problems

With Revo or any other uninstaller routine, if you see things that aren't familiar in the
file list look at them very carefully but they are for likely deletion in the Revo routine as well.
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03 Aug 2018   #10

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

Reading through I'm on the instructions for Malwarebytes and looking for Rootkits.

TDS Killer is another program I've found which runs quickly and checks for things:

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