If your system is currently running slow or not to the level you would wish.
Give some of the following steps a chance and you should notice some improvement.
My first recommendation is Windows OneCare
and try the 30 day free trial. It will run for 60 days and protect your
system, or get the 1 year subscription for $19.95 in April.
If your running Norton I would really recommending removing it, these guys have been on the decline for several years now and their program is lacking
as well. It conflicts with alot of programs and will end up causing more troubles then it solves.
Some other programs I would recommend is, Smitrem Trend Micro
these are all scanners that can be utilized in no time at all to remove a broad range of problems.
Optimizing your Internet Explorer can really do you a great service as well. If your using IE, look up the top of your screen and click on
and then Internet Options
Now click on Delete Cookies
and Delete Files
Be sure to select delete all offline content as well on the delete files selection. Now
click on Settings
and View Objects
This is a list of your ActiveX controls and you can delete all of these. Now click over to
and click Clear SSL State
Over to Programs
and Reset Web Settings
Finally go to Advanced
and take the check mark out of Enable Third Party Browser Extensions
You will need to restart your computer for
this to come into effect.
Try doing a Disc Clean Up
as well. To do this click on your Start Menu
and look for All Programs...Accessories..System Tools...Disc
To reset your winsocks, which can sometimes prevent you from being able to browse with Internet Explorer.
Without Service Pack 2
Start...Run.. netsh int ip reset nul
With Service Pack 2
Start..Run.. netsh winsock reset catalog
And Restart your computer.
The best way to utilize these scanners that I have listed above is to run them in safe mode. In order to boot into safe mode you simply need to tap
as your computer is booting up. It takes you to a Windows Advanced Options Screen
and just select One of two options.
This will boot you up without any third party software running in the background, your internet connection is disconnected here as well. So
troubleshooting is very efficient.
Safe Mode With Networking
This is the same as Safe Mode, only if you have a Cable or DSL (Direct) connection, you will beable to connect to the internet in this mode. So the
above listed online virus scans with Safety.Live.com
can be very
Doing your windows updates is extremely
important. Almost daily their are new viruses being put out and these are in response to the recent
windows updates. So if you update regularly you will not be at risk or any new virus out there. The update is available before the virus is
Without updating you leave yourself vulnerable to anything these excuses for humans create.
were probably two of the largest viruses ever, they would continuosly shut your computer down. Only the people who
did not do their updates were infected. The update for these viruses were released about two weeks before the virus.
If you are getting the 60 second shut down command, you probably are not on ATS to read this. But if you ever get it, quickly go to
and Type in shutdown -a
This will stop the shutdown and allow you to troubleshoot it.
and download the tool from Mcafee to remove the Sasser or Blaster.
Ads and Popups
give your credit card number or Sin/Social Security numbers over the internet. Microsoft will never inform you of a problem on your
system and offer a direct link to resolve it. They only inform of the problem.
So this is how you can distinguish between spyware and actual problems.
WinFixer and WinAntivirus are not legitimate programs, so if you have them or have popups for them. You have been ripped off and contact
them immediately to have it removed.
At the moment free support is offered from Microsoft at 1-866-727-2338 and you can recieve free support for any Virus and Spyware problems you maybe
experiencing. I would recommend making use of this as it really can help you out.
Programs like Adaware, Spybot, Spysweeper, Spyware Doctor etc. all work above average. Using them together will work even better, however its still
Feel free to U2U me any questions of anything I have said here. If you have questions how to use any of these programs feel free to ask as well.
[edit on 6-4-2006 by chissler]