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Re: [In Progress] Extremely slow!!!
« Reply #150 on: February 26, 2009, 09:48:56 pm »
Yeah, I don't really have anything on the pc. I pretty much just use it for internet. I did my taxes on it this year, but I printed a copy of them.

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Re: [In Progress] Extremely slow!!!
« Reply #151 on: February 26, 2009, 09:59:00 pm »
OK, stick that recovery CD in and reboot the computer. It should ask you what you want to do, just re image the harddrive. That will restore everything back to the way it was when you purchased it. It should only take a half hour or hour. Then you need to reboot and it will go thru the entire system setup that you did when you first got the computer. Once you get that far test out the sounds and everything else that didn't work. See if the services are all started. Let me know how it goes.

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Re: [In Progress] Extremely slow!!!
« Reply #152 on: February 26, 2009, 10:00:22 pm »
By the way the re image will erase everything that now exists on the harddrive.

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Re: [In Progress] Extremely slow!!!
« Reply #153 on: February 26, 2009, 10:01:34 pm »
Okay. I'll do it now and get back at yo tomorrow with the results.

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Re: [In Progress] Extremely slow!!!
« Reply #154 on: February 26, 2009, 10:03:13 pm »
I hope this works, but I have a feeling you have a hardware problem. Talk to  ya tomorrow.

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Re: [In Progress] Extremely slow!!!
« Reply #155 on: February 27, 2009, 08:33:39 am »
That did it. Everything works and its as fast as the day I bought it!!! I've already went to windows update and updated and installed Firefox. I would like to get ride of all the freeware that came with the pc safely un get all the Anti virus & Spyware/Malware programs I had again but wanted to wait to speak with you first.

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Re: [In Progress] Extremely slow!!!
« Reply #156 on: February 27, 2009, 09:30:30 am »
    I wish I knew what to say. Even more I wish I knew what was wrong.

    As for getting rid of the software and other stuff, go right ahead. I would make sure that you have the current version of your Antivirus software and the last signature file for it, then disconnect from the internet and the do the uninstall of what you want to get rid of, and then install the AV scanner and update before reconnecting to the internet.

    About the AV scanner on the computer that you are getting rid of, I would go to the website of that scanner and do a search for removal tool, and get rid of it entirely. McAfee, Norton and TrendMicro all have one. Not sure about the rest. 

    Other than that, I am going to give you my "You are clean, but there is more you can do" speech. It will give you an idea of what you should have installed to maintain your machine.

    The only other advice I have is that once you have all of your programs installed and updated (don't move any data to it yet) is to create a backup copy of your entire harddrive. Then if this happens again you can restore the HD the way you want it. I know Nero does it. I am sure most other CD / DVD recording software will also have some method of doing it.


    Now  there are something's you need to do to fully clean your system and keep it secure.

Cleaning out Temporary Files etc. There are several different products that you can use for this. You can go thru the Internet Options in the windows Control Panel. There are several programs that also do the job better than windows does it, in my opinion. There is System Security Suite, EasyCleaner, Ccleaner. Also sometimes other program sometimes do it as well as what you originally got it for like ZoneAlarm Security Suite. Just make sure to keep them updated and use them regularly.

Create a System Restore Point
Go to all programs, then to accessories, then to system tools, then to system restore. Check the box for create restore point (not select a restore point), then click next and follow the instructions.

Make your Internet Explorer more secure - This can be done by following these simple instructions: (unless you are using ZoneAlarm Security Suite or something similar, then you would secure the browser thru the firewall).

From within Internet Explorer click on the Tools menu and then click on Options.
Click once on the Security tab
        Click once on the Internet icon so it becomes highlighted.
        Click once on the Custom Level button.
                Change the Download signed ActiveX controls to Prompt
                Change the Download unsigned ActiveX controls to Disable
               Change the Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe to Disable
               Change the Installation of desktop items to Prompt
               Change the Launching programs and files in an IFRAME to Prompt
               Change the Navigate sub-frames across different domains to Prompt
               When all these settings have been made, click on the OK button.
               If it prompts you as to whether or not you want to save the settings, press the Yes button.
        Next press the Apply button and then the OK to exit the Internet Properties page.
Also see the following:  Securing Your Web Browser
Working with Internet Explorer 6 Security

Use a different browser other than  IE (most exploits are pointed towards IE). One of them is
Firefox.
It is also worth trying Thunderbird for controlling spam in your e-mail.


Always use an UPDATED anti-virus program Make sure you update this at least weekly, if not more often. This is one thing that may Ave you more than anything else.

Run malware scanners. Three free ones are Spybot Search and Destroy, and AdAware and Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware


 Always use a firewall.
Any firewall is better than none, and you should pick a firewall that you will use, as even the best firewall is worthless if you turn it off.
 
Learn how to use your firewall Only programs that need it should have access to the net. But these are specific to the firewall you use, so you will need to learn how. Several firewalls have support forums here. My page will help you with ZoneAlarm if that is what you choose. 


Never run two Antivirus programs or two Firewalls  at the same time. They can interfere with each other and cause problems. Some people swear that more protection is provided, but the reverse is true. They tend to argue amongst themselves and end up leaving holes. Now I have more than 1 AV installed on my computer, and I keep them up to date. I only run one at a time, but each program has weakness's, so I keep a backup in case my computer starts acting up.


 MOST IMPORTANT : Windows and IE, and whatever other software that you have that connects to the net, needs to be kept updated. The reason is, these programs connect to the net, and if there is an internal security problem, you have already told your firewall to allow the communication, and thus you will have allowed a hole. UPDATES are important. I suggest that you make sure that Windows Updates and the updates for your antivirus and antimalware programs are set for automatic updates.

Don't ever use P2P or filesharing software Even the safest P2P file sharing programs that do not contain bundled spyware, still expose you to risks because of the very nature of the P2P file sharing process. By default, most P2P file sharing programs are configured to automatically launch at startup. They are also configured to allow other P2P users on the same network open access to a shared directory on your computer. The reason for this is simple. File sharing relies on its members giving and gaining unfettered access to computers across the P2P network. However, this practice can make you vulnerable to data and identity theft. Even if you change those risky default settings to a safer configuration, the act of downloading files from an anonymous source greatly increases your exposure to infection. That is because the files you are downloading may actually contain a disguised threat. Many very malicious worms and trojans, such as the Storm Worm, target and spread across P2P files sharing networks because of their known vulnerabilities.

Before using any malware detection / removal software Check with Rogue/Suspect Spyware List and Rogue Applications List That way you will know if the program you are looking at is on the up and up. If you want to know how it stacks up against other programs check out SpywareWarrior

We have a good guide here at Spyware Hammer on how to prevent Malware in the Future. You might want to peruse this and follow the recommendations in there.
PLEASE READ IT AND FOLLOW THE RECOMMENDATIONS TO PROTECT YOURSELF.

Let us know if you have any more problems, either new or old.
Have a good time surfing the net, but stay safe.
If you have no more problems, let me know and I will mark this as resolved. Or if you have more questions, ask away, that is why I am here.



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Re: [In Progress] Extremely slow!!!
« Reply #157 on: February 27, 2009, 09:37:07 am »
Thanks Hoov. Just to be sure, I CAN install and run Ccleaner, Spybot, AVG, MBAM & Adware? The post before from PA said something about turning off the Teatimer. Should I do this?

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Re: [In Progress] Extremely slow!!!
« Reply #158 on: February 27, 2009, 09:46:52 am »
TeaTimer is a strange critter. If you are not having problems, then it is a nice tool. But sometimes when you are having problems it brings them back. So go ahead and run it, just if something seems strange, in a bad way, turn off Teatimer and then fix the problem and see if it comes back. If Teatimer is bringing it back, then you need to clear out Teatimer.

To reset TeaTimer so that it does not remember any previous entries:

   1. Edit the entries that TeaTimer uses to automatically "Allow" or "Deny" changes that were based on the use of "Remember this decision" as follows:

          * Right click on the TeaTimer system tray icon and select Settings. This will bring up TeaTimer's "White & Black List". There are four (4) Buttons across the top of the "White & Black List":
                o Allowed processes
                o Blocked processes
                o Allowed registry changes
                o Blocked registry changes

                  Note: If you don't see all four buttons, try expanding the window to the right.

          * The entries that you should review are in "Allowed registry changes" and "Blocked registry changes". You can delete entries by clicking on the scripted black "X" to the right of the entry that you want to delete and then clicking the "OK" button when you're done. This will in effect make TeaTimer forget what you told it to remember so that during future changes to these items TeaTimer will issue a pop-up dialog rather then just a notification pop-up.

   2. Reset TeaTimers snapshot files:

          * TeaTimer takes snapshots of Registry entries and compares these with the Registry at startup. Until these snapshots are updated you are likely to get pop-ups (at startup) of changes you made in the past. In other words, TeaTimer attempts to return the Registry to the state it was in when the snapshot was taken. This happens primarily when you reboot the system. To refresh TeaTimer's snapshot files:
                o Right click Spybot's TeaTimer System Tray Icon > click Exit Spybot-S&D Resident.
                      + TeaTimer closes.
                      + TeaTimer's snapshot files are refreshed at this time.
                o Restart TeaTimer:
                      + Using Windows Explorer, navigate to C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy.
                      + Double click TeaTimer.exe to start it.
Other than that, Go ahead and install them all. I have them, and I keep them updated. But I only let one run at a time. Right now its AVG, because its part of the paid for version of AVG that I have,( so its malware and AV scanner). But I still fire one of the others up on occasion and run it. Ccleaner basically cleans up the internet and other temporary file, infected or not, so you can run it whenever. AdAware now has a service that runs, so if you are using the AVG paid for version, I wouldn't let AdAware run at the same time. Other than that it's a case of find a combination that works for you.

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Re: [In Progress] Extremely slow!!!
« Reply #159 on: February 27, 2009, 11:44:31 am »
Hoov, I'm having trouble uninstalling the AOL software that was installed on the reimage. I tried Add/Remove programs, but after clicking Remove it pops up and says there are none installed in the pc, but there are short cuts, and links in the start menu for it not to mention it's listed on Add/Remove ??? Any help?

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Re: [In Progress] Extremely slow!!!
« Reply #160 on: February 27, 2009, 12:03:10 pm »
Chances are it is a shortcut to an installer. If you delete the installer and the shortcut it will be gone.  You may want to look at this

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