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Optimizing your computer.

Postby sunspot » Wed Apr 28, 2010 8:32 am

What are some good, free software programs that help get your computer up to speed?

There's a couple I can think of:

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Re: Optimizing your computer.

Postby Jerrod » Wed Apr 28, 2010 8:57 am

Malwarebytes http://malwarebytes.org/

Crap Cleaner http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

If it takes more than that I am probably rebuilding the machine
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Re: Optimizing your computer.

Postby Jesse B 707 » Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:40 pm

Avast anti virus is pretty cash
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Re: Optimizing your computer.

Postby Dig It » Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:44 pm

Also, don't underestimate the effectiveness of re-installing your OS. As long as you backed up your important data the fresh installing of your OS is the best way to speed up your computer through software for free.
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Re: Optimizing your computer.

Postby BLURR » Wed Apr 28, 2010 2:36 pm

Jesse B 707 wrote:Avast anti virus is pretty cash

Jerrod wrote:Malwarebytes http://malwarebytes.org/


I work in IT and I use these two products religiously. I highly recommend them.
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Re: Optimizing your computer.

Postby Jesse B 707 » Wed Apr 28, 2010 2:38 pm

BLURR wrote:
Jesse B 707 wrote:Avast anti virus is pretty cash

Jerrod wrote:Malwarebytes http://malwarebytes.org/


I work in IT and I use these two products religiously. I highly recommend them.

yeah i use those 2 along with the Crap Cleaner and my rig stays pretty snappy
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Re: Optimizing your computer.

Postby some call me...tim? » Wed Apr 28, 2010 2:46 pm

I like malwarebytes too, but have gotten hit by several trojans lately that go in and delete the mbam.exe file to prevent malwarebytes from opening. I've gotten the workaround random .exe file to use which seems to do the trick, but man, it's a pain in the ass to have to do. The last one I just had to get rid of also did something in my LAN settings to prevent it from updating properly. I hate fuckin' malware, and it seems to be a more common headache for me, even though I don't d/l pirated media and avoid sketchy sites. Almost makes me want to get a Mac! (Probably would try Linux first though....)
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Re: Optimizing your computer.

Postby Parks » Wed Apr 28, 2010 2:47 pm

Reformat, reinstall!

Works best if you restore from a recent, known to be good back-up.

If you can't do that, then purging with UBCD4Win will do you a lot more good than just running an Anti-virus and Malwarebytes.

Remember kiddies, if you have malware/trojans/viruses then you have to assume they have root access, and can hide themselves or disable your stuff that can clean them.

Running a setup like Firefox w/NoScript on Linux will help a lot for browsing, but an uninformed user will always be a weak link.

This is all a little off-topic from optimizing, but most "optimizers" are snake oil or worse anyway.
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Re: Optimizing your computer.

Postby Luke » Wed Apr 28, 2010 5:07 pm

Still nothing like getting rid of that pesky System32 folder.

I'm just kidding, don't do that.
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Re: Optimizing your computer.

Postby Jerrod » Wed Apr 28, 2010 5:13 pm

some call me...tim? wrote: Almost makes me want to get a Mac! (Probably would try Linux first though....)


Definitely try Ubuntu Linux before you fuck with Mac. I use Ubuntu on my work laptop and the only reason I don't use it at home is because I do too much gaming.

I am also an Avast user, though believe it or not I have heard good things about M$ security tools and might give that a try.
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Re: Optimizing your computer.

Postby Parks » Wed Apr 28, 2010 6:32 pm

Ubuntu is supposedly the easy to use Linux, and it was still kind of nasty for me install.

Took me a while to get my video card even working, and then took even longer to get it working well and to get dual monitors rocking.

After the initial mess, it is pretty sweet though.

Of course, I play games fairly often so I'm usually in Windows.
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Re: Optimizing your computer.

Postby jubuttib » Thu Apr 29, 2010 7:19 am

Parks wrote:Ubuntu is supposedly the easy to use Linux, and it was still kind of nasty for me install.

Took me a while to get my video card even working, and then took even longer to get it working well and to get dual monitors rocking.

After the initial mess, it is pretty sweet though.

Of course, I play games fairly often so I'm usually in Windows.

Huh, really? I've installed it on lots of computers and I've never had problems, everything has always worked right out of the box. Well, there are too many part combinations around the world to take everything into consideration, there are always bound to be some problems.
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Re: Optimizing your computer.

Postby Jerrod » Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:47 am

My experience falls closer to jubuttib's but I have had a couple small hardware issues. Though it was more uncommon hardware. What video card were you using Parks? I assume this was primarily a driver issue?
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Re: Optimizing your computer.

Postby Frank Delicious » Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:15 am

Ubuntu is nice but Win7 is so so tasty that I uninstalled Ubuntu on my machine and put Win7 on there.

At home I run Superantispyware/Spybot/CCleaner

At work we have the server side edition of AVG so I don't really have to worry about running my own thing.
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Re: Optimizing your computer.

Postby Parks » Thu Apr 29, 2010 3:55 pm

Jerrod wrote:My experience falls closer to jubuttib's but I have had a couple small hardware issues. Though it was more uncommon hardware. What video card were you using Parks? I assume this was primarily a driver issue?


Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT, so not exactly a rare card with impossible to find drivers :D

Part of it stemmed from the proprietary drivers, although I remember there was more to it than just that.
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