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May 18, 2007

Down and Dirty System Tune Up (Part 2)

Extra Steps


So now your computer is clean of Malware, and is protected, but still running slow. Well we are not done yet. The first thing you want to do is open up your event viewer and take a look to see if any errors are occurring, these are going to be your best hints at what is causing a problem, possibly a conflict between two pieces of software, or just a program not running correctly. Also, run your disk cleanup tool and clean out your temp files and cache. Run you disk defragmenter to keep all of your data well organized and readily accessible on your hard drive. These tools can be found in you system tools folder (start -> all programs --> accessories --> system tools) and will help increase the life of your computer as well as keep its performance up to par. And if you are still having problems we have one more place we can look before you should think about seeing a professional. Look in our system information (start --> all programs --> accessories --> system tools --> system information) and look under the hardware resources section for any conflicts in hardware. If you locate any conflicts there is a good chance they are causing your problems. Take the necessary steps to correct the problems. (Things like making sure you have the most up to date drivers for all components help a lot)




Other Helpful Links




  • Sysinternals - www.sysinternals.com - provides a variety of free system tools to help you monitor/fix system problems.

  • Google - www.google.com - if you find something and don’t know what it is, Google it, I’m sure you’ll find an answer there.

  • Symantec - http://securityresponse.symantec.com/ - latest virus news including new viruses and there danger levels.



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