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Minnie



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2006 2:20 pm    Post subject: Startup Reply with quote

How many things should be on the start up?
I have loads but don't know which to get shut of......
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2006 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depends what they are Minnie, can you do a list or a screenshot?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2006 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

there's a lot int there?.......Embarassed






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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2006 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blimey, there are a few there Minnie, mine fit all on one screen Surprised
Laptops are always worse than desktops though, they have drivers for all their daft media buttons and things Smile
I'd start by going through add remove programs and looking for things you don't need, for example that dreadful Yahoo toolbar Laughing
A lot of them are your Mcafee security suite so there's nowt you can do about those unless you ditch it all and use something else. It looks like you've already disable Google desktop search, if you don't use it you might as well uninstal it. There's a lot of Dell stuff there as well, any idea what that's for?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2006 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have no idea arrow thats why i have not touched them
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2006 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do Dell's still come preinstalled with software that is designed to help new PC users, I think it works for free for a bit and then you have to register and/or pay for it? If they do it might be that.
If you do some of the other things I suggested it will cut them down a bit.
Is it running slow? I read an article last week about speeding up XP, it was very good, I'll try and find it.

That's a lot of questions Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2006 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Windows XP Optimisation Guide,
http://mywebpages.comcast.net/SupportCD/OptimizeXP.html
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2006 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've turned off a couple of dell things already, I'll have to see if I can find what they all are and if they are needed........thanks for the link
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2006 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also.. get these programs, they are free...

http://adware-homepage.com/
and...
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html

If you already have them... for gods sake.... RUN them!

From looking at your screen shots you have a LOT of spyware and adware, these are little process that run in the background that will report yur internaet habits.. the kind of places you visit, and from that target advertising to you, either by a popup window, or by email.

For instance... if you visit a few sites that sell 'fish'.. you will be hit by popups or email from places offering you cheep fish!

Running the above programs will kill most spyware and adware on your comp. They will both live together, but install AdAware first, then Spybot.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2006 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Minnie, download and install spybot search and destroy from here:
http://pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,22262-order,1-page,1-c,antispywaretools/description.html#

Run it in normal mode and let it delete all it finds.
Then go to the mode button at the top and change to advanced.
You will then see some menu's at the bottom left click "tools" then "system startup".
This will show all the items that start with windows.
Leave the system ini files alone but you can dissable other startup items from there.
Please read the more info where you see the light switch icon.


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Minnie



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2006 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK woobarb I'll do that...thanks
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2006 5:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roobarb and Custard wrote:
Minnie, download and install spybot search and destroy from here:
http://pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,22262-order,1-page,1-c,antispywaretools/description.html#

Run it in normal mode and let it delete all it finds.
Then go to the mode button at the top and change to advanced.
You will then see some menu's at the bottom left click "tools" then "system startup".
This will show all the items that start with windows.
Leave the system ini files alone but you can dissable other startup items from there.
Please read the more info where you see the light switch icon.



I have learned something there as well... thanks Rhubarb...

oh... and you to Custard. Very Happy
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