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Necessary Startup Programs?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by JenLeuchters, Apr 26, 2004.

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  1. JenLeuchters

    JenLeuchters It's My Birthday! Thread Starter

    Feb 28, 2003
    I need to know what start-up programs are necessary and which ones aren't. My computer has become really slow on startup. PLEASE HELP!!! :mad:
  2. Iceman70


    Apr 26, 2004
    First of all have you run anti-spyware like spybot? More than likely alot of your problems are spyware

    Go to www.spybot.com and download that and then run it and follow directions
  3. rude


    Mar 8, 2004
    Strictly speaking,you don't really have to have anything in startup.I find that it's not that difficult to start programs when I need them and stop them when I'm done with them.
    The only things I allow to start on bootup on my machine are my anti virus and firewall.

    Also go here:http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm
    and check out the service configurations,there are a lot of services that you can disable to help your system run better and faster

    Iceman70 has given you some good advice,a clean system runs faster.

    Also It's the old prevention or cure thing-AVG is used to heal an infection,A FIREWALL is used to prevent infection in the first place.

    The FIRST thing you need to do is ensure that you have installed ALL Microsoft Updates.

    SECOND:This is an ABSOLUTE PRIORITY,get a good firewall,read it's documentation so you know how to set it up and make sure it starts on bootup.

    An excellent FREE firewall,called ZoneAlarm,can be found here:

    THIRD:Another ABSOLUTE PRIORITY is to get a good Antivirus program and AVG is as good as it gets.You can get a free copy here:

    (I use these 2 programs on my machine and have had no virus,trojan,worm or browser hijacking in over a year)

    FOURTH:Before running ANY scan for virus,trojan,worm etc. you should ALWAYS turn off System Restore as copies of everything you are trying to get rid of are in System Restore just waiting for you to put them back where they came from in the first place.

    This will delete all restore points on your machine,but if they are infected you don't want them anyway.

    FIFTH:Another good thing to do before running the scans is to clear out your TIF and other temp files.
    In Internet Options, under the General tab click the Delete temporary internet files, choose to delete all Offline content.
    Also, go to Start - Search - Files or folders - in the "All or part of the file name" box, type: *.tmp and choose Edit - select all - File - delete.
    Do the same for "Cookies"

    Empty the contents of the C:\Windows\temp folder and C:\temp folder, if you have one.
    Empty Recycle bin.

    SIXTH:Now you are ready to scan your system using:

    Spybot Search & Destroy is a free program that does a good job and can be found here:http://www.safer-networking.org/index.php?page=download

    Another thing you can do is an online system scan from here: http://housecall.antivirus.com/housecall/start_corp.asp

    Make sure that you update antivirus,firewall and scanning programs on a regular basis,and particularly,just before performing a system scan.

    Once you have cleaned your system and have it running the way it should,turn System Restore back on and create a fresh,clean restore point.
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