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What Should I Do To Make My Computer Run At Its Best?

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by bizwiz2, Sep 21, 2004.

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  1. bizwiz2

    bizwiz2 Thread Starter

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    My computer sometimes runs very slow and sometimes does strange things. For example, in one of my browsers (Opera) sometimes if I click on a link or a tab to show a different page, my email program (Outlook Express) comes to the fore. Sometimes the browser (Opera or Explorer) just freezes and doesn't respond. Sometimes it will tell me it has encountered a problem, needs to shut down, and then does. When shutting down or booting up I get a message that run32dll failed to initialize.

    When shutting down, a lot of programs don't just close. I get a box with an end now button and a warning that if I end now, I may lose unsaved data. Above that is a meter showing progress of shutting that program.

    Where do I begin? I know there are a lot of programs like System Mechanic, Norton System Works, AVG, The Cleaner, Spysweep, etc. Would any of these be of help? Which ones? Is there anything better?

    I have a pc with Windows XP Home, 256 RAM, 1.6gh

    Thanks
     
  2. Abdhul

    Abdhul

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    Well, I always like to reinstall the os if things start getting really screwed up.

    recommended tools:
    HijackThis
    msconfig
    Spybot SAD
    NOD32 (antivirus that is way better than Norton)

    Let us know if you need help using these.
     
  3. LDTate

    LDTate Malware Specialist

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    Hello bizwiz2

    This is what I suggest you do first.

    Make sure you have the up-to-date versions of Spybot, Ad-Aware SE 1.04 and HijackThis. All are free and available below.

    Download Spybot, install and update. Then download Ad-aware, install, and update.

    Spybot:
    Go to Start > Programs >Spybot > Search & Destroy and choose Spybot S&D

    Close ALL windows except Spybot S&D
    Click the button to "Search for Updates" and download and install the Updates.
    Next click the button "Check for Problems"
    When Spybot is complete, it will be showing "RED" (RED) entries "BLACK" entries and "GREEN" (GREEN) entries in the window
    Put a check mark beside the RED (RED) entries ONLY.
    Choose "Fix Selected Problems" and allow Spybot to fix the RED (RED) entries.

    Ad-Aware FULL SCAN:

    Install the program and launch it.

    First in the main window look in the bottom right corner and click on Check for updates now then click Connect and download the latest reference files.

    From main window :Click Start then under Select a scan Mode tick Perform full system scan.

    Next deselect Search for negligible risk entries.

    Now to scan just click the Next button.

    When the scan is finished mark everything for removal and get rid of it.(Right-click the window and choose select all from the drop down menu and click Next)


    Before restart, Empty Recycle Bin.

    Restart your computer.

    Download HijackThis link in my signature below.
    Save it to a permanent folder (I create a new folder in C:\ named HJT). Open and hit scan, then save log. Once it is saved it will open in notepad. Select all from the edit button, copy and paste the results here. Don't fix anything with it yet! Someone experienced with the logs will advise you.
     
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