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123456
06-24-2011, 03:28 PM
For you Windows users, MBAM is a great malware remover. It is NOT an always-on program like an antivirus program, but it is one of the best free malware scanners and destroyers around. Give it a whirl and update/scan your system regularly.

http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_pro

http://www.glaryutilities.com/

Glary Utilities is a neat free program that removes unnecessary files, (similar to CCleaner) and it also has a built-in startup program list and context menu editor, which means that you can get rid of those "Scan with..." or "Open with...[program name]" menus when you right click a file/folder/drive.

Revo Uninstaller - http://www.revouninstaller.com/

A great uninstall utility that scans the registry and HD after you tell it to uninstall a program to remove any traces of removed software.

The following are tweaks... make sure you have Admin rights.

Windows Vista/7 users - don't like those shortcut arrows on your icons? Remove them!
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/36 ... store.html

Disable system restore if you don't use it. Control Panel - System - Advanced Properties, System Protection tab.
While you're in this properties window, disable remote assistance via "remote" tab.
Also, go to the "Advanced" tab next to System Protection, settings under "performance." Custom, remove whatever you don't care for there. I disable a lot of them, but my favorite to disable is the maximize/minimize animation. Saves a little time.

Disable UAC if it bugs you all the time.
Control Panel - User Accounts - Change User Account Control settings.

Clean out your Users/*name*/AppData/Local/Temp folder regularly. If you get an error deleting a file, then skip that one. Make sure you can view hidden files/folders (Control Panel, Folder Options).

Empty recycle bin regularly.

Keep Windows up-to date. Install all recommended updates. Run virus and malware scanners regularly (once a month or so). Defrag every 6 months, at least 1x a year for each HD.

Disable/tweak your services.msc (windows+r keys, type services.msc and ok): Follow this guide (SAFE guidelines).
http://www.blackviper.com/2010/12/17/bl ... gurations/
If you're on a desktop you can disable Adaptive Brightness if your monitor doesn't have a built-in light sensor.
Disable Fax and Telephony (don't disable telephony if you use dial-up).
If you connect via ethernet only (don't use wireless) disable WLAN auto config.
If you have PC with bluetooth, disable the service if you never use it.

Some registry tweaks:
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/ ... geNumber=1

*For every modern-day OS: If you have money to spend, get an SSD and install your OS on that drive. Use a regular HD for documents, music, photos, etc. Big performance boost.

malcore
06-24-2011, 08:41 PM
I always liked the TweakUI tool for XP.

I missed it when I switched to 7.

Until I found this: http://www.thewindowsclub.com/ultimate-windows-tweaker-v2-a-tweak-ui-for-windows-7-vista

All kinds of tweaks and adjustments of Windows and IE, not all performance related, but some useful nonetheless.

I have to say though, that with 7, running on a quad core i5 with 8 gigs of memory, I haven't really bothered tweaking for speed anymore.

I'm getting old.

Paul Komski
06-25-2011, 12:54 AM
I have to say though, that with 7, running on a quad core i5 with 8 gigs of memory, I haven't really bothered tweaking for speed anymore.
Makes me smile because I wonder at what point overclocking will become a thing of the past.

malcore
06-25-2011, 05:08 AM
Makes me smile because I wonder at what point overclocking will become a thing of the past.

You know better than that Paul. Likely never. Boys and their toys kind of thing. ;)

gerardtonson2
08-06-2011, 07:57 AM
I'm not that good with computers so all that do-it-yourself stuff is too difficult for me, plus Im not that patient. Instead I use Advanced System Optimizer (hxxp://www.howtomakecomputerfaster.net/2010/05/systweak-advanced-system-optimizer-review/), and my computer is running pretty good. But my son tells me some games still dont work, how do I get his games to work? Is their some software, or should I just hire a expoert?

123456
08-06-2011, 10:08 AM
Gerard, advertising shareware is not allowed here.

FrankSG
08-06-2011, 11:03 AM
Gerard, advertising shareware is not allowed here.

Maybe I'm misunderstanding something here, but isn't that what you did when you gave a link to the uninstaller?:confused: The uninstaller, if I'm not mistaken, is not free.

123456
08-06-2011, 11:03 AM
It is free, it has a shareware and a freeware version.

jlreich
08-06-2011, 11:43 AM
Frank, there is also a big difference from a long time trusted member linking to a helpful piece of software and a new member linking simply to promote his/her wares (this is usually the case, though not always).

FrankSG
08-06-2011, 11:55 AM
Frank, there is also a big difference from a long time trusted member linking to a helpful piece of software and a new member linking simply to promote his/her wares (this is usually the case, though not always).
OK--That's a reasonable explanation.