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  1. #1
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    I know there are lots of you power users here, so..
    Any hints or pitfalls to avoid?? My computer seems a little slow now and then and was thinking of formating to clean up the registry...yes, no.. maybe?
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    Don't format

    Use spyware or adware to cleanup the registry.

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    Before you go reformating, do a disk clean up and defrag of the hard drive, do a spyware check to see if there is something out there hiding, PCWORLD.com has some free stuff for checking that and adware as well. also check to see what programs are running in the backround that don't need to be. They can also bog a system down.

    [Edited by retired btc on 08-21-2005 at 06:20 PM]
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    all free too

    you format.. you will have to put everything back on...

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    Before you go through all the hassle of reformatting try some of these free fixes .

    Ad-Aware SE

    SpyBot Search and Destroy

    HiJack This

    RegClean

    Just Google any of the above for download links.

    Always do a registry backup before making any changes.

    These free programs should put some zing back in your puter.

    Good luck.

    P.S. Dont forget to clear your cache and history files from your browser.

    [Edited by a\c don on 08-21-2005 at 06:34 PM]
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    Good ideas guys. Since the OP appears to be a little short of computer skills, I suggest going to Geeks To Go. Step-by-step instructions for cleaning your computer. I thought I was clean, but I was getting a pop-up here and there even with Google tool bar. So, I followed the steps outlined on that page. Wow! I had a lot of garbage on my computer. Good luck!

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    I formated this thing 2 or 3 times so far, also don't forget the spy blaster and ad award when you are done.
    Really cleans up a lot of bugs in the computers, sometimes it's the only way, and memory is cheap, add some more if ya got room. Formatting ain't hard, only takes an afternoon.
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    too many visits to the Britney Spears websites et al, huh?

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    Hey, I typed in Brittney Spears just now.... I never knew she was into such diabolical and fun things like her sites claim!!!
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    Awwww crap! Now MY computer is real slow!
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    Originally posted by sline-dawg
    I know there are lots of you power users here, so..
    Any hints or pitfalls to avoid?? My computer seems a little slow now and then and was thinking of formating to clean up the registry...yes, no.. maybe?
    Email Enron or Arthur Anderson accounting co. They've had lots of experience in that area.

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