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Sat Jan 26, 2013, 05:21 AM

Is Clean-My-PC-dot-com worth the bother?

Please advise, thanks. I'm looking to clean my PC (desktop) after several years of use because it's getting slow.

Alternate solution (?): should I take to a professional for a little $$ ?

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Reply Is Clean-My-PC-dot-com worth the bother? (Original post)
DinahMoeHum Jan 2013 OP
hobbit709 Jan 2013 #1
DinahMoeHum Jan 2013 #4
backscatter712 Jan 2013 #19
AgingAmerican Feb 2013 #23
truedelphi Feb 2013 #24
AgingAmerican Feb 2013 #25
RoccoR5955 Jan 2013 #11
krispos42 Jan 2013 #2
whistler162 Jan 2013 #8
lastlib Jan 2013 #3
Phillip McCleod Jan 2013 #5
hobbit709 Jan 2013 #6
Phillip McCleod Jan 2013 #14
DinahMoeHum Jan 2013 #7
Phillip McCleod Jan 2013 #15
metroliner Jan 2013 #9
dballance Jan 2013 #10
woo me with science Jan 2013 #12
Sunlei Jan 2013 #13
Sentath Jan 2013 #16
backscatter712 Jan 2013 #20
mlauer59295 Jan 2013 #17
backscatter712 Jan 2013 #18
guardian Feb 2013 #21
Gore1FL Feb 2013 #22
DinahMoeHum Feb 2013 #26
Fantastic Anarchist Feb 2013 #27

Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:12 AM

1. Rip-off. In fact major rip-off.

Clean-My-PC is the latest incarnation of that outfit. Remember the Finally Fast ads.
There are plenty of good FREE utilities you can download and use.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 11:29 AM

4. Can you list any of these "free utilities"? Thanks.

n/t

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:38 PM

19. Here's a few that I use:

CCleaner and MalwareBytes are a good place to start.

Ccleaner helps you with some basic maintenance tasks - removing junk files from your system, cleaning your registry, walking you through uninstalling junk software.

MalwareBytes is a pretty solid anti-malware program.

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Response to backscatter712 (Reply #19)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 02:15 PM

23. Between these two programs, most of your problems will go bye bye

We use these heavily at work, particularly Malwarebytes. You can get it here.

One other thing I would suggest would be going to start, search programs and files box and typing in msconfig then hit enter. Click the startup tab. Disable everything but your antivirus then restart the computer. This will speed up your bootup AND free up a lot of RAM thus speeding up your computer.

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Response to AgingAmerican (Reply #23)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 05:12 PM

24. I use a Windows XP - do you have any rec's as far as spyware malware, anti-virus

Programs?

I have heard that the newest release of Avast absolutely destroys a Windows XP system, so don't wanna go there. I am totally fed up with SpywareDoctor/PC Tools.

Microsoft Essentiels is out because every MS p0roduct I have ever allowed on my machine has constant "reminders", attempts at updates, etc that make my system go buggy.

Do you have any rec's as far as spyware/malware?

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Response to truedelphi (Reply #24)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 06:56 PM

25. Yeah

AVG for antivirus and malwarebytes for spyware/malware.

You can get them both here: http://ninite.com/

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 02:17 AM

11. Agreed

And I have been supporting PCs professionally for almost 25 years!

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 10:07 AM

2. I use CCleaner

That's always worked well for me.

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Response to krispos42 (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 08:07 PM

8. Yup.....

Combofix, CCleaner, and Malwarebytes. Three tools in the professionals toolbox, this ones at least.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 11:26 AM

3. I second the rip-off motion.

I will recommend AVG's Anti-virus and PC Tune-up for disk repair/cleanup/defrag, as well as registry maintenance and system optimization. Well worth the $$.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 01:34 PM

5. we use advanced system care at work and install it on computers we work on and sell

 

the free version of course. it does a decent job and covers most of the usual ground.

one thing none of these cleanup programs do is check your 'msconfig' startup settings which can really bog a computer down. every program seems to think it should run on startup and there's always tons of crap in there one can turn off. go to start > search... and type in 'msconfig' and run it as admin. then go through 'startup' tab and disable anything not critical to windows or your system.

btw, what antivirus are you using because norton and mcaffee are the devil and will slow your system way down.

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Response to Phillip McCleod (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 03:54 PM

6. The older version Advanced Windows Care works better and it has a startup mananger

That's the one I install.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #6)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 10:04 PM

14. advanced windows care eh? haven't heard of that one have to check it out..

 

but similarly we install ver. 5 of adv. system care not the new version. the ads have gotten out of control on 'free' diagnostic software. avast is unusable now.

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Response to Phillip McCleod (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:06 PM

7. I now use Microsoft Security Essentials. . .

. . .if that helps.

And yes, I once used Norton and McAfee once upon a time. And I wasn't happy with either of them.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Reply #7)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 10:13 PM

15. i like ms security essentials

 

my mom uses it and i like how unobtrusive it is compared to other free security programs. my only beef is that like other microsoft diagnostic software it doesn't actually seem to *do* anything. it just makes you feel like something's being done. i don't know that to be fact but i've never once seen any ms diagnostic program actually solve a problem or catch a virus. avast yeah lots of 'em. adv. sys. care definitely.. microsoft? not so much.

the other day i installed 'immunet 3.0' on mom's laptop, based on linux's clamscan antivirus. it runs alongside most of the big antivirus and boosts base malware protection up to a respectable standard without too much interference. i know for a fact clamav works the other day i deleted no less than 49 viruses of an hp mini. needless to say it was a wasted effort.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 11:30 PM

9. Nope.avi

Don't bother. Its only temporary, then it gums up your computer even more.

Mailwarebytes, CC Cleaner, etc. Try those.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 12:43 AM

10. I'm An IT Guy and I Wouldn't Dare Let a Remote Web Site Scan My Machine

You don't have to go to a professional. Try some of the solutions suggested in other posts.

Here is a link to PC Mag and some free malware software. I haven't used any of these as I have a Mac. So use your best judgement.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2381531,00.asp

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 05:54 PM

12. Superantispyware

is a good addition to CCleaner and Malwarebytes for routine cleaning on demand. It catches a lot of tracking cookies that Malwarebytes does not look for. You should also have an antivirus program running all the time.

I second the use of Combofix when a more serious infection is suspected.






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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 08:22 PM

13. If your PC is critical to your work your're probably safest buying a new desktop, and owning 2.

Could be a lot of programs running in the background, with an older computer it really slows them down after a while. Couple things you could try to speed it up a bit.

Open your control panel, see the add and remove programs? start removing programs you have downloaded over the years and never use.

Like others have mentioned malwarebytes works really great to remove adware, spyware that bogs down computers. They have also caught some pretty bad attacks before it harmed my computer. They have a great free version on their website, I bought the paid version, no yearly fees and they update constantly.

I use malwarebytes plus Norton antivirus on all my computers.

You could always reformat the computer to it's origional condition if you have all the proper CDs and info from your computers maker. Then you update windows. Check first because some old computers and older windows versions no longer have any support offered.

The reason I said have a second pc is because someday old faithfull could crash and die and it's a sad day when there is no internets plus when you have a second computer you can experiment on the older comp, with upgrades and reformats. good luck with speeding up.

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Response to Sentath (Reply #16)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:39 PM

20. Yes, Ars Technica has very good advice here. n/t

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:35 PM

18. It's a scam! Don't do it.

What cleanmypc & similar programs are is a form of malware called scareware, which throws a whole bunch of freaky errors on your screen, and then tells you that for only $65, you can pay for their software to "fix" your system.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 10:15 AM

21. Other stuff is better

 

Like many other posters I recommend and use several free products

* CCleaner
* Malwarebytes
* Spybot
* Ad-Aware

If you can afford $35-$80 get one of the following security suites

* Norton Internet Security (2013)
* McAfee Total Protection
* Kaspersky Internet Security
* Bitdefender Total Security

Personally I use Norton Internet Security which is my main firewall and antivirus protection. Then at least once per week I'll run CCleaner, Malwarebytes, Spybot (run these manually and don't have them running all the time).

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 11:29 AM

22. You can speed up your computer by deleting toolbars

Bing, Google, Ask, AVG, whatever, uninstall it.

These typically get installed as also-ware when people upgrade or install java, adobe stuff like flash, shockwave, etc. and don;t uncheck the boxes.

It's also a good idea to make sure only your anti-virus is running and not so weird free scan crap that gets installed the same way as the tool bar.


Try that before you do anything else.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:23 AM

26. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR HELP.

n/t

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 03:52 PM

27. System Mechanic by IOLO labs.

It will do the trick.

Edit to add more information:

http://www.iolo.com/promo/welcome/sm/?utm_source=linkshare

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