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Girlfriends computer is running really slow, need some help.

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its a desktop FOF

that's what i get for not reading the whole thread

revised steps

Step 1: Grab hammer

Step 2: Give the monitor a few technical taps

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Step 3: Look at GF and say, 'See I fixed it baby.'

Step 4: Slam the laptop on the ground and scream, 'THERE ARE NO WOMEN ON THE INTERWEBS!!! NOW GET YOUR ASS BACK IN THE KITCHEN AND MAKE ME A SAMMICH!!!'

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ComboFix gets rid of a bunch of nasty poo that standard antivirus tools miss. It's also a good idea to run a cache cleaner like CCleaner (http://www.piriform.com/CCLEANER) before you run it and then something like MalwareBytes (http://www.malwarebytes.org/) after you're done with ComboFix to get rid of any stragglers.

It works so well because it kills explorer.exe, cleans out your hosts file, looks for and kills a bunch of processes, then clears out all the nasties.

1. Boot into Safe Mode with networking (hammer F8 after the POST screen/before the Winders splash screen appears if you don't know how)

2. Download ComboFix here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/combofix/how-to-use-combofix#use. Alternately Google ComboFix and choose the first BleepingComputer link.

3. Download and run it.

Also if she uses Firefox look into the NoScript (http://noscript.net/) add-on. It blocks a lot of the cross site scripting/browser hijack stuff that is the source of a lot of infections.

Edit: Listen to SorthNarolina

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gotta say just because you make her, and you, sound ignorant about computers...

when is the last time a disc cleanup and disc defragment were done? those help a lot, and if she is using the machine heavily they should be done regularly.

Honestly, I can get around them pretty well, and I never seem to have issues with mine, but she always does.

I defraged hers about 6 months ago, and cleaned up everything on the processes page, and it seemed to work well for some time. However lately it's gotten bad again.

Thing is, I rarely go over to her house as I have a dog, and she prefers getting away from her roomie, so I am never there to fix her PC.

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you should teach her to do the cleanup and defrag then. a heavily used machine should be cleaned up weekly and defragged monthly.

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The best tools I've seen for cleaning computers are the boot disks with antivirus software.

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-creator/

That software allows you to create a boot flash drive which is worth having for the future but I doubt your gf's old computer will boot from flash drive. Still, this page has links to all the boot antivirus software. You'll see it if you scroll down. You can burn it to a CD instead.

It's important to have your computer wired into an internet connection. That way the boot disks will download the latest antivirus definitions which are essential.

You can also find the boot disk that Geek Squad of Best Buy uses on most torrent sites. I don't prefer that disk as much anymore as sometimes it has trouble getting updates and it takes forever to scan. It is quite thorough though.

If you don't want to use a boot disk to fix it, as others have mentioned, the best software will be Malwarebytes and Spybot.

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i never clean or defrag, and my computer has been running damn near every day since 2004. no problems.

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Windows Vista and Windows 7 defrag automatically every month iirc.

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Thanks guys.

I am going to get all up on that thing this afternoon.

Good news is, I will be getting a blow job while taking your advice.

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As stated above ..

Spybot

AVG

Malware bytes

De-frag the computer

Go through it with her find out what she uses and doesn't and delete as needed etc.

If none of that works usually when you start the comp it will have a prompt for System recovery , use that and it will return the computer to out of the box status for the most part.

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