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How to optimize your computer

 

How to optimize your computer

The easiest way to get the most speed out of your computer without having to worry with any technical stuff is to download this simple tool and let it repair and optimize your computer in about an hour.

Step 1
A good cleaning is the very first thing we need to do to the computer.

Without a proper cleaning, the computer will not function properly, period. Most of the time this step alone can restore your computer’s speed, so to do that we need a good cleaner. Ccleaner is a freeware application capable of removing the “Dirt and grime” left on your computer from frequent use.

First, download Ccleaner from here. It’s easy to use, and has a lot of features for cleaning your computer. To get started simply click the “Scan My Computer” button near the top of Ccleaner’s main window. This will perform a system scan and provide a list of details to the items that need to be cleaned. Simply click the “Clean My Computer” button to clean the files. It’s that simple!

You should also download PC Updater and make sure that your drivers are all up to date. Out of date drivers can cause your computer to act strange and be slow and sluggish.

Step 2

After a good cleaning I tend to remove some of the added bells and whistles by disabling the visual effects provided by Microsoft. These
effects are cute, but they eat up valuable resources needed for a faster computer. There is also another default feature provided by Microsoft that we can disable called the indexing service.

Disabling Unneeded Visual Effects:

(Removes the visual effects, and increases computer performance)

1. Click your “Start” button to access the start menu

2. Then click right click on “My Computer”

3. Select “Properties”

4. Select the “Advanced” tab

5. Then under the “Performance” tab select “Settings”

6. Click “Adjust for best performance”

7. Save these settings by clicking “OK”

Disabling the Indexing Service:

(Unnecessary default service)

1. Click your “Start” button to access the start menu

2. Click “My Computer”

3. Under “Hard Disk Drives” right click on your Hard Disk

4. Click “Properties”

5. Uncheck “Allow Indexing Service to index this disk for fast file
searching”

6. Click “Apply”

7. Select “Apply changes to C:\ Subfolder and files” and click “OK”

8. If anything pops up on the screen simply click “Ignore”

Step 3

Sometimes viruses or malware can corrupt your operating system, so let’s verify that Windows has not been corrupted.

1. Click “Start”

2. Click “Run…”

3. Type in CMD then press “Enter” on your keyboard.

4. This should open a black screened window like this.

5. Type SFC /SCANNOW then press “Enter”.

6. It may say something like “Files that are required for Windows to run properly must be copied to the DLL Cache”, so insert your Windows CD to continue.

Step 4

Now that we have those two features disabled, let’s move on to cleaning up some space used by useless software on our computer. Often, over time, we can install a bunch of junk we don’t really need installed. These programs will add up over time and completely use up space needed to keeping your computer running it’s best.

1. Click “Start”

2. Click “Control Panel”

3. Click “Add or Remove Programs”

4. Once the “Add or Remove Programs” window opens, remove anything
in the list you don’t use or need.

5. If you don’t know what a particular program is, Google it and make
sure before you remove it.

Step 5

Finally, let’s make sure Windows is actually running its best using the most up-to-date version. Updating Windows regularly can keep it running its best, and most of the time its essential to your computers health, as these updates prevent harmful attacks against it. Windows Update is available online at www.windowsupdate.com, or directly on your computer following these steps.

1. Click “Start”

2. Click “All Programs”

3. Look all the way on top and you’ll find a “Windows Update”
button, then click it.

4. Your web browser should take you directly to Microsoft’s
Update site.

5. Once you get there you are offered two selections, “Express”
and “Custom”… Select “CUSTOM”.

6. Then click on ALL the available updates for your computer and
select “Install Updates”

That’s it. Doing this often will keep your computer up-to-date, and safe from most threats.

By now you should see an improvement in your computer’s responsiveness and speed. Following these  steps on a regular basis can keep your computer running fast and smooth for years to come! You should also consider cleaning and optimizing your pc with a qualified product.

There are many great software programs out there but I will just show my favorites.

Reimage PC Repair Tool – This tool will actually check your computer for missing or corrupt Windows files and replace/repair them as needed.  This is the only software tool that can do this.  I highly recommend you download Reimage and see what it finds.

PC Registry Cleaner is one of the best pc cleaners and optimizers on the market today. You can try the free download and see what all needs to be cleaned on your pc.

Driver Detective is a excellent driver update program to help you update your drivers on your computer.

This article is an excerpt from the Ultimate PC Secrets guide.

Follow these simple steps to cleaning and optimizing your computer.  Please leave us a comment below.

Download Spyware Doctor and Get Rid Of Spyware

Spyware Doctor is a great tool to remove spyware from your computer. It is very important to keep your computer spyware free to prevent errors and crashes. Spyware and adware can be very dangerous to your computer’s health and that is why you can let Spyware Doctor cure it!

Spyware Doctor has won many prestigious awards in the software field. Some of these awards include PC World best program and PC Magazine’s Editor’s Choice. But it’s not just the experts that love Spyware Doctor, tons of everyday computer users agree that it is a great program.

Download Spyware Doctor

The download of Spyware Doctor is quick and very simple. Right after the program finishes installation, it runs an update check to insure that you are getting the latest version of Spyware Doctor. This is a great feature to have so you don’t have to manually check for an update. Once Spyware Doctor is fully up to date you can open the program.

Another very helpful feature of Spyware Doctor is the Quick Start Guide. This is available to help you become familiar with the buttons, terms and navigation used in the program. There is also a Help menu for further information should you need more assistance.

PC Tools has made Spyware Doctor easy to manage for any computer user, this is made obvious when you see the home page, or interface, of the program. The System Status on the interface lists facts and numbers about your computer that can be both interesting and helpful. The buttons are easy to understand and there is virtually no confusion to be had. The most used button will most likely be your Start Scan Now button which is right there at the top.

Download Spyware Doctor

My personal favorite part of Spyware Doctor is that is does NOT slow down your computer while it is performing a scan like several other spyware/adware programs do. Because it does not slow down your computer you can sit there and run other programs or browse the Internet while it works rather than just leave the computer until it’s finished!

There is more to Spyware Doctor than meets the eye. This program has many different features and things that it scans and repairs. This program uses IntelliGuard to protect your computer from malicious ActiveX particles. It will also remove tracking cookies, dialers, Trojans, and keyloggers from your PC while IntelliGuard is active.

Spyware Doctor is a great program and I am proud to have tested it out. Again, this program is great for all computer users alike and can really save you time and money when it comes to having spyware, adware, cookies and more.

Download Spyware Doctor

Windows xp sp3

Although xp has been proven to be one of the better operating systems written by Microsoft there of course are updates and changes which still need to be addressed.

Some of the changes included in xp sp3 have been implemented in there own individual update packages previously, but are now included in the encompassing sp3 pack. This will provide a one time update solution for those who are like me on many of Microsofts’ patches.. a little weary.

I most curious to test the latest service pack to see how performance compares with Vista sp1; which at least with xpsp2 the xp operating system has proven to out perform Vista.

The service pack has been released on TechNet and made available in an admin pack, but has yet to be released on the Windows Update site.

Of course many of you know my feelings on jumping out there and immediately grabbing the latest updates. This isn’t to say I will not grab it for testing. I’m just always the cautious one when implementing in a production environment. This does include you individual users……at least those who consider their data valuable.

Considering this I have as well fallen into a comfort zone when it comes to the xp operating system and my confidence in it, even still I will muster the strength to be patient.

Of course right now the big buzz is being generated by all the sites guessing when the service pack will be made available to the update service. I will not even venture to even guess. Besides I am more interested in the buzz it will create after the release. Yes that was me chuckling in the background!

Is Microsoft Giving up on Vista?

 The buzz here lately around the tech shop deals with whether in fact Microsoft is giving up on Windows Vista and all it’s problems.

No definite answer has been given, but as Reuters reports Bill Gates was touting Windows 7 which he stated is slated for release in the next year or so.

As with my earlier blogs we already know according to reports that Windows xp sp1 and sp2 out perform Windows Vista in a side by side comparison. Not to mention how users feel about all of the headaches…I mean changes such as the User Account Control.

The only thing I would like to know is how Microsoft is going to compensate the million or so users that have sunk two to four hundred dollars into an operating system that may end of life before it ever got going?

No wait! That isn’t the only question I have. What about all us admins and technicians that have sunk thousands of dollars into Microsoft’s training and MSITPRO certification for Vista? This will undoubtedly be very frustrating if we receive the typical Microsoft response.

No wonder Microsoft is losing market share to Linux and Apple…I know I’m not going to stand for being treated like that. Not only as a customer but as an admin and technician.

Hmmm! Maybe I will just get my Mac certification rather then spending thousands of my hard earned money on Microsoft products and training just to have them decide they made a mistake.

Despite all my ranting you can bet my ear will be to the ground on this one. Lets see how it plays out.

Microsoft Vista Update Causes Continual Reboot

Microsoft recently (At the end of February) released a patch to fix issues with one of the Windows Vista installation software features.

When installed the patch (ID number 937287 which is still available for download) causes some systems to continually reboot themselves in an un-ending loop.

Of course who would have ever thought that Microsoft wouldn’t get it right? Microsoft stated the problem seems to only affect “a small number” of the more than 100 million Vista users. In my opinion thats still to many (especially if you are one of the affected users).

Do not threat though! Microsoft is offering assistance with this issue. Of course the contact information isn’t posted on the front page of the main web site so I figured I would offer it here for anyone who may need it.

Please if you know anyone affected by this issue pass the following information to them. Microsoft is offering assistance at the following toll free number 866/727-2338.

Just another reason to wait on installing those wonderful Microsoft updates.

Windows Vista Sp1 Released

You may or may not have read my previous article over Vista sp1, but as a quick refresher I will outline a few entries.

The below portion is pulled from my previous post on the Sp1 subject. I just wanted to keep this information fresh in your mind if you are thinking of downloading Sp1 before other people have had a chance to feel the pinch (Beta testing). 

The word on the street (and in other articles) is the fact that Windows xp is faster at more operations than Vista sp1. According to Principled Technologies Inc. (Whom performed the testing at the request of Microsoft) Windows xp is faster than Vista sp1 at 61% of the operations grouped in a consumer test suite and in 46% of the operations in the business-oriented in a head-to-head competition on duplicate computers.

Aside from the performance factors another issue to consider is Microsofts’ service pack track record. Once again any admins will understand where I am coming from. It is not often Microsoft puts an extensive service pack out that doesn’t cuase issues with compatability.

Let it ride for a while! What I mean is you should allow others to install it first: then watch the forums for issues that have been discovered by other people after implementing Sp1. I can gurantee you feel a whole lot better knowing you weren’t effected. I’m not saying that you should never install Sp1, I am just saying you should wait a while. As with many service packs and patches provided by Microsoft they are there to plug holes that intruders may use to gain access to your computer.

If I could I would wait, unfortunately I have to endure the pain to find out if there are any compatability issues that need to be reported to clients. Thank goodness for my test bed of computers.

Windows Vista Update SP1

According to the buzz Windows Vista sp1 is soon to be released. This may be a blessing or a curse only time will tell.

I am a little apprehensive to say the least. I know what your thinking “Oh come on can it really be that bad?”. Well that really depends on Microsoft does it not? I’m sure we have all had our experiences whether good or bad with service packs. If you are an IT admin you know exactly where I am coming from.

Maybe just maybe Microsft has learned from past experience with the release of service packs how simple mistakes can effect users and they wont leave anything to chance.

The word on the street (and in other articles) is the fact that Windows xp is faster at more operations than Vista sp1. According to Principled Technologies Inc. (Whom performed the testing at the request of Microsoft) Windows xp is faster than Vista sp1 at 61% of the operations grouped in a consumer test suite and in 46% of the operations in the business-oriented in a head-to-head competition on duplicate computers.

These facts do not deliver much hope for improved performance for Vista when it comes to the sp1 update. The best bet will be to let everyone else test it first. Once most of the issues have been resolved….Well then it will be my turn.

You can learn to use Windows Vista by watching some very cool Vista training videos at MyVistaTutor.com

Microsoft Security Hole In Windows Vista and XP

  Microsoft is currently addressing newly discovered holes in the security of their Vista and xp operating systems. Most importantly a security vulnerability in Windows Vista and XP that could expose a computer to an early-season bite while you are connected to the Internet.

How it works is a hacker can broadcast rogue TCP/IP packets to any range of IP addresses. The rogue packets have the ability to circumvent Windows’ security and hijack a computer turning that computer into part of a Bot net. Bot nets are designed for spamming as well as launching self replicating worms and even worse ICMP attacks which can shut down servers.

Currently there have been no attacks using this vulnerability. Microsoft scrambled to make available a patch to secure this hole and it is currently available using the link below. The patch may already be applied to your system if automatic updates are turned on.

Click Here for The Microsoft Security Patch

Quicktime Issues with Qualcomm Purvoice Codec

I recently experienced an issue with QuickTime playing sound in my self created movies. I reviewed all the data concerning my videos to see if I could identify something unique about the videos or the player. After a few hours I noticed all of the movies that did not have sound were encoded with the Qualcomm Purevoice codec.

I researched intensely on QuickTimes website with no luck. I even spent fourty minutes on the phone with a QuickTime support technician only to have him tell me I would have to go and find a copy of the codec (which is no longer supported by the company) and install it. He stated specifically that it was not an issue with QuickTime. Despite me arguing about the fact that it worked previously he would not be swayed.

I decided to search deeper. In reviewing the QuickTime application logs I noticed I had received an upgrade recently. Shazaaaam! Maybe I had a direction to go with. Now I just had to figure out what my previous version was.

I discovered that my previous version of QuickTime was 7.1.6 so of course I went on an intensive search to find an installer. Once I located and installed the older version of QuickTime and after restarting of course; I once again had sound in my videos.

After curing my issue I contacted Apple again. I used my ticket number to contact the same technician and told him I had discovered the issue. As I explained to him that apparently either the codec or the ability of QuickTime to understand this codec had been removed from the QuickTime version 7.3 that I had installed. I told him if he would like I would be more than happy to tell him a work around for it, that I was sure with all of the forum questions on this same issue he would probably make many Apple customers happy.

This part just floored me, believe it or not I was told if I would like to go post it in there forums I could. What a crock (I thought) he wasn’t willing to help out his own customers by posting the information in a TID. It took me a few seconds to calm down (which I did), I told him why would I volunteer my time for a job that he is supposed to do? So I calmly explained that I’m sure this information would generate traffic on a website so I would just put it on one of our company websites.

Of course none of this even phased him. Apple is always talking about how there market share is increasing, maybe with all that new money they can hire some courteous technicians who actually desire to do their job by helping people.

Bottom line if you have any videos that do not play sound after upgrading your version of QuickTime, you might check to see what codec was used for the audio. If the audio was encoded with the Qualcomm Pure voice codec then a simple work around is to install QuickTime version 7.1.6.

I am unsure if the new 7.4 versions have a fix for this issue, but from the response I got from Apples’ technician it wasn’t like they were going to change anything. With this in mind I have not tried the latest versions to see if the codec is played in them. I use this codec all the time for older training videos and I am unwilling to change from a version which I know works to a version that may not.

DVD to iPhone

After many hours of researching for ways to enable myself to use my DVD content on my iPhone one product seemed to stand out. The product was published by Aimersoft and is simply titled Aimersoft DVD to iPhone Converter. This program can convert DVD to your iPhone quickly and easily.

Download the trial version here

Even if you are not knowledgeable in the conversion process the software is simple to use and offers many conversion options. It can convert DVD to iPhone MP4 M4V video (MPEG-4) H.264, rip DVD audio to iPhone MP3 and M4A audio formats, and copy your DVD movies onto an Apple iPhone with excellent quality.

This is not the only option for converting video. You can also convert DVD to other Apple mobile devices including iPod and Apple TV.

Aimersoft DVD to iPhone Converter fully supports dual-core CPU with super fast conversion speed. With Aimersoft DVD to iPhone Converter you can easily convert DVD movie to iPhone with rich options such as customizing file size, DVD movie trimming, DVD video crop, subtitle selection, audio track selection and so forth.

Key Features of the program include the following:

· Support the following Apple devices: iPhone, iPod and Apple TV.
· Convert DVD movie to iPhone Video MP4, MPEG-4, M4V format efficiently an with excellent quality.
· Easily extract and rip audio from DVD’s to iPhone audio MP3, M4A and AAC with high quality.
· Fully support dual-core and multi-core processors. Convert DVD to iPhone with super fast speed.
· Convert DVD to iPhone with flexible video and audio settings- Adjust video brightness, contrast, set subtitles, select audio tracks, adjust audio volume etc.
· Support video Trimming and Cropping. Set the start and end time to capture movie clips. Crop edges of your DVD movies to enjoy your DVD on your iPhone in full screen.
· Fully supports Windows
· High level customization. Allows you to convert DVD to iPhone. Alter resolution, frame rate, video bit rate and sample rate to your preference. Support of both PAL and NTSC TV standards.
· flexible DVD to iPhone Converter that supports various video aspect ratios such as 16:9, 4:3 and full screen.
· Select target subtitles and audio tracks.
· Automatically shut down your PC after conversion.
· All encoders/decoders built in rip DVD movie to iPhone supported formats.
· Capture pictures from your DVD movies and save the captured pictures as jpeg and bmp.
· Very intuitive user interface that guides you to convert DVD to iPhone with just a few clicks.
· Free technical support and quality service.

The Aimersoft software has few requirements by todays standards.

Requirements:
· 1G Hz CPU or above, 128 MB of RAM (256 MB Recommended)

You can try all the different programs out there for converting movies for your iphone and hate most of them just like I have or just download the trial version of Aimersoft DVD to Iphone and actually have a movie on your phone in just a couple of minutes without having to read an instruction manual.

Download the trial version here

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