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Cleaning Hard Drive

By john.cb1 ·
I have been installing and uninstalling software on my computer, by using the add/remove option in Windows Xp Pro.

Can anyone tell me of a software that will clear all the files left behind (Even in the registry) when i have uninstalled the software, so to make my computer run quicker and smoother.

When i look find what programs start up ( by using run and then msconfig) i notice that there is still some software in there that i have uninstalled how can i remove these.

Which is the best defrager.

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by dmiles In reply to Cleaning Hard Drive

CleanSweep, or any other uninstall program, can only do a perfect removal if you let it monitor the original installation of the program. Otherwise it must guess about whether it is safe to remove some files that may be common to other programs. It is usually safe to remove such files, but if not sure, move them to a hollding area on the drive for a few weeks to see if some other program needs them.

Try DiskKeeper,it has free trial that works good with XP

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by jschein In reply to Cleaning Hard Drive

Ok.. uninstalling will always leave files and folders behind...

If your system is XP, right click my computer, goto properties and the system restore tab inside. DISABLE System restore.


Use Google, do a search for a program called "Regclean". there are a few hundred varients of this program, but they are either free or trialware. Run that program and it will remove ALL MISC Non-existent registry entries which will improve you boot up time and access time on your pc.

Then, do a normal Defrag. Diskkeeper is what comes with windows (The retail version as a few more whistles and is faster). I'm sure you're not too worried about waiting an extra 5 minutes for a defrag.

Also, goto www.lavasoftusa.com and download Adaware. Install it, update it, and run it... Clean malicious files out.

Lastly, goto www.google.com, services and tools link. Download Googles toolbar - 1. It's free 2. It stops pop-ups.

This should get your system on the up and up.

If this is XP, Enable system restore at this point.

Good luck

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