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Need to do a cleanup on Windows Vista

By jdclyde ·
A friend asked me to look at her daughters laptop, (I of course said yes). Turns out the puppy is running Vista. Let me start by saying I have not worked with Vista for more than 10 minutes before this.

It is an HP Pavilian DV6000 running Home Premium.

The first thing I went to look at was to see if there is an MSCONFIG to look at what is starting up. Is there a new way to check this?

Protection: It is running the Norton Protection Center, which of course is expired. What do you recommend? The plan is to uninstall and install AVG.

but how about malware? What packages would you recommend for vista? Both, to do a one time scan to check for bugs, and two, a long term solution to keep scanning as life goes on.

I see it has 1 gig of ram. Guess I should check into what it would take to get that bumped up to 2 gigs, huh?

Any other cleanup/optimization tips for Vista you can give?

She has two girls, and each has the same laptop, so will be repeating these steps again in a week.

Thanks all. I am probably going to get a pizza out of this!

jd

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Some starter info...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Need to do a cleanup on W ...

Using Microsoft System Configuration (Msconfig) in Windows Vista
http://tinyurl.com/6s4lqy
Spybot S&amp passed beta with Spybot in June 06.
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/news/2006-06-23.html
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/spybotsd/index.html

AdAware SE also available for Vista
http://www.lavasoft.com/products/ad_aware_free.php?t=techspecs

We use both Spybot and AdAware on campus, on Vista Business machines.

Will do some more looking around later - gotta clean my office. Getting new ISP and TV provider tomorrow and they won't be able to move in here if I don't.

B-)

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That will get me started....

by jdclyde In reply to Some starter info...

Thanks Boxie.

will keep updating as things progress.

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Might want to use this as well...

Ccleaner:
http://www.ccleaner.com/

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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Thanks,

by jdclyde In reply to Might want to use this as ...

Will be in and out of this for the next day as I run into issues.

Thanks again.

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Anytime JD...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Need to do a cleanup on W ...

Also, Avast says they run on Vista.
http://www.avast.com/eng/avast-free-home-antivirus-antispyware.html

http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html (for the download)

I've been real happy with Avast on XP, but can't speak to it on Vista. I have an ex-client who runs it on Vista, but that's about all I can say. Ex-client, you know.

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Better be advised that HP are aware of certain DV6000 problems ....

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Need to do a cleanup on W ...

As illustrated by their reluctant (but inevitable) stance at present:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01087277&lc=en&cc=us

As a result of a US class-action lawsuit, HP finally capitulated and extended the warranties on what has now been decided, is a badly designed mobo, which HP is keen to do everything to avoid gaining a bad reputation from.

Forewarned is forearmed, eh JD ?


<Historical Clarity>

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Had seen that

by jdclyde In reply to Better be advised that HP ...

but would rather hear something twice than not at all, right?

This laptop is NOT in the range of part numbers, so I sent an email to the user for her to check the twin system at home.

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My first task with vista

by Dumphrey In reply to Need to do a cleanup on W ...

was getting a admin cmd window...
type cmd in the run box and hold conrtol and shift while you press enter, UAC should kick in. I do a lot from the cmd window.

Avg runs well in Vista, so I would go that route. I would also look and see if norton make s a removal tool for Vista, it always leaves a mess in the registry no matter the OS.

I like spybot and a-squared for malware, but neither has a good "always on" scan in the free version. Im always on the look out for resident anti-malware programs.

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Symantec used to have such a helpful website....

by jdclyde In reply to My first task with vista

Their search is as bad as TR's. I had to do a google search to find the @#$@#$'en thing.

Thanks.

jd

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Thats why i didn't post the link, sorry

by Dumphrey In reply to Symantec used to have suc ...

its a permanent part of my tool kit on flash drive now... I have to use it 2 or 3 times a year, and after the first time I went looking for it...

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