From time to time you might find your computer running real slow. At times, defragmenting your hard disk, updating programs and other things can help.
David Strom writes I have become Mr. Clean, helping my friends and neighbors rid themselves of spyware and other oddities running unintentionally on their systems. I guess everybody needs a hobby, and mine is reformatting hard drives and making a machine usable once again. I thought I would share the steps that I take to get a system back to a somewhat virginal state.
The signs that your PC is out of your control are simple: a new splash screen or application that can’t be removed by Window’s Add/Remove program routine, or if you try to remove this software and it keeps returning after a reboot. Or a sluggish boot time, or new toolbars that appear at the top or bottom of the screen or inside Internet Explorer. In a few cases, I couldn’t even bring up the Add/Remove dialog box, so far gone were these machines.
There are more talented people than I who can clean these machines up without having to revert to a major lobotomy, i.e., reformatting the drive completely. And others, such as my colleague Dave Piscitello, have done a tremendous amount of research on fighting spyware. His page of resources is here. For those of you that are curious what I do, read on.
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