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Old 01-08-2015, 06:49 AM
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I bought an HP15 laptop that I use for work. It is slow and probably has a lot of "bloatware"

Any suggestions for a program or site to guide me in a cleanup? Some of the background applications are needed for work.
Old 01-23-2015, 10:36 AM
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Old 01-23-2015, 10:48 AM
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http://www.pcworld.com/article/21418...f-your-pc.html


http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/
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Don't waste your time with AVG or all the other crap.

What operating system is it?

Install malewarebytes, that will clean up all the infections. The next step is to take care of the startup programs. If you want I can remote in and take a look (free of charge obv) while you watch.
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Malwarebytes is a good suggestion, unless you're using Trend Micro anti-virus software. I have first-hand, recent experience that they don't play well together and Trend Micro plainly says not to try.

CCleaner is another good tool and does co-exist with Trend Micro. CCleaner will clean out a bunch of crap from your registry, tracking cookies, etc.

De-fragging your hard drive can make a big difference, especially if it has never been done.

If you're running less than 8GB of memory on WIN7 or 8, it's easy to open enough programs and windows to run out of memory. One sign of that is constant disk activity when the computer is painfully slow.

SlowStang made a good suggestion. The speed problem could be bloated internet history files, too many unnecessary programs installed at startup, not enough memory, out-of-control processes, fragmented hard drive, etc.- I've seen and fixed them all. Someone logged into your computer who knows what to look for will get your computer straightened out faster than Q&A on an internet forum.
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By bloatware, do you mean the crap a lot of manufacturers add on to the basic OS? If so, get a clean copy of windows to install.
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1st buy a 1tb ssd, then drop a windows 7 64 bit OS disk in the drive. Load OS. Go to device manager and start at the top downloading the drivers for all the devices on the laptop. Do not get nothing from the mfg. of the laptop.
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reformat ( after backing up personal files) and clean install of Windows 7.
Earlier suggestion of switching out to a SSD is a good one also!
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Just one caution on the SSD idea. Unlike conventional hard drives, SSD's have a limited number of write/re-write cycles to a given memory location and it is possible to wear them out during the normal lifetime of a computer. For that reason, consider combining an SSD with a conventional hard drive. Put the OS on the SSD, because it doesn't change often, put user data on the conventional drive. If a laptop only accommodates one hard drive, consider a combo unit like this:
Amazon Amazon

Here's a recent article on the subject of SSD lifetime.
http://www.storagesearch.com/ssdmyths-endurance.html
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Easy Way....

If you have the install disks, wipe it, reinstall Winders but don't install the option disk other than the drivers.
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Originally Posted by yarcraft91 View Post
Just one caution on the SSD idea. Unlike conventional hard drives, SSD's have a limited number of write/re-write cycles to a given memory location and it is possible to wear them out during the normal lifetime of a computer.
This was a theoretical issue with early SSDs and has never turned out to be a problem in real world consumer applications.
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Originally Posted by Flot View Post
This was a theoretical issue with early SSDs and has never turned out to be a problem in real world consumer applications.
I hear this from the computer support people I know. Some of their users are wearing out SSD's in less than 12 months. Those are users who generate a lot more disk activity than the norm in math modeling work.

For home users, I suspect many wouldn't generate enough disk traffic in 3 years to wear out an SSD, but use patterns vary among home users, too.
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Another vote for reformat. I was issued a brand new HP notebook for work and first thing I did was reformat it before using it. HP installs a ridiculous amount of bullshit on their PC's from the factory.

I also agree with SSD if it's not already running one.

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