Probz.com/WindowsReinstall.com Newsletter (Winrag) - ( 14th December 2003 )

CHRISTMAS EDITION 2003

Issue 8

 (c) www.Windowsreinstall.com, Mark Walmsley 2003

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Welcome

 

Issue 8 has now arrived and season greetings to all. Eleven days to go until the big day, I hope everyone is prepared and enjoys this time of year as much as I do.

We have decided that this issue will be advert free, and help you and your computer celebrate the ending of this year 2003 by looking at ways to speed up your computer at the cost of NOTHING. Also we have strayed from the normal format, it will return next issue.

The next time you pick up your newsletter it will be 2004, hard to believe as 1999 celebrations feel like yesterday, never mind the rest in the last 32 years I have been on this planet.

Remember all, this can be the loneliest time of year for some, please spend sometime this year visiting those who are less fortunate than ourselves, donate some gifts to charities so that they can distribute to poor families. Make this a Happy Christmas for all.  

So that's enough from me, so here is a message from all of us at www.winrag.com, www.windowsreinstall.com, www.probz.com, and www.benbik.com, "Seasons Greeting and may we all prosper in 2004"

Mark   

newsletter@windowsreinstall.com

1 Speed up your Computer - Part 1

  

Adware and Spyware

Adware and spyware are a curse of us all. Yes believe it or not your computer is probably riddled with it. I examined a computer recently and it had over 600 programs. Where do they come from? emails, websites and even software you have downloaded, plus many other sources. What can you do, well that's easy, simply download Ad-aware 6, its free and you can download it from the following location http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/ . The program is free as long as it is used non-commercially. 

To install the program simply download, click on "NEXT" 4 times, let it install and click finish.

An icon like below will appear on your desktop.

Double click on the icon and ad-aware 6 will open.

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Click on "START" and then "NEXT" from next page and the scan will begin...

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Once finished click on "NEXT", the list of Spyware, Adware programs will appear, right click on any program listed and select "SELECT ALL OBJECTS", everything will now be selected (Of course you can deselect programs afterwards that you wish to keep.)

 

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Click on "NEXT", you will be asked to confirm deletion, click "YES" if sure. The files and programs will now be deleted.

Most if not all will be removed, some may require a scan on reboot. If this option appears then select it, your computer will reboot and then scan again and remove remaining programs.

Your computer is now Adware, Spyware free. If a load of programs have been installed a noticeable speed  will now be seen, but any case, no more commercial companies will get your information.

We advise you use this program once per month. 

 

2 Speed up your computer - Part 2

  

Find and remove any Viruses

First click on the link below.

   

A screen will now appear, select your country, then click on "CONTINUE".

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A new window will appear and then a security warning (this may take several minutes so be patient, the 2nd time you run the software it will be quicker), click on "YES" to continue.

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Now select the drives you wish to scan, select autoscan, then click on scan.

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The scan will now begin, this may take sometime, so be patient.

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If viruses are found, they should be automatically deleted, if not you will need to read up on the virus, you can do that from here : www.trendmicro.com, you will have to read up on how to manually remove the virus.

  

3  Speed up your computer part 3

 

Clear Startup group

If you have too many programs running in the background then this can drastically slow down your computer. A quick look at the icons beside your clock will give you a basic idea, although all running programs will not be listed here.

A quick Windows XP guide to disabling your startup group can be found at the below link :

http://www.windowsreinstall.com/install/winxp/howto3/disablestartup.htm 

For Windows 98 and ME use the above link, the method is basically the same for theses operating systems.

Please not that it is important to keep your virus checker and firewall enabled.

 

4 Speed up your computer part 4

 

Run Defrag

To help keep your computer running well, it is important to run maintenance on parts of it, especially the hard drive. Last week we looked at Scandisk, this week we will continue with the same theme and show you how to run Defrag ( Defrag is a process used to rearrange file storage on a disk so that files are not scattered across the surface of the disk. Defragmented files load more efficiently). Defrag should be run at least once per month, to keep things running smoothly.

The best way to start Defrag is to double click on “My Computer”, then right click on the “C:” drive and select properties from the list that appears…

 

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From the next menu select “Tools” and then “Defragment Now”

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The Disk Defragmenter screen will now appear, Click on Analyze. This will check your drives and will only take a few seconds. If your result shows a lot of red like mine (see picture below) then click on "Defragment" to continue) Be warned this may take several hours, so don’t run it, if you are going to need the computer in a rush. Some people tend to run it over night or before they go to work.

 

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Once completed, shut down and use your computer everything should be that bit smoother.

 

This article also appeared in issue 7

 

5 Speed up your computer part 5

 

 Run Scandisk

To help keep your computer running well, it is important to run maintenance on parts of it, especially the hard drive. So this week we will take a quick look at running scandisk (hard drive and software basic maintenance program). Scandisk should be run at least once per month, to keep things running smoothly.

The best way to start scandisk is to double click on “My Computer”, then right click on the “C:” drive and select properties from the list that appears…

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From the next menu select “Tools” and then “Check Now”

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The scandisk screen will now appear, select all the boxes and click on “Start”. Scandisk will begin. Be warned this may take several hours, so don’t run it, if you are going to need the computer in a rush. Some people tend to run it over night or before they go to work.

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           This article also appeared in issue 6 

     

6 Speed up your computer part 6

 

Software

Free software that can help :

RxTx 3.2 - http://download.com.com/3000-2155-10125432.html?tag=lst-0-19 

RxTx measures the data transfer bandwidth between your computer and multiple servers. Bandwidth is measured by downloading one or more HTTP files from any address shown on your browser address bar. It works with dial-up, cable, or DSL connections. In addition, RxTx displays in real time instantaneous and average modem data rates.

This version adds an average rates display, time scaling, digitized data display, and traffic statistics.

Speed It Up Pro - http://download.com.com/3000-2086-10169344.html?tag=lst-0-23 

Speed it Up Pro - Ram Booster is designed to make your computer feel like it is brand new and faster than ever. It Boosts your computer's available RAM Memory up to 60% and More. Web Pages will load up much quicker, programs won't take nearly as long to run and your computer will become virtually crash proof.

"It can even tell when your system resources are starting to get low and increase your available ram automatically. You have full control of all settings. This program is a must have, so download it now.

RAM Def 2.6 - http://download.com.com/3000-2086-10185812.html?tag=lst-0-13 

RAM Def can defragment you RAM when reching a warning level, or silently (with command line parameters). It excels in terms of reliability and speed and the full support it offers to its users, with help files, a troubleshooting guide, tips, online assistance, and a forum guarantees you peace of mind along with XTreme performance

MemoKeys II -   http://download.com.com/3000-2079-10222635.html?tag=lst-0-14 

MemoKeys allows you to create shortcut key combinations (hotkeys) like 'F5 + A' or 'F2 + G' and associates them with any text information or e-mail and link action of your choice. You can use it to store passwords, code snippets, addresses, favorites, names, email signatures, documents and shell commands. Then instead of typing 'Best regards' every time you email your friends, you could just press F10 +B and the text is instantly typed for you. You can assign preset e-mails and Internet links to 500 available shortcuts.

MemoKeys works with any software application, including word processors, email programs, web forms and any other window that accepts text input. Special tags can be used to include automatic date/time functions in your text to create complex date stamps you can use everywhere on your computer. Memokeys has been tested with more than 40 target applications. A secure hardware version (special USB key) is also available.

Service Pack 1 - http://www.microsoft.com/WindowsXP/pro/downloads/servicepacks/sp1/default.asp 

If you are using Windows XP then its very important that new install Service Pack 1, the same for Windows 2000 and NT (get the latest service pack for these.)

7 Conclusion

 

Well that's it for this month, next issue will be the first of 2004, we will return to our normal format, so enjoy your festive break and we'll see you soon.

Best Regards

Mark 

webmaster@windowsreinstall.com

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