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My computer seems to be getting more and more bogged down. I hope to replace it soon, but meanwhile is there a way to clean out whatever crap is bogging it down? I don't really know which things to delete.

Windows 98 SE (archaic, I know)

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ldo,

Here are some simple suggestions:

- Run Defrag weekly

- Run Scandisc

- Delete as many unused programs and files as you can

- Turn off screen savers

- Limit the number of active programs

- Reboot at least every 48 hours and after running memory intensive programs

(this frees up memory that wasn't released by closed programs)

- Be sure that you have all the latest versions of Windows updates including:

-Win98 OS

- Internet Explorer (even if you are using another browser)

- Any Office updates, especially Outlook/Outlook express

- Check for latest drivers for peripherals like monitor, video & sound cards, modem card

- update your virus checker and let it do a full system scan

If you can bear the agony of it, do a complete reload of Win98.  Of course, save your files elsewhere before

starting and be sure that you can lay your hands on all your orginal discs, serial numbers, etc.

- Win98 tends to accumulate errors, lost links and orphaned dll routines that eat up memory. It isn't as good

as later versions at housekeeping. A full reload can do wonders to keep the old dog going.

A.M.

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Have you run anti-spyware programs? I run both Ad-Aware and Spybot. Both are free. Spybot works the best, but Ad-Aware will often find something that Spybot doesn't. Unless you purchase the "super" versions, you'll have to run the programs manually (I do it about once a month) as well as check for updates.

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Thanks all for your advice. I have done most of the things that AirMarshall suggests on a regular basis, tho I have to admit that the idea of getting W98 to run for 48 hours is ratyher amusing. I'm hoping to replace this thing in a week or two, so no heroic measures, but I might try anti spyware or crap cleaner. Or a brick.

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I tried reinstalling my antivirus program, which might have helped just a bit. Also tried Spybot, which only found one thing. CCleaner got rid of a bunch of stuff but didn't seem to speed things up much. One thing that did help was to set the antivirus program for manual updates. Not sure why that's a problem. Think I'll try something other than McAfee next time.

Might try reinstalling or updating Netscape.

Anyone know what Stillmage Monitor or TaskMonitor or ScanRegistry are? Crapcleaner listed a bunch of things that are supposed to start up when the computer is turned on. I think I recognize the other ones, but not those 3.

Thanks

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Thanks for all the advice. I've managed to get W98 running a little faster, but I suppose it really needs an install. I'm supposing I could partition the disk, put application data in d:, and reinstall on c:? Or do I have to redo everything to partition? And is it worth doing for only a few day's use?

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No NO, DO NOT delete scanreg, it makes sure all your computers setting are correct and where they should be, remove that at your own risk!

Imagine removing all your calanders and reminder from your life xD Your computer will just shit a brick.

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How about deleting calcpialvaluz?

I may do a reinstall tomorrow. I've been given another hard drive, and I could probably hide all my data on that while reformatting the old drive.

Meanwhile the refurbished computer from hell has yet to run. A tech is coming over on Tuesday, supposedly, to change out the motherboard. The board is under warranty but I have to pay a bit for the tech. I'm afraid of all those little pins.

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You might try this:

Restart the computer and enter the BIOS utility. Usually press DELETE key while boot starts. Load the "Optimum Settings" or "Performance Settings" and save. Then let the computer finish booting and see if it made any difference.

One other thing:

Check your system clock. If it is set to the wrong date and/or time and you haven't changed it you may have malware infecting your system. It happens in XP fairly often.

Or:

Run: MSCONFIG Check out the number of programs that launch at start-up. They all run even if you aren't using them. De-select the ones you don't want running in the background and see if that doesn't speed things up.

good luck

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Thanks for that first idea. I have the manual and will double check if that's how to do it. Might be easier than a reinstall, tho I have a feeling I'll end up there in the end.

Believe I have already taken care of those other issues.

(Yes, my computer is so ancient that I got paper manuals with it. Saves having to buy a second computer to read the documentation with when the first one crashes. And it crashes pretty often.)

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The !@#$$ thing got slower and slower as I copied my data via flash card to the new computer, but it seems to have doubled or tripled its speed since I finished and don't need it!

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