Cleaning up Laptop

By moochieh ยท 8 replies
Apr 16, 2009
  1. I have just "inherited" a Dell Inspiron E1505 laptop from my brother after he got a Mac and I am trying to configure it to my liking and get rid of the unnecessary programs that my brother left me. When I got my hands on the computer, the first thing I noticed was how slow the startup was and that there were 5+ anti-virus programs. I've removed most of them and kept the ones recommended in the 8 step preliminary program and I am looking for other ways to get the computer faster. I really have no idea what some of the programs left on the laptop are, and I'm sure there are some inefficiences and/or viruses left over. Please take a look at my logs... Thank You!

    sorry I forgot the logs, here they are.
  2. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,436   +37

    Looks like you have a good start.
    One of the experienced helpers will be along to provide "customized" assistance.

    One observation... I noticed BitTorrent in your HJT log.
    P2P software is not recommended,
    and it is likely that you will be asked to remove it in the course of getting cleaned up.
  3. moochieh

    moochieh TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 28

    Thanks for the reply, yes I just noticed it too. I have no problem with getting rid of it, I don't even think it was used.
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Well it definitely was being used
    The above entry says (in English) Run BitTorrent on every startup, and then minimize it.

    Info on using P2P Programs =>

    Quote from 8-Step Removal Guide:
  5. moochieh

    moochieh TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 28

    It does not appear in "add or remove programs" but it is visible when I go to My Computer-> Program Files. If I delete it from there will it work? And I know that when these kinds of applications run they appear on the bottom right tray but it isn't there so I don't see any trace of it running.

    Edit: Ditto for Bearshare
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    What about "BearShare" and "Party Poker"

    Hmm, personally if I had that computer I'd backup and re-install clean
    Who knows what else is in the background :suspiciou Especially seeming Bittorent doesn't have an uninstall option !

    Here's the only advice I'll give (B00kWyrm can help you if he wants to post 20 posts in this thread !)

    Try the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows to help backup your important data. The link also includes help installing Windows clean :)
  7. moochieh

    moochieh TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 28

    Well I knew my bro had a lot of "unnecessary" things, but I didn't even realize this lol. There really isn't too much that needs to be backed up so I guess I could re-install windows. Do you think these programs can still pose a threat if I do not re-install? and does that mean there is no possible way to uninstall these programs?
  8. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,436   +37

    Kimsland is among the best you will find here!
    AFAIK . . . His word is Gospel!

    Review also the information for newcomers
    ... about those who have authoritative status here...
    Since he said that was the only advice he was going to offer,
    my question is "Why don't you want to do a clean install?"

    I just do computers as a hobby...
    You can trust Kimsland 100%.

    Re: Threat question... see first post by Kimsland.
    If you run into trouble with reinstallation, you will likely want to start a new thread.
  9. moochieh

    moochieh TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 28

    ok guys thanks for the help! I might try a fresh install this weekend. I just like to know as much about computers as I can and I know you guys have a lot of knowledge to offer haha. Thanks again.
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