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MackGerard 08-02-2010 02:54 PM

Making a Laptop/netbook faster?
I would put this in the Netbook section but since it doesn't pertain to just netbooks i fugured this would be ok.

So I was wondering what software I can download to make my laptop/netbook faster. Also how I can delete UNwanted files and programs.
What programs would be better to replace for example replacing Internet Explorer with Google chrome since its a "lighter" program. Anything or any tip that you can give me I would love thanks so much:grin:

Yami 08-02-2010 03:13 PM

Re: Making a Laptop/netbook faster?
The two links in my signature are the main ones.
With CCleaner, run the cleaner and the registry cleaner. It's also good to uninstall any unwanted/unused programs before you do that. Make sure read through all the options in the cleaner, so you don't delete anything you want to keep.

Then, run Defraggler. It's a defragmenter, which I prefer to the in-built Windows one (better features, and I think it's faster too).

CCleaner also allows you to edit what programs and such start when you boot up the machine (this can also be done by going to Run -> msconfig).

On my netbook, I use mostly Google Chrome, and Firefox for stuff that doesn't work in Chrome (YouTube fails for me generally in Chrome, across all machines).

Finally, download+install both 'Spybot Search & Destroy' and 'MalwareBytes Anti-Malware' (the free one), and run through both of them.

What anti-virus do you use? I don't use one on my netbook, but I can't really recommend that to the average joe.

Do you have Windows 7? If so, you can disable unused services such as the Bluetooth driver, for example (unless you actually use Bluetooth with your netbook). I'm not entirely sure if disabling stuff like that actually gives you any more performance, but I've never found it to hurt.

Any questions or specifics you're after, just yell :)

MackGerard 08-02-2010 03:19 PM

Re: Making a Laptop/netbook faster?
Thanks alot. I dont currently have a anti virus program but if youd recomend one what would it be?

Yami 08-02-2010 03:22 PM

Re: Making a Laptop/netbook faster?
(note that I made a bunch of edits to my first post)
First, I would recommend Microsoft Security Essentials, as an alternative I'd say AVG. Both are free.

You don't absolutely have to run an anti-virus, but for the average user I would highly recommend it.

MackGerard 08-02-2010 03:41 PM

Re: Making a Laptop/netbook faster?
I appreciate all your help I just started running the Defraggler

Yami 08-02-2010 03:45 PM

Re: Making a Laptop/netbook faster?
Wait a sec, in your other thread you said your netbook has an SSD? In which case it doesn't need defragmented. Sorry, I guess I just read the threads in the wrong order :P

MackGerard 08-02-2010 03:47 PM

Re: Making a Laptop/netbook faster?
Oh alright, that's no problem. Should I still use ccleaner?

Yami 08-02-2010 03:49 PM

Re: Making a Laptop/netbook faster?
Yeah, all the other stuff still applies.

MackGerard 08-02-2010 03:54 PM

Re: Making a Laptop/netbook faster?
Alright well I stopped the Deffragler and started up the ccleaner. So im sure itll get faster.

Yami 08-02-2010 03:54 PM

Re: Making a Laptop/netbook faster?
Cool. Remember, if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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