Computer question?--Solved--

I was cleaning up my computer the other day. In My Programs there was a folder called Common Files. When I opened it it had a lot of the same things under my programs and was very big in size. should I delete it? I don't want to hurt any programs that may rely on it. Another question, when I start up my computer it takes forever! (about 20 min.) but thats if I don't go into the process tab and end a few things. I know Doscan.exe hogs up a lot and I've been through the msconfig stuff. Yahoo messenger always starts up even though I have it un-checked for startup. I had some really bad trojans a while back and never reformatted. I took the offensive and got rid of them but I think they left a lot of "leftovers" in the registry and system folders. I also think thats whats making the startup slow. All of those viruses trying to launch but cant because their main files arent there. Of course once its up its speedy it sometimes takes a while to load things but once they're up they work flawlessly. Anybody know how to help? Please? --I guess my problem was not having enough RAM. And last night one of my friends gave me a gig and a new video card. Now it runs a whole lot better and the start up only takes about a tenth of the time it used to. Thanks to everyone who gave me some tips on what to do! Thanks, Rockerx

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caitlinsdad8 years ago
Have you tried a simple defrag and error check of your disk? You'll find in in the tool under the properties tab of your hard drive. I would empty the recycle folder first and then defrag. Are you running low on disk space? It may be time to start fresh if you can-that means you have all the software to reload your machine. Good luck.
Rockerx (author)  caitlinsdad8 years ago
I've done a defrag. It didn't really do much. Error checking I've never done but I can, I'll let you know. I very organized on the computer(I wish in real life :) ) I have plenty of disk space. Oh well, like you said it may be time to reformat. I think windows has just been insanely bloated from all of the viruses earlier. Thanks for the tips though.
Did you use XP's defrag ? .....if so, it is very, um, conservative...really.
Rockerx (author)  Goodhart8 years ago
yup
almost any other working Degrag program does better then the MS one :-)
Rockerx (author)  Goodhart8 years ago
thats for sure
Rockerx (author)  Rockerx8 years ago
and I ran a couple of other cleaners
I can tell you what your problem is and the only prescription is more RAM! You only got like 256 mb of ram
Rockerx (author)  thematthatter8 years ago
Yup, I'm getting up to a gig tonight. I'll tell ya if it makes it better.
Rockerx (author)  Rockerx8 years ago
Wow, that just solved my problems with starting up. 1 gig definitely helps!
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