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Old September 5th, 2009, 12:27 PM
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for the past month or two my computer has been really,really slow and I read somewhere about Advance Registry Optimizer, which is a product that will correct the problem...when I went online they correct the first 20 errors for free (the test showed I had 758 errors)..my son got me this computer in 2003

my question is ..is it worth the $29.95 yearly fee to have ARO to correct the errors or is there another product out there that will do the same thing for less

i usually consult my son about these issues but he's out flying his F-22 for a couple of weeks

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Old September 5th, 2009, 01:28 PM
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The best thing is to take the computer to good shop.
They can analyze and determine what is wrong.
I don't know which system you using.
If it is a Mac take it to a Apple dealer to have it looked at.
If windows you probably need to have the systen repaired.
Being that you got the system in 2003 , you might want to consider
getting a new system. This system probably is probably obsolete.
If you are running anything other than XP or Vista you will need to
upgrade the system for sure.
In Canada you can buy new systems for about $500.
US prices are the same or cheaper.

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Old September 5th, 2009, 02:02 PM
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A corrupt registry can definitely slow down your system and also cause it to take forever to boot. It isn't the only thing that can do this but it is a common problem. If you have had the system since 2003 and have never cleaned the registry it should be done.

There is one registry cleaner that I like and I received a promotional version of but it is now $30. It is Uniblue Registry Booster. www.uniblue.com

Will that be the cure to your problems? There is about a 20% chance it will cure all your problems but it will help.

There are a myriad of other things that will make your system run slower. The most common these days are "anti-virus" systems that scan everything coming in or going out of your computer. I stopped using McAffee because it basically became "bloatware" and SIGNIFICANTLY slowed down my system. It also drove me crazy trying to pinpoint the problem. It all changed after an automatic update to the software.

Also: Don't run multiple browser sessions or applications in the background of your system. Do your really need to know the current temperature, breaking news and second by second updates of your stocks? Get rid of these and put these sites in your "Favorites" area and call them up when you want to check them.

Also: Get rid of AOL or other services if you use them. AOL especially will bring your system to its knees.

There are other things to optimize your system but they should be done by someone who is familiar with cleaning hard drives, suspending Services and removing programs. Take it to a GOOD shop to have this done. I am not a fan of the Geek Squad but some people say good things about them.

If you will pay over $200 to have your system optimized then I say just buy a new one. You can buy a good quality system for under $700.

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Old September 5th, 2009, 02:46 PM
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thanks everyone..I had planned on getting a new system for Christmas anyway..just may have to speed it up
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Old September 5th, 2009, 06:11 PM
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It would not be a bad idea to get a new PC. You can transfer all of your old info from one PC to another via a cable that will allow transfers from XP to Vista.
Just be sure to have anything you transfer over scanned for infections.

You can try the free online scanners and see what they get.
pandasecurity.com has Activescan
trendmicro.com has Housecalls
Microsoft has OneCare

Programs such as Ad-Aware (catch that spelling...there are fakes) is located at lavasoft.de (not dot com or dot net but dot DE) have free versions.

Spybot S&D is good. Get it free at

Have a look over at whatthetech.com (tomcoyote.com) for sopme other tools.

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