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February 24, 2014 6:26:17 PM

this is an Acer Aspire one 722 laptop, had it since brand new. one time i had done a factory reset and it ran better.

but now I just want it to run somewhat normally. opening Chrome or any browser takes almost a full minute, then its got some mysearchdial website that tries to open. i always open a 2nd tab then close that first one.

I check the running services, went into the startup mode and unchecked anything that wasnt microsoft or wasnt something i recognized. if i watch a youtube video? cpu is 100% and hot air comes out the side (laptop), it was not like this before.

i installed bitdefender and have symantec, bitdefender free trial ran out

I know it sounds like the most asked question but how to fix the slow Windows 7 computer? ive been using pcs since the 80s, i write software and have fixed computers for years

when i leave the computer on for days and only close the lid? it gets so slow it will take over a minute to react to a button click, is there a checklist of things to do that are safe to fix this? thanks

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a b $ Windows 7
February 24, 2014 11:14:41 PM

Sounds like you've got a pile of malware/adware. Firstly, go uninstall the Chrome extension from mysearchdial.

Can you post a screenshot of the processes tab of Task Manager, sorted by CPU usage?

Most effective way would probably be to factory reset it again.
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February 25, 2014 7:54:27 AM

Someone Somewhere said:
Sounds like you've got a pile of malware/adware. Firstly, go uninstall the Chrome extension from mysearchdial.

Can you post a screenshot of the processes tab of Task Manager, sorted by CPU usage?

Most effective way would probably be to factory reset it again.

how to uninstall chrome from mysearchdial? i went to chrome and disabled every extension, fully basic setup, did this for firefox and IE which also got corrupted thanks to zdnet and their viruses inside the freeware, why cant they be held accountable for causing damage to my property? and this searchdial company? criminals out in the open.

i went thru the registry to delete anything related to this product, hours and hours. i installed anti malware or adware software and scanned, deleted zillions of things, reboot, scan, delete more, reboot, scan.... days of removing adware thanks to zdnet or cnet same thing

i cannot factory reset, too many family photos and kids sports and activities. will have to backup everything again. i always make 3 backups at least of any file as disks and flash will fail. this laptop has no dvd drive, so i need to get an external one


picture where do you upload them?

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a b $ Windows 7
February 25, 2014 7:06:31 PM

Erm, messing around in the registry without knowing what you're doing is a very good way to crash Windows.

If you've already got a couple of external hard drives, then just backup your stuff (including photos).
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February 26, 2014 12:56:23 PM

Someone Somewhere said:
Erm, messing around in the registry without knowing what you're doing is a very good way to crash Windows.

If you've already got a couple of external hard drives, then just backup your stuff (including photos).


Really? just why in the h.ell would you sit there and imply I dont know what Im doing? You know, almost every time when a person says that its a reflection of their own incompetence, used to try to degrade others hoping to build the perception of their ability.
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February 26, 2014 3:09:48 PM

No, it's because those who are most insistent of their own abilities are usually the ones who skip 'unnecessary' steps like creating a system restore point, or just do a find-and-replace and wipe out huge amounts of stuff.

There are very few people I'd want to let loose in a registry for more than a 1-2 value change.
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February 26, 2014 5:06:52 PM

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No, it's because those who are most insistent of their own abilities are usually the ones who skip 'unnecessary' steps like creating a system restore point, or just do a find-and-replace and wipe out huge amounts of stuff.

There are very few people I'd want to let loose in a registry for more than a 1-2 value change.


Well on that I agree because some people can know just enough to do damage, sure. In my case I wasted what could have been good times socializing or dating or enjoying friends or family to waste it on computers.

I was a wiz on windows 3.11 and worked on that registry stuff since. change the wrong thing, its zapped. restore points dont always work in win7, but its good to at least try.
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February 26, 2014 5:17:56 PM

It sounds like from the time that you spent in the registry, you could have done a complete reinstall.

The other thing that hinted that I wouldn't want you in the registry was that you got it installed in the first place, which tends to be an indication of next>next>next>install habits, and many packages sneak that kind of thing in.
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February 27, 2014 6:36:02 AM

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February 27, 2014 8:01:55 AM

Someone Somewhere said:
It sounds like from the time that you spent in the registry, you could have done a complete reinstall.

The other thing that hinted that I wouldn't want you in the registry was that you got it installed in the first place, which tends to be an indication of next>next>next>install habits, and many packages sneak that kind of thing in.


Dont give me this crap about you being superior and me not knowing how windows operates and not having any ability to maintain windows. to do a complete reinstall would take alot of backup, and at the moment the cloud backup takes a long time to do 100GB. much of its done. Windows backup fails often, when it does work and i check files? many jpeg image files are only half there. the top is there then its pixelated or blocky then black partway down. thats not a backup. i want files to be actually backed up.

The virus and malware? It got installed, but then this opens an entire new arena of important discussion, the fact of formerly trusted sources of software who now overtly put malware into code, so they can profit? criminals. and the consumer is harmed or their equipment deliberately damaged, which is tortuous, as in they are legally and morally liable.

Ive had to fix peoples computers who would install music sharing software and end up with viruses. all i could do is reinstall windows on new media and copy across the files and say get music somewhere else. maybe about the time bearshare and others went illegal is when cnet and tucows and others started pushing viruses into the free code for unsuspecting computer users.

The next next next you describe is how windows software is installed, to place malware into the code is a crime, its not a crime to install software. cnet is the source of the virus software on my laptop. they offer a wide range of freeware or cheap software, cnet admitted they now scam the public by placing viruses in their free software and duping those who download it by saying its been tested virus free so they can make a profit because nobody would pay for software on the 30 day trial scheme..

I had to spend days while running bitdefender scanning, it finds all sorts of trojans etc, THANKS TO CNET.com then reboot, scan and it finds more and more, reboot etc.

my machine gets ruined because of criminals/cnet.com installing viruses into software placed in formerly trusted outlets, why should I have to spend so much time and resources because of that crime? I dont want to reinstall windows, i want to know why after all that repairing, bit defender comes up clear, symantec clear, that the system runs so slow,

i wanted to know what is making windows run slow. why will it take 1 minute for a browser tab to change?
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February 28, 2014 1:11:40 AM

I don't think CNET has actually put viruses into the downloads. They're just a mirror. It's the original vendor of the software who bundles other software with it because that's how they make money.

Also, can you provide a source for "cnet admitted they now scam the public by placing viruses in their free software"? I've never read that. Besides,virus scans are never 100% effective, and I believe they do note that on the download page.

Also, 'virus' is a very specific term. Most of what you've described I'd call adware. Malware generally refers to software that you don't want; it's not necessarily illegal. You didn't untick the box, that's your fault. If they installed it without asking you (and did it deliberately, not because of a bug), that might be illegal.

This reads a lot like someone who got burned due to bad security practices, and is now trying to blame everyone but themselves.

There's a lot of things that can make Windows run so slow. Many are quite hard to diagnose. I can't be bothered going through thousands of issues, getting blamed because you messed something up, and then ending up telling you to reinstall windows anyway.

Go stick your stuff on an external HDD, and look at the publisher of the software not the website it's coming from.
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