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Old 12-16-2005, 10:12   #1
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PC memory optimizer

I have PC Bug Doctor (purchase version) and it's good. They sent me a free gift of a PC memory optimizer (Regularly $24.95) plus a popup blocker program which I really don't need. The optimizer is supposed to speed up function. Does anybody have experience with optimizers? Are they any count?
My system is only 300 mhz Celeron, 4 gig HD, 190 ram, Win 98 SE.
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Old 12-16-2005, 10:37   #2
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Blast, I don't know if the optimizer works, but with your system, I would not add any fluff software unless it was absolutely needed. Short of getting a new rig, the best money you could spend would be on memory.
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Old 12-16-2005, 10:45   #3
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seems like any time i added an "optimizer" type program it ended up using MORE resources just to run it. ;Q ;Q ;Q
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Old 12-16-2005, 11:08   #4
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It really depends.Windows does a fairly good job of managing memory.Some of those will slow the system and some will help with certain types of programs.Be careful these days installing new programd in Windows 98.Some won't work at all and some newer ones will install but have never been tested with Windows 98.
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Old 12-16-2005, 11:34   #5
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Here are the best utilities for Windows 98 SE.They make up for some shortcomings that MS never fixed.


CCleaner

http://ccleaner.com or

http://www.majorgeeks.com/CCleaner_d4191.html

Diskeeper Lite

http://majorgeeks.com/Diskeeper_Lite_d1207.html


OleClean

http://majorgeeks.com/OleClean_d452.html
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Old 12-16-2005, 12:10   #6
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Quote:
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seems like any time i added an "optimizer" type program it ended up using MORE resources just to run it. ;Q ;Q ;Q
For the most part that is usually the case, the RAM optimizer is actully going to using more RAM than what you are now.

Mostly what I find from the computers people have me look at is alot of background services running, that is eating RAM. Realplayer, Quicktime are a few examples I can think of, they don't need to run all of the time.

The best thing to do is if you need more RAM is add it. I see you have an older computer, if it uses SDRAM it most likely does it's pretty cheap to upgrade.

I would look more into unneeded services running tho, with Windows 98 SE 192 MB of RAM should be plenty for browsing the internet and basic computer use. However if you run larger programs requiring more RAM, then you may be needing an upgrade.
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Old 12-16-2005, 12:12   #7
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Thanks for the responses.;c I think I'll not install it.
I've had the PC Bug Doctor for about a year and it has been good at removing invalid CLSIDs and fixing corrupted files and such.
I have CCleaner and I like it too. I might try Diskeeper and OleClean. I also use Spybot, Ad-Aware, SpywareBlaster, CWShredder, Browser Hijack Blaster, and Hijack This.
But even with all of that, I still get hit now and then by something called EffectiveBandToolbar.
my start page is hijacked by aboutbank and I get this HomeSearch crap, and a hidden BHO, usually a CoolWebSearch type. I can get rid of it all with the tools, but it will comeback a little more than half the time I browse. I'm afraid there's something hooked in somewhere that launches it. I can't find it or know what to look for. It doesn't matter where I browse... GlockTalk, my email, other forums, whatever. It's just a nuisance.

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Old 12-16-2005, 12:19   #8
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okay try these for removing those spyware things from your PC.

http://majorgeeks.com/a-squared_a%B2...ion_d4281.html


and


http://majorgeeks.com/Disspy_LITE_d4519.html

Download and save them.Install them one at a time restarting your PC after each one.Even if they run on installing them,wait for them to finish then download the updates and run them again.Do not run CCleaner after installing new programs without restarting first.
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Old 12-16-2005, 12:24   #9
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Have you ever tried the Firefox browser? http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/

It's way better than Internet Explorer could ever hope to be.
Pop up adds gone without use of any other programs, and it's alot harder to hijack, with garbage toolbars and other spyware. I still get some spyware that slips through, not nearly half of what I used to get.
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Firefox uses quite a bit of RAM.Opera uses much less RAM.It may not look as "familar" but works great and is more secure than most.

http://majorgeeks.com/Opera_Without_...ware_d559.html
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