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Resolved Strange startup notice.

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by bananaball, 2013/12/22.

  1. 2013/12/24
    TonyT

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    There will be some leftovers remaining to be deleted. Search the AppData folders for your username and AllUsers and delete Conduit folders. (you can search entire C drive for Conduit)

    Then go to C:\Users\<you>\AppData\Local\Temp and delete everything there.

    Then delete Temp Internet Files on your browsers.

    Then verify that your browsers don't have any Conduit related extensions (search protect or others) listed or enabled.
     
  2. 2013/12/24
    bananaball

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  4. 2013/12/24
    Evan Omo

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    There is one last tool that you should run.

    Download and run ATF Cleaner. Save the program to your desktop. Run the program by right clicking on it and selecting Run as administrator. When it opens select all the checkboxes in the program then hit the empty selected button.
     
  5. 2013/12/25
    bananaball

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    I can't find a source for the ATF Cleaner that doesn't carry a lot of junk with it
     
  6. 2013/12/25
    Bill

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    If you look at the author's site, Atribune ATF-Cleaner is for XP and Windows 2000 only. I realize many use it on more current versions of Windows, but because the author has not updated it, I recommend purging the hard drives of clutter with Windows 8 Disk Cleanup, TFC by Oldtimer (the most aggressive cleaner) or CCleaner (select CCleaner Slim version for no toolbar option). With CCleaner, before first use, go to Options > Settings > Advanced and ensure Only delete files in Windows Temp folders older than 24 hours is unchecked. And before using any of these options, know your site credentials (user names and passwords) for sites you frequent before cleaning as you will have to login again at next visit.
     
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  7. 2013/12/25
    bananaball

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    OK I have TFC that I've used in the past - I'll give it a go
     
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    What is classic shell?i'm green I know it has something to do with MS-DOS right?
     
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    Ha!Ha!
     
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    James Martin

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    I've used ATF Cleaner many times on XP, but I was nervous about using it on Win 7 and above. I wish the owner would update this great cleaning tool.
     
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    Evan Omo

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    I've used it on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 without any ill effects. You just have to run it with elevated privileges and it works fine (right click ATF Cleaner and select Run as administrator).
     
  13. 2014/01/06
    James Martin

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    Oops.

    I ran ATF Cleaner as administrator, but the program damaged Amazon Cloud Player, and maybe a few more programs. I'll know more in days to come, but for the time being, I am sticking to CCleaner and Disk Cleaner. (preferably CCleaner)

    I did a system restore, but it didn't help much with the cloud player. I reinstalled, and it is running again.
     
  14. 2014/01/09
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    I'll stick to TFC since it works well for me
     
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    James Martin

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    TFC does its job, but it does it a bit too well at times. For example, it sets my tray icon settings back to default, etc.
     
  16. 2014/01/12
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    Funny - I don't recall that ever happening to me
     
  17. 2014/01/12
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    TFC is too aggressive for me too. I use it when troubleshooting broken systems, but not to "maintain" my systems. I use CCleaner or Windows own Disk Cleanup for that.
     
  18. 2014/01/12
    James Martin

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    I have seen times when TFC made problems worse. My brother's XP machine was infected with a virus, and after the cleanup, using TFC almost made the computer unusable. I used a previously made disk image to restore functionality.

    I'm not knocking TFC, although, I agree with Bill about not using it for regular junk file cleaning.
     
  19. 2014/01/13
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    In windows 8.1 I manually delete IE, Windows, and local Temp files. Then use CCleaner and disk cleanup, defrag, then run a full scan using Windows Defender.
     
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    Huh? Sure seems like a whole lot of wasted effort to me. I see no reason to manually delete temp files when CCleaner deletes temps, and Disk Cleanup deletes temp files too. That's why I said I use CCleaner "or" Disk Cleanup.

    If I wanted to "aggressively" clean a system, I would use TFC and CCleaner (CCleaner since TFC does not clear cookies). If I did not already have CCleaner on the system, I would use TFC and Windows Disk Cleanup.

    Windows Defender runs in real time on Windows 8 (and why WD does not appear by default in system trays or as a right-click menu option) so I see no reason to manually run a scan.

    Running defrag AFTER purging the system of all those temp files makes good sense. It is counterproductive to defrag with potentially 1000s of tiny temp files on the drive. That said, in W8/8.1, defragging, by default, is scheduled once a week anyway.
     
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    Bill: I'm retired over 20 years it keeps me busy.
     

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