If you ever have logged into windows and your desktop doesn’t come up or your files aren’t showing up, you probably have a corrupted profile. This can happen for a number of reasons as sometimes the computer doesn’t shutdown properly or power outage or hard drive failing.

I was able to find a nice tutorial online at http://www.theonlinetutorials.com/how-to-resolve-windows-xp-temp-profile-problem.html that gives good detail instructions on how to recover from a damaged profile. I have tested this out and it works great.

So if you ever run into this give this a try and let me know if it helps you.

RG

If you recently installed some free game or software you may have also, without noticing, that you may have agreed to also install search conduit. If your browser looks like the picture below then you have the search conduit program installed on your computer. 

search conduit virus/malware

Some have referred to this as a virus while others will call it malware, either way its a very annoying piece of software that takes over your browser homepage settings and starts to display more ads and slow down your computer. So how do you get rid of it? Below are the steps to follow to get rid of this.

1. Open internet explorer and click on the little gear icon in the top right (or the tools button if you have an older version of IE).

2. Select internet options. Now click on the advance tab and then click on RESET button. On the window that pops place a checkmark next to delete personal settings then click on RESET.

3. When it’s finished click on Close and then click OK. Now close out internet explorer

4. Now go to www.malwarebytes.org and download the free version of malwarebytes.

5. Install this program. Once its finish installing it should open up (if not just double click on the malwarebytes icon you see on your desktop).

6. Under the scanner tab you should select Perform a full scan. NOTE: It may take up to a couple of hours to do a complete scan depending on how much data you have on your computer. Just let the scan run until it finishes.

7. Once it’s done running the scan you will be able to click on a button that says Show Results. Click on this.

8. Now place a checkmark next to all the items it found. Make sure you scroll all the way down and checkmark everything. Then click on Remove Selected.

malwarebytes virus removal checklist

9. At this point it will start to remove all the malware it found (including search conduit) and show you a log of what it did and also may tell you that you now need to restart your computer. Go ahead and click YES to restart computer so it can finish removing the malware.

10. If malwarebytes found a lot of things like over 100+ items I recommend that you run another full scan just to make sure your computer is clean.

11. Once your computer boots back up you should now free of search conduit and also another other malware. Open up internet explorer and you should not see the search conduit webpage now.

These steps are not only good for removing search conduit but for any other malware you might have on your computer. I recommend that you run malwarebytes at least once a month or whenever you notice your computer running slower than usual or weird things showing up on your computer.

Leave a comment below and let me know if this has helped you.

RG

***Updated 6/5/2012***

I just came across this offer and thought I would share it with everyone. You can get Norton Internet Security 2012 software for only $23.99 (which is a $56 savings over the retail cost of $79.99). This offer is only good till 6/09/12. Click here to view the offer.

 This is a great deal and if you currently don’t have an antivirus software this would be good one to get. If you feel this is still too expensive then you can always try a free one call Avast. So either download Avast or buy Norton but just make sure you have some kind of antivirus protection on your computer to prevent many hours of headache should you ever get a virus.

I was setting up a new Dell Optiplex 790 today and after installing (Windows 7 pro 64 bit edition), I was trying to download the drivers for it and having a hard time downloading them from Dell’s website. I went to my laptop and had no probleming downloading them. I then updated the nic driver for the Optiplex and still had problems. While after searching on Google for awhile I came across a fix:

You need to go to an elevated command prompt. You can read about how to get to that here: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/783-elevated-command-prompt.html

Once you have the elevated command prompt type in:  

netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled

You should a message that says “Ok.”

Now you should have no problems with downloading files as this solved my problem.  This is the first time since working on a windows 7 machine that I have ever experienced this. Hope this helps you.

RG

So today I was working on a Gateway laptop for a client and I had this conference call today that was going to last at least an hour so I decieded to defragment the laptop.  I have always wondered if this really does work and if it would speed up the laptop or boot up time.  So before I ran this I made sure to delete and temp files.

After that was done I turned off the laptop and took out my stopwatch.  I turned the laptop on and started the laptop. Once it was fully booted up (I used MSN messenger as my stopping point) I would stop the timer.  It came back with 1 mintues and 39 seconds to boot up.  So now with my baseline I then started the deframentation. 

It took about an hour and 20 minutes to run but once that was done I shutdown the laptop and did the stopwatch test again.  To my surprise it took only 1 minute and 24 seconds to boot up to MSN messenger.  A whole 15 seconds faster!! 🙂  After playing the laptop a little bit it seemed to open up programs and access files a little quicker so I can say that it does work and worth doing. 

Got to go now as I’m off to defragment my laptops and computers. 🙂  Give it a try and let me know if you notice any difference as I would love to hear about it.

RG