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What Can You Do With A Botnet?
The producers used the botnet at a very scaled-back capacity to send out spam emails. The results? Even at the botnet’s slowest possible rate, it still managed to send out 10,000 spam messages in the space of a few hours. With the botnet throttled up to full speed, this number could easily have been in the hundreds of thousands, or more.
After the great spam experiment, the producers pointed the botnet at a Web site for the purpose of mounting a denial-of-service attack. The target Web site had previously agreed to be the “victim” in this case. The purpose of the test was to see how many zombie computers it would take to upend the Web site. The result here? Just 60 zombies and three attempts shut down the test site.
What is the lesson here for your slow computer? Not so much that zombies are attacking your computer. Chances are they’re not. Denial of service attacks are largely reserved for juicier targets like servers. The lesson for you and your slow computer is that your computer may be slow because it is one of the 60 computers attacking someone else’s Web site. Or spending out hundreds (or thousands) of spam emails each hour.
Other Things Can Cause A Slow Computer
Before you jump to conclusions, there are many other reasons your computer may be slow. Simple neglect is chief among them. If you write a delete a large number of files on your computer, your disk is very likely to be fragmented. This means your hard disk doesn’t contain enough contiguous free space to write a file, so the computer has to write a bit of the file here, and a bit of the file over there, and another bit of the file way over there. This fragmentation slows down the computer’s ability to retrieve the file and write changes to it.
“Standard installation” is another culprit in slowing down your computer. When you add software to your computer, the “standard installation” may write a lot of information to the computer that you don’t need. This extra information means that the program ends up needing more memory and more hard disk space to run. Standard installations often include fonts, foreign language support and other features you may not need. The next time you load software, do a custom install and see what you’re loading. You may be surprised by what you can safely eliminate!
To keep your computer running cleanly, you’ll want anti-virus and anti-spyware software running. You’ll also want to run a registry cleaner to remove bits and pieces of programs you no longer need, broken or obsolete DLLs, and other leftovers that can clog up your registry and impair the computer’s performance. RegCure is a recognized leading registry cleaner that simply works. It’s been downloaded more than a million times, and works miracles on slow computers.
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Your computer could be infected by a particularly nasty piece of malware that turns your computer into what’s known as a zombie. This malware allows your computer to be controlled by someone else when you log onto the Internet. This remote control can slow your computer down tremendously.
Worse than that, the malware often collects and forwards your private information to other people, who can use your information to steal your money, real and online assets, distribute spam and infect other computers to create what is known as a botnet army.
Not surprisingly, this malware leaves behind a mess. To gain control of your computer, the mlaware must make changes to your computer’s registry file. While your anti-virus or anti-spyware software may detect these programs, they may not clean up the entire mess.
How do you know if you’ve been infected? Look for slow Internet connections and network activity when you’re not actively downloading or uploading files. Look for unusual errors that pop up. Check the Task Manager to see which programs are running and how much CPU time or memory space they’re taking up. If you find something suspicious, close your Internet programs (like your browser and email), and run your anti-virus program. If the program finds nothing, consider installing a second anti-virus program to catch possible problems.
In addition to these deliberate malware infections, your computer’s registry can also become bogged down with old, abandoned registry entries that were made to support a particular program. Uninstallers are notorious for leaving information behind, and this abandoned information can clog up your registry and slow your computer down.
RegCure is a top-rated program designed to keep your computer’s registry clean. No extra entries, no leftover registry keys, no broken DLLs. Removing these things from your registry means that you also eliminate the causes of most screen crashes and freezes. That’s great news because computer crashes can damage necessary files, perpetuating the problem and slowing your computer to a halt.
RegCure also backs up your registry completely before making any changes, so if you don’t like what you get once your registry has been cleaned, you can always go back to what you had!
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If you run a Windows computer, you may have noticed that your computer doesn’t seem as fast as it did when you first got it. You’re right; it probably doesn’t. That’s because as you load and unload programs, add and delete files, and make configuration changes to your computer, your Windows registry gets written to and edited.
Your computer needs the registry in order to operate properly but not every program that writes information into the registry does a good job of that. In addition, uninstallers often leave behind registry entries that have no purpose, and tend to slow down your computer, conflict with other programs and wreak all kinds of havoc on your computer.
Freezes, Crashes Can Be Stopped With A Registry Cleaner
Have you begun to notice that your computer is freezing and crashing unpredictably? Has your computer’s performance slowed, perhaps even to the point that the computer is no longer usable?
Many things can cause this, but you’re likely to find the root of these troubles somewhere in the computer’s registry. If you’ve recently had a viral infection, your anti-virus program may not have completely removed the offensive program. You may have loaded application software that adds many unnecessary fonts as part of its install routine. Your computer may start displaying Windows errors that indicate something is wrong, but you have no idea what’s happening or how to fix it.
RegCure Has All The Expertise You Need
You don’t need to be a computer expert, nor do you need to spend hundreds of dollars to have your computer diagnosed and repaired by a professional. You can avoid a number of problems simply by running a registry cleaner. Of the registry cleaners available today, RegCure has been downloaded and used more than 60 million times.
RegCure is an award-winning program, and one that no Windows user should be without. RegCure works constantly to make sure your registry is free from those things that can slow your computer to a standstill. With some registry cleaners, you need to be concerned about what exactly they’re doing to your computer. With RegCure, you can rest easy because RegCure always makes a full backup of your registry before it makes any changes. You can always revert to your previous state if you don’t like what RegCure has done. Sixty million downloads says a lot about RegCure, though, doesn’t it?
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Lots Of Downloads Can Mean Slow Performance
If you download a lot of files, your disk can become fragmented quickly. The constant writing and re-writing of files can take up a lot of room on your hard drive and cause your computer to write files in many different places on the computer. When a fragmented file is written, the disk drive has to search and move in order to find all the pieces, That can cause the disk to slow down, and, believe it or not, the disk drive is actually one of the slowest parts of your computer. Defragment your hard disk regularly to keep it in good shape.
Another thing that can slow your computer down is the size of your operating system. The more features you load into it, the bigger it is and the slower your computer will operate. Minimize fonts, applications that load at startup, language support and network functions you don’t need. These things are notorious for taking up space on the disk and room in your computer’s internal memory. The smaller and cleaner your system is, the faster it will load and operate.
Viruses and spyware abound and can cause all kinds of unexpected behavior in your computer. Make sure you have an excellent anti-virus program running on your computer at all times. Don’t be tempted to turn it off, even for a moment, especially if you do a lot of surfing or downloading of files. You can certainly get viruses and rogue programs from emails, but you can also pick up nasty infections from rogue or hijacked Web sites, clickable advertising and infected applications.
Clean Your Registry
Finally, your registry can accumulate a lot of bits of computer code you don’t need. The code that resides in your registry, whether you need it or not, gets loaded every time the computer runs. By using a registry cleaner like RegCure, you can remove pieces of computer code that get left behind when you remove programs.
Each time you use RegCure, the program backs up your registry before it makes any changes. You can always revert to the registry’s most recent state if you don’t like the way your computer works once RegCure is done. That’s not likely to happen though! RegCure is used by millions of people around the world who wouldn’t trust anything else to keep their computers running fast. Turn your slow computer into a speedy one with RegCure!
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According to SpeedMatters.org, the United States ranked 15th in 2008 among industrialized nations in terms of Internet access speed. While many things go into the speed of an Internet connection and the overall response of the Internet, speed problems are most likely to appear literally right under the end-user’s nose. Most speed and connection issues are rooted in the user’s slow computer. Corrupted files, spyware and malware, and bad physical connection can cause retransmits and congestion on the network. The cure for many of these problems can be simple, but many people suffer needlessly, assuming that their computer is simply old, or that their network connection is “slow.”
RegCure Speeds Up Your Slow Computer
More than a million people have found an inexpensive, reliable way to speed up their slow computer and keep it running fast. RegCure from Pareto Logic eliminates the root causes of slow computer performance, crashes, and freezes that interfere with your ability to get work done, both on the network and off. RegCure gets into your computer’s registry and examines each entry to find abandoned registry keys, code that’s redundant or no longer needed, and entries that simply don’t need to be in your registry each time you start your computer. RegCure is safe. Each time you change your registry, RegCure makes a full backup of your registry in case something unexpected happens. If you don’t like the changes that have been made, you can revert to the registry’s former state. RegCure cleans up your registry, which can get clogged with conflicting entries and useless code. It also keeps your registry from getting fouled up over time. You get a performance enhancement right away, and then you get to enjoy your computer’s fast performance each time you turn on the computer.
RegCure Gets What Uninstallers Miss
The correct way to remove a program on a Windows computer is to uninstall it. Although uninstallers are supposed to remove all of the program’s hidden files, support files, device drivers, and registry entries, sometimes those things don’t happen. As a result, your computer may continue to load bits of programming code that it no longer needs. This extra, unneeded code takes up room in your computer’s working memory and slows down its performance. It may also lead to crashes, freezes and hesitations. More than a million users have learned that the cure for a slow, under-performing computer isn’t spending money on a faster processor, more memory or an upgraded Internet connection. The cure for a slow computer is RegCure! Photo Credit: Akyan
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