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    It tweaks or removes crud you don't need (including Messenger).

    • Autoruns [] (free) allows you (among other things) to remove all of the unwanted startup crap that feels that it has to run memory-resident (QuickTime, RealPlayer, WinZip, etc.
    • Ad-aware [] (free), Spybot Search & Destroy [] (free), and Spyware Blaster [] (free) can inoculate against and clean up spyware.
    • HijackThis [] (free) and BHODemon [] (free) can clean up those insidious browser "helper" objects.
    • Be sure to defragment your hard drive, including the paging and registry files with PageDefrag [].
    • Remove anything from
  • I bought an HP last year and all the startup crap and junk running in the background made the performance downright terrible. If you can, rip it off and install a vanilla XP or 2000. My system has been extremely responsive since I did that. :)