My computer had been dragging.... getting slower and slower.... I'm out in the country and my net beams from an abandoned fire tower across the water to a receiver mounted on the side of the house. I can see the fire tower so the signal doesn't have far to shoot. There are about 5 families that are permanent residents on this system but when all the weekenders are down with iPads and laptops, the bandwidth (are you impressed I know that word?! LOL) has to be shared. After Thanksgiving, my computer didn't speed back up.... and on Thursday morning, I couldn't get ANYTHING to open.... not the internet, not my Excel program, not even Skype.
Panic! A VIRUS! Tried to run Bitdefender - it wouldn't open. Tried to run Malwarebytes.... wouldn't open. All the stuff I tried to open said 'Not Responding' and I couldn't even X them closed. Couldn't close them with Task Manager because - IT WOULDN'T OPEN! Rebooted 4-5 times, same results, and the last time I got the error message from hell - my hard disk was damaged.... The only program I'd not tried was Glary - because I didn't think I had a registry problem.... but I clicked on it and after about 10 minutes, IT OPENED! I looked at my options and all were checked except 'disk repair'... I unclicked everything and clicked disk repair on and hit 'scan' AND IT STARTED RUNNING.... I watched as it analyzed files.... PAINFULLY SLOWLY.... and after a few minutes it rebooted my computer. I logged back in and restarted Glary.... and it started analyzing files again. Bear in mind - I had no idea what I was doing but at least I could see that something was happening.
I started keeping track of the number of files it was analyzing and each time I restarted the program, it would analyze a few MORE files. I probably restarted Glary 20 times in the course of the weekend, and each time the file count increased - so something was happening. In the mean time, I'm reading Consumer Reports on computers, and talking to people about what to buy.
This morning, the log-on screen was up so I signed in and opened Glary AGAIN. Then I sat down at my antique Dell laptop I bought just after the turn of the century, went to Amazon, and bought a new Dell - $1000 I really hadn't planned to spend this month.
Breathed a deep sigh, and looked at my pitiful HP, and saw what looked like an old DOS screen..... black with pixel letters - files flying by too fast to read.... This lasted several minutes. OH DEAR! Then the computer closed down.
Rebooted..... and the log-on came up. I put in my password and hit return.... OMG - in an instant, my desktop was showing.... I clicked my Chrome button and bam-bam-bam-bam.... my home pate, blogger page, twitter page, email, and facebook page all opened!!! Clicked on Excel - boom! It opened! Skype - whooooosh! OPENED! Sent a message on Skype - IT WORKED! Opened my blogger page - IT WORKED! Excel - WORKED!
JUST WOW! I dashed back to my antique Dell, pulled up Amazon - and cancelled the order for the new computer!
I'm typing THIS on the 'GLARY REPAIRED' machine, and so far, so good! I'm sure I lost SOMETHING..... but I have Carbonite backup, so I'm not concerned.
I don't know what Glary did..... I just know that without their 'disk repair' feature, I'd be out $1000.... MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ME - FROM GLARY UTILITIES PRO!!!! Best $20 I ever spent!
Try the free version.... but buy the PRO version....