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Speed Up Your PC

Disable Windows Messenger

I got tired of looking at that Windows Messenger icon in the tool tray so I found a way to stop it from loading.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302089

You need to edit the registry so be careful!

In addition, you may want to disable the Windows Messenger Service, which sounds similar although it serves a different function. Still, it's another source of possible spyware and viruses so you might as well disable it.

This program from all around super-tech guru Steve Gibson will do the trick. http://www.grc.com/stm/shootthemessenger.htm

How To Remove Notifyalert.exe Dell Support

I decided to remove the Notifyalert.exe program from a Dell PC which appeared to be slowing it down. The program is part of the Dell Support program that you can normally remove under Add / Remove Programs. Apparently this only works for version 3. If you have version 2 of Dell Support then the Add / Remove programs function can fail.

If you have version 2 of the Dell Support program, you need to reinstall the program and then remove it. Go to http://support.dell.com/ and do a search on "uninstall dell support" which will give you a link to the uninstall program.