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After running a free defrag utility, some of my applications stopped working

I've tried to use a utility called Power Defragmenter Lite V-2.10. This was a free download from The problem is that immediately after running this program, I found that four or five of my applications no longer worked. There is nothing else I can attribute this problem to, and it did happen right after I ran the defragmenter. Internet Explorer and Juno were two of the programs affected. I use Windows 98SE. Do you have any ideas?

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Well, there are some rare occasions where applications place files in particular clusters as some sort of "copy protection." I personally hate this technique, but maybe some of your apps are affected by this. [Internet Explorer] does not have this mechanism, so maybe the defragger did not handle open files correctly, which corrupted them. I cannot tell you much about this defragger, but you should check your disk for possible faults. If there are no hardware defects, I guess it will be related to corrupt files. If you want to check, reinstall the apps and re-run the defragger. If the problems recur, it is some problem with the defragger. Maybe you [should] check out some other defraggers, which are available on the Web.

This was first published in December 2002

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