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Actually Two or Three Questions (Issues/Problems)?-?

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Greetings Folks!

1. Is it possible to have too much spy/adware protection Counting WinPatrol and my Yahoo! Online (ISP) Protection Suite I think I have six [6] programs? "Spybot S&D", Trend Micro's "AntiSpyware" Trial, "Spyware Doctor", Lavasoft's - "Ad-Aware SE Personal", oh and also "CleanUp!", in addition to the aforementioned "Yahoo! AntiSpy" and "WinPatrol" - is this TOO MUCH and OVERKILL? HAVE I BECOME PARANOID??) - in other words, is it not different from Antivirus protection where only one program should be present (working)?

2. I really don't know much about what I am doing - I have a Firefox browser AND an IE browser at the ready at all times, and I switch from one to the other when I have problems - and oh do I have problems - is this advisable - or what should I have going on here please?

3. Occasionally my mouse pointer is freezing, or locking up, other times I am able to move it - but not able to select or click on anything with it - wazup wit dat? (Oh and I get a "Generic" Error code# 0X 8000 4003 sometimes, and other times get a message telling me I need some plug-ins to show stuff - but I cannot find these plug-ins - (this last one, "plug-in's, is from Mozilla/Firefox - oh, and I am always having to send "talkback info" to them).

Thank you very much in advance for any suggestion/advice - SOLUTIONS!

Take Care - g ... (Windows 2000 Pro on dinosaur (6 yr-old PC) - Waiting for Vista to become available to get new stuff.

Edited by grc, 25 May 2006 - 06:59 PM.

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Ad-Aware SE and Spybot are fine, and you could add Spywareblaster to those


You can also have a number of anti spyware scanners installed, however, only one of them should be active because they can trip each other up, this also applies to anti virus programmes and firewalls

You can use online scans to cross check your anti virus programme

Online Scans

Panda Scan

House Call

Trend Micro Spyware Scan

Kaspersky Online Scan

The browsers are fine, you will probably find any plug ins you need from their respective home pages



Click start then all programmes, accessories, system tools to run disc clean up, then also from system tools, run disc defragmenter

Click start then run, type prefetch then press enter, click edit then select all, (all files will highlight), right click any file, click delete, confirm then reboot.

Download, install and run
Tune Up 2006 Trial

Run Tune Up disc clean up

Run Tune Up registry clean up

Disable the anti virus programme then click Optimize and Improve to run Reg Defrag, the screen will lose colour during the process which can take a few minutes and then needs a reboot

Check the anti virus programme is running

Those will have cleared the drive of obsolete software errors

These are suggestions for making the most of the free trial

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to optimize the computer, select computer with an internet connection from the drop down menu, this also requires a reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to accelerate downloads, select the speed just above your actual connection speed, this requires a reboot.

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to run system advisor

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