Maintaining your Machine What makes your machine slow?
Posted 11 November 2011 - 10:39 PM
Posted 12 November 2011 - 01:40 PM
I suspect that you have some malware on your computer causing issues that we are not able to solve through means we can use here in the Tech Forums. I suggest you read the 'Start Here' topic found HERE. With these self-help tools you have a high chance of fixing the problems on your own. If you are still having problems after following Step 3 of the guide, continue with Step 4 and 5 and post in the Malware Forum. If you are unable to run any programs, Please create a topic stating what you have tried so far and that you are unable to run any programs. Also, Please do NOT post the logs in this thread.
If you are still having issues after the malware expert gives you a clean bill of health, Please return to THIS thread and we will pursue other options to help you solve your current problem(s).
Add a link to this topic so that malware tech can see what steps have been taken here
Posted 07 December 2011 - 06:15 PM
Posted 07 December 2011 - 06:44 PM
Personally I would recommend Avast or MSE as I have Avast on my system and MSE on my wife's system. Both do a very good job and are very easy on system resources.
Posted 07 December 2011 - 07:34 PM
Posted 07 December 2011 - 10:09 PM
Posted 08 December 2011 - 06:21 AM
Please download Avast from my signature below. Please make sure you do the registration as it is good for a year or more. When it is due simply just reregister it.
Avast in my opinion is better because:
- It's FREE to the Home User
It Updates it's Definitions daily
You can scan Individual Files, Folders and Drives
No buying new versions every year
Posted 08 December 2011 - 06:26 AM
When you say AVG doesn't like your computer, is that what you currently have installed? If so, you should uninstall AVG prior to installing either MSE or Avast. Never have twwo antivirus programs installed at once.
Posted 08 December 2011 - 11:58 AM
It is, really a question of which you find, amongst the high regarded ones, is most suitable to YOU.
As you have been advised, NEVER run more than one, in real time protection.
You MAY find reports, on the various forums, relating a particular product, that it can safely run with others.
Our advice in relation to anti-virus programs running in real-time would be to ignore those suggestions..
For further information on various products - you may find this link helpful
You will have seen that my colleague rshaffer61 uses Microsoft Security Essentials on ONE computer and Avast on another.
I tried AVAST and went back to MSE - BUT do not let that influence you - as I said it is your choice.
Microsoft Security Essentials
2.On Custom scan - you can also scan individual drives, folders
3. It updates its definitions and on scheduled scan, you can configure it to check for updates before scanning.
OR you can if you do NOT use scheduled scanning which I do NOT, as I prefer to scan when I wish to - simply click on Updates on the main window. It will then report either Your definitions are Up to Date or it will check for updates.
4. By right clicking on any folder or file - you can scan that individual file - from the right click without going through the MSE user interface. - for instance on your new download before installation.
As rshaffer61 has said, these also apply of course to AVAST.
I prefer Microsoft Security Essentials - as I said at the start of my post, it is which you find suits you BEST.
Posted 08 December 2011 - 01:13 PM
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Posted 19 January 2012 - 06:03 AM
Having many programs in the startup will slow your computer down. Taking out programs that aren't necessary on startup will reduce the resource requirements on boot and will generally make the PC run faster. To remove programs from your startup list, follow the instructions below.
Open Start Menu and select "Run..."
In the run box type: msconfig and press enter.
A window will appear, go to the Startup tab.
In the startup tab, disable tick boxes on all the programs that don't necessarily need to be started at boot.
I did this, and when I restarted my computer so the changes would go through I got a notification that the System Configuration Utility had started in Selective Startup. I need to know what this means, as it then told me that I'd need to manually change to Normal Startup.
Posted 19 January 2012 - 10:19 AM
Posted 19 January 2012 - 02:00 PM