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Early in 2009 someone (I think it was someone I referred to as Fenz... but the thread is now closed) helped me with a very nasty virus and informed me on some Antivirus and firewall software.

Overall , My laptop has been ok since the last time he helped me.

I am however seeming to have a bit of a problem at the moment.

I recently Compressed my Hard drive/disc to free up some space as my disc had been getting full and I had to keep deleting files/transferring them.. I now have about 3 gb free space.

But the last 2 days my computer seems to be running poorly and often I cannot close my pages. Its usually ok when I just have a few normal pages open. BUT if I say run a video or say watch something live online
it does now seem to lock up and perform very poorly. So I keep having to switch it on and off again.

Sometimes I get a message warning me Ive a virtual memory problem.
but I am not sure what this is.. I used to get a warning low disc space before I compressed my disc... but I dont think virtual memory is the same issue..

As I say it sometimes runs Very Slow at times. I ran one of the Av programs Malwarebytes you gave me which has in the past detected the odd virus that an other that I have didnt. Initially the Free Avira Antivirus seemed to work fine.
BUT for some reason at the moment it doesnt seem to be working.
It updates, BUT wont run when I click on to do a scan.

I was going to delete it and reinstall a newer free version.

BUT I noticed that the Avira file that I have on my laptop is showing a file size of 59 mbs... and the present latest download is only about 42 mbs.... I assume its because over the time I had my initial version that the updates increased the file size.

So I wanted to try and get some advice before I delete my older version
as I thought that he newer version would be the same size file.

Thank you

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