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I have just re installed Windows XP home edition and want to make sure I am protected from malware and viruses.

In programes, accessories, system tools, security centre I have the Firewall and Updates on, it says Virus protection not found.

I have downloaded Malwarebytes.

1) Does that run in the background all the time?

2) Is there another programme I should download and install to proect the PC from Viruses and malware?
Thanks for any help.
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I have downloaded Malwarebytes.

1) Does that run in the background all the time?


No only the paid version is real time. The free version is the one you have to run when you want to. You need Malwarebytes but you also need a AV.

2) Is there another programme I should download and install to protect the PC from Viruses and malware?

You need a AV and the 3 I like are
  • MSE Microsoft Security Essentials
  • Avast
  • Avira


Also I would suggest a spyware program like SuperAntiSpyware.

That should give you all the protection then. FYI even the best cannot stop 100% of the time. There are just to many new infections made everyday to keep up.
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Thanks for the reply rshaffer61.
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Thanks for the reply rshaffer61.
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Sorry for the double post, not sure how it happened. Could not edit it either.

Before my origninal post I had installed AVG but webpages were locking on me so I deleted it and under your recommendation installed Avast, I really like it so thanks for that. I can see it is working in the background.

Now only this site and hotmail e-mail pages lock for a couple of seconds and then free up and lock again. This site is the worst for me on that issue.
Not a big deal, at least I am protected now.
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Try this and see if it will stop the freezing issue.


Please download ATF Cleaner by Atribune.

Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.
Under Main choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
If you use Firefox browserClick Firefox at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
If you use Opera browserClick Opera at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.
For Technical Support, double-click the e-mail address located at the bottom of each menu.
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If this does not work then:

Go to:

Start and then My Computer
Right Click On "C" drive and then click on Properties
Click on Tools tab at the top
In the Error Checking field click Check Now

When that is done

Download Auslogics Defrag from the link in my signature below. Auslogics Defrag in my opinion is better because:

It does a more comprehensive job at Defragging
It will actually show you what it is doing
At the end of working it will show you how much speed you picked up
You can view a online log of the files that Auslogics defragged


Reboot and let me know how system is running now
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Thanks a lot for the help rshaffer61, I appreciate it.

I did install ATF cleaner when I reinstalled Windows XP and I run it every day, did it this morning.I use Internet Explorer.

I followed your instructions regarding the error checking and got the message
"Disc check complete". No other details.

I downloaded and ran auslogics defrag and restarted.
It then went through a long process of checking file system on C. FAT 32.
Then veryfied free space.

I am still getting freezing on this website.

Regards
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Just by chance what skin are you using here on the site?
Look down to the bottom left and you should see a drop down box with the name of the skin.
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I cannot see any mention of a skin, had a good look, there is not a drop down box.
Sorry I do not know what skin I am using.

I have turned the avast AV off for 10 minutes to see if that is the problem but it has not improved.
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Take a look at this.
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Mine says "Geeks to go".

Sorry had not heard of a skin before.
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Try changing it to the classic skin and see if it works then. If it is already on the classic then change it to a different one.
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I tried the classic but "IP board" and "clean cut" seem to run better.
Interesting thanks, I'll give each a proper trial.
Hopefully it is possible to change the skin on Hotmail too.

Funny thing is I never had this problem before the re-installation of Windows XP.
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By chance have you installed the SP3 yet?
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Yes the disc came with service pack 2 and then there were over 130 updates to install and it then installed service pack 3.

I don't know if this is relevent but when I bring up Task manager, Performance, when I am doing nothing the CPU usage flicks from between 1% and 6%,
When I open a webpage the CPU usage goes up to 100%, is this normal?

The more information the webpage has the longer the page takes to load.
Some sites when open are fine to use with no lock ups, maybe a bit on the slow side though.

This site is fine sometimes but then it locks, even when typing this message I get a few lock ups where I cannot type or scroll the page until it frees up again in between 2-5 seconds.

Edited by bluetown, 20 February 2011 - 03:02 AM.

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