(1) I am aware of the sneaky ways that software developers attempt to get their toolbars etc launched on my screen and generally I deliberately look for the darn things so I can delete them, but , occasionally I miss out.
(2) The exifpro software was installed by my local wizard when he reinstalled the machine about 12th February. I intended to sniff it out and delete if of no use , but our particular update problem started about 14th/15th Feb and I've been too busy since.
(3) Throughout our cooperation on this problem you have justifiably criticised my system for (a)Shortage of RAM (b) Possession of too many out-of-date/useless/RAM-hungry programs (c ) Having the wrong sort of protection software. I accept that my system is somewhat ramshackle based as it is on free software. Nevertheless it has served me well for some time and I feel that our current problem is not necessarily due to lack of the right protection or shortage of RAM but more likely due to improper updating of the necessary correct Windows/Microsoft programs. After all the system used to cope with updates OK.
I would have preferred us to have found the update problem and cured it before we set about doing the spring clean, thinking along the lines of - "If we cannot cure the update fault then we are going to have to format the HDD anyway" - But I have learned a lot from the route that we have taken and the sites that I have had to visit.
(4) That said you are now flogging MSE to me in conjunction with Windows firewall and I have to be honest and say that if possible, I would rather stay with my familiar combination of Online Armor and either AVG or AVAST, whichever you feel would be least RAM expensive. My former usage of AVG and OA did not seem to leave me with a slow speed machine despite your misgivings. I am not familiar with AVAST - again it was put on by my local wizard , I know that it has a good reputation too.
I read an article about MSE and its RAM usage. I'm not clever enough to copy it on to this page , but you can probably locate it at :-
there should be another 36 characters on the end of that address. (worse than Llanfairpwllgwyngyll etc). It seems to suggest that MSE would be more RAM consuming than all the rest put together.
(5) In #33 I asked if the updating which slows down my computer for two and a quarter hours every morning, could be stopped. I have now turned off automatic updating in 'My Computer' / Properties. If you disapprove I can click it back on. Don;t know whether it's going to work though.
I'm delighted to see that you are now thinking about the updating problem #44
"As soon as you have done this, we can then concentrate NOW on the update situation"
But there does seem to be a implication there - that if I don't do that there will be no update correction attempt . Is this the case ??
Edited by RonS2, 27 February 2011 - 10:30 AM.