Edited by Essexboy, 29 October 2011 - 03:23 PM.
Computer ran 5 years no anti-virus protection!
Posted 29 October 2011 - 01:24 PM
Edited by Essexboy, 29 October 2011 - 03:23 PM.
Posted 29 October 2011 - 02:54 PM
You have previously received assistance in our Malware forum
One, albeit is going back to 2009 was on this thread
in which having received help from Chamber, he posted this on his post 25
When finished, it shall produce a log for you at C:\ComboFix.txt which I will require in your next reply.
NO RESPONSE was ever received from you. and the topic was closed by Chamber on 17 November with this post
Due to lack of feedback, this topic has been closed.
If you need this topic reopened, please contact a staff member. This applies only to the original topic starter
Your second visit to our Malware forum was in May 2010 when mpascal was helping you.
This is the link to the thread
and the last post by mpascal on 7 May asked
No reply was received from you.
If anything your computer should be running faster. Do you know when it started to slow down? Maybe after doing a specific step?
That all said you did reply to both threads until the point I have explained above. However it is important that you pursue the thread to a final conclusion, particularly in the Malware forum where you should continue until the expert who is helping you advises you that the matter is concluded, with his advice as apporpriate to the cirumstances.
Dealing now with your issue in this thread
Hello everyone. I am using windows xp on an old emachine that has been going online, downloading music files and other things for about 5 years with no anti-virus software! I can't believe it. Anyway, I have since done some clean up and installed AVG anti-virus, and done some other things to clean up performance, but I still want to get this computer running at optimal conditions !
In view of the above which is quite amazing, that someone (I appreciate it may not be you) can run for five years without any protection, YOUR easiest and most simple solution if you have the means of reinstalling is to start again with a fresh installation. eg. a format and reinstall.
If however you have any particular reason why this is impractical, such as you do NOT have the means to reinstall - does it have a recovery partition. , then we will arrange for your thread to receive attention in our Malware forum. If we proceed along this route please do ensure this time that you follow the thead to its final conclusion.
Please post the way you wish to go.
Posted 01 November 2011 - 03:57 PM
Now with that said. I will have to do further research on the computer as to if I have the means to do a total reinstall. I guess for now you can close this thread if it looks like thats going to be my only option. I was hoping it would be something I could just "clean up" but hey can't win them all... Again I really feel bad about not responding to the last 2 posts, and I will make an effort to do so with any other sort of post I have. THANK YOU so much for all that you guys do.
Posted 01 November 2011 - 04:21 PM
My first suggestion is to tidy up the data on your HDD so please follow the directions provided below starting with Autoruns http://technet.micro...ernals/bb963902
1: Extract the Autoruns Zip file contents to a folder.
2: Double-click the "Autoruns.exe".
3: Click on the "Everything" tab
4: Remove any entries that mention "File Not Found" by right-clicking the entry and select Delete.
5: Go to File then to Export As or Save in some versions.
6: Save AutoRuns.txt file to known location like your Desktop.
7: Attach to your next reply.
2nd: Download and run TFC from http://www.geekstogo...ds&showfile=187 your computer should automatically re-boot on completion but if not do it manually.
3rd: Defrag your HDD http://www.auslogics...re/disk-defrag/ do this at least once a week in the future, a tidy drive is a faster drive, please note that I am not suggesting that you use any other product or service here.
Couple of other things to consider are what size HDD do you have and how much free storage space is available, you should always have between 12 and 15% of the overall capacity available, do not have more than 1 AV program running as it causes slowness as the programs fight for control of system resources, this can lead to instability and/or crashes.
Norton and AVG are excellent but very demanding on system resources so have a look @ http://www.geekstogo...yware-software/ for a more user friendly AV, Avast and MSE (Microsoft Security essentials) are both very good.
To speed up your boot times find any unnecessary programs linked to start up "how to" below;
START -> RUN
type MSCONFIG in the RUN box
then click OK
Click on the start-up TAB
Look at each line that has a check in the box, these are start-up items. Uncheck the ones you do not want to run at start-up.
Posted 01 November 2011 - 04:37 PM
Thks I am obliged.
I will be offline from tonight until Saturday night.
Posted 01 November 2011 - 04:55 PM
Until you return I shall reply to this topic if required by the OP.
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Posted 05 November 2011 - 10:57 AM
Remove all traces of Norton as a priority as in before removing AVG, use the uninstaller at the attached link;
I originally thought I uninstalled Nortan AV but I still see some peices of it left behind. HOw do I get rid of Norton?
Posted 05 November 2011 - 11:28 AM
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