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Your computer appears to be malware free at this time
The choice of Av is up to you. I know Avast quite well so I can give installation instructions for that but it is many years since I used AVG
I would recommend that you get at least 4GB of RAM. You can determine how much your system will take. the type and an approximate cost by using the Crucial system scanner on this page http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/homepage
Let me know which AV you would like and I will supply a direct link
OK the following is what I consider to be a reasonable level of protection and it will be fairly light. However, before you install these I would recommend you update to 8.1. The 8.1 update will remove all programmes as it is to all intents and purposes a fresh OS. Download link http://www.microsoft...s.aspx?id=42327
Your personal data will be retained but programmes (not apps) will be deleted
My suggestion for the way forward is to use Crucial to get some additional RAM (4GB in total will be sufficient ) There are two videos from Crucial that show how easy it is to install RAM in either a Desktop or a Laptop
Then update to 8.1 Then set the system up as below
If you have any questions at all then please do not hesitate to ask
How to set up a reasonable and light security regime for your system. Apart from cryptoprevent all other elements are install and forget.
Click on the link above to be taken to Unchecky.com click the very large Download button. click Save Click Open folder Right click on the Unchecky_setup and choose to Run as Administrator Once open click the Install button. Then click on Finish Unchecky is now installed and will help you keep unwanted check boxes unchecked, this is a fire and forget programme
IF YOU USE USB DRIVES
Download MCShield to your desktop and install It will initially run a scan and show the result as a toaster by the system clock Then in the control centre select scanner and tick unhide items on flash drives Plug in the drive and McShield will start a scan
BACKUP AND IMAGING
It is always advisable to have a backup of your current windows set up on a seperate USB external drive I recommend Macrium Reflect for this I have a small tutorial here on how to use it http://www.geekstogo...t-imaging-tool/ The restore from backup usually completes in about 20 minutes (depending on the size of your drive )