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PC sluggish, programs load and perform slowly [Solved]


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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
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yes, please provide avast antivirus. Thanks so much for your help


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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.

DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL ANTIVIRUS

Download Avast - direct link Avast 2015

Select Custom install
Remove the ticks from the first page for the following unless you want them :
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Dropbox
Chrome
Chrome toolbar


Select Next
Deselect the following from the middle column as you will not need them :
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SecureLine
Grimefighter


Select Continue and allow the programme to install

Be aware that the first reboot may take a few minutes as Avast builds the virtual machine

Avast will need to be registered as this helps them determine the server load, as updates are downloaded in small bursts every few minutes each is about 2Kb

How to register



Once registered open Avast
Go to Settings > General
Place a tick in "Scan for Potentially Unwanted Programmes (PUP's) "

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PROTECT AGAINST RANSOMEWARE

CryptoPrevent install this programme to lock down and prevent crypto ransome ware.
Manually update monthly

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PROTECT AGAINST UNWANTED BUNDLED SOFTWARE

Unchecky

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
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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
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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 )
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Since this issue appears to be resolved ... this Topic has been closed. Glad we could help. :)

If you're the topic starter, and need this topic reopened, please contact a staff member with the address of the thread.

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