Sorry Peter, I was reading too fast, and not letting my brain catch up.
Ask my boss and coworkers how often I do that (don't ask my wife).
That was an attempt at humor.
I will consider re-doing what it says at
AVG works pretty well. I ran it for quite a few years.
I recently switched to avast! which I like a little more.
I also run the Ashampoo firewall.
I do not like the Norton or McAfee products at all and
I see no reason to spend money on AV products when there
are several excellent freeware programs to choose from.
| Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
On Sat, 02 May 2009 19:18:46 GMT, email@example.com (Malcolm Hoar)
I use avgfree, and they changed it so that I was to choose a 2 hour
period during which it would upgrade the definitions. I did that and
all was fine until my schedule changed and I was never on the computer
during those two hours. I had assumed it would do it when I logged on
if the computer was off during the scheduled time, but it didn't.
I changed the time period and all was well.
I tried free AVG but found that it slowed down my system. Free Avast has a
small footprint, does not affect speed of my system and has caught several
viruses before they got into the system.
I also use Acronis True Image once a month. If my computer gets infected. or
something else goes wrong with the OS, I just restore the previous image and
my troubles are over. Would not live without it.
Absolute worst "stay away from them" av program is CA (Computer
Associates)! Everything seemed ok until time for renewal and I
received constant nagging reminders. I notified them I would not
renew and the next day (last day before subscription ended) I got a
nasty virus that presented a countdown clock that shut my computer
down 20 seconds after bootup. After fighting the virus for days
without sucess I had to reformat the hard drive. (Hard to troubleshoot
a problem in 20 seconds) There is no doubt in my mind that they
purposely induced the virus in retaliation for not renewing,
especially since their av program was still in service for one last
I used the AVG free version, was happy,
then bought the AVG commercial version.
re apparent speed;
My DELL computer came with WINDOWS XP.
Each download upgrade from Microsoft
causes my system to run slower and slower.
I use the Windows Task Manager to display activity.
( <ctrl> <alt> <del> )
My system regularly runs at 80+% useage.
( yeah... I've cleaned the registry, scanned for widgets, etc )
Give it a 3 finger salute and see what is running. You can probably
eliminate about 3/4 of what is there if you have collected all the
tool bars, quick launch boxes and other crap installers default to
A quick way to kill most of this is MSCONFIG
Once I know I really don't want it, I go kill it in the registry "run"
box (a few possible locations).
On Tue, 05 May 2009 23:54:32 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
A comment about MSCONFIG
"Do not use "msconfig" to disable services, type "services.msc" in the
Run box instead!"
"Why can't I use msconfig to change my services?
The reason is because with msconfig and Hardware Profiles, you can
disable services that may be vital to boot your system. With the
management console (services.msc) you cannot. Also, msconfig, while
unchecking the box, is disabling the service.
The "Disable All" button also scares me. It should not even be there
as no reason exists to justify disabling "everything."
Not "allowing" people to use msconfig reduces the flames and technical
support questions in my inbox "
Unless you have something running in background, sounds like you have
been zombied. If you can't find it, time to spool off your data, nuke
and reload. There is a lot of crap on this machine, and it rarely gets
Did you ever have AOL on your machine? Even if you 'deinstall' it, it
leaves a ton of crap behind, and slows even a fast PC to a crawl.
If you ever loaded 9 that is certainly true. I am still running 7 and
it is not really that bad. I still went into the registry and blew
away some of the AOL crap. You should be able to run without much
more than WAOL.EXE when you are actually running AOL.
If you ever loaded a full boat load of 9 you got McAfee and a bunch of
other things that never really go away unless you go blow them away.
That is worse than the viruses it is supposed to prevent
1. ALL registry cleaners are snake-oil. They will NEVER improve performance.
They will, however, substantially risk incapacitating your machine.
2. Book up in Safe Mode with networking. Is your machine still sluggish? If
so, then something else is being loaded at boot time that's the culprit.
3. Download "Process Explorer" from
and discover exactly what is taking up so much CPU time. It could be
something as simple as XP's indexing service (turn it off) or as malovelent
as a trojan sending out 100,000 penis enlargement emails.
You are probably experiencing the "Placebo Effect." Microsoft provides a
"registry cleaner" but analysis shows that the one provided by Microsoft
doesn't really DO anything other than compact some space. It's use, however,
has made millions of people feel better, so I guess that's a benefit...
Many people think that removing detritus from the registry will improve
performance. It won't - the registry is not searched sequentially. Whether
the registry is 100K or 50MB, is functionally irrelevant.
At least once a week some poor soul ventures in to the microsoft.xp
newsgroup with a plaintive plea for assistance in recovering from a registry
cleaner that mashed his registry into an unrecognizable and unusable lump.
Usually there's nothing for it but to give up computing and sell earth-shoes
for a living.
You are probably a depressed person with a weak personality.
After your boring job, you come home to your computer, and
try to depress others with your slightly scholarly writing.
The only lasting cure is to join the Mormons.
Surely you're not suggesting that depression is a prerequisite for becoming
As for a boring job, no, I own a software company. We write inventory
As to Mormons, I like them. They are sober, hard-working, intelligent,
honest to a fault, and family oriented. The CIA loves to hire them because
they have not only upstanding behavior but many already possess foreign
language skills from their tenure as missionaries.
Their only quirk, as far as I can tell, is that they think they're Jewish
and want all Jews to become Mormons.
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