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#867825 02/25/05 07:09 AM
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I hoping someone will be able to give me some advise. My computer has been running very slowly recently. Really slow. For example, when I click on an icon on my desktop all of the other icons disappear for a second and then re appear and after that it decides to open what I originally clicked on.

I have norton anti virus which is updated frequently but I can't help thinking I have some sort of ad/spy ware lurking in the depths of my pc slowing things down.

Does anyone have any ideas on how to check if I have some little bug spy ware slowing me down, and if so how can I get rid of it. Or is there something else I can do, apart from getting a new one, to get my pc back to its original speed?

Thanks


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You probably do have some spyware. If you run a search on "spyware" here you'll find some old threads where we discussed things.

I use Lavasoft's Ad-Aware, which is available as a free download off the internet. There are others that other people have used with success.

The other alternative is the condition of your hard drive. If it's approaching capacity, things will slow way down. You should check if that's the case, and if so then delete any unnecessary files and/or software. After deleting stuff, run scandisk to clean up any file fragments, then run defrag to reorganize your hard drive. I've had my own computers improve speed remarkably after just some simple hard-drive cleanups.

Good luck!

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In addition to Ad-aware, you should also load and run Spybot, also free.

Be wary of some other free anti-spyware programs. they are in fact more spyware!

jf


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What operating system are you running? I would second the spybot recommendation. If you are running XP, go to blackviper.com and look at the system settings and programs that can be changed to improve processor use. It made a reasonably large difference for me.


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Also...I found that switching from IE to Opera as a browser greatly reduced the garbage that was coming into my computer.


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I question the value of defrag with modern large hard drives. The consensus seems to be (and my experience with an 80M HD is) that the speed-up, if any, isn't worth the defrag time involved.

(caveat: I sometimes work on my computer in the wee hours of the morning if I get inspired about some business problem's solution. So tying up the computer overnight, for defragging, isn't attractive to me.)

Mozart, since I don't know your HD size, obviously this comment might not apply to you. At the same time, I wonder what other people's opinions might be vis a vis their HD size.


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To underscore jf, "Ad-aware " is legitimate, while "Ad-ware" ,which mimics the name, is spyware itself. :b:

Some of these people should be "deframented".

There are several legitimate websites with information about spyware. Here's one:

http://www.doxdesk.com/parasite/

The purchase of a NEW computer is WAY down the list of solutions. If you feel too frazzled to try to fix it, there are proably some reputable computer stores in your area that would work on it.

Good luck.

Bob

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Really, about Ad-Aware? It was recommended by M'Soft when I did my XP update... Hmmm. Must go research this...

EDIT: Not only did I research it, but I read RKVS/Bob's post more carefully. I get it now... shocked help

Here's the real, legit Ad-Aware site, from Lavasoft:

Lavasoft website

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Thanks all. Just downloading the lavasoft programme.

Don't laugh! My hard disk is only, wait for it, 13GB but only 3GB of it is used so far as I did a clean-up the other day. But it is still going slow.

I'm going to install this Ad-Aware and I'll get back to you.

In the mean time - thanks a bunch


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I don't have any antivirus, i don't think i need them. Cause you can everything online. You can "online" scan your computer. Download patches and stuffs...

besides, norton consumes a heck lot of computer


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besides, norton consumes a heck lot of computer [/QB]
Friends don't let friends run Norton.

Try AVG from www.grisoft.com . Much smaller footprint, better protection, and free.

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