Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Jerry, Sep 26, 2009.

  1. Jerry

    Jerry Guest

    I'm running a dell dual core with 2 gb of memory and a 200 gig hard drive,
    with Mozilla Firefox. In the past I have been able to peruse perhaps 15-20
    web pages, reduced in size and it hasn't slowed down at all. All of a
    sudden after four or five windows accrue the computer comes to nearly a stop
    and it takes forever to load that last page. I have to wait a long time
    before I can even close the windows.

    I have cleared all the temp files and cache, removed cookies and cleaned
    everything up but it doesn't seem to help. I have no idea of why this
    rather suddenly changed.

    Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated


    Jerry, Sep 26, 2009
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  2. No certainty, of course, but any time you see a sudden lowering of
    performance, it's highly likely that it's the result of malware

    What anti-virus and anti-spyware programs do you run? Are they kept up
    to date?
    Ken Blake, MVP, Sep 26, 2009
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  3. Jerry

    Jerry Guest

    I have Norton and the Dell Malwarebytes, plus windows defender. They are
    alll up to date and all say there is no virus or malware on my computer. I
    believe it because if I don't open a lot of windows it is fast and reliable.
    Jerry, Sep 26, 2009

  4. Norton Anti-virus? In my view, and that of many of us here, Norton
    Anti-virus is the *worst* antivirus program available. I recommend
    NOD32 if you are willing to pay for anti-virus software, or Avast if
    you want a freeware product. Either one is considerably better than
    Norton Anti-virus.

    Dell Malwarebytes? I have no idea what that is. As far as I know, Dell
    makes no such product. MalwareBytes is the name of a company, and they
    make one of the two best anti-spyware programs available--MalwareBytes
    AntiMalware; SuperAntiSpyware is the other. Note that no anti-spyware
    program is anywhere near perfect and good protection requires that you
    run at least two. I recommend running both of these.

    Not one of the better anti-spyware programs, but it certainly doesn't
    hurt to use it too.

    The word "malware" is nothing but a shortening of the phrase
    "malicious software," and includes *all* kinds of malicious
    software--viruses, trojans, worms, rootkits, spyware, etc.

    Its meaning is *not* limited to spyware, even though a substantial
    number of people misuse it only to mean spyware. So, since a virus is
    a form of malware, it makes no sense to say "virus or malware."

    If the programs you run say you are not infected, that reduces the
    chances that there is infection, but it does not guarantee it.

    Ken Blake, MVP, Sep 26, 2009
  5. Jerry

    Ian D Guest

    The 2010 version of Norton Internet Security is the best. It even
    edges out the ESET (NOD) internet security. Details here:

    As a matter of interest, I've been using NIS 2009 for about a year,
    and it is light on resources, fast, and unobtrusive. I agree that
    NAV and NIS, 2008 and earlier were pigs, but starting with 2009,
    they have a good product.
    Ian D, Sep 27, 2009

  6. I also have heard good things about the 2009 product. Clearly it's a
    improvement over earlier versions. But as far as I'm concerned, they
    are a company with such a poor record that I am not yet ready to place
    any trust in them. I may change my mind in the future, but we'll see.
    Ken Blake, MVP, Sep 27, 2009
  7. Jerry

    Victek Guest

    I'm running a dell dual core with 2 gb of memory and a 200 gig hard
    Did you check available free space on the hard drive? If you're low on
    space you can delete accumulated Restore Points and Shadow Copies.
    Victek, Sep 27, 2009
  8. Jerry

    GrahamH Guest

    I agree Norton used to be highly recommended and i for one remember the
    Norton utilities for Dos.!!!! for being the best.
    However the windows versions turned into bloatware that severly slowed up
    the pc with all kinds of issues and was a problem when trying to uninstall
    I like many others got fed up with the companies efforts to rectify these
    problems. As already stated the newer version seem to have better reviews
    but there are many alternatives.
    I have been testing AVG v8.5 and i think this is a good one with low system
    resources it makes my pc more responsive, and its good value.
    Graham... ex comms eng. tech.
    GrahamH, Sep 27, 2009

  9. Oh, I remember the same. But those days are long gone.

    You might want to try Avast. I think it's better than AVG.
    Ken Blake, MVP, Sep 27, 2009

  10. Hi Ken

    MalwareBytes and Super Anti Spyware are two distinct companies.

    They are both excellent products.
    Richard Urban, Sep 27, 2009

  11. Yes, of course. I didn't say otherwise, and sorry if my message made
    it sound like I did.

    Yes, as I said, they are "the two best anti-spyware programs
    Ken Blake, MVP, Sep 27, 2009

  12. Just went back and reread your statement - and saw a different meaning. (-:

    Blame it on me!
    Richard Urban, Sep 27, 2009

  13. LOL! OK, no big deal--mistakes happen.
    Ken Blake, MVP, Sep 27, 2009
  14. Jerry

    GrahamH Guest

    uninstall >
    Ok Ken i will take a look at Avast (thx)
    i also use Malwarebytes the free version and its very good, not tried
    Superantispyware so will take a gander at that as well.
    Regards to all,
    Graham.. ex comms eng tech.
    GrahamH, Sep 28, 2009
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