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Forum topic by lilredweldingrod posted 01-01-2010 06:55 AM 1502 views 4 times favorited 28 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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lilredweldingrod

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01-01-2010 06:55 AM

I’m posting this here because our computer is as much a woodworking tool as our saws. I’ve been fighting this computer and the slow dragging, locking up and aggraviating programs I’ve been buying for years now.
I was talking to notottoman and he suggested I try the free version of AVG anti-virus. I finally got around to downloading their three free downloads.

I had to stop going on You Tube to watch Template Tom’s tutorials due to exiting with over 100 viruses, trojan horse’s etc. I just tried this new AVG stuff and not one virus, nothing! And best of all…..is’ click, bam, I’m there, click, bam, I’m there. Just like the old girl did when she was new.

You gotta try this company. And yes they are world wide. www.AVG.com


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cabinetmaster

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#1 posted 01-01-2010 06:58 AM

Yes I do hve tnem too…................... no problems

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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kolwdwrkr

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#2 posted 01-01-2010 07:05 AM

I have it and got it for the same reasons. It’s slowly starting to get slow again.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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Ger21

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#3 posted 01-01-2010 07:31 AM

Used them for several years, but they got too bloated like everyone else. Now use Avira. No email scanner, but lighting fast compared to AVG, and uses a fraction of the resources.

-- Gerry, http://home.comcast.net/~cncwoodworker/CNC_Woodworker.html

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cliffton

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#4 posted 01-01-2010 08:31 AM

if you like having no viruses, give linux a try. I just loaded Ubuntu on a friends laptop because his windows Vista finally corrupted too many files and wouldn’t even restore. now she runs like a champ! wireless can be a pain but everything else has progressed to not even being a issue.

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Luke

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#5 posted 01-01-2010 09:14 AM

Having no viruses. Never worried about it once. But then again I own a real computer. Do yourself a favor and at least try a Mac.

-- LAS, http://www.abettersign.com

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GaryBuck

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#6 posted 01-01-2010 12:22 PM

skywalker01 I got a $1500 Gateway I bought about 12 years ago and believe me if you don’t have protection they all get viruses, L.O.L. That sounds like Dr Ruth

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patron

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#7 posted 01-01-2010 01:04 PM

i got a macbook , back in the beginning ,
i got a warning i was being invaded !
i spent 2 hours downloading this anti-virus ,
as fast as the trojans were coming in .
got it up to 102 downloads ,
them remembered apple guaranteed me ,
that they would fix it for free if i had a problem .
so i went to shut it down , and on the face page were 102 icons , like chicken pox ,
of this anti-virus i had downloaded !
the next day i called apple really worried ,
and the guy laughed !
said that the warning must have come in piggyback on something ,
it turned out to be a scam to get me to buy all their stuff .
i could only dump them 1 by 1 in the trash ,
as i didn’t know how to bulk them up !
that took 2 hours also ,
but i did keep 1 ,
just in case !

apple sends any upgrades for free , so i have no problems !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Don Newton

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#8 posted 01-01-2010 02:46 PM

The free version of Malware has caught any invaders to my happy computer.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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Innovator

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#9 posted 01-01-2010 03:25 PM

I use Mcafee and it still allows stuff through once in a while.

I hate them all, none of them can catch everything. Do you realize that these companies are in business because Microsoft cant create an operating system that is fully protected!

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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lew

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#10 posted 01-01-2010 05:00 PM

Now add the freeware from http://www.malwarebytes.org/ and you will have a very complete package for computer protection. BTW be sure to keep the Malware program up-to-date because the free version will not do it automatically.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Eric_S

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#11 posted 01-01-2010 05:40 PM

While professionaly I am strictly a programmer, I used to help diagnose and troubleshoot hardware and software at work and with friends so I’d be glad to help. There are many other reasons your computer can slow down over time, many are not related to viruses. Here are a few things to check that will help speed up any Windows based computer when done every so often.

1.a. If possible, create a system restore ponit before doing the following as a backup. Start->Programs->Accessories->System Tools->System Restore. Hopefully you won’t need it.

1. Most virus scanners do not check for Adware or spyware. I recommend downloading and adding to your arensal a good scanner for those. Adaware and Spyware Sweeper are two good programs to try.

2. Do you have any background programs that shouldn’t be running(most likely stuff in #1). To check, do Start->Run->msconfig.exe. Go to the Services tab, check the box at the bottom to Hide all Microsoft Services, and look at the remaining list. Are there any odd names in there you don’t recognize? Google them, usually you can find out what it is for and if it is a valid service. If it isn’t uncheck it.

Now go to the startup tab, stuff on this tab can significantly slow down your startup and runtime since these are your the background programs running in the taskbar. Again, if any of the names look odd google them. Also, a lot of these are worthless to run all the time so uncheck any you don’t really use but just let sit(except for virus scanners and what not, be cautious when removing them as some are also for sound and video drivers)

3. Do you have any files on your desktop (not shourtcuts with the little arrow in corner of icon, but actual files or movies). If so, anything larger than a couple K can slow down loads whenever it has to refresh or display the background. A good alternative is to create a folder and move all those files into their and then have a shortcut to that folder on the desktop. I had a friend who had multiple 3gb movie files on his computer, you would not believe how slow it was because of this.

4. Clean out your temp files. These are copies or blocks of files pre-loaded for programs to load and run. Usually developers don’t write code to clean these up so they just sit behind and take up space and make looking for valid ones take longer since it has to sort through a growing list. You would not believe how big these folders can get. I cleaned out one lady’s laptop that had 10gb of temp files just bloating her computer. Currently, my temp folder has 1gb of files. These files can be found in C:\Windows\Temp. Before deleting these, close down any programs that might be using them. Don’t worry, they’ll reload the ones needed next time you load the program.

5. Clean out your internet history of files and images as well. This will bloat it the same way #4 does. You can easily remove these using your browser settings.

6. Make sure your harddrive itself isn’t the issue. Start->Run-Cmd.exe type in chkdsk /f /r
This will scan your harddrive blocks and fix any errors it finds (/f) . THe /r will locate bad sectors and try and recover readable information. If you have a large block of bad clusters that are unfixable, it is time for a new hard drive.

7. Defrag your computer. If you don’t know what this does, it will rearrange your files so that related blocks of information are moved to adjacent or as close to adjacent memory blocks as possible. This will significantly speed up load times if a file is badly fragmented. Fragmenting happens over time when files are created and removed. This one I would recommend doing once a month, or if you install/remove lots of programs I would do it more frequently. Do this one after you have deleted temp files and moved files from your desktop into a folder. Start->Programs->Accessories->System Tools->Disk Defragmenter. This I would recommend running at night as it could take many hours or more if its badly fragmented(I fixed one with 47% fragmentation). Be sure to turn off standby modes, and if possible run this in Safe Mode for the best result. To run in safe mode, restart your computer, right after the beep and BIOS information is posted, press F8 to load the Windows bootup menu. Selet Startup mode. Also disable virus scanner when defragging.

8.Remember to clean out your recycling bin once you check that everything is working correctly.

9. Check how much hard drive space you have free in your drive. I would make sure to always have a few Gigabytes free for virtual memory used when loading programs. If you don’t have at least a few gb’s its time to start removing stuff or get a bigger hard drive. If you have an additional drive, you can make the other drive usable for virtual memory instead of the one the OS is on.
If you have any questions I’d be glad to help.

Happy New Year,
Eric

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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GaryBuck

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#12 posted 01-01-2010 06:14 PM

Eric_S you is my newist bestest buddy, L.O.L. Where have you been all my life. L.O.L.A.I have “DEFINATELLY” needed you on more than one occasion, but you did leave out one “MOST” important cause for computor malfunctions, that is KIDS!!!! When the G.Kids came to live with us, my BRAND NEW computor was locked up and filled with viruses all the time. The G.son had downloaded this one song almost 700 times, and there was about 100 of those types that were downloaded a min. of 500 times each and out of all of them there was every song down loaded at least 3 times each. The last time, it was locked up bad and couldn’t get it to work at all so I took it to the shop, the owner saw me and my set-up and said that’s a nice one you got there when I came back to get it he smiled and said you got kids don’t you and laughed, that’s when he told me about the music and porn sites and a bunch of others that I never viewed but got blamed for anyway. L.O.L. After the G.son moved out I haven’t had anymore problems. {KNOCK ON WOOD BIG TIME}

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Eric_S

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#13 posted 01-01-2010 06:19 PM

Yeah that could be a big reason too lol. A great backup to make in this case would be a to make a Ghost Image. Then if anything happens you can load your computer to the EXACT state as before. Symantec’s Norton Ghost is a good one. Unlike system restore which just captures your operating system files, Ghost will take an image of your entire drive hardrive.

You can also make a new user account for them to only use and lock it down so they can’t cause too much trouble, this is a little tricky but not too difficult.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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dmoney

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#14 posted 01-01-2010 06:42 PM

I have never really used an antivirus. I keep my stuff backed up and format my hard drive and reinstall windows and everything else about every 6-8 months. It takes a couple hours but I think my computer gets slower and slower over the months until I install windows and everything fresh.

-- Derek, Iowa

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Luke

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#15 posted 01-01-2010 06:56 PM

Patron are you talking about emails? If so everyone gets spam. If not then I have no idea what your talking about. Never seen anything like that. Make sure you update your software the minute it becomes available. Security updates are very important on Macs.

-- LAS, http://www.abettersign.com

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