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my computer is running extremely slow, i have tried anti virus scans and reduced my files & programmes to help increase the performance but this hasn't helped! i have a Advent Intel Celeron laptop us…
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7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago
my computer is running extremely slow, i have tried anti virus scans and reduced my files & programmes to help increase the performance but this hasn't helped! i have a Advent Intel Celeron laptop using AVG Anti Virus software....does anyone know what else can be done!

your assistance will be greatly appreciated :-)
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7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago
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#1
run a defrag

how much ram do you have?
#2
has this happened suddenly or has it been like this for ages ?.
#3
Check for spyware!
#4
deathtrap3000
run a defrag

how much ram do you have?


i'm sure i've done this...will try again, Ta!
#5
tonyg1962
has this happened suddenly or has it been like this for ages ?.


it has been like to for a while now.
#6
deathtrap3000
run a defrag

how much ram do you have?


1024MB i think? that's what it says on the laptop.:thinking:
#7
Do Alt + Cntrl + Delete. Start task manager. Go to processes. Organise the list by memory (largest first), and tell us the top 3 process names.
#8
benni121
1024MB i think? that's what it says on the laptop.:thinking:


Are you using windows vista??
If you are, you should really think about upgrading to 2gb as it really needs more than 1gb to work properly.
#9
It will be infected with spyware anti virus scans will not pick it up
#10
Try Running ccleaner, I use it all the time & it free's up space plus help windows run faster

http://www.ccleaner.com/
#11
mrfun1981
Try Running ccleaner, I use it all the time & it free's up space plus help windows run faster

http://www.ccleaner.com/


will try, thanks!
#12
deathtrap3000
Are you using windows vista??
If you are, you should really think about upgrading to 2gb as it really needs more than 1gb to work properly.


will look into this...thanks!
#13
the problem is running free crap like AVG. when will people learn that paying money for a decent internet security is better than some free sample of a limited antivirus scanner.

the detection rates of AVG arent even that good either.

AVG is more of a resource hog than some name brand full security systems.
all it does is scan for viruses when you tell it to.
it doesnt protect your system properly in real time, it offers a very limited protection.

clean your system up using the tools mentioned aswell as Malwarebytes, trend housecall, spybot etc, then aswell as keeping those as backups, go buy a copy of something decent
Kaspersky internet security
Macaffee security
Bit Defender
PC Cillin

my own choice, Eset Smart Security.

Even the new norton internet security is better than AVG free.
at least it offers more protection.

free AV's are for sample puposes, meant to run alongside several other bits of software, not just as one line of defence.
#14
AVG is great. Its one of the better free ones, even one of the best if you include the paid for ones. Mine is currently using less than 15mb. I actually tend to find that the paid ones like mcafee and norton are the resource hogs.
#15
deathtrap3000
AVG is great. Its one of the better free ones, even one of the best if you include the paid for ones. Mine is currently using less than 15mb. I actually tend to find that the paid ones like mcafee and norton are the resource hogs.


but its JUST a virus scanner
its not complete protection. add in
firewall
spyware/malware protection
email protection (if you use something like thunderbird/outlook)
protection for web browsing, making safe purchases online etc

what else is that adding in?

Eset Smart Security running on mine for 2 years with XP and now the last 6 weeks or so with Win7.
28mb.
full security.
run malware bytes when needed.

never ever found anything and my PC is on 24/7

AVG is gash.
its free for a reason, cos its a crippled version of their premum product thats supposed to give you a taste of what you COULD have if you paid.

value your PC? pay for something decent.
banned#16
Best practice these days is to utilise VMs/disk imaging/snapshot technologies and have a single disk for OS and another disk/s for data storage. Always an easy roll back point to the last perfect system you had.
#17
Download Malwarebytes
update it and scan then restart computer...
#18
slackrat77
mindless rant


Its not just a virus scanner, helps to know what your putting down before you completely dismiss it.

Only thing on that list it doesnt offer me is the firewall, which I dont need as the one on my router does a great job already. Best of all, ive paid absolutely nothing and ive remained virus free since I started using it.

Going a bit off topic now...
#19
deathtrap3000
Its not just a virus scanner, helps to know what your putting down before you completely dismiss it.

Only thing on that list it doesnt offer me is the firewall, which I dont need as the one on my router does a great job already. Best of all, ive paid absolutely nothing and ive remained virus free since I started using it.

Going a bit off topic now...


i know exactly what AVG free is since I have a CompTIA A+ and N+ and have been repairing PCs for nearly 10 years, both professionally and in my own time.
maybe not as qualified as other tech's but I spent more time on the job than in the classroom.
practical experience counts for a whole load.
I'm putting it down cos its free and offers very limited protection.

virtually every PC question on here (not all!) has some mention of this bit of software in it.

its not the piece of gold that its regarded as on here.
my general advice to users of AVG is doing some scans with other software like trend housecall and see if your system is vulnerable to anything else.
you might be surprised.

am sure AVG free is fine for very light users and people who are happy to run 4-5 bits of software to combat cyberterrorism in all its forms.

but as you say, heading off topic now.
#20
Always ran AVG free and never once picked up a virus,
#21
May one suggest a visit to the forums at www.whatthetech.com (Formerly Tom Coyote).

Check through the introductory postings so you get the hang of what is going on.

Start a new thread with a clear, brief and concise description of your machine's symptoms and wait for a reply from a vetted expert.

Be prepared to download and run various bits of software as guided and resist the temptation to do anything unilaterally.

It's helped me with sorting out two or three sets of nasty infections for friends and relatives. The record for me was one machine with 90 + instances of nasties on it.
#22
tonyg1962
Always ran AVG free and never once picked up a virus,


lucky you.
did you use anything else and scan for anything other than viruses?

theres a lot more than AVG covers, lurking out there.

but its a waste of time discussing it any further.

it seems accepted that a free bit of software such as AVG is better than the ones you pay money for.

if thats truly the case, AVG wouldnt bother making a premium one that covers more things.
if the free one was so good, there'd be no need for anything more.
#23
Some_Bloke
May one suggest a visit to the forums at www.whatthetech.com (Formerly Tom Coyote).

Check through the introductory postings so you get the hang of what is going on.

Start a new thread with a clear, brief and concise description of your machine's symptoms and wait for a reply from a vetted expert.

Be prepared to download and run various bits of software as guided and resist the temptation to do anything unilaterally.

It's helped me with sorting out two or three sets of nasty infections for friends and relatives. The record for me was one machine with 90 + instances of nasties on it.


great idea and probs cheaper than a visit to a local repair centre, which could be a final resort if this doesnt pan out.

good stuff.
banned#24
slackrat77
lucky you.
did you use anything else and scan for anything other than viruses?

theres a lot more than AVG covers, lurking out there.

but its a waste of time discussing it any further.

it seems accepted that a free bit of software such as AVG is better than the ones you pay money for.

if thats truly the case, AVG wouldnt bother making a premium one that covers more things.
if the free one was so good, there'd be no need for anything more.


It's good enough in most cases. I've done a bit of testing in my job, deliberately infecting machines with different A/V solutions installed. I found AVG free to be perfectly serviceable and would have little qualm in recommending it for the average user. Saying that I don't use it on my Windows box but then I'm not the average user.
#25
master_chief
It's good enough in most cases. I've done a bit of testing in my job, deliberately infecting machines with different A/V solutions installed. I found AVG free to be perfectly serviceable and would have little qualm in recommending it for the average user. Saying that I don't use it on my Windows box but then I'm not the average user.


least yer honest.

personally i never liked it or found it that easy to use.
Avira has impressed me a few times.

I've tried and messed around with loads of them, trying to cure infections of customer's machines when I was in my previous job.

the worst one I found, was F-secure. worse even than the old versions of Norton.

Norton started off as good, became seriously bad, then has gotten pretty good again recently, but a lot of folk won't give it a second look now.

once bitten I suppose
#26
slackrat77
i know exactly what AVG free is since I have a CompTIA A+ and N+ and have been repairing PCs for nearly 10 years, both professionally and in my own time.


Well you say you know what it is, but out of that list of important features, it does at least 3 of them. So it does a bit more than you think.

Not trying to say its not the best out there, but its not as bad as you are making it out to be.
#27
i think its just generally a slow machine
intel celeron - BIG NO NO
banned#28
AVG is rubbish. That will be your problem imo.

get a free trial of kaspersky
#29
slackrat77
the problem is running free crap like AVG. when will people learn that paying money for a decent internet security is better than some free sample of a limited antivirus scanner.

the detection rates of AVG arent even that good either.

AVG is more of a resource hog than some name brand full security systems.
all it does is scan for viruses when you tell it to.
it doesnt protect your system properly in real time
, it offers a very limited protection.

clean your system up using the tools mentioned aswell as Malwarebytes, trend housecall, spybot etc, then aswell as keeping those as backups, go buy a copy of something decent
Kaspersky internet security
Macaffee security
Bit Defender
PC Cillin

my own choice, Eset Smart Security.

Even the new norton internet security is better than AVG free.
at least it offers more protection.

free AV's are for sample puposes, meant to run alongside several other bits of software, not just as one line of defence.


slackrat77
i know exactly what AVG free is since I have a CompTIA A+ and N+ and have been repairing PCs for nearly 10 years, both professionally and in my own time.
maybe not as qualified as other tech's but I spent more time on the job than in the classroom.
practical experience counts for a whole load.
I'm putting it down cos its free and offers very limited protection.

virtually every PC question on here (not all!) has some mention of this bit of software in it.

its not the piece of gold that its regarded as on here.
my general advice to users of AVG is doing some scans with other software like trend housecall and see if your system is vulnerable to anything else.
you might be surprised.

am sure AVG free is fine for very light users and people who are happy to run 4-5 bits of software to combat cyberterrorism in all its forms.

but as you say, heading off topic now.


big mistake to make for one so experienced?

horses for courses and in support its not all about detection,
for many avg free is an ideal solution and certainly better than nothing.
truth is, in the OP case a backup of data and fresh re-install of windows would be best course of action to rule out so many other possibilities ;)

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