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  1. #31


    Posts : 148
    Windows 8.1 Update 1


    My advice to you is the following: Stop using all those scanning, cleaning, protecting, whatever... tools. Use one anti virus software and (if you really need it to feel save) one extra anti malware scanner (scanner, no extra software with some kind of background scanner or active protection functionality). Refrain from using cleaning software or uninstallers. If they do anything at all they mess up your system. They claim to speet up your pc, protect you, facilitate pc usage... but in fact what they really do is messing around with files and folders no pc amateur should mess around with. And even pc pros are often not aware of what those cleaners, uninstallers, malware scanners... actually do in the background. You will not fix your pc with any of those programs. So now what to do? If you have an setup dvd just backup your data and do a fresh install of Windows. If you only have a recovery cd of recovery partition on your hdd will also have to backup your data and then do a full recovery meaning your system will be reset to factory defaults. After the install/ recovery procedure start with installing one anti virus software of your choice (don't use Northon, my advice is GDATA Internet Security) and this really means one av software only. And henceforth be careful what you download/ click on. And I cannot repeat it enough, stop using all those cleaning, speed up, whatever... tools.

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  2. #32


    I would agree to all altae said but for one thing, Uninstallers. A good uninstaller like Revo can prevent a lot of mess most programs leave by accident, by their lousy uninstall routines or by purpose. Very rarely I see a program, specially games that do not leave some garbage in registry or on disk and in Windows. Temp files everywhere and Application Data or App Data folders. Windows Uninstall utility uses only programs uninstall program and do nothing more than if you run that program's uninstall.exe, unwise.exe or whatever. With Revo Uninstaller I didn't have one slightest problem in 5 or more years of use. I have very high trafic of programs being installed, tried and uninstalled on daily basis and did not have a slightest problem that could be attributed to Revo. even managed to get rid of some partially installed/uninstalled programs. Saved me hours if not days of cleaning up leftovers and digging thru registry. During first year of use I used to review every single thing it recommended to delete but later on I just let it do it's job and not a single problem.
    If you don't dirty up, there's nothing to clean after.
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  3. #33


    USA
    Posts : 689
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by lastof View Post
    If you want honesty - I will give it to you. As someone else suggested, I would highly suggest you get rid of Norton. It is one of the sloppiest pieces of programming I've ever seen, and has been that way for years. It absolutely puts a stranglehold on your system resources and there are so many alternatives out there that do it so much better.
    Sorry but this sounds just like the regurgitated FUD of the past posted all over the internet for years. I've been using Norton Internet Security with Windows 8/8.1 since Eights inception and an have had no issues with it. None. Things "might" have been fuddy duddy in years past, but this isn't your grandfather's Norton here as it is much better and slimmer on both PC and resources.

    Yeah I know it's fashionable to dis Norton anytime it comes up, but today it's mostly regurgitated stuff of years past. Today Norton is consistently in the top 10 of paid products - The Best Antivirus for 2014 | PCMag.com and here... 15 best antivirus for PC and laptop

    And yes, there are many alternatives, just as there are alternatives to the alternatives

    My two cents.
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  4. #34


    As a professional PC Tech of about 34 years, I have to wholeheartedly Agree with CountMike.

    Before I found Revo Uninstaller, I've spent way too many hours scanning the registry for leftovers.

    There is also a FREE version, so anybody can afford it. Even the FREE version does an excellent job of removing extraneous junk left over after a Windows Uninstall of some program.

    Good Post Mike!

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  5. #35


    Quote Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by lastof View Post
    If you want honesty - I will give it to you. As someone else suggested, I would highly suggest you get rid of Norton. It is one of the sloppiest pieces of programming I've ever seen, and has been that way for years. It absolutely puts a stranglehold on your system resources and there are so many alternatives out there that do it so much better.
    Sorry but this sounds just like the regurgitated FUD of the past posted all over the internet for years. I've been using Norton Internet Security with Windows 8/8.1 since Eights inception and an have had no issues with it. None. Things "might" have been fuddy duddy in years past, but this isn't your grandfather's Norton here as it is much better and slimmer on both PC and resources.

    Yeah I know it's fashionable to dis Norton anytime it comes up, but today it's mostly regurgitated stuff of years past. Today Norton is consistently in the top 10 of paid products - The Best Antivirus for 2014 | PCMag.com and here... 15 best antivirus for PC and laptop

    And yes, there are many alternatives, just as there are alternatives to the alternatives

    My two cents.
    I agree whole heartedly, I've been using Norton forever and somewhere around 2009, they changed considerable as to hogging resources and generally being a pain in the butt. I only notice Its there when it thinks it found something or blocked Trojan or some other crap. Malwarebytes works with Norton with out interference
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  6. #36


    Quote Originally Posted by TechnoMage View Post
    As a professional PC Tech of about 34 years, I have to wholeheartedly Agree with CountMike.

    Before I found Revo Uninstaller, I've spent way too many hours scanning the registry for leftovers.

    There is also a FREE version, so anybody can afford it. Even the FREE version does an excellent job of removing extraneous junk left over after a Windows Uninstall of some program.

    Good Post Mike!

    After Free Commander, Revo free edition is a first thing I install in any Windows computer and not only mine. Free Commander (I have payed version of Total Commander) for eazier work with files, including archives and Revo to uninstall anything temporary that has to be installed including drivers. The only program I found that can uninstall Adobe stuff including Flash.
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  7. #37


    I want to thank you all for your help and advice. I have decided to hire a tech to help me. I hope I can trust him. It is in God's hands. I want to say that hearing from all of you was very special as it felt like for a day my son was back.

    Namaste
    Susan
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  8. #38


    Posts : 148
    Windows 8.1 Update 1


    I'm glad we could be of some kind of assistance Take care.
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