How do you check for this stuff on your computer

@jhl930 (3605)
United States
March 31, 2008 8:43pm CST
I was told to speed my computer up I might want to check for this stuff on my comptuer like malware...spyware...and viruses...I mean I know that I can get a anti virus thing...I think but I mean which one would you suggest...because me and someone that I know tried to use avg(or something like that)and it just really slowed up my computer and made it horrible and norton did the same thing..so what would you suggest? JHL930
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8 responses
• United States
1 Apr 08
My guess( and I dont mean it as an insult) is that you dont know much about the internal funtions of a computer. If it were me, Firstlook, I would look to see what you have installed( programs) Second I would look at what was running Third I would look at the hardware on OS. IF you have downloaded "free" stuff then you probably have mal and spyware. If you have vista, you really need 2 gig of memory If you alot of stuff running in the background - you will slow your computer down. If I were you I would consider having someone else look at your computer. A professional - and invest the time and money probably 50 dollars to unravel the mysteries of your computer..... Also, If I were you I would consider taking a computer class... a little education can go along ways :) Wall
@eoeoeo (125)
• United States
1 Apr 08
Unless you bought the actual anti-spyware programs from a store, then you got tricked and just added more viruses to your computer. If that isn't the case then your computer slowed down due to lack of space. This can be fixed in two ways, if you have a desktop ask a computer technician or someone who knows what they're doing to add more RAM (Random Access Memory) to your computer. In addition, more hardrive space would be help alot as well, but just deleting excess programs or files should suffice. Optimization is crucial for your computer as well. Use programs that come with your system, such as system defragment or disk cleanup, both of these programs come with your computer. Several other programs would be nice for your computer as well. I HIGHLY recommend cleaning your registry. "RegCure" is arguable the best registry cleaner out there. Good luck!
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@chunter (1761)
• Singapore
1 Apr 08
To speed up your computer, its not enough to just clear malware, spyware and viruses... It depends on your hardware configurations, whether you have enough memory, whether your processor is fast enough, whether you are using Windows XP or Vista.. And it also depends on your system optimisation, how much virtual memory you have, how much free hard disk space, how many programs are enabled on startup... If you don't provide information like your PC specs, just asking for a change of antivirus isn't going to help you much
• United States
1 Apr 08
Smart Comment! I think that it is more an issue of the pebuk virus. :)
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@alexigne (903)
• Philippines
1 Apr 08
Try to upgrade your computer like memory and even hard disk make computer slow. You may also need to do weekly maintenance if viruses bother you. On my experience, no matter how great or expensive your anti virus, there are still virus that can acquire by the computer. Some cases are due to external storage device.
@wisedragon (2330)
• Philippines
1 Apr 08
Just recently I started using a combination of AVG and Spybot Search and Destroy (both can be downloaded for free). So far so good. The speed of my computer is okay though it's not the fastest.
1 Apr 08
I've always used Spybot - Search And Destroy (http://www.safer-networking.org) and AVG Anti-virus (http://free.grisoft.com/) to keep my computer safe from spyware (the former) and viruses and trojans (the latter). They work very well together and I personally have never had a problem thanks to their protection.
• United States
1 Apr 08
This is what I use; http://www.spywareterminator.com http://www.pctools.com/free-antivirus/
1 Apr 08
make sure that you check your internet security settings and check the to make sure the security settings are on high, also it helps to go to add or remove programs and remove any rarely used programs to free up space and make the compuetr run smoother