918 items is slowing down your computer

Discussion in 'General Computer Chat' started by fmonte, Sep 19, 2019.

  1. fmonte

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    Every few days I get this pop up on my computer. I do run Avast (free antivirus). I have had my computer for a couple of years and I do feel that it does not respond as fast as it use to. Even if I should disregard the pop up, is there something I should be doing to my computer periodically to keep it running as fast as possible. Thank you in advance for any help. Frank
     
  2. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    Run malwarebytes and ccleaner periodically. Avast just tries to scare you into buying the software instead of using it for free.
     
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  3. fmonte

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    Thanks John. Okay, I ran both and no pop ups so far. One question, I noticed the Malwarebytes and Ccleaner are now running in my system tray. I only have 8 gb of memory. Should I turn them off. In your opinion, should I upgrade to 16 gb to get a faster running computer? I have an SSD in IDE mode (I found out too late I should have changed it to AHCI before installing Windows on it, I really don't want to go through the whole reinstall process unless it is absolutely necessary to get more speed). What I don't understand, I am getting spikes in the usage. See screenshot below.
     

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  4. fmonte

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    One other thing to mention. I use Dragon Naturally Speaking voice to text software throughout the day so I have to keep it running in the background so it is ready, instantly, when I need to use it. I notice that when I turn it off, I get a little better performance. Do you think this is a possibility. If so, is there another voice to text software that is less of a drain on resources? Thank again.
     
  5. fmonte

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    I just got another pop up alerting me that my online activity is not private and anyone can view my activity. When I clicked on resolve, the following page opened. So, two questions. The 2 software that I tried did not solve the problem with the pop ups. Is there anything else I could do? I know to disregard the pop ups but should I be doing something to address the online privacy concern? Thank you. Frank
     
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  7. BulldogBuzz

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    you could reinstall your operating system this will get rid of any malicious programs it will be like a new computer
     
  8. johnb35

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    As I said, Avast will give you popups to scare you into buying the paid version of the program. I get them all the time.
     
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  9. 2048Megabytes

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    I do not know how Avast software runs in 2019 but when I used it in the past I hated it. It really slowed my computer down and took too many resources to run. Presently I use Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware on my Windows 7 operating system to protect myself from malicious software.

    If I fear I have any malicious software infestations I just clone my operating system from another hard disk drive that is a master image. I use Acronis imaging software. It is great software for doing hard drive clones.
     

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