You don't need AVG 7.5 to run a startup. Instead use it as a stand-alone scanner.
The Windows XP firewall
protects against port scanning but has limitations and it is no replacement for a robust 3rd-party two-way personal firewall
- The XP firewall is not a full featured firewall. Normal firewalls allow you to specifically control each TCP and UDP port but XPís firewall does not provide you with this capability. Instead, it takes a point and click approach to enabling or disabling a few common ports.
- The XP firewall does a good job of monitoring, examining and blocking inbound traffic but makes no attempt to filter or block outbound traffic like most 3rd-party personal firewalls.
- Thus, the XP firewall does not identify which programs attempt to initiate outbound network or Internet communications nor does it block the traffic when suspicious activity occurs.
- This feature can be helpful in preventing many types of malware attacks that may attempt to open ports or communicate with outside servers without the user's knowledge or consent. It also means that if your system has been compromised, a hacker could use your machine as part of a distributed denial of service attack.
- By default, Windows Firewall rejects all incoming traffic unless that traffic is in response to a previous outgoing request. If you're running Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), Windows Firewall is turned on by default. If you Firewall is not turned on by default, then your using an unpatched OS and need to update your system to SP2.
uses several heuristics to attempt to determine information like program size and frequency of use. If the program does not provide this info, Add/Remove is basically forced to guess. It takes time to gather these details and then populate (load) the list with what it finds, especially if you have alot of programs installed on your system. See here
for a more detailed explanation. Processor speed and available amount of memory are also a factor.
Unchecking "Show updates
" at the top will eliminate the population of Windows security updates or using Add/Remove Programs in Safe Mode should speed things up. You can also try using a third party utility like MyUninstaller
or Add-Remove Pro
If your Internet connection is slow and your not finding any malware, see:Its not always malware: How to fix the top 10 Internet Explorer issues
.Internet Explorer stops responding, stops working, or restarts
.Troubleshooting slow Internet connection
.Get to the bottom of a slow Internet connection
Edited by quietman7, 06 November 2007 - 01:00 PM.