My new (3mos. old) Dell 1720 with Windows vista runs as badly as an Apple 2e, I tossed awhile back. "Ignorant Monkey" described problems he's been having with his XP, and I've tried following the advise, but spend my few hours at home with this garbage. Following is what I've done:
-AVG 7.5 system runs daily or whenever.
-I emptied recycle/trash, deleted cookies,temporary internet files.
-Installed "Ad-aware". Followed your instructions to perform full system scan. The computer shut down in the middle of about 3 scans. It detected 261 infections after 8 minutes. It kept running for about 2 hours: screen froze. Computer shut down when I attempted to double-click the Ad-aware icon, so I look for the Lavasoft Download and run from there. It shut-down computer &/or froze a couple times after that.
-Then I tried installing "Super Anti-spyware" computer crashed... shut-down with that. It is now flashing at the bottom of my screen, but I want to finish this before I play with that stuff again.
-Next I installed Spybot. It found 17 problems and could not fix 14:
Fun Web products 4 entries
My Way.MyWebSearch 5 entries
Fun Web 2 entries
My Web Search 3 entries.
An excuse for not fixing was that I am not the Administrator. I'm the only user/owner of this computer: but baffled.
Some of the items are on Directory, some on Registry. It did fix my homepage to: "msn.com", and not msn.com/true something, which actually changed after I installed Windows Live: which is when my system got so much worse.
One item that definitely created issues was the "free screensavers" site (Fun Web?), and a small cursor device which I can't seem to get rid of. Never got the screensavers. When I tried to search for programs, my computer shut down or froze.
I also checked my "Tools" to disable devices, but can't get rid of the cursor. Among programs, the only odd one that I found was " Microsoft Silverlight" installed on 12/21/07, when the Microsoft Updates has no items added. I tried to uninstall "Microsoft Silverlight" and got message "An unidentified program wants access to your Computer" under "User account control" It was that program, which is identified as Update 1.0.21115.0 Microsoft Corp. I cancelled two times not sure what was going on.
Sorry for the lengthy talk, but I have done nothing of benefit to me with this piece of garbage computer for several days. I'm borrowing other people's computers to read my mail and wasting the few hours I have with above.
Now I'll try running one of the spyware program and do something else. Any ideas? Thanks for being here.