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#1 Sam London

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Posted 29 May 2005 - 07:25 PM

Hi, I purchased a new computer last year along with my first broadband connections. I have a 70 GB C drive and a 250 GB external drive. I have a Macafee virus protector and and Macafee personal firewall. I also have spybot and adware. My computer always appears to be running slow. Please see my log below.

Do I have programs running in the background.

I have been downloading files using the free version of Bearshare is this the best software to use? I have a used a number of others but Bearshare appears to be one of the best. If not which is better?

I would be grateful if someone could provide me with a definative list of software need to clean and protect my machine. When I should running them and is this is every day how I can configure my machine to automatically do this. Plus any other advice.

Cheers

Sam

My email address is XXXXXXXXXX. I am free of messenger today if anyone is available.


(Mod edit: Email address removed to thwart spambots. jgweed)

Edited by jgweed, 30 May 2005 - 10:22 AM.


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#2 lucent

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Posted 29 May 2005 - 08:54 PM

Hey sam, first things first you need to remove your email addy from your post. Then you should get hijackthis and post a log so the HJT team can get ya sorted, as I am not a HJT member it's best not to give further advice, sorry, good luck!
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#3 Enthusiast

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Posted 29 May 2005 - 10:05 PM

What anti-malware programs are you running? Any?
After a year or so of using peer to peer aps your machine is most probably filled with malware, in fact, the original versions of BearShare have been accused of being malware themselves although PC World says their current version is not.

Freeware AntiSpyware and Security Programs

Software firewalls with freeware versions
Zone Alarm SE: http://www.zonealarm.com/
Sygate: http://www.sygate.com/

Antivirus programs - freeware (you can only use one resident anti-virus program on your computer. More than one will conflict)

AVG: http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_index.php

Avast Anti-virus freeware
http://www.komando.com/bestshareware.asp


Anti-malware freeware (You can run as many of these as you wish. Generally there is no conflict between these and you should always run several)

AdAware: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
Microsoft Antispyware Beta: http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/s...re/default.mspx
SpywareBlaster: http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
Spybot S&D: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (Win XP and Win 2000):
http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx


CWShredder from InterMute
CW Shredder removes some variants of spyware known as the Coolwebsearch Trojan. The Trojan takes advantage of a flaw in a key component of Windows -- Microsoft's version of the Java Virtual Machine -- to install itself via popups often found on porn and illegal software (a.k.a. "warez") sites. Run CWShredder after installing, and have it look for updates. Then click the "Fix" button, and the program will both scan and fix any problems it finds. If your system does not have this kind of spyware, it will give you the good news.
Cost: Free
http://www.intermute.com/spysubtract/cwshr...r_download.html

#4 spywaredr

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Posted 30 May 2005 - 09:18 AM

hi,

before you go installing more protection files,you make no mention of:
disk clean
disk defrag
# of files loading with windows [at the same time]

how often do you run these utuilities ?

get regclean 4.0 here

http://antispyware.friendpages.com

this will help you remove:

files from start up list
remove unwanted files that have no uninstall file

oh,and NEVER post your e-mail address !

edit your post and remove UNLESS you're using a throwaway addy from mail.com or mytrashmail.com

#5 jgweed

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Posted 30 May 2005 - 10:31 AM

If you are using P2P programs, you are exposing your computer to all sorts of malware( the SANS institute continue to list P2P file sharing in their top ten computer threats), so a thorough scan by your anti-virus and any adware programs you have is a must, and should be done daily.
The other members' responses are well taken. Slow computers can be the result of not cleaning your hard drive of unneeded items, or not defragging often enough (especially if you do a not of file moving, adding, or deletions).
You can review the number of applications you have running on startup using the tool provided by Spybot; BC has a very large database of start up applications that will help you determine what you need to kill.
If these maintenance exercises do not correct the situation, then you might well post a HJT log to the appropriate forum.
I have removed your Email address by BC policy.

Regards,
John
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