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Slow Computer-Maybe Infected

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#1 gibsgoinpro


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Posted 17 June 2009 - 03:28 AM


My computer is about a year old and I run AVG antivirus. Past couple months my computer hasn't been running as well and i'm not sure if I am infected or not. I would like to get rid of some programs that I may have downloaded thinking they were ok but maybe weren't and are slowing my computer. The thing is I don't know how to find them and remove them. I use windows vista as my operating system. With windows xp, I knew where to find add/remove programs.

If someone could please help me make sure I have no viruses, spyware, adware and also remove programs that I don't need I would really appreciate it. Thank you for having a forum like this where people that aren't experts can get help with these problems.


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Posted 17 June 2009 - 07:10 AM

If you are not sure your machine is infected but it seems to be slow, please refer to Slow Computer/Browser? Check here first; it may not be malware. There are reasons for slowness and poor performance besides malware - i.e. disk fragmentation, disk errors, corrupt system files, too many startup programs, unnecessary services running, not enough RAM, dirty hardware components, etc. As your system gets older it becomes filled with more files/programs and has a natural tendency to slow down so cleaning and regular maintenance is essential.
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