I have gone through a naive process of trying different ways to stabilize my old Vista desktop and a laptop
Both tend to run very slow, but the desktop is in the worst shape and sometimes just stops and I need to physically reboot (i.e. power off with the physical start button).
In trying to resolve issues due to some malware in the last couple of years I have disabled a number of background jobs.
I have also removed things like DropBox and Skype from my Startup.
Is there any place online where I can get a list of services that are truly necessary to having a vanilla vista machine running reasonably fast.
I have Norton 360 running and it has helped a bit but there is more that is needed -- or else I just give up and get rid of it! It is about 7 years old anyway. A dinosaur by today's standards
I have a new Windows 8.1 laptop with way more memory and power, and I want to make sure I don't mess it up with my negligence.
I am tech literate, but there's way too much new stuff for me to keep up.
Thanks in advance to anyone who can provide tips.
PS- I also have MalwareBytes free version, and CCleaner, both of which I use on occasion.
PPS- I just noticed that one of the tabs of this web page 'Startup List' addresses part of my problem. (-- I'm still a newbie --)
Edited by TechLIV01, 21 November 2014 - 03:37 PM.