A while ago, I noticed Chrome was getting really slow, so I decided to try Avast's Safezone browser (is it a mod of Chrome?), but it quickly became bogged down, too, so I returned to Chrome, which seemed better. I have long had Chrome set to only load tabs that I click on to reduce the load on my underpowered HP Mini 210-4000 (Intel Atom CPU N2800 1.86GHz) with W7 SP1. It's impossible to increase the RAM above 2 GB.
As an aside, I see no way to remove Safezone from my computer. It's not in the Programs CP, nor is it possible to disable it in the settings in Avast.
A few weeks ago, the situation became worse. Even when only using three tabs, what now happens is that if I switch between them (e.g. FB, gmail and BC), if I'm lucky, there is a delay after which the contents of the tab appear. If I'm unlucky, the tab has to literally reload (e.g. Gmail's inbox has to be reloaded). I only have 5 extensions running - I disabled the others weeks ago to see if it would help (it didn't): AdBlock Plus, Adobe Acrobat, Avast Online Security, Google Analytics Opt-out Add-on (by Google) and IBA Opt-out (by Google).
I'm running Avast Free, WinPatrol, MBAM Premium and MBAE Free. I also try to keep SpywareBlaster up to date. I have SAS installed but don't use it.
This computer isn't strong enough to run EAM.
So, I'm wondering if it's the Avast extension, or (hopefully not) malware.
My wife and I are in and out of the hospital because of her chemo sessions, so I'm not able to respond regularly. She goes in again on Monday, and I'm with her 24 hours a day til she comes out again.
Thanks in advance!
Edit: I disabled the Avast extension and, immediately, the problem stopped. I don't know if I should be thankful that the solution was so simple, or worried that Avast was hard at work blocking attacks.
Edited by RevGAM, 12 August 2016 - 09:56 AM.