Win7 500GHD 3G RAM (In 12/15 DC3 helped) Several Q's/Problemss-Way Slow. FakeFirefx Popups etc.
Dear Bleeping Computer/ (Maybe DC3?)
You folks are wonderful. You have helped me ‘learn computers’ and extended the life of my XP’s and NT’s.
Thanks. I wrote a while back (over nine? months) ago about some of this, but would be best to do a restart here.
DC3 Helped me a lot.
Quick first notes:
1.) I thought I was supposed to run some quick desktop program and attach. I haven’t found reference
to it so I haven’t but will upon advice.
2) Can someone see that DC3 gets this? I’ve lost the how to do of that.
My Computer Info
I have a Dell Inspiron Windows 7 Premium Home Edition, 64 bit with these other Claimed Attributes; 250
G HDD; 3 GB RAM
MY MAIN GOALS AND CONCERNS
Slow Speed & Infection?
1) Infection. I am pretty sure I am infected due to slowness (and despite lesser concerns infra.) This is
despite me having run updated scans via MSE and Malwarebytes. I
2) Excess background running programs despite msconfig.
In contrast with above description of my computer, however, a review of task manager on this new Dell
Laptop shows that when ‘nothing’ is running, there are still 78 programs “running” on that second/third tab. Thus,
it frankly seems slower than my old one although this new one has one TWELVE times the RAM as my old Dell
XP laptop, which had (256 MB RAM) and only 16 GB hard drive. I feel this new Win7 Dell should run faster and
that it, to me, appears to have too much BS surplusage- type programs, on it, etc.
I’ve run MS config but still got left with over 70 ‘background’ programs. (This is where I recall that I’m
supposed to run some desktop program with this filing, as noted above.)
My Typical Usage of my Dell Inspiron 64 bit Win7.
I use the web and browsers to research online databases such as court records, mortgages, etc. I then use
my internal programs to analyze that mundane data. Most of my time on a computer is not online but instead using
computer programs to create and email documents, receive same, and tracking my time directed at such efforts.
I ‘generally’ don’t watch videos: maybe a two to three minute news clip every other day from linked videos
on SOTT.net or whatreallyhappened.com, and I shall not be porn cruising nor even trying to see the latest breast
flash from some latest awards ceremony.
I’m not a ‘gamer’ and have never played online video games etc., and shall not. (I am good at minesweeper,
though. ;-) I do not have any installation disks that might have come with this computer although I could possibly
A Side Note but Significant Concern: Privacy; the simple right to be let alone
A side, but critical, note: I’ve read repeatedly - and likewise believe - that most later versions of computers
and programs consistently make it easier for snoopers (i.e., “our” supposedly ‘benevolent’ government and its
alphabet soup agencies) to keep track on us. I don’t need most of the latest and greatest as I’m mostly a text type
person who spends 90% of computer time on text related matters. (I.e., I miss XP/NT.) (But who doesn’t? ;-)
I’ve been aware of such long before anyone ever heard of Snowden and am rather confident that those folks
keep track of certain folks at a higher level than others. (For example, I imagine that they would try to keep track
of me - or you - far more so than of my grandmother who mostly plays mah jhong (sp?) on her computer.)
[I strongly believe in the right to privacy, the right to be left alone, and am disgusted at ‘our’ government’s
absurd anti privacy actions hidden – due to its malevolence – behind huge walls of secrecy. If they weren’t doing
anything wrong, why would they hide it so? After all, unlike people, the government should NOT have greater rights
of privacy EXCEPT in the rare cases of national security, which has been blown all out of proportion. [It’s a sin to
have to declare this but I am not doing a d*** thing wrong, etc., and am not hiding anything, in sharp contrast to
what ‘our’ government is doing.]
Problem & Goals List
My goals are
1. To spend as little money as possible (i.e., preferably none) on any anti virus/malware software – or
practically anything for that matter. (My income is likely to be practically non existent for the near future.)
2. My computer is 64 bit. Does it make sense to keep a 32 bit version of any programs where I’ve got the
64 bit? (I guess it doesn’t. Confirmation? )
3. To get this computer lean, and fast, as it feels slow - perhaps due to (a) infection? ( the extra loads it
seems to be carrying? (I hope to get it to where it starts up with a few programs as possible and closes them when
I’m done with them so they no longer show up on task manager. MS Config only got rid of a few.)
4. To avoid any viruses or Malware
A: In addition to Malwarebytes and MSE, should I add AVG? Another?
5. Re Browsers
(A) I would like to keep three browsers, (I mostly use Mozilla Firefox.) Best Other two?
I OPTIONALLY would prefer to keep IE as a backup We’re mostly left with Chrome, Safari and Opera, I guess.
I am completely open to suggestions on the lowest RAM using, fastest browsers for my situation
( Re Firefox, I’ve got something that will Pop Open a window and offer to download XYZ and
which imitates firefox. (They’ve issued warnings about it but all my scans haven’t changed it.) How to get rid of
With Respectful Thanks,
Sincerely, Felix Cattus