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#1 WilliamP

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Posted 15 December 2016 - 04:29 PM

I have a friend who is having problems with their computer. It is a DELL with Windows 7.It is doing strange things and running slow. I ran a SuperAntiSpyware scan and watched as it scanned a bunch of Zip Archives in the Files section. But I couldn't find any in the computer. What is going on?

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Posted 15 December 2016 - 07:50 PM

What are Zip files and archives?

Can you post the log results of your SUPERAntiSpyware scan?

BTW...it is not unusual for an anti-virus or anti-malware scanner to have problems with or be suspicious of compressed, archived, .cab, .rar, .jar, .iso, and packed files because they have difficulty reading what is inside them. These kind of files often trigger alerts by security software using heuristic detection because they are resistant to scanning (difficult to read). This resistance may also result in some scanners to stall (hang) on these particular types of files or just ignore (skip) them.
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Posted 16 December 2016 - 03:03 PM

The scan didn't show anything as bad.

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Posted 16 December 2016 - 03:25 PM

Then I wouldn't worry about it.
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Posted 16 December 2016 - 05:08 PM

I kind of feel that way. But the computer is doing some strange things. It is slow ,the desk top background changed by itself and in Control Panel the layout for Remove programs changed.from a list to icons.  I opened Task Manager and In processes the CPU usage keeps going up and down and doesn't settle down.



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Posted 16 December 2016 - 06:00 PM

Control Panel layout is easy enough to fix...How to Change Control Panel View in Windows: Category, Small or Large icons

I have accidentally changed it myself without realizing until the next time I opened it.

Slowness, freezing, booting, and performance issues as you describe are not uncommon, especially with older computers. There are various reasons for this - i.e. disk fragmentation, disk errors, corrupt system files, too many startup programs, unnecessary services running, not enough RAM, dirty hardware components, etc. As you use your system it becomes filled with more files/programs and has a natural tendency to slow down and behave oddly so cleaning and regular maintenance is essential. One of the most common culprits is too many startup applications. Almost all applications you install want to startup when Windows loads. Many of these programs are not needed and disabling them can save resources and improve performance as they are available from the Start Menu > All Programs or an icon on the Desktop if needed. For information on how to identify and disable unnecessary startups and other suggestions, please refer to this guide:Removing unnecessary startups will also remove some items in Task Manager. Rebooting the computer more often and closing/reopening your browser also helps keep processes under control in Task Manager.
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