Newbie here. (not dumb, but "new"
I updated my computer from NOT only having McAfee Comptuer Security Center (I WISH I saw this site first and heard about Zone Alarm, as I would have bought that....hey, if I happen to buy it, can I have both work at the same time???)
to also having all the stuff Mr. G. advises: ie: spybot S&D, Spyguard, Webroot Spy Sweeper, Adaware free,etc.).
Now, after I installed it all, my computer was slower than....than...well, what is SUPER SUPER slow?!
It was BAAAAAAAd...so bad, I could not access the internet (the IE browswer would NOT open)...my computer was HUMMING that "I'm working hard here!" noise....my tray was full with that stuff.....and I was worried..."MY gosh...WHAT THE HECK DID I DO?!"
Well, it did not explode. Thank goodness.
I, after re-scanning for spyware and viruses and trojans and critters....and stuff....decided to again (AGAIN) reboot.
Still slow and a noisy "I'm working my butt off herer doing 15,000 processes" noise came from my puter...
OMG...I thought...I'll just have to disinstall all this crud. Why did he recommend it if you cannot run it on a new pretty good Dell computer PC??? It must work "for him." I thought.
I decided to hit "open IE" and leave.
Later, I noticed, IE popped up. OMG....could it be working? My computer was SILENT....eeeeks!!!! I broke it for sure. What happened to all that BUSY noise?! Crud!!!! My husband will kill me.
I decided to open my mail and try out the internet....
...it was working...and quickly!!!!! And, the "CPU at 100 percent" box was CLOSED.....nowhere to be seen....and my machine was silent.....
I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone...BUT PROTECTED!!!
Yes, I saw all my protection in the tray....yet, my computer ran flawlessly fast and quiet.....it almost seemed to be too good to be true....well, it is 8:30pm and this has been like this since 9am...so I think it is all working fine now!!!
I have NO clue as to the WHY behind the SLOW computer, NOISE as if it was the hardest working computer on earth, and not even opening the internet for me.....everything was like bizzarre...
So......I hope it contines to work fine NOW....
And, I wanted to inform others just trying out Mr G's "tips" for "Safety on the Internet" (can't link that as I forget the link page)....try it...be patiient...fix stuff...be patient...give yourself 2 days to get it all working smoothly and not fustrate yourself....and I think you'll come out of it fine...just DO NOT PANIC!!!
I tend to panic myself
...and I know it...I try my hardest NOT to.
Maybe I'll be here tomorrow griping....er, asking for advice
, but I wanted to share my experience to other newbies so they don't freak out.
I had to disinstall some things and re-install. I had to reboot many times and run things and they'd freeze up and crash...grrrrr...but, patience is truly a virtue in this world.
People on this site are great, too.
Once everything is fine, I'll make a donation (small----please don't go buy a vacation home!!!
) as this is a site worth supporting (don't you agree, folks?!).
My problem now is that spybot s&D crashes whenever I open it...I'll look thru the forums as i can...(hard w/ a 1 year old) but if you have a quick reply send me a reply!
Yee-ha from Texas!
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