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Can These Programs Slow Down My Laptop?


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#1 nyyanks

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Posted 27 March 2007 - 06:34 PM

My laptop has 240 mb of RAM. Will the following products do more harm than good and end up slowing my laptop? (Some I have, some I don't)

Spy Sweeper
Spyware Doctor
ZoneAlarm Free (Firewall)
Counterspy

Oh and I have heard that the new version of ZoneAlarm Free especially slows down computers. Is it not recommended for my laptop? will the other older versions be better for me or will it take up the same amount of system resources?

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 07:33 AM

You really should increase the amount of RAM.

Out of Spy Sweeper, Spyware Doctor, and Counterspy, choose only one. IMO Counterspy is easier on resources. You certainly don't need all three.

There are other good free firewalls that you can download and try:
Outpost Firewall Free
Jetico Personal Free
Sygate Personal Firewall Free 5.6
Comodo Free Firewall
Kerio Personal Firewall (available in a full and limited free edition)
Kerio Personal Firewall 2.1.5 (last freeware version that was strictly a firewall and not bundled with extra features that hog resources and slow down system performance) - Alternate download
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Posted 28 March 2007 - 12:38 PM

i'll give one of the other firewalls a chance and will choose one of the antispyware programs
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Posted 28 March 2007 - 12:47 PM

Good luck. :thumbsup:
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Posted 28 March 2007 - 12:54 PM

wait which firewall will take the least of my system resources
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Posted 28 March 2007 - 01:05 PM

Probably the last if you don't mind using the old version. Otherwise, your best bet is to give each a try (one at a time) and see how they perform with your particular system.
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Posted 28 March 2007 - 01:09 PM

thanks a lot
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Posted 28 March 2007 - 01:18 PM

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 02:08 PM

Free Zone Alarm v.7 got needlessly bigger, so use version 6.1 or 6.5. In my opinion both are superb.
Spyware Doctor is not compatible with ZA version 7. People are reporting problems over in the ZL users forum.

SpywareBlaster and/or Spybot without the TeaTimer, Avast AV and ZA free live happily together. Just my 5 cents :thumbsup:

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 05:24 PM

thank you for your five cents :thumbsup:
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