That is John Wilkinson's guidance for removing unnecessary programs and services.
There may be other advice in that thread you may find useful.
I was told that my start up programs might be causing my laptop to start slowly. It doesn't boot slowly, but once the desktop comes up, the comps pretty much stuck for around 5 minutes. I ran task manager once to see the CPU usage and processes... For that first few minutes, my cpu operates anywhere from 70% to 100% capacity, and I usually have about 70 processes. I don't have many programs installed yet, and most of what I do have launch at start up, so I'm a little concerned as to why it takes so long before I can even open the start menu. I'm virus/spyware free (according to Windows Live OneCare and the Windows online Safety Scanner). I have an HP Pavilion Dv5t1000 laptop, with 2gb ram, an Intel Core Duo 2 processor and Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit, and it's about 3 weeks old. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks
That security/backup application has been retired by Microsoft. Although support will continue to be offered through the end of the warranty period, all development has ended and future versions will not be released. Thus, you may want to start looking for an alternative security suite as the time draws near.
I've used several antivirus programs and OneCare is the only one I ever felt truly protected with. Can you recommend a good antivi? I've used Norton, and let's just say 'Once bitten (or crashed completely by 4 huge viruses that Norton didn't find but Safety Scanner did), twice shy (terrified, frankly).' I ran AVG for a while and it was alright, but it was constantly telling me that trusted software was bad. I'm really skittish as far as protecting this damned laptop goes, and I have no clue what I should do after I don't have OneCare.
The forum sticky (READ ME) lists the top free options, all of which I would recommend. As there is no cost, try each one and see which you prefer. Just ensure you choose one firewall, one antivirus application, and one antispyware application. (Note: PC Tool's software offers the best balance between security and ease of use.)
I'd also like to note that, statistically, OneCare provided the worst commercial protection, failing to identify more malware than any other and intentionally ignoring Microsoft-backed adware/spyware, while Norton remains one of the best. It is more 'luck of the draw,' though, as no security software is perfect; you just hope you never contract something that your security software cannot automatically identify, which is where you play the odds.
Thanks for the advice, I really appreciate it. I know it's a bad idea to run two anitvis on the same pc, but I have heard that it doesn't matter how many antispys run. It's amazing how much conflicting information is out there considering we're talking about machines that are mathematically operated.
When I had Norton was when I contracted the viruses. All Norton ever found were tracking cookies. After I uninstalled it (using the uninstall tool) it actually corrupted my registry and I had to run a system restore. 2 weeks after the first restore, I had to do another because the corruption reappeared. I did all that with HP techs over the phone.
I had my first laptop (first computer, technically) for less than a year and HP replaced it, because they had ended up replacing the hard drive, mother board, power board, lcd, optical drive, and most of the wiring. They sent it back to me and it still didn't work. The case manager I deal with said those original viruses, which I got back in March '08, probably screwed up the whole system. I'm on the replacement laptop right now, and maybe you can see why I'm so freakish about viruses.
So again, thanks a million for your advice.
Although it sounds like HP's techs botched the repair of your original laptop (a virus cannot necessitate the replacement of those physical components), I can share similar Norton stories. Much like "machines that are mathematically operated," it is statistically the best yet historically one of the most troublesome.
Best of luck!
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