I had a really good PC until about a year ago.
It suddenly crashed. It was slow and I tried to defrag it. It helped a little
I think that the culprit was adware (lots of pop- ups, even WITH a blocker!) and browser hijackers.
I have MacAfee for virus protection thru the AOL small monthly fee, and it scans everything
I also have Ad- Aware6 by Lavasoft. For personal use, it is free. LOVE IT
First time I used it, I found over 200 tracking cookies, and quite a few browser hijack attempts!!!!!! There is also a quarantine button,in case you want to look at what was being downloaded.
Spybot is also good although some people hate it. Make sure that you use the tutorial first.
It removes a lot of registries that I didn't even know I had!. ( CASINO? XXX?)
I like it because it has a recovery file. If I remove a registry that affects a program that I downloaded, I just put it back in.
Make sure that you use the tutorial first.
This one is also free.
I believe that these 2 programs got rid of ALOT of problems that I had before.
I use these a couple times a week.
Also I try to delete those temp internet files.
I find that trojans LOVE to sneak into these files!!!!
I'll have to check out the other programs mentioned!
Here are the links. Hope they help
Sorry about the mess Katsmom! spybot ad-aware 6