Computer Running Slowly After Software Download?

My computer has been running slowly ever since downloading Microsoft Security Essentials. Anyone else seen this problem?

By Betty from Lubbock, TX

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February 5, 20120 found this helpful

When I remarried last year my new husband gave me a MacBook for a wedding gift saying it would save him time previously used cleaning up my PC after a Microsoft update, lol.

Actually he was right, though. I used Windows XP on a Compaq for years, and every time I did an update from MS my computer 'lagged and gagged'-slowed considerably, and would require a couple of hours worth of fine tuning to get it running smoothly again.

I learned a lot from the MS forums, and also from the software pages on about.com.

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February 5, 20120 found this helpful

I run CCleaner and Diskeeper after every software download whether Microsoft updates or otherwise because any download can slow your computer. Doing this cleans and re-adjusts the files and speed will be back to normal. CCleaner is completely free and Diskeeper is free to try for 30 days, $39.95 thereafter but it's yours forever. Here are the completely safe links to download them:

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www.piriform.com/.../download

download.cnet.com/.../3000-2094_4-10023645.html

I recommend clicking 'save' (and save to your document folder) when you go to download them that way you will always have the installation set-up on hand. After saving it then click 'run' and follow the prompts. I guarantee you will be happy with both of these products.

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February 5, 20120 found this helpful

I think that creators of many of the modern programs take for granted we're all running the fastest, most recent, whiz-bang computers, like they are. Doesn't seem to enter their minds that we aren't....

You might check the minimum requirements for Microsoft Security Essentials and compare it to what your computer has (on Windows XP, right-click "My Computer" to see this).

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I have never installed Microsoft Security Essentials, but I did have that slow-running problem when I installed BitDefender (antivirus and Internet protection) on an "older" laptop (3 years old). The laptop took about 15 minutes to boot up, and every double-click command took at least a minute to complete. The laptop was pretty much unusable.

Using a different computer, I checked the minimum requirements for BitDefender. Everything was fine--except for the processor speed. The laptop was just below the minimum requirement for BitDefender. This meant BitDefender was using all the processor, plus some of the hard drive space for the remainder of the processing. So, nothing else could run.

I uninstalled BitDefender, installed AVG free, and the laptop works just fine now.

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