Need a slimmer antivirus for a lagging XP system

April 10, 2018 at 18:02:36
Specs: WinXP SP3, P4/2G
I've been hanging on to my XP machine, delaying the installation of a W7 box, simply due to my avoidance of the "migration" that is necessary, to try to preserve things, many things that I'm probably not even aware of, that I'll miss, when I make the move from one box to the other.

So, as my XP machine gradually slows down, bloated with "stuff", not sure of which "stuff" is actually doing the "foot-dragging", causing me to wait, for instance, up to a minute or two just to open the browser window, etc.

I'm thinking, maybe it's the anti-virus program that's slowing me down considerably. (?)

I'm presently using Avast Free Antivirus, and I've been happy with it in the past, but now it's bloated and slow, with lots of "nagware" prompting me to "upgrade" amongst other things.

Is there a slimmer, more compact, less resource-hungry antivirus program that any here would suggest? I just want basic protection, in case I "acquire" something negative in my dealings on the internet.

I want to basically keep this machine useful, while I migrate to the newer one.

Or should I be focusing on my browser? I'm using the latest FF. Maybe it's the problem?

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April 10, 2018 at 18:59:22
If you turn off the Anti-virus, is there a significant boost in performance??

Why would you want to upgrade to Win 7? Support will stop in 2020 and you end up the same as your Win XP.
If you have a multi-core CPU thy the new OS on an Virtual Machine like Oracle Virtualbox (free) . Test all the applications you want to run on the new OS. Performance will be slow on the VM but you have an idea what works and doesn't work.

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April 10, 2018 at 19:56:43
Read the following about Firefox & XP:

Do you regularly run a cleaner? If not, get CCleaner-Slim:

Run the cleaner & the registry scanner - be patient, it may take a while, especially the 1st time - remove everything they find. Then click Tools > Startup & disable all the unnecessary startup apps.

After doing all the above, reboot. Your system should boot quicker & perform better.

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April 10, 2018 at 20:03:10
Forgot to mention AV. There are some here that still support XP:

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April 11, 2018 at 02:46:51
Have you tried to disbale all startup programs?
These could slow down your system considerably by eating up CPU&RAM

when you run out of RAM you can experience extreme lagging since the system tries to free up RAm by offloading to the pagefile, wihch is on your main drive(HDD or SSD)

loading this back into RAM would cause massive laggs/waiting times especially on an HDD

p.s. what does the task manager say about total RAM/memory used?
i have a feeling it's gonna be 100%

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April 11, 2018 at 13:21:03
Malware can slow computers down.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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April 12, 2018 at 15:59:19
Thanks for all the suggestions. I've been busy with health issues for the past few days, so couldn't get back to this issue before now.

I'm sending this from my wife's computer downstairs, which we use for our news, entertainment, shopping, communications, etc. The only issues with this computer are that Firefox freezes up frequently, and especially when she's been online on various shopping sites, as well as watching Netflix.

I do use CCleaner, on both machines. Sometimes I have to restart to get FF to let go of whatever is causing it to freeze.

My IT specialist son says he thinks it's because we don't have a video card, but are using the onboard video. I don't know.

I'll go ahead and try those other things mentioned, and get back.

Thanks again, see you soon.

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April 12, 2018 at 16:18:29
"but are using the onboard video"
That's what I use on every comp I have.

"The only issues with this computer are that Firefox freezes up frequently"
Reset Firefox – easily fix most problems

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April 12, 2018 at 16:49:28
If #8 doesn't fix it run this and if it finds anything copy/paste the log on here:

Download and "Save" the file somewhere. Go to the saved file then double click it to run the program. Use the "Scan" button, followed by the "Clean" button.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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April 17, 2018 at 17:12:09
Lots of good help here, just getting started following all the links. I'm admittedly slow at responding, sorry. I'm 68 yrs old, FFS...

I'm just on #2, concerning FF not supporting XP,,

It's getting good. Thanks guys..

I'll be back soon when I've digested everything.

I do use CCleaner frequently. It helps "keep me regular",,lol.

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April 17, 2018 at 17:24:21
"I do use CCleaner frequently"
But do you use the Registry cleaner as per post 2?

Follow these SS (screenshot) steps.

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April 17, 2018 at 19:01:39
Yes, actually, when I run CCleaner, I frequently use the Registry cleaner in the process. It always seems to come up with "installation remnants" to delete, and I just check them all and click "fix", and it does, seemingly, "fix" these entries.

Onward and upward,, I'm climbin outta this hole, come hell or high water...

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April 17, 2018 at 19:20:08
"I'm climbin outta this hole, come hell or high water..."
Step by step, you will get there.

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April 17, 2018 at 20:35:04
Concerning #5, regarding the RAM being used, yes, it does say "100%", and I'm not really doing much at all, just a couple tabs open, and one extra window.

Okay, now it's down to under 50%, dipping as low as 11, while "PF usage" is remaining around 765 MB.

It took around a minute and a half to open FF, even after I CCleaned, checked Startup, and restarted.

Now, it's using 30% CPU, average.

Could it be due to having too many tabs open, or having "a billion" bookmarks saved?

edit: after I clicked "submit changes" (below this edit), it jumped back up to "100%", and the PF jumped up around 850 MB.

still, it's taking a while to post, read pages, etc. I get used to watching the "activity" in the lower left corner ( "reading...". ), while things post, or I'm navigating from one site to another, etc.

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April 17, 2018 at 20:52:20
Run AdwCleaner as per post 9, Copy & Paste the contents of the Clean log in your reply.

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April 17, 2018 at 20:53:08
Concerning #8, (johnw), regarding "resetting FFox":

I'm presently using a program called "NoScript", because I'm still using XP as my OS, and it was suggested to me by, I think, one of your members, in order to avoid script vulnerabilities, I'm assuming.

Will "resetting" FFox disable this program, and if so, will I be "suddenly vulnerable", or only if I'm on, or navigate to a questionable site?

concerning #15, concerning running AdAware, I'm almost there, sometime tonight.

Oops, I meant "AdwareCleaner"

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April 17, 2018 at 21:12:16
"Will "resetting" FFox disable this program"

"suddenly vulnerable"
No more then usual, go to any Malware forum & no matter what defenses they had installed, they still got infected.
You cannot stop User error, they click when they shouldn't.

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April 17, 2018 at 21:34:37
Okay, I just reset FFox, per msg #8, on the box downstairs, the one my wife uses (W7), the one having the FF freezing problem. I'll be back to report on the results. So far, no freezing.

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April 20, 2018 at 00:23:01
Tried to post earlier, but forgot to log-in in order to send, so lost the post.

Anyway,, per #8, I've reset the Firefox browser on both the downstairs and upstairs machines, and it seems to have made huge improvements, mostly to the speed of my XP machine, though I think it may have also cleared up the freezing problem downstairs as well. Anyway, this computer is showing renewed signs of life.

I'm guessing that "NoScript" was using a lot of CPU time, or interrupting the flow somehow, since it's gone now that the browser has been reset, and things are running much faster.

I'll get to AdwCleaner sometime in the near future.

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April 20, 2018 at 04:01:26
Step by step. Sometimes we need to take a little time to clear out some junk and build up. The better job you do now, the longer it might last until next time. Good work.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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April 23, 2018 at 19:40:28
It's teaching me a lesson, one I've always known, but just reminding me, again, that it's silly to do a lot of customizing that won't last through, for instance, an OS re-install, etc.

It's best to stay simple, lean, trim. Use the 'puter as a handy tool, but don't let it become "indispensible". Don't get bogged down, like someone that moves into a house, only to fill up the garage with collections of junk, making it a huge project next time you decide to move.

Clutter is the enemy. Gotta stay "light on your feet", virtually speaking.

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April 23, 2018 at 20:04:19
"I'll get to AdwCleaner sometime in the near future"
That is a very important step, we need to fix the causes of your problems..

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April 24, 2018 at 06:56:40
It only takes a few minutes to run ADWCleaner (you just double click the downloaded file) and it can clear up a lot. Go for it.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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