Solved Slow Computer vs Security

Acer / Aspire x3810
February 26, 2013 at 08:39:50
Specs: Windows 98 SP1, 1.33 Ghz / 256 MB
Hello, I have a old computer, that I use for writing and lite browsing. I have tried avast! Antivirus for Windows 98, but it slowing down my computer too much.
I don't want to wait 15 min for a computer that can start up in 2 min. But the great thing about avast! Antivirus is that it still is up to date.
AVG 7.5 is out of date, but didn't make my computer slower. But that antivirus is out of date. I have tried to install the last virus defenisions, and it failed (I think), and it also made my computer running slower.
I would want a security program that is at least updated from 2011 if it's not too much to ask for. Any suggestions?

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February 27, 2013 at 12:25:00
You shouldn't expect any AV software to continue supporting an outdated OS. At some point they have to pull the plug. If AVAST is the only one still supporting Win98, then that's what you're stuck with. Your only other option is to upgrade the OS to either Linux or XP, however XP would require more RAM to run decently. You're definitely not helping your situation by running a toolbar, numerous defraggers, & Netware (unless you need it).

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#1
February 26, 2013 at 08:48:51
Can you handle Linux? There are a few distros that will run with just 256MB RAM. No AV required & you'd be using Firefox 17 as your browser. I'm not sure what still supports Win98?

http://distrowatch.com/table.php?di...


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#2
February 26, 2013 at 09:01:38
As I said erlier, I use it for writing, and would not my document look different if I used linux word processor instead of office 2000?

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#3
February 26, 2013 at 09:18:59
Office 2000 is obviously 13 yrs old. If you want to continue to use an old OS & old software, that's up to you, I'm just suggesting another option. Some distros use OpenOffice or LibreOffice. Puppy uses AbiWord because it's more lightweight. I believe it looks similar to early MS word?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AbiWord


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#4
February 26, 2013 at 10:15:10
AKDOS

I have a version of Open Office 3 installed. I also am using Word 2000 on this computer. I tried opening a Word doc in Open Office and it opened just fine. I looked at how you can save a file and one of the ways was in doc format.

So it appears you should be able to work with your existing documents and save in word format in the future, should you decide to try a version of Linux.


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#5
February 26, 2013 at 12:22:07
The only AV around for W98 (with updates) is Avast I'm afraid. I am using version 4.8.1229.0 and it doesn't appreciable slow down the computer. However it had a new mobo and CPU (512M RAM) in its lifetime so that could have made all the difference.

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#6
February 26, 2013 at 19:29:44
It sounds like it's more than just loagy AV software if it's taking 15 minutes to boot up. What other junk do you have running in the background?

And depending on what you mean by 'lite browsing' you may want to let your PC go au naturel and forego AV altogether.


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#7
February 27, 2013 at 06:08:59
I have tried many Antivirus, but I don't like them. Some of them is slowing down the computer, or is only updated to 2002 or simillar. I don't have any junk on this computer. The only drivers and programs that are loaded on startup is:

- Netware Service (Can't be uninstalled, otherwise the computer would chrash)
- Office 2000 toolbar
- Crackup (Checking how fragmented the harddrive is, it takes only 5-10 sek to be finished, and I can use the computer while it is running)
- Fast Defrag (Clears the RAM-memory when the user confirm it, and moves programs that are not in use at the time to the SWAP-file)

It only takes 2 min for Windows to start from the Windows 98 logo.


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#8
February 27, 2013 at 07:22:25
You don't need to load office toolbar at start up. Checking the fragmentation of the hard drive on every boot is overkill. RAM is automatically cleared every time you shut down the computer so that program is also a waste.

I don't understand why you must run Netware service. Do you have mapped drives or something on another computer?

Place an Icon on the desktop for Word and open when you actually use it.


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#9
February 27, 2013 at 07:31:37
RAM clearing programs simply shift activity elsewhere. Win 98 (unlike W95) releases unused RAM when necessary. Unused RAM is wasted RAM - let Windows use what it needs and it will run better. The program itself adds a further burden.

I agree with #8 about the office toolbar too - I don't even run it on my XP. You can have shortcut icons in a desktop folder to run each part of Office - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. so that nothing runs until you need it.

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#10
February 27, 2013 at 12:25:00
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You shouldn't expect any AV software to continue supporting an outdated OS. At some point they have to pull the plug. If AVAST is the only one still supporting Win98, then that's what you're stuck with. Your only other option is to upgrade the OS to either Linux or XP, however XP would require more RAM to run decently. You're definitely not helping your situation by running a toolbar, numerous defraggers, & Netware (unless you need it).

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#11
February 27, 2013 at 13:28:18
I'm amazed Avast still support W98 - several years ago they said they would stop but have continued. My guess is that when the next Avast full version number is produced they will dump Avast 4.

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#12
March 2, 2013 at 06:43:28
Thanks, I'm happy that I finaly could remove Novell. And I may run Linux on this computer, but first I need to backup my files

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#13
March 17, 2013 at 19:27:11
@Derek

It could be a market share type of thing. Avast 4.x is the last of the classic clients that runs on Win95, Win98, NT 4.0.

If there are a lot of people still using the paid version of Avast 4, they may be required/obligated to fullfill the end of subscription expirations. I can confirm as recently as last week that 4.8 continues to receive updates.

IMO, I don't run AV on any of my Windows 95 systems. I've never gotten viruses and the hardware (120MHz, 40MB RAM) is probably too slow to run the malware, LOL.

http://sdfox7.com


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#14
March 17, 2013 at 19:44:41
Re #13

You made some good points. As regards not having an AV it is quite possible that many viruses will not run properly on W95 because nobody would be actually writing them for those old OS's.

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