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#&$*! Computers!

A month or so ago, McAfee informed me that, because I hadn't shoved them any money lately, my anti-virus program had "expired" and that I needed to buy the new version. This of course was protection-fraud BS, but my choice was to do that or shell out money for Norton instead, so I said "okay you pestulant bastards" and did it.

Since then, attempting to do anything on my computer has been a living hell of fighting with McAfee to get anything done. It's forever "updating," forever throwing "Important alerts!" in my face while I'm trying to do something else, forever making my hard drive go CHURN CHURN CHURN without actually doing anything.

Then, last week, there was some kind of Windows update which, combined with the ADHD behavior of McAfee, has got my computer slowed to a crawl. Double-click an icon, and you might as well go get some coffee because the program might be up by the time you get back. Type a URL into your browser window, hum the 1812 Overture, and then see your desired webpage. Oh, the performance of N-n-n-neeeeverwi-wi-wi-wiwint-int-inter N-n-n-ights is so choppy that it's like being on two computers ago. If the old program is like this, I can only imagine what the new one will be like whenever I finally upgrade the video card.

So I'm trying to figure out what to do. I've gone into McAfee and turned off half of the most intrusive things, but a) it was only half, and b) now it throws pop-ups screaming at me "YOUR COMPUTER ISN'T PROTECTED! MCAFEE IS ONLY HALF-TURNED-ON! WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!" I spent a large chunk of yesterday trying to do as much system maintenance as I could to improve performance, including searching for malware, but it was all a drop in the bucket.

I wouldn't put it past Micro$oft to put out an update that had the express purpose of eating up memory just before Christmas so that everybody would think, "Dang, this computer's slow -- better go buy a new one!" Even if that wasn't it, tho, I'm not about to replace this thing. It was much faster than this when it was new, I've just got to figure out what the heck is in there causing all the trouble.

-The Gneech

PS: Oh yeah, Outlook doesn't completely shut down any more, for no readily apparent reason, which I'm sure isn't helping. *muttergrumble*

Comments

cyberhorn
Nov. 25th, 2006 04:32 pm (UTC)
avg is excelent and isnt a virus target like MCafup and NErton ive seen hacker sites that post regular updates about holes and weak spots in their systems

only issue is avg is going pay only as of jan 07

as for uninstalling MCafry you ay want to go into msconfig and then startup uncheck all the mcaf items to turn it off completely its a pain to uninstall when its playing the chugachuga then use bears uninstaller software
bjbuttons
Nov. 25th, 2006 05:19 pm (UTC)
go back and re read that page. They are stopping support for AVG 7.1 Free in January. They WILL BE supporting 7.5 Free past January

here is a URL to a forum post on there website
http://forum.grisoft.cz/freeforum/read.php?7,36882,36905

athelind
Nov. 25th, 2006 06:45 pm (UTC)
Yup. I've been running 7.5 since that announcement; it's even smoother than 7.1.
cyberhorn
Nov. 26th, 2006 01:33 am (UTC)
LOL anouncement? i got this huge popup at a restart from the avg consol
aghhh your avg isnt gona work after jan 07 i was like oh thats just great what am i gona use then "rolls eyes"

thank you both for the info on the 7.5 (have to install on kyrins pc as well)
cyberhorn
Nov. 26th, 2006 01:27 am (UTC)
cool i like the program its saved this dragons armored rear end from viral attacks more than id like to count

and it does it simply cleanly and witout the bloat

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