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Windows 7: Repair questionable, unfinished installation, or start all over again?

14 Nov 2015   #11
Clairvaux

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (OEM)
 
 

Callender, sorry, now the forum interface won't let me put returns at the end of my lines, I don't know what's broken, so this will be a bit difficult to read. I had a look at the tutorial you pointed me to. It has so many options I'll have to look into them later. Although I don't think this is the problem. Mine is a brand-new install. I did a little experiment : I switched off the online shields of Avast for a while. I think my Firefox became distinctly more reactive. When the anti-virus is on, Firefox is slow as molasses. And that's before I even restore my 10 000 favorites. (...)


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14 Nov 2015   #12
Clairvaux

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (OEM)
 
 

A little research brought up these blog posts : What harm can Anti-Virus software do? | Macrium Software Blog Choosing Anti-Anti-Virus Software Table of Contents (Aaron Margosis' Non-Admin WebLog) - Aaron Margosis' Non-Admin, App-Compat and Sysinternals WebLog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs That was written 8 years ago, so it might be obsolete. But still. This idea of running without anti-virus, provided you use a non-admin account... that's tempting. Any opinions ? Of course, anti-virus cannot explain (I suppose) why Control Panel operations are so slow.
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14 Nov 2015   #13
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

RE: Avast. My next question was going to be "What's your antivirus?"

Unfortunately I stopped using Avast a couple of years ago and don't know much about the current version.

Run without AV - probably not a good idea.

RE: Tutorial to optimise Windows 7. Nobody really does all of the things mentioned. Just pick the ones that you want to apply.

It took me two years to get my Windows 7 how I like it and I still sometimes find tweaks to make it faster!

Take a look at services:

Black Viper’s Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Service Configurations » Black Viper | www.blackviper.com

Look at the column headed "Safe"

If disabling services - have a backup available before going ahead.
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14 Nov 2015   #14
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

RE: Table of Contents (Aaron Margosis' Non-Admin WebLog) - Aaron Margosis' Non-Admin, App-Compat and Sysinternals WebLog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

Personally I use Admin account but for most users it's not a good idea without additional protection in place. Nobody ever agrees on what the best setup is!
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19 Nov 2015   #15
Clairvaux

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (OEM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
RE: Avast. My next question was going to be "What's your antivirus?"
So, what would your answer be ? I assume you have a tolerable product in mind, resources-wise...

I had Microsoft Security Essentials for years, which used to be praised for its small footprint and results. Prior to reinstall, I updated my research, and discovered that its detection results were now rock-bottom, way behind everything else (that was several months ago -- I read one less catastrophic report recently).

Avast (free) is very configurable and has a pleasant and user-friendly interface. I tried Avira, but its user interface is confusing. Avast pushes very hard to make you "upgrade" to the paying version, with borderline tactics.

Thanks for Black Viper. Never heard of it, will look into it.
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20 Nov 2015   #16
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Well I thought that maybe your Antivirus was configured in such a way that it was contributing to slowing down your computer. Like I said I no longer use Avast but could not really give advice on alternatives as it really depends upon user knowledge and plugging gaps in security that will not be covered by whatever antivirus software is installed.

Regarding Avast. Many forum members use it and i would not wish to be critical of it but it does seem to have become a little bloated from what I read. Avira is a no-no for me as it doesn't let you run or install some other security software.

Here's what I use but I am not recommending it.

Comodo CIS (antivirus and firewall)
VoodooShield Pro (the only paid for security software that I use)
SecureAge Aplus Application Whitelisting (No AV version)
StripMyRights to run certain applications like browsers with limited rights.
Zemana AntiMalware Pro (Lifetime license)
MJ RegWatcher (realtime registry protection)
Spy-The-Spy (monitor newly created or modified executables)
An IP Address range blocker
Threatfire (behavioural detection)
EMET (Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit) from Microsoft
Smart-X AppLocker (block executables by name)
Bitdefender TrafficLight (browser plugin)

Regular scans with other software - in particular checking for any unsigned executables or drivers.
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20 Nov 2015   #17
Clairvaux

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (OEM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
Here's what I use but I am not recommending it.
Ha ! Great answer !

Your list is certainly impressive. Most of those I haven't even heard about.

I think I know what you mean. Your approach seems to entail a level of technical sophistication that's not everyone's cup of tea...
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