Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP
Hmmm - it seems to be OK, looking at the CheckSUR report - not sure where I got the idea it was a year off from (maybe the bottom of a beer glass?
ZA is a pain - and I stopped using it the minute that Windows XPSP2 was released, with its firewall.
EasyCleaner had a very good rep back in the days of Win9x - but I've not heard anything about it recently. This could be a good thing, or it could simply be that it's below the radar. I assume you're referring to the ToniArts variant? Looking at the CNET download, it doesn't seem to have been updated since the release of Windows 7, which makes me concerned that about whether it can cope with the modern registry.
I would recommend uninstalling ZA, and running the removal tools for both that and for Avira. How do I uninstall my Avira product? http://download.zonealarm.com/bin/fr...load/clean.exe
Please use MSE (only) in the short term, at least until we've isolated the cause of the problems.
TakeOwnership is a useful tool - but should be used with caution, as changing ownership on system files and folders can have unforeseen consequences.
I'm not a great fan of WinPatrol software in general - but I have no definite knowledge of any major problems with it.
Thank you Noel
That's a bit disturbing from my point of view, I upgraded to Avira Pro last year but became annoyed with them when they asked for the annual subscription 40 days before it was due.
I had noticed Zone Alarm had added a firewall so opted for the paid version Zone Alarm Pro + Firewall just last month.
That seems to be when my troubles started. I have always been reluctant to rely completely on MS and have never trusted their antivirus or firewall and the UAC drives me crazy!
Perhaps I have misjudged them. I will do as you suggest and see if things improve.
Winpatrol and Easy Cleaner are there out of old habits. I have noticed Easy Cleaner is very slow these days, I am also amazed at how much crud these modern programs leave behind.
I also have Ashampoo Win Optimiser but rarely use it.
My system is a notebook chip based all in one and not the fastest, it's a Medion Akoya P4020D, three
years old now and showing its age a bit, although the digital tuner and touchscreen are handy.
I modified it slightly to get an external sata port but otherwise it is standard.
Thanks again for your help, I will report back.
Oh, there is going to be a delay in that report back, I head to Queensland tomorrow for up to two weeks so my desk top PC will be off.