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Windows 7: S*l*o*w updates

22 Jan 2012   #11

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10

I find that everybody has their own idea of what an AV should do or be - I take a fairly minimalist approach, and refuse to install any of the Suites, for reasons of bloat and complexity.
As a result, I run using MSE as the only realtime protection - and MalwareBytes as a once-a-week scanner (both have the advantage of being free <g>)

As far as IOBot software is concerned, I consider it to be malware - it's quite obvious that the authors have no concern over the well-being of the systems on which it is run.

ALL Registry 'cleaners' are dangerous - as are all Registry 'Optimisers' - and should be consigned to the recycle bin ASAP after undoing any damage they've already commited.
They all rely on databses which are out of date before they are released, and have insufficient data to make the sort of decisions that editing the registry requires.
The Windows Registry is generally quite capable of looking after its own welfare, and needs no pruning in general use.
On occasions, specific editing tools may be a good idea (such as ones to root out the dregs of a particular AV), but generally it should be left well alone.
The more often a 'Cleaner' is used, the more likely it is to bollix the system in some way.
I've never used a 'Cleaner' except either to troubleshoot problems which it has caused, or as a quick-and-dirty search utility, from which I then MANUALLY make such change as may be required.
I have seen too many systems sufferering from the ravages of such malware to allow them free reign on any PC.

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22 Jan 2012   #12

Windows 7 Professional x64

Thank you Noel, very informative and most welcome. I will go along with your recommendations.
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22 Jan 2012   #13

Windows 10 64bit

Have you tried testing your internet speed to see if it's a internet problem?Can test it at
Could be a possibility, anyways I would try resetting my router by unplugging it from the power for around 2mins and then plugging it back in. Seems to help me when my internet just decides to be sluggish.
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22 Jan 2012   #14

Windows 7 Professional x64

Thank you Mig31, I appreciate that although my internet speed seems good.
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22 Jan 2012   #15
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Getting back to original request on how to speed up the 7 updates.....
1. Uncheck the automatic download of updates
2. Download and install the smaller files first(may ask you to reboot so say OK)
3 Download and install each large file separately(again it may ask you to reboot)

I have done this for the last 2 years and found it may take time but have not one error in downloading updates.
Just my way of doing business...Others may have another approach.
Haste makes Waste!
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23 Jan 2012   #16

Windows 7 Professional x64

Thank you for that THW (brilliant name BTW, I love wolves being a GSD man for over 40 years) Thanks for your time buddy.
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