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PC laptop running slow, could be malware

My toshiba laptop is a little over a year old. I removed superfluous start up stuff right when I got it. I had AVG, and some ad aware stuff, but I hear malware has gotten extra insidious. The computer is especially slow when I wake it up after it's been sleeping and after about 15 min or so it's back to normal. My friend suggested removing AVG and I did. Still pretty slow at boot up. Any suggestions for the best free antivirus and malware stuff? I'd even pay for something if I knew it was going to work. had a very bad experience with Norton a couple of years back. Upon installing it it freezed up my entire computer. Must have already had a bug that broke it in self defense.

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  • lonestarlind Dec 27, 2008

    I already have windows defender. I think the new malware is smart enough to go around it.

  • lonestarlind Dec 27, 2008

    Also, just for kicks I tried downloading the latest Windows Defender updates. But one had an error when I tried to open it, and the other had an error in the downloading process. This leads me to believe there's some malware that is preventing me from downloading the very thing that could erase it.

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Have you tried windows defender? it scans items running in the background and you have the option to disable or delete from system,

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