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AVG Slows Down Vista?

I installed AVG anti-virus and internet security and now windows vista and all the programs I run in it experience occasional "gaps" where the screen will freeze from anywhere from 20seconds to two minutes. It seems almost like there is a lag of some sort, but I don't know why. I have 2gb of ram which I know isn't the most out there but should be sufficent to run a simple anti-virus right? How do I stop the "gaps"

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  • vicar1 Sep 02, 2008

    I loaded up AVG free software yesterday. Today the screen freezes whenever I try to access My Docs. Most other apps work, but not all.

    I have a 3 yr old Dell desktop - and have never had a moment's problems before.


  • Ulises Nemes1s
    Ulises Nemes1s May 11, 2010

    I think the issue could be solved reinstalling the antivirus next restart Vista, if the issue continues try with other antivirus software and please let us know.

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I'm not sure about AVG, but I do know most anti-virus software has options in setup, where you can alter the level of packet inspection.. Meaning the software inspects every file that is sent & rceived by the pc. If you have it set to the highest level, it will definitely slow the sending & receiving of traffic to the internet or intranet. If there is a medium user level, try that. If you need help with investigating this, please ask. Also ulises_zero's idea of re-installing could be worth a try, being careful about what options you might choose when setting up the software. Rgds,

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