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AVG PC tuneup

  1. Jan 9, 2013 #1

    mathman

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    It is available on a freetrial use. WARNING: DO NOT USE IT! After I used it I found that bookmarks and autofills on my browser (Avant) were completely screwed up. Fortunately my computer does weekly backups, so I was able to restore the items.
     
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  3. Jan 9, 2013 #2
    Thanks for the warning. I ditched AVG a few months ago. It's turned into the usual bloatware. I've switched to MS Security Essentials and everything is fine.
     
  4. Jan 10, 2013 #3
    Same, AVG was absolutely brilliant 2008-2010 but they got greedy. I'm also on MS Security Essentials now.
     
  5. Jan 11, 2013 #4

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    For anti virus I still use AVG 2013, which seems to work fine.

    My problem was with PC Tuneup. It may be a symptom of a problem with tuneup codes in general. A while back I tried a different code and after using it I discovered some information that I had been using was deleted. I suspect that unless it has been thoroughly checked, any memory cleanup code should be avoided like a plague.
     
  6. Jan 11, 2013 #5
    I would suggest that you manually do your own basic tune ups with software that is provided by microsoft. There's very little chance of stuff going wrong if you just do the basic stuff.

    Here's what I would do:
    1) Create a system restore point (if you don't know how, just google it, its very simple)
    Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>System Restore
    2) Go through your list of install programs and remove anything you dont use/dont recognize.
    Control Panel>Add/Remove Programs
    3) Clean up your computer start up routine
    Start>Run> msconfig
    When the program opens (System Configuration Utility) click on the start up tab. Go through this list and uncheck any program that you do not require running all the time. The only thing that I normally leave on here is things like my antivirus. Everything else you can launch when you need it.
    When you're done going through the list and unchecking things you don't need, then click okay and restart your computer.

    Thats a basic tune up best buy will charge you $200 for. Yeah there are a few more things but really, this is what makes the most significant difference.

    If something goes wrong and something breaks, then you have a system restore point you made before changing the settings to go back to how the system was. Pretty much no risk.
     
  7. Jan 11, 2013 #6

    dlgoff

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    I switched from AVG to Avast some time ago but it turned into bloatware as well. I've been using MS Security Essentials ever since.
     
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