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    Depends, if the drive and RAM would be compatible with a newer machine, if so then get the use out of the old one until it has a major crash, then transfer the drive and RAM to a newer lappy.
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    If I was you i would just replace Vista with 7. Straightforward and saves spending too much and will not disturb your old machine which is still working well. Minimal cost and disruption. Incidentally the first machine I had was built by Gateway to my spec for the business. Apart from hard drive failure after three months it ran well for years. £100 bought me a three year on site warranty and unlimited free phone helpline. What a bargain

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    Update...I have decided to re-install XP on my lap top this may take a while as I will have to update to SP2 and 3 etc but that should give me more room on my HD and get rid of unwanted programs etc this will be used as a spare PC in case of trouble with my Desk top and I will set it up with a wireless connection so I can work in the warm lounge.
    As far as the DELL Desk top goes I have had another go at Firefox and find out that this is a new version that is very fast (so the blurge goes) so it was a pleasant surprise to find that for once the blurge was right I have increased the speed by a factor of at least 4 or 5 "Oh happy days" now I have to find my way around it will keep you informed.
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    Which Security system do you use and if money was no object which one would you choose?? I have tried one free version AV I think it is called and have it installed on my back up PC it seems OK, I have also tried Norton which slowed the system down but this was 4-5 years ago now I am using McAfee which is not bad but this also slows down the system when doing a scan.
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    I've used AVG free for many years with no problems, it quietly updates itself daily picks up the occasional attack, not that I get many these days, probably because I use the same sites most of the time that I've been using for ages..
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    Does it do automatic scans Mike or do you have to initiate ?
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    Microsoft Security is by Microsoft and is free. You can set it to scan automatically either daily or weekly at a convienient time. My doe as a short scan daily and a full scan once a week. Never had any problems and as it updates automatically as well you can just leave it to get on with things.

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    With AVG free you can select auto scan and if wanted specify a time to scan, or manually select scan, It is best to set it to monitor all incoming traffic, emails etc as well as daily scans of the whole PC.
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    I have/use Norton ... came with my ADSL subscription to CenturyLink (formerly Qwest). It runs constantly in the background and auto checks all incoming emails and anything I happen to download.

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    I have just had a virus infect my PC as I was surfing or opening emails I must have clicked on something that caused it, suddenly the PC froze and a very real looking official page displayed it had the right logos of the local police dept plus Interpol and a load of guff telling me that I had violated some such law and gave a list off offenses.
    I spent a day getting rid of it and putting my PC together again.
    This morning when I checked a thread on MIMF I got the following pop up,

    The computer thread-mimf-pop-up-jpg


    now I don,t know whether this is dangerous or not but I sure as heck aint gona click on it so please why can’t MIMF prevent this kind of pop up?

    I must offer my apologies to MIMF this has popped up on other pages so could be something still on my PC.
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    Could be a virus Colin. The biggest problems I have had is not so much virus infections but a file corruorion as a side effect. Microsoft Security seems to take care of everything nowadays. They also have a free program called Microsft Fixit which is great for taking care of blitches and running problems. I think you are right to avaoid clicking on this entry. To be extra safe you could download a Spyware Detection program such as Advanced System Care. This amoungst other things checks for Malware and also does a registry clean etc etc. Free or a subscripton service which has bells and whistles.

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    I have cracked it teddy it’s just an unwanted adware add on to FireFox, the first problem that I have had since switching and it is called called ’Selection Links’ easy to remove and you are right about Malware programs I run 'Malwarebytes' plus McAfee and a third party reg cleaner. any way problem solved
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    What a relief. There is nothing worse than a Summer virus.

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    WARNING
    Keep well away from "Malwarebytes" it created so many problems with my PC and was a major task to remove, but I am now nice and new and clean and happy.
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    I'm using a Linux distro (Mint) on a 6 year old Acer laptop.
    It's very stable, hasn't crashed in 18 months, is very fast (boots in about 60 secs, closed down in 15) and is, almost, virus resistant.
    Most of the hackers write code for Microsoft & mac products.
    Another benefit is that the os only takes up a very small place on the hd. Only took 8gb on a usb stick to install
    I only installed on my son's old uni laptop to try it, now don't even fire up the newer Windows pc.

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