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App icons and browse too slow to show or open

It is taking annoyingly much longer than usual for my app icons to show and my browser to open on my laptop. Please avise a fix.

BTW, how reliable is the below:
http://www.pctools.com/spyware-doctor-antivirus/download/?ref=google_a&tnt=1&gclid=CJbl_Jj7554CFRESawod5FR6Jg

Thanks much.
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warturtleCommented:
I use the above antivirus on my laptop right now as part of the Internet Security suite and it seems ok. I haven't had any viruses on my PC for last 10 months or so :-). If you are looking for personal use, AVG free might be of use as well. Its good, I've used it before and it was good, but I got 12 months free subscription of PC Tools Internet Suite, so I decided to give it a try.

http:\\free.grisoft.com

Then, there's also Avast and other antiviruses to use.

Hope it helps.
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warturtleCommented:
Oops, i put the wrong URL there:

http://free.avg.com/gb-en/homepage

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ksfokAuthor Commented:
I currently have Avast installed. I remember as I try to run AVG, I was prompted to unistall Avast first?
In my case, I believe I have tried a couple of downloads already. But an hourglass still runs for ages before icons appear and function. What else can fix my problem? I heard I might have got some deeply hidden malware that could only be cleaned at  boot time when or before the WIN XP logo shows. Please kindly help. Thanks.
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Thomas Zucker-ScharffSystems AnalystCommented:
Without more information, preferably logs, it is hard to tell if it is a malware problem.  My guess is that you may have a basic windows problem - Many times windows will start running much slower as the installation gets older.  There is a gradual buildup in your registry.  Apps that install in your Documents and settings directory bump the access time up as well.

You might want to try first a basic cleaner application like CCleaner

http://www.ccleaner.com/

Note that you should clean only one section at a time (for instance clean your temporary files first).  If you are in doubt about anything post a question back here.

If you clean out your cookies (which you might wish to do in this case) you will lose all settings to the websites you visit like if the website asks if you want it to remember your password info.  I suggest getting rid of all cookies and starting from scratch.

In terms of the Anti-Malware software, I think I've used them all at one time or another.  On a machine you don't intend on spending a lot of time delousing use something that will keep an eye on everything.  AVG 9 is good and I have found the pro version of Avira to be excellent.  Avast is good, but it won't keep an eye on everything (I currently use Avast on my laptop and have no problems).
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warturtleCommented:
You can try the avast boot scan to see if its anything loading at bootup, instructions are here:

http://www.techiecorner.com/166/avast-how-to-schedule-boot-time-scan-before-window-start/

Apart from that I would highly recommend a scan with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (www.malwarebytes.org) or SuperAntiSpyware (www.superantispyware.com) or both. They are very effective. They are able to work with Avast and other antiviruses without problems.
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ksfokAuthor Commented:
What about Spyware Doctor and Registry Mechanic? These turn me off with their price.
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warturtleCommented:
MalwareBytes and SuperAntiSpyware are completely free to use and are very effective against malware. Spyware Doctor is also a good program to use, but its a paid program. There is no number 1 in these programs, but why to pay anything when you can get a really good program for free?

I haven't used Registry Mechanic before, so cannot comment on it. I normally use CCleaner instead (as already mentioned).

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ksfokAuthor Commented:
I did try avast boot scan. But the scan took so long I had to let it run overnight and missed the chance to see what happenes between the end o the scan and WIN XP start. I found it did some good and things do speed up now. Thanks.
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warturtleCommented:
Good! also do a scan with MalwareBytes or SuperAntiSpyware and it should remove all malicious items (remaining ones) from your PC.

Follow it up with some defrag of the hard disk and your computer should be running at top-speed then :-).
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