updater apps that steal memory and CPU speed (RANT!)

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updater apps that steal memory and CPU speed (RANT!)

Postby tezza on Mon Jul 08, 2013 1:18 pm

Gawd,

I just gave the Windows XP box I use to support my vintage computing a major overhaul. It's a 2.5GHZ pentium 4 but it had slowed to a crawl...particularly on boot up. I disabled all those "search for updates" autorun on startup applications (you know, Java, Google, Adobe etc.) and man, what a difference! The Abode ones were the worst. Almost akin to malware.

The computer was back to it's old self, but I then added an extra 1GB of memory bringing it up to 2GB. It's running sweetly now. I have noticed Dropbox still takes it's time to get going. That's one application I certainly want to keep though. The other one still there is AVG. That's an overhead too, but it has discovered a few old MS-DOS viruses on old floppies so I'll put up with it.
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Re: updater apps that steal memory and CPU speed (RANT!)

Postby Gibsaw on Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:18 pm

Also doesn't help when even the leanest and meanest browsers (even chrome) are now pushing 100MB per instance/tab... ridiculous. :roll:
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Re: updater apps that steal memory and CPU speed (RANT!)

Postby lizardb0y on Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:42 pm

Gibsaw wrote:Also doesn't help when even the leanest and meanest browsers (even chrome) are now pushing 100MB per instance/tab... ridiculous. :roll:

Quite so.

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Re: updater apps that steal memory and CPU speed (RANT!)

Postby Carcenomy on Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:48 pm

Give AVG the arse, it's a bloaty fat behemoth these days. If you insist on free, I've been having pretty good luck with Security Essentials, otherwise it's NOD32 or go home :)
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