It all started a week or so ago when I bought a new headset (I feel this is irrelevant, but you're the experts)...
My computer had been working fine and without viruses or serious problems for almost a year. There was nothing wrong with it at all, except maybe a rather loud Microsoft Sam shouting at me that avast! had updated successfully. Then I noticed something: My computer had been getting slower. It was a little bit at a time, not really a huge deal. After a little while, though, it started going even slower. I decided to use my dear old friend Google and see if I couldn't figure out what was causing it. I did a full virus scan (clean) and a defrag, but that didn't help. So I started uninstalling the things I didn't need and switching from resource-hogging programs to better ones (Winamp to foobar, for example). None of this helped. I continued going about my day when I was suggested a program for my slow computer by a friend of mine. He stated that Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware was exactly what I needed, so I believed him. I downloaded the program, installed it, then ran an update. However, the program did not update. Instead, it gave me an error. What I did from there was search their forums to try to find how to fix this problem. I came across a topic with the same problem and the kind support fellow told the guy to uninstall the program, use a registry cleaner to clear the registry of potential leftovers (CCleaner, he suggested, so I did), then restart the computer. I read this and figured, "Well, if it worked for him, why not me?" I followed what he said and upon trying to reinstall the program, I get this error. I Googled the error (catching a theme yet?) and found that the only solution (that Google could find, anyway) was to turn off UAC and rename the file. Knowing that UAC was a royal pain in the ass (excuse my French), I already had it disabled, so I renamed the file, tried to install again, but got the same error. Now what? Well, I guess that's where I'm at right now. My computer lags a bit when I'm loading websites, making a repetitious noise if I'm listening to music (the music lagging too, I'm guessing), and that error even pops up when I try to install Spybot - Search & Destroy. Something tells me it's a Vista problem, and I've seen on other sites that sometimes Vista just craps out, but my computer isn't even a year old. I'm also running on a family computer, so reinstalling the operating system is really the last possible solution for me. I have never once had this bad of a problem with my computer before, so I figured I might as well sign up on a support board and ask for help there. I came across this forum and figured why not.
Anyway, let's get down to business...
My operating system is Windows Vista SP2 (64-bit). (Not even a year old.)
My computer is using a router.
I am experiencing a sluggish system and frequent freezes.
My computer has no known viruses.
My computer's firewall (COMODO, not Windows Firewall) has been on and off for about two weeks due to me getting extremely frustrated with its inability to allow me to go through a single day without telling me I can't run a program I wanted to run. (I did just fine without a firewall in the past, but again, you're the experts.)
I believe that's it, but I could be missing something. I greatly appreciate your time in reading and hope you can assure me there's something else to do other than a fresh install of Vista.
Thanks again and happy Fourth,
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Edited by TEF, 13 July 2009 - 04:45 PM.