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How To Prevent Malware From Slowing Down Your Computer

How To Prevent Malware From Slowing Down Your Computer

Being infected with malware can be the cause for your slow computer. So if you want to learn more about malware and ways to prevent your computer from being attacked, read this article.


What is malware? Malware is a type of software that enters into your computer without you knowing and it performs many different malicious (the mal in malware stands for malicious, hence why it is bad). Spyware, which is often associated with malware, is software that is designed to collect information on you like your passwords, usernames and possibly credit card information. In this article, to keep things simple were going to stick with just talking about malware.


There is an increasing amount of computers out there that have malware running on them without the users even knowing about it. The make the situation any bit worse, this is one of the most common bottlenecks as to why some computers run slow. This is why it is absolutely critical that you have some form of protection against malware. I personally prefer to have 2 forms of protection. One piece of software that I have is designed to prevent malware from entering into my computer and the other is designed to scan and remove malware that could possibly be on my computer.


The first program is called Malware Bytes Anti-Malware (just do a Google search for them). This is the program that I use to scan my computer of any malware infections on the computer and it works perfectly. When you download the program, just perform a full scan so that it look through all of the files on your hard drive to see if they are malware or malware related. After that scan is done, if you want to do another scan in the future, a simply quick scan should do the trick.


The second program that I use is called Spyware Blaster (just do a Google search for it). This is a program that is used to protect your computer by trying to stop programs from getting their way into your computer. All you have to do is to just download and install the program and it will provide you with full protection. Just make sure to click on the Protection Status button and select Enable All Protection (its at the bottom). There is however, one downside to using the free version of this software – you have to manually go in and update it. Just click on the Updates button and select Check for Updates.


I have ran many different scan’s on peoples computers in the past and I have found that most users computers are infected with malware. Chances are that if you don’t have any protection on your computer then your computer has malware on it which could potentially be slowing down your computer. The two pieces of software that I recommended are free to use and work really well so I highly suggest that you use them to protect your computer.


Are you interested in learning more about how to make your computer faster? Check out my website: Registry Cleaners. I also have a free e-book with some more tips here: Registry Cleaners Reviewed.

Why Do Viruses Slow Down Computers?

Why Do Viruses Slow Down Computers?
Most people have virus protection installed on their computers. This is a great thing! Many of the virus protection programs around today protect computers against spyware and adware and all other known types of malware as well as viruses. This, too, is a great thing!

The word malware is the quick substitute word for the term “malicious software.” It refers to any type of virus or spyware that can get into your computer. Some years ago, the only kind of malware we had to deal with were computer viruses. The job of a computer virus was always to annoy computer operators to one extent or another.

A Nuisance and a Threat

Some viruses were simply written as jokes. A computer geek may actually write such a script to entertain himself. On the other hand, the purpose of a computer virus may be to kill your computer forever! Even worse the goal of a virus might be to shut down a large network of computers. This would usually be referred to as cyber-terrorism.

Spyware are closely aligned with viruses. The subtle difference is a person who writes a virus is out to do your computer harm. A person who writes spyware is usually out to steal your passwords, banking account numbers and the like. If he does harm to your computer’s operating system while doing so; oh well.

Stealing Your Power

Viruses and spyware slow down computers because they use the computer’s resources to do whatever it is they are doing. They are computer programs. Like all computer programs, some of them run on XP, some on Windows Vista, etc.

Unlike normal programs, they don’t have an icon on your desktop so you can start it up if you chose to. Viruses run on their own terms. You don’t have an option to shut them down either. Many viruses replicate themselves. So, if one computer virus program steals some of your resources, 50 of them, which could be one virus that has replicated itself 50 times, might put you out of business altogether.

Ubiquitous Spyware

I’ve seen spyware make computers unusable as well. Spyware by itself doesn’t replicate itself. However, it is not unheard of to find a spyware-unprotected PC with more than 1,000 spyware infections. With this much spyware present on a hard drive, the operating system will have all it can do to try to accommodate them. In a situation like this, you probably wouldn’t be able to start any of you programs, like Word or IE, for instance.

The bottom line is viruses and spyware have the capability of keeping your operating system and microprocessor busy to the point you will not get any response from your computer or at best, a very slow response. So, it is very important to keep your computer free of these things. I recommend using a good virus protection program that cleans out all types of spyware as well.

It is also very wise to have a registry cleaner on hand as well. From what I’ve seen, registry corruption has slowed down more computers than anything else. There is nothing malicious about it. It simply occurs from normal use and tends to make computers very sluggish.

The author, Ed Lathrop is a comp TIA A+/Network+ certified computer technician. His site, Registry Repair Review, rates the latest registry programs and tells which registry cleaners work and which ones might actually be dangerous to your computer. Also, visit Computer So Slow.

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