What is a system defrag and would it be beneficial for users to carry out a defrag?
I use AOL BB but do I also need NIS (it does seem to be permanently scanning and sending alerts to me but is this a good thing?)or would I be better with an other antivirus programme?
I have today added spyware programmes and am shocked at how many files that they flagged up and deleted and quarintined (I DL'd Ad-Aware, SpyBot, Spysweeper, SpyCleaner Gold and SpyDoctor - are these the right choices?)
My PC has slowed down a bit in the last while - is there a problem or is this to be expected with use etc?
No matter what I do I can't play mpegs that use DivX5 codecs as for reasons best known to itself my PC won't play them no matter how many times I DL the codecs and this is frustrating.
We`ve all been there. You`re choice of anti spyware is OK but I did`nt notice an Anti virus. You must have one of these. A kind guy who knows the url will soon say "click here" in blue. In the meantime I`m making the assumption that you`ve got XP. If so go to Start>All programmes>Accessories>System tools> Disc Cleanup. That should clear a lot of clutter. I do a defrag every 2 to 3 weeks just to keep my PC honest. Only takes about 5 or 6 minutes. Another way of clearing rubbish is to go to Start>Control Panel> Internet Options>Delete Cookies and Delete Files. Should speed things up a bit. However wait for the experts, and best of luck
Re Defrags - after your pc has been in use for a while, the data on your hard-drive gets split up and Fragmented, especially if you do a fair bit of deleting and/or installing stuff. When fragmented it takes longer for the pc to find all the components of the program it may be looking for, cos it has to look all over the place. When you do a defrag, all the parts of the programs are neatly put back into place, so the pc finds them easier and that makes things quicker. See.
Hope that makes sense to you. :-)) and Welcome to the Help-room.