Uninstalled A-Squared, AVG, and IObit 360. Then installed Microsoft Security Essentials.
Programs open much faster now! I didn't actually count but I'd say less than 10 seconds, vs the 1-2 minutes it was taking before the change. To say I am "happier" now would be a major understatement.
Thank you all for your suggestions and help!
@Karen: I decided to keep Outpost because I do use public wifi connections a lot. I'm also keeping Tuneup Utilities 2009 for now, because it finds things that CCleaner doesn't and I think it helps keep my computer clean without slowing it too much. Or anyway that's how I feel for now, that may change.
I did have Advanced System Care Pro on here too, but removed that about a week ago because I know my computer slowed way down when I installed it.
I also agree about the Admins moving this thread. I originally thought it would just end up to be a thread where I, and others could vent about having a slow computer. But then it morphed into a fantastic conversation that appears to have gotten my computer straightened out. It probably should be in Tech Suport.
@Refpeuk: Sounds like an interesting idea. To be honest tho, I'm kinda scared of Linux because I know very little about it and it's always sounded like it's for people that understand computers a lot better than I do.
For instance, I don't know if my video editing software (Cyberlink PowerDirector and others) would work on Linux. I suspect they wouldn't, and that would be a deal-breaker right there. I make extra money from editing videos for people on the side and need to be able to use a "better than average" editor. I know Cyberlink isn't as good as a lot of other editing programs, but it's better than most and not has heavy on computer resources as the better ones are.
Hey! I just went from "I am new around here" to "Nerd" because of this thread. Yee-Ha!
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