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Old 06-02-2018, 12:41:54 PM
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HELP- as usual my laptop is running like CRAP. I am running windows 8.1 and firefox for my browser (just updated)

everytime I try to open firefox it asks to make changes which I say YES, but it still wont load.

while not on firefox trying to fix whatever it wont scan for trouble, wont let me delete or update files, wont let me do any windows updates, basically about ready to take hammer to it.

once in a while firefox will open, and sometimes explorer (more often) than firefox will open. on firefox if I hit a wrong command it freezes and only thing that will work is un-plugging it and removing battery.

from the control panel I have tried windows updates (nothing) removing files(nothing) searching for problems(nothing)doing a system restore to a previous date (nothing)

im far from a computer person but can get around. I really don't use it for anything but e-mail and surfing the net. can anybody think of a solution,or is there a free or inexpensive solution? now its cheaper to just buy a new one on a good sale, thanks Ed.
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Old 06-02-2018, 01:20:50 PM
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Do you have resources or a friend that can download a CD image and burn it to a disk? Some tools can be installed on a USB stick, but in either case you still need to interrupt the normal boot process to get your computer to boot from a different media (might involve getting into the BIOS). Once the recovery tool removes/quarantines corrupted files, the system may not boot your win8, and it's anyone's guess if windoze recovery will work so be prepared for a clean re-install.

I've used the AVG rescue CD extensively but the BitDefender option might be easier for your to copy important files that you need to recover.. Graphical/LiveCD can be sloooooww but more intuitive, generally.

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gnucklehead's advice sounds good and like him I suspect you are looking at a clean reinstall. If you need to go that route I would strongly suggest you check into one of the Linux variants. I am using Ubuntu and have done for quite a few years now. I have also used Linux Mint for applications where a "lite" OS is desirable, and found it to be a good choice as well. The only problem with Linux machines comes up when you want to run some specific commercial programs (like tax s/w). I confess I have a Windows 10 machine that I keep specifically for that purpose and other private data stuff like other financial and personal records, etc. This machine NEVER goes on line so I don't have to worry about virus s/w or getting data thefted.

In every other way the Linux machines are great, and there is tons of FREE software available to run on it, should one wish to do so. Many times that s/w may be modeled on Windows applications but ends up actually being better and more functional.
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Old 06-02-2018, 04:16:04 PM
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gnucklehead/s100- thanks for the ideas. Something is weird im on explorer right now and the stack is running just fine and FAST, compared to what im used to.

got to go with the wife and will be busy for a few days, will start messing with is when I can squeeze in time. I am thinking firefox is part of the culprit, might try (if computer lets me) to uninstall it completely and see what happens.

Like I said there is NOTHING whatsoever on computer that is needed other than some of my wife's pics and documents from when we only had one laptop. If all else fails, and computer will allow me to, at worst I can reset to factory settings (even that will be tough for me) cause I am a total computer idiot. Even my smartphone is WAY above my league, only have it because its one of my sons expired ones (I phone 5s) I just don't evolve with technology, still listening to 8 tracks
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First, from command line run "mrt". (Malicious software Removal Tool).
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Losing Win update and system functions is concerning, but I can say that the latest Firefox "Quantum" is a huge resource hog (Linux included), especially coming out of a password-locked screensaver .. It may still be running even though the window has disappeared. Firefox (and/or Windows and security software) might just need more time to complete what it's doing, so maybe just let it sit a run for some hours. Some system tasks are hidden from you, being started from some other process.
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I had somewhat the same problem. When I was able to get in ,I installed a new antiviruse program. It turned out to be AVG was the problem.
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As for cost, I was given a HP probook I think it is, laptop that was several years old.It sat here a year or 2 and I decided to see if it could be refurbed for my use.
65 bucks later at the computer shop and it has 7 on it with all the update crap turned off and just basic stuff.
I hope to get a email program loaded on it sometime to replace Outlook express like I use on this old machine.

I later went by the shop and he had about 6 laptops, about 75 apiece ready to use.
So money wise, at least if your laptop is caput it is not a horrible replacement cost.
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Linux is ok but for out of the box use and general life you can get out of a computer without having to do much to it a apple computer is great.
I have a 2009 model only thing i have done is replace a bad hard drive last year and its still going without all the antivirus crap windows has.
If it goes beyond ten years in service i think thats great could never get a windows laptop to last that long.

Its worth a look, you still may need windows if your running special programs but you can do that on dual boot on a mac to run those too.
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Download a copy of the Chrome web browser and see how that goes. My Firefox got pretty slow with the latest upgrade. Chrome beats it!
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i think that is where my problem started was after firefox insisted i do an update. after that i looked at the firefox files and they are a mile long, and some BIG ones to, not that i dont have room.

when i can im going to delete firefox i think, and re install it, but first, it needs to let me. every time try to delete/change file it freezes.

if it will delete im going to run on explorer for a while and see how it reacts, and proceed from there. thanks Ed.
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Download a copy of the Chrome web browser and see how that goes. My Firefox got pretty slow with the latest upgrade. Chrome beats it!
Run a few sessions, and check how many tracking cookies, location detectors and other spyware Chrome allows. I got 542 in 3 hours of just reading e mail and visiting stack.
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