What programs to remove from Updated Windows 7 to 10 Laptop?


  1. Posts : 1,035
    Windows 10
       #1

    What programs to remove from Updated Windows 7 to 10 Laptop?


    Old laptop. Dell inspiron n5010. i3-370 processor, 4gb ram and 500gb hard drive. Its either 5400 or 7200rpm hard drive.


    Laptop is real slow. But did the windows update to get 10. I see there is windows defender so you can scan for virus/malware. I see other programs in this computer include


    avast
    malwarebytes
    adguard
    hitmanpro


    I removed avast. What about the other ones? I know malwarebytes you should keep. But don't you need 2? Like something like windows defender or avast and something like malwarebytes?


    I ask this because i think some of this adguard or hitmanpro could make this laptop lag more so i want to remove it.


    I assume just keep malwarebytes?
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  2. Posts : 6,960
    windows 10
       #2

    You should only ever have one anti virus active at a time as if there is mor than one they can conflict and therefore not work. You can have more than one scanners as long as only one is resident. Windows defender and malwarebytes should do the job unless your high risk. If it a 5400 rpm swapping to a ssd will make the system fly as would more ram. A 480 gig ssd is about 50
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  3. Posts : 17,344
    Windows 11 Pro
       #3

    All my computers, about 10 of them, run Windows Defender only.
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  4. Posts : 819
    10
       #4

    Malwarebytes is often recommended alongside Defender. However, in your situation, I'd have it that Mal must manually be activated. So that it's not always on in the background. You have to pay to have that feature and so the free version is manual.

    Also -- Malwarebytes finds stuff Defender doesn't.

    Your PC will crawl if you ever run both at the same time.

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  5. Posts : 1,035
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Well in my personal laptop dell xps, i only ran the windows defender because i read that is all was needed. Then when i asked question on the malware forum, i was told you should have 2... windows defender or something like avast and something that checks malware like malwarebytes.


    So malwarebytes is not needed then? Yea i thought malwarebytes would find stuff defender doesn't. But the free version of malwarebytes doesn't do this but windows defender does?


    For me, only windows defender is on. I don't run malwarebytes unless i do a scan... this is for my computer though.
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  6. Posts : 1,604
    Win 10 home 20H2 19042.1110
       #6

    Malwarebytes is NOT an antivirus application... it is "anti-malware". It works in conjunction with your antivirus. I use Malwarebytes (free) and Avira (free) on one of my computers. Avira (free) uses Windows Defender fire wall. All work well together for me.

    Download Free Antivirus for Windows | Avira (It does have a "nag pop-up")
    Malwarebytes | Malwarebytes Download - Free Virus Scan & Virus Protection Tool
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  7. Posts : 7,114
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #7

    1. Install a cheap SSD which will make the laptop fly!
    2. Defender is fine
    3. Check you now have digital licence then consider doing a clean install and then install only the programs you really need Clean Install Windows 10
    4. Use Autoruns to check / disable which 3rd party stuff runs at start-up https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sys...loads/autoruns
    5. Ensure you backup your full system - Macrium Reflect Free is excellent
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  8. Posts : 25,011
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #8

    paulyjustin said:
    Well in my personal laptop dell xps, i only ran the windows defender because i read that is all was needed. Then when i asked question on the malware forum, i was told you should have 2... windows defender or something like avast and something that checks malware like malwarebytes.
    No, not Avast. That can be too intrusive. Difficult to remove too, there's an Avast tool to do that. Avast Uninstall Utility | Download aswClear for Avast Removal

    So malwarebytes is not needed then? Yea i thought malwarebytes would find stuff defender doesn't...
    Many here like to use the free version of Malwarebytes alongside Defender. That's an on-demand scanner only, it doesn't provide active protection (so won't interfere with Defender) but can be used to do a manual scan occasionally for reassurance (though usually it won't find anything that Defender has missed). ADWCleaner from Malwarebytes is another scanner that can do the same.

    Malwarebytes | AdwCleaner - Free Adware Cleaner & Removal Tool | Malwarebytes


    Defender does not by default detect and block Potentially Unwanted Programs/Aplications (PUPs/PUAs) except in the Enterprise edition. But it can be enabled in any edition, including Home.

    Enable or Disable Windows Defender PUA Protection in Windows 10
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  9. Posts : 19,238
    W11+W11 Developer Insider + Linux
       #9

    Also check your Startup items, most ready made brand name computers and laptops come with tons of SW not really needed and each one takes a chunk of your computer's resources which can seriously hamper it's performance.
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  10. Posts : 25,011
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #10

    CountMike said:
    ...most ready made brand name computers and laptops come with tons of SW not really needed and each one takes a chunk of your computer's resources which can seriously hamper it's performance.
    ADWCleaner can be useful there. It now not only detects and removes PUPs, it also finds and can remove all your OEM pre-installed software. Be careful though, some may not be 'bloatware'. You may want to right-click on a few and excluded them.

    Probably a good idea to make a Macrium system image before you remove anything, just in case you delete something useful by mistake!

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