Bitdefender may be causing my PC to slow down / freeze up
I now think Bitdefender is the reason or big part of reason my PC is slowing down and even freezing up.
i read Archi dice's post about BD using up resources, and that prompted me to post this, though my issues may be different from his. his seems to be Bitdefenders resource use, where mine may be compatibility issues as well.(not sure really)
when i first got BD (bitdefender) it was working great, and i had no issues with my computers speed and functionality. but since march things have slowly grown progressively worse.
Symptoms now are as follows-
- when i first turn on my PC its sluggish, but after a hour or so it becomes even slower
- the longer the PC is turned on the worse it gets, programs start being difficult to open even BD sometimes wont open when i click on the widget.
- the more hours the PC stays left on the worse it gets to a point where the computer freezes up, and i cant even shut it off with windows start icon button lower left... i have to physically hold down the mechanical start button to shut off the PC...
- even if all i do is turn on the PC and walk away from it and dont use it, when i come back an hour or two later its slowed down and sometimes feezing up all by itself.
- it seems time related, the longer the PC stays on for , the slower and worse it gets.
it takes hours for BD to do a full system scan. yet the quick scan seems to function ok, it timed at ten munites, and the optimizer tool still takes ten seconds,,,that is when BD has not frozen up .
i have tried for a few weeks looking at other possibilities other than BD for the slow down, and have tried removing some unused programs as per BD sites info,,, and have tried removing old security programs..
removing old programs be they security or other i find is frustrating, because as you pointed out to Archi dice in his post, using the add/remove tool in windows or the uninstall prompt that comes with the programs still don't remove it all, they still leave stuff buried somewhere in your PC,,
I had once used a demo of malewarebytes, and removed it using its own uninstall function... only to find out by using treesizefree that it still had a folder in my pc with files in it...
on Bitdefender website i yesterday downloaded your tool "Autoruns" to view things that could be removed or stopped, but im afraid of removing things or shutting them off since i know nothing about some of the programs Autoruns listed and i may make matters worse.
and thats the problem me a none computer geek who doesnt know what these programs are or do , i can use treesize free, or your program "autoruns" to remove stuff or stop it from running, but its like putting a gun in the hands of a drunk blindfolded monkey, i just dont know what many of these programs are or do and i will probably mess things up more.
I like your suggestion to Archie about doing a reinstall of Bitdefender, i will try that, but unfortunately that is not just plug and play, hitting the uninstall button in BD does not remove all of BD as you pointed out to Archie,,, i will have to follow up that with the complicated processes you instructed archie to do , to totally remove all of BD files... what a pain...
gee why cant software makers put all the stuff in just one folder in one place so when we hit uninstall it actually does just that and uninstalls the whole thing at once and not leaves stuff laying hidden all over on our computers... gee wiz :(
i will try the reinstall of Bitdefender and see if that helps. if not next thing will be to wipe the PC and reinstall the windows back up disc, because their is no way a newbie like me is going to go thru all the files on a PC and try and figure out what can be removed or shut down without negatively impacting functionality of the entire system....
i wonder if possibly the issues are with the one click optimizer removing things it should not have removed, not that i would know what should stay and what should go, im not a programmer, so when the optimizer asks i just hit the optimize button and hope it knows what its doing.
also the firewall stops alot of things, and i wonder if they should of been allowed,,, when i first got bitdefender the firewall asked me if i wanted to block some program with a odd name so i hit block,,i later found out that program was a bitdefender program..lol.. so this could be a part of my issues here too. so many programs with weird names i have no idea what to block or not,,, maybe some need to access the net to keep my pc functioning well. ???
my system is -
windows 7 home premium
service pack 1
dell, inspiron n7110
intel core i7-2670
cpu@ 2.20 ghz
64bit operating system
Are any other new Bitdefender users noticing time related slow down issues too ?,, the longer your pc is on the slower it gets ?
i used to use other brand of security software for years never had this conflict with the other software on my PC. the only difference now seems to be since installing Bitdefender.
thanks for any advice, or links to any info i can use.