Bill Gates is a Prick. It’s Back to the Mac. — 6 Comments

  1. I notice your process monitor shows you have FOUR instances of Chrome running simultaneously, using up about 100MB of system memory, not to mention CPU resources and some disk activity not shown in that window. Depending on how much RAM that PC has, this could be a significant hit on performance.

    Also, don’t use crapware like RegistryCleaner and SpeedUpMyPC. They contribute to the problem they supposedly fix. And ditching McAfee (which is also using upwards of 100MB of RAM) for a lighter-weight A/V product like AVG or Avast would help out a lot.

    It’s hard to know exactly what things are creating so many svchosts, so you shouldn’t kill them, but I’d bet that several of them are associated with those three apps and are just listeners/phone-home services for them.

  2. Sixty – I fully agree with Brian, RegistryCleaner and SpeedUpMyPC are nothing but crapware that do more harm than good. And yes, get rid of McAfee while you’re at it since it uses up more resources and slows your system. Some of the best anti-virus and firewall programs are free and work in harmony with your OS rather than doing a hostile takeover (Norton, McAffee, etc).

    And btw, that “sump.exe” is not 51k but 51 megabytes and is part of that SpeedUpMyPC program. No need for it. And I can pretty much guarantee it’s McAfee that’s slowing down you page loads and causing Windows to creep along.

    I recommend running the excellent and free CCleaner (for safe registry and junk file cleaning), Avast! antivirus/anti-malware suite (free version) and the Comodo Firewall (Firewall only, not the whole suite–Avast! takes care of the rest). However, you’ll have to uninstall all those other programs and using the built-in Windows uninstaller isn’t good enough as it leaves a bunch of registry entries and junk folders and files behind. So you’ll need another excellent (and free) program called “Revo Uninstaller” which will do a thorough job of removing programs.*

    I’ll agree that Vista is probably the worst OS MS ever put out. XP is a good, solid system but is rapidly becoming obsolete and Windows 7 is excellent. I ran Windows 7 on a 7 year old PC and it ran as well if not better than XP did on the same machine (nice and speedy). And I ran all 3 of those programs I recommended above on both XP and Win7

    *It’s not that simple though. You know who I am and you know I wouldn’t steer you wrong. Email me at the usual address if you’re interested in correcting these issues.

  3. @Kirk: I will uninstall the crapware and McAfee. I use CCcleaner regularly. So I’m good on that front. I’ll try the Revo Unstaller. “not that simple…” with Windows it NEVER is! That’s why Bill Gates is a Prick.
    I’ll be in touch.

  4. For those of you keeping score…
    Crapware uninstalled
    Avast antivirus wouldn’t download from CNET
    Went with AVG
    Also uninstalled Google Gears

    Please stand by…

    • Just a note here. You need to download Avast! through the Avast! website, not CNET. Same with Comodo firewall, do it through the actual site, not a 3rd party download site (although I do use CNET downloads for certain things but not those).