Make sure there is no other real-time security software installed.
“The surprise is that most probably you will see folders of other security software – software you never knew was there. These are those leftovers I was talking about,” Izabela added.
Having nothing to lose I decided to roll up my sleeves and test if the laptop would be able to cope with said tips. However, the computer froze, then went into the safe mode, and presented me with a choice:
It was decision time.
Izabela’s suggestions were predicated on her understanding that the programs and attached licenses on the computer were worth saving. But what if they were not? What if I just got a big USB memory stick and copied all relevant files I wanted to keep over to it, as I intended in the first place? Then instead of cleaning up the mess, I could just start over with a clean slate.
I went for a clean slate – got the memory stick and copied over all interesting text and picture files. The newly restored device certainly started up faster – it was internet-ready in under 2:30 (still a long wait but way better than before) and no irritating menu bars appeared out of nowhere.
Even though I didn’t get the chance to go with Izabela’s advice there are some things I’ve definitely learned while trying to get the old laptop up to speed again.
But that is not the end of the story. Rather, it is the beginning of the end. Because now it is time for me to set up the computer and download my selection of free software that will make this aging computer both functional and secure. But that is another story.