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Old 03-15-2019, 04:54 PM   #15
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but they all have something important but different on them!
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Old 03-15-2019, 04:56 PM   #16
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Yep this is all very normal, especially when you have multiple tabs of Firefox open. Firefox in particular appears to use more CPU than Chrome or Edge. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb...ources-how-fix

As @x808drifter mentioned as long as it isn't a prolonged hang up on your CPU then it is totally fine..
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Thanks guys, I guess I am over analyzing
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So, computer gurus, which antivirus can you advise? I'm spending a lot of time on the Internet and I'm working with emails. So, I have to open a lot of links. So, is Norton good for protecting a pc? I've heard a lot of good thing about it but I find it pretty costly though.

https://www.av-comparatives.org/consumer/
https://www.av-test.org/en/
https://www.virusbulletin.com
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Thanks guys, I guess I am over analyzing
Welp, what I do when my desktop acts up, is to unplug it and then plug it back in.

Iffen that don't fix it, I go up to Best Buy and buy a new one.

Then I push the old one off to the side of my desk and try to fix it. After several months, I take it down to the basement, with the rest of my old computers (ask @Ultramaroon , he has seen my collection - ).





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I prefer norton for its ease of use, but it depends on how active you want to be with it. Norton is almost install and forget, which I like. Just have to make sure it updates itself every so often, which is usually done automatically.

There are tons of freeware and cheaper options though.

Sometimes the windows program itself can skyrocket cpu usage, sometimes itunes will do it to. You have an older processor, but it happens to everyone occasionally.

Also if you have a mechanical hard drive you should upgrade to an ssd. It makes everything better. I'd suggest samsung just because it is the easiest to deal with as it comes with all the software you need in the ssd package.
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If you look through the benchmarks you'll see there is no real value in a 3rd party A/V system if you are actively running Windows Defender on Windows 7 or 10. It scores as high as other systems.

A lot of organizations are dropping 3rd party A/V in favor of other types of protection.

A combo of Windows Defender and something like Malwarebytes is very effective. Windows itself will soon have malware/ransomware protection built in (its in the early release programs now).
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For what its worth, I work in cybersecurity, its what my degree is in, and I hold 2 cybersecurity certifications. I don't use any 3rd party AV on my home PC, Windows Defender does basically everything I need. It scores just as well or better than 99% of third party AV programs in AV comparative tests. I also run the extension uBlock Origin in my browser (Chrome). A good ad blocker not only cleans up my browsing experience by hiding intrusive ads, it also increases security by hiding fake download buttons or other things that try to trick users into downloading trojans and ad/bloatware onto their machine.
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^ Ditto those last 2 posts.

I honestly haven't run a third party program since 7 came out.
99.999% of the time the infection is caused by PEBKAC.
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