Buying a computer system/Buying a laptop


My Toshiba A215 is 5 years old, and my bellsouth email was hacked Sunday night.

For a couple of months, when I ask it to do something strenuous, like run a full scan on MSE or MBAM, after a while, it shuts down. I run these 2 programs regularly, plus Superprofessional Spyware and CCleaner. Are they enough to keep me virus free?

Do I need a new computer? If Yes, what should I buy? My needs are simple, like using Word and online programs.  Do I need to just clean my registry?

Many thanks for your help.

Can you provide some more information about the system - what operating system is it running, has it ever been re-formatted (the operating system re-installed), is the system running unusually hot, etc?

Generally speaking it isn't wise to run multiple anti-virus programs at once - as it tends to both present a very large drain on system resources, and in some cases you can actually decrease efficacy of a single AV program. Microsoft Security Essentials is perfectly suitable as an anti-virus application by itself, as long as it is kept up to date.


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