Windows 7/antivirus


hi..i have win 7, and put the norton 360 on here. now the pc is way too slow and glitches often. i am wondering if you could recommend a good free antivirus for it. so many choices to make its confusing!  this is a 32 bit pc. thank you!!

Hello James

Yes, absolutely, get rid of that Norton (crap) and install the AVAST antivirus which is free.  Of course they do offer a pro version which is paid but you do NOT require this. in fact dont' even bother installing their free trial of the internet security. Just go with the basic free stuff. When you are installing it, choose CUSTOM install and I suggest turning off (de-selecting)  the components (see image links here below)

I suggest visiting my website at and reading the TIPS page on OPTIMIZING your computer. Then going to the SOFTWARE/SUPPORT page where I suggest installing all the items from the PINK section as they will help with the ongoing cleaning, removal and maintenance of the malware/spyware that causes so many problems and slowdowns. You can also download AVAST from the software page or go direct to their website to install at

Hope this helps


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As I have been volunteering in the 'windows' category since the inception of AllExperts, which has now moved to numerous windows categories. I will therefore be happy to answer any Windows 7,8 and 10 based question. What can't I answer? Not much, as this is the main reason I volunteered here, because I am hopeful the questions I can not answer will allow me to investigate the problem so that I can answer it. The TIPS and SOFTWARE support through my website at can also be of some help.


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I grew up with computers, from the first Apple IIC, back when Bill Gates was a student himself! For the past 17 years I have been providing technical services from building computers to constructing complete control rooms. Working with CTV I have helped produce the 1994 Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway. Later, designing and construction of "instant replay control rooms' for the Big Screens found in Stadiums and Coliseums.

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