Interesting story on Digg today about What software slows Windows down the most. The Software listed should be no surprise with Symantec Norton Internet Security 2006 leading the pack. Other notable Software included 1000 Fonts, Yahoo Instant Messenger 8.0, and McAfee Security Center.
That list was nice, but the discussion shifted gears to what are the best applications that do not slow windows down and perform the best. Many of them are free!
Two Web Browsers mentioned were, Firefox – http://www.getfirefox.com and Opera – http://www.opera.com. Firefox does have a problem with memory consumption, but performance is very good. Opera in my opinion is better and worh a try.
Anti Virus software mentioned were AVG Free – http://free.grisoft.com/doc/28415/lng/us/tpl/v5 (which I use and can say have not had any problems with it to date), and NOD32 – http://www.eset.com, Avast! Antivirus – http://www.avast.com/, AntiVir – http://www.free-av.com
The rest of the list comprised of the following software including:]
Spyware – Spybot: Search and Destroy: http://www.safer-networking.org/ and AdAware SE: http://www.download.com/Ad-Aware-SE-Personal-Edition/3000-8022_4-10399602.html?tag=lst-0-1
Media Players – VLC : http://www.videolan.org/vlc/, Classic: http://sourceforge.net/projects/guliverkli/, Foobar2000 – http://www.foobar2000.org, ffdshow: http://www.afterdawn.com/software/video_software/codecs_and_filters/ffdshow.cfm, Real Alternative: http://www.free-codecs.com/download_soft.php?d=2541&s=65, Quicktime Alternative: http://www.free-codecs.com/download_soft.php?d=2829&s=66
Email – Email:
Thunderbird – http://www.getthunderbird.com
If your running any software that was listed as to what slows Windows down, try un-installing the software and see if it improves the performance on your computer. If it does, then you know you have some bloated software that needs to go!