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After spending most of yesterday evening try to fix it, my computer is now back in a state where it actually boots up without immediately restarting, which is nice. The key clue to what was wrong with it came when [livejournal.com profile] brucec helpfully asked in a comment to my previous post if I used AVG, which I do. A bit of Googling revealed that AVG's forums were filled with angry posts from the last couple of days from people complaining that their computer wouldn't boot up after the latest AVG update. As one person pointed out, the anti-virus software was actually more damaging than a virus.

They did also offer a solution where deleting a couple of AVG's files on the hard disk would allow Windows to start up again. This was easier said than done when the computer wouldn't start up, but I managed to do it eventually and Windows now seems to be working fine as well.

Other than the computer issues, things are fine at the moment. I would complain about how cold it is outside, but it sounds like Cambridge is actually one of the warmest (least-cold might be a better way of putting it) places in the country at the moment and we only have a minuscule amount of snow, so I suppose I'm probably quite lucky in comparison to a lot of people just now.

Date: 2010-12-03 11:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fenryng.livejournal.com
So is everything back to normal, or is the AVG still causing problems? Granted, some progress is better than none.....

Date: 2010-12-04 01:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] williamjm.livejournal.com
AVG apparently issued an updated update which stops their program completing breaking their customer's computers. So it should all work fine now, hopefully.

Date: 2010-12-04 03:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sraets.livejournal.com
I recommend Avast instead of AVG if you need a free anti-virus program. I used AVG until about a year ago, but the version they released around that time (I forget the number) was an incredible resource hog. Avast is similar in terms of results but much less resource-heavy (and so far hasn't caused my computer to refuse booting up!).

Date: 2010-12-04 09:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] williamjm.livejournal.com
I think I might take your advice if I have any more problems with AVG.

Date: 2010-12-04 09:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] werthead.livejournal.com
I've used Avast for about four years and never had a problem with it, so it gets my vote.

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