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Solutions: Removing installed tool bars will speed up PC

In a recent column you touted the antimalware program at, and I downloaded it as instructed. It indicated a number of tool bars that could be slowing down my computer, and I deleted them. However, my PC was operating even more slowly than before. I then deleted the antimalware program, which was a problem in itself, and now my PC is operating very well. I assume this indicates that antimalware did its job but then you should get rid of antimalware. I was amazed at the number of tool bars that had been installed in my computer over the years without my knowledge.

Malwarebytes' antimalware program does not stay resident after running, so I'm not sure what was slowing down your system, but you make a good point about the extra tool bars. Many shareware/freeware programs include various tool bar additions as options buried deep in their installation, and unless you read the long licensing agreement, it is easy to miss their installation. I recommend that tool bars in general slow you down and complicate an already complicated system. Keep things as simple and as streamlined as possible to avoid problems.

I was trying to install the antimalware program at and got a message that there is a conflicting security software. That software is Trend Micro Internet Security. The antimalware program suggests deletion of Trend Micro. I still have about a year left on the subscription to Trend Micro. What will happen if I run with both programs active? Is Trend Micro as effective in stopping all sorts of viruses and malware as the Malwarebytes program?

You should be okay with running the Malwarebytes antimalware program along with Trend Micro. The antimalware is just a one-time check (each time you run it), while your Trend Micro is resident and always running, acting as both your antivirus/antimalware. The Malwarebytes program is not meant to replace your Trend Micro, so keep it installed and just run the Malwarebytes every so often.

I am having trouble printing operating systems items such as e-mails and Windows help screens. The left-hand margin is set to the very edge of the paper, and perhaps a quarter-inch is missing on the printout. I recently upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7 and upgraded printers. The same problem occurs with both operating systems and both printers. Where are the settings to adjust margins?

Each brand/type of printer will have its own set of properties/settings according to its particular driver software. Your choices are also limited to the program you're printing from. When you print, look for a Print Preview option, or a Preferences/Option buttons. It is there you will usually find the unique printing features for your printer such as margins or "scale to size." Since it's a new printer, I'm assuming the drivers are up to date, but it doesn't hurt to check the printer manufacturer's website to make sure what you have installed is the latest.

Solutions: Removing installed tool bars will speed up PC 05/01/11 [Last modified: Sunday, May 1, 2011 4:30am]
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