PC slow after AVG downloaded

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Hello,
Pls hlp, I have had to re-install Windows XP media series - it worked well until I downloaded AVG antivirus and then it became very slow. Obviously I need antivirus -is there one I can use which will not slow my PC so much? I have used McAffee in the past.
With thanks-NannyBrook

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Dear Nanny,

Among the top of the line avtivirus application, AVG is the lightest.

The slowdown you are experiencing is due to disk fragmentation after all those installations you performed.

To speed-up your machine, I suggest you do the two following procedures:

1. Stop useless applications from running in the background from boot time. Download and run this simple tool, follow the instructions:

https://www.malwarebytes.com/mwb-download/

2. Defragment your hard disk

You can use this tool which is quite efficient:

https://ccm.net/download/download-1454-defraggler

You see a world of difference in the speed.

Cherio and God save the Queen
Ambucius thank you for your help once again. My PC is getting better every day :-)
Merci, et Bonne Annee 2011 (?)
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You are totally welcome, it was a pleasure. Start a trend and help someone else... with anything