New post re- PC slow due to Usenet headers and posts.

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Emrys Davies, Jan 20, 2010.

  1. Emrys Davies

    Emrys Davies Guest

    I did what Mike suggested (Many thanks) and that was to 'Reset' all of
    my News folders. It simply cut them down to size ruthlessly and has
    speeded up my PC considerably. At the same time I set the PC to 'Get
    100 headers at a time' and that cut me off from our thread as there was
    so much traffic in this forum since last night. I will watch points and
    may adjust to 'Get 300 headers at a time', if needed.

    Thanks a lot everyone.
    Emrys Davies, Jan 20, 2010
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  2. Emrys Davies

    Mike Easter Guest

    Get 100 is a little thin, unless you are on dialup. If you are on
    broadband, 300 or even 1000 is easy/quick. Depending on what I'm
    looking for and which agent I'm using, sometimes I get 5000 headers,
    very rarely even more.

    However, if you are using OE and you get 100 or 300 and need more, you
    can always just get some more over and again until you get back to the
    ones you wanted.

    And/But/Also, I see (in your header) that you have Avast sniffing at
    your email and news; that will slow things down somewhat. IMO you
    don't need AV on mail or news.

    I suppose there might be some specific circumstance in which I might say
    Mike Easter, Jan 20, 2010
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  3. Emrys Davies

    Emrys Davies Guest

    Yes, I am using OE and that is what I need to do.

    I have only been using Avast since AVG Professional found that Win98 SE
    was not compatible with their format. Tonight for the first time I
    notice that in addition to the Avast blue ball icon which has an 'a'
    thereon there is another little plain Avast blue ball in the systray
    with the words 'Avast! Mail Scanner [] which is my
    News browser. That little blue ball does not respond to anything and I
    cannot find any reference to Mail Scanner in the main Avast AV
    programme. I will persist with that as I know that mail scanning is not
    the done thing. I may have to uninstall that if I cannot find an answer
    to that mystery.
    Emrys Davies, Jan 20, 2010
  4. Emrys Davies

    Emrys Davies Guest

    I found that Avast had corrupted my News account by inserting
    in the 'Server Name'. Having repaired that and rebooted the little blue
    icon has gone.
    Emrys Davies, Jan 20, 2010
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    Mike Easter Guest

    The way you access Avast help is via the Programs Help entry; there
    isn't any access to it from the tray icons that I know of. You can also
    go find it in the Avast folder in Programs under English. Avast is
    Alwil software.

    After you open help, put email into the index search function of the
    ..chm help file and it will tell you about configuration, including for
    Win98 which is different from the later Wins.
    Mike Easter, Jan 20, 2010
  6. Emrys Davies

    Mike Easter Guest

    That's not exactly a corruption. There are a lot of tools which work to
    solve 'problems' for mail and news by acting as a proxy thru' which the
    mail and news must pass.

    So, a method of 'straining' your mail or news thru' an AV sieve is to
    'force' the communication between your mail/news agent to pass thru' the
    AV sieve -- which filter would be located at

    The mail/news agent reaches for the mail/news server via the sieve/AV,
    and also the mailnews server feeds the mailnews back to the OE agent via
    the avsieve.

    In any case, you fixed it and the headers are gone, which are also
    stamped by the same process.
    Mike Easter, Jan 20, 2010
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