So for those of you who also use Firefox like myself, I'm sure you're all aware that a few weeks ago the browser had an update that kinda sorta revamped the program. Still a good browser, but it added lots of features, and took out some features. I coincidentally downloaded a few "performance enhancing" programs at the exact same time, so shortly afterward my PC underwent a clusterfuck of performance stuttering. My gut reaction is to blame what I just downloaded, but looking into it enough I found that many of the issues I was having (browser freeze, flash incompatibility, moments of delayed loading) was across the board with everyone I knew who also had Firefox and was forced to download the new version. back in the 3.80 days, I just downloaded the 3.70 version and waiting for the kinks to get sorted out of the latest, but I don't have that downloaded now, so I'm suffering through Mozilla's fumbling through the glitches. Joy. But I am curious about how those other programs did affect my system, as well, and if anyone else has any experience with them. Namely, Iobit's Advanced System Care 7 program, Malware Fighter, and Driver Booster. I always manually updated my own drivers, so having a program do it for me was both convenient but also slightly worrisome (cause just like with Firefox, sometimes you don't WANT to download the driver updates.... sometimes), and the features provided by the other programs were equally nifty as well as shifty. -I already have Kaspersky Internet Security installed (which I bought, so I get the good stuff, and it's always satisfied me) so it's not like I needed more anti-virus software. -I defragged and disk cleaned enough that Windows was always telling me it was never necessary, but those services offered through the System Care program still found something to do. -I get a new performance monitor that I can Alt-Tab to at any time that tracks my CPU and RAM usage, both of which seem curiously higher than usual (and don't match the Task Manager numbers). -Lastly they're always running in the background, unless I tell them not to, at which point their icons start to grow unhappy (LITERALLY smilie and frownie faces depending on how often they're used). When I had the most issues with my system (roughly 1-2 years ago) I was using other programs that were suggested to me here to track my PC's performance and monitor where I needed to focus fixes, and the numbers for my CPU and RAM NEVER went above 60%, regardless of how hard I tried to push my system. Yet this new Iobit monitor is always listing them around 80-96%, which coincides with the slumps in performance that I note). Of course, wouldn't THAT be convenient if it were the Iobit programs CAUSING those slumps, for them to detect the peaks in my system? XD They never stall my system, unlike Steam when it downloads ANY update (no matter how small), but I have noticed slowdowns while browsing the net. This is all MOSTLY irrelevant, as I'm going to be building a new system soon (suggestions STILL welcome!) but at the same time, any programs I've downloaded now that I ought to avoid downloading in the future will address not bogging down my NEW system. =) So who's familiar with the latest Firefox, the programs and services offered by Iobit, and would you have any sagely advice on how to approach these programs? .....BESIDES the "I'd say get Chrome/IE instead, it's better" remark, of course. =P I'm mostly just irritated by the way my system's working, it's not dying on me, but it's not running smooth as a virgin's thighs, neither. So in short, I'm just exploring the possibility that anyone else has experience with these programs and knows more than I do to offer advice and solutions I hadn't considered. I'll otherwise continue my hunt for parts for the aforementioned new system.