Changed search engine from StartPage -> Qwant due to privacy questions re: new ownership. Gibiru as another alternative.
Qwant is a search engine that respects your privacy and eases discovering and sharing via a social approach.www.qwant.com
I have always had the same experience with Sophos, very slow boot, laggy app launches (worse even than the old McAfee). I thought they hated me personally.Installed Sophos 2.1.9 to check it out and my laptop slo-o-o-w-e-d down like I can't believe. Restarted several times to see if that helped, followed by uninstall. I used to like the old Sophos Free and was hoping for improvement. Windows Defender is just faster overall.
Let us know how Adguard DNS works out for you.Replaced Cloudfare with Adguard DNS.
Replaced Edge built-in tracking protection with µBlock Origin @ medium mode.
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Lean and clean! Love it! Our daughter is getting out of the blob phase, so I think I’m planning the same. No time for tooling around with random security software. Just good CLEAN fun.Re-added: Emsisoft Emergency Kit
Emsi support was fantastic helping me find and fix the "unable to connect to update server problem"! Definitely top-notch customer service!
My New Year resolution: keep the system lean and clean, and quit experimenting with different software.
@Evjl's Rain you were correct about the nature of the problem being the firewall. The trouble was pinpointing it.
Could you expand on that? I'm interested in hearing about your research.