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View Thread: I've had major problems with my new Sony Vaio laptop
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    Take the machine back (just in case it is a hardware problem, which seems unlikely; Sony makes good kit)

    Get a new one. 

    Reformat the disk. 

    Install Windows. 

    Install one and only one anti-virus package, making sure that it is certified to run on Windows8. 

    And yes, the 'holding back a virus' theory doesn't hold water. 

    I suspect the problem is crapware. You've got a new operating system and I doubt that anyone has had time to properly test all the combinations of junk that OEMs like to force on you these days.