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    Anti Virus Software

    I recently loaded the McAfee security suite and found that my computer slowed down to a crawl. I previously used Norton and found that it slowed things down but not to this degree. Anyone with similiar experience?
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    omg! i just got the 2007 norton's and yes my computer has slowed down also but i never put it together til i read this thread. it's very slow. i guess it's a small price to pay for security

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    Comcast "gives" its customers McAfee's AV and firewall. I haven't noticed any slowdown at all. And they just upgraded the whole GUI which I don't like over the older GUI. But neither versions have slowed up anything.

    Maybe your computer's hard drive needs a cleaning and defragging or your system some extra memory. You should have at least 512MBs of system memory (especially with XP) but preferably 1GB. I had 1GB installed when I bought this computer but have since added another GB ($180) to make my resource starved combat flight simulator (LO:MAC) run better. And to my surprise it did. The newer games and (combat) flight sims need a lot of memory. And so do gunked up computers.

    I always clean up my hard drive, remove any extra programs that I don't use anymore and then defrag it before I install anything new. Set a new Restore Point just prior to doing it, just in case!

    And I have a slaved up secondary hard drive that I keep all videos, pictures and downloaded exes etc on. And I have my primary hard drive partitioned too. I keep all my games and sims on a separate partition than my OS. It keeps things from getting fragmented so easily. When I defrag my computer (either hard drive or any partition) it only takes a minute or two.

    EDIT: And the only thing I keep running in my System Tray (lower right hand bottom of screen) is my AV and firewall... the McAfee Security Center. Everything else I'll turn on when I need it. You gotta keep after most programs because they just love to settle down in the System Tray to keep checking back to their mothership for instructions and upgrades. Or worse. I manually upgrade everything... even McAfee's Security Center.
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    I uninstalled my antivirus software several years ago and went with the free version of Avast, I think it's avast.com and have had no problems ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darty
    I uninstalled my antivirus software several years ago and went with the free version of Avast, I think it's avast.com and have had no problems ever.

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    I use Avast also. I tried McAfee and the free version of AVG and of the three my computer ran the fastest with Avast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darty
    I uninstalled my antivirus software several years ago and went with the free version of Avast, I think it's avast.com and have had no problems ever.

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    DITT0 !
    I have stated REPEATEDLY that McAfee and Norton both SUCKED equally well. If you insist on PAYING for something I recommend PCCILLIN, have used it for 5 years on clients and my own computers without a single problem.
    Due to the number of poor computer owners who can ill afford AV solutions whom I help, I began using AVAST on my main computer in MAY 06 just so I could find a FREE solution for said folks. I STILL use it and now recommend it to all. It uses FEW resources and is scalable to your intentions. Meaning you can activate/deactivate the modules you have need of.

    http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html
    click the download link on right side of page and download the free home version. Registration only takes a second. It updates daily. Go through and set it up as you wish. TRASH that worthless resources hog you now use and rest assured you are now SAFE...at ZERO cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CapnGimp
    DITT0 !
    I have stated REPEATEDLY that McAfee and Norton both SUCKED equally well. If you insist on PAYING for something I recommend PCCILLIN, have used it for 5 years on clients and my own computers without a single problem.
    Due to the number of poor computer owners who can ill afford AV solutions whom I help, I began using AVAST on my main computer in MAY 06 just so I could find a FREE solution for said folks. I STILL use it and now recommend it to all. It uses FEW resources and is scalable to your intentions. Meaning you can activate/deactivate the modules you have need of.

    http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html
    click the download link on right side of page and download the free home version. Registration only takes a second. It updates daily. Go through and set it up as you wish. TRASH that worthless resources hog you now use and rest assured you are now SAFE...at ZERO cost.
    I deleted my McAfee and installed Avast and I must say the difference is amazing. The system speeded up considerably and the price was certainly right.

    Thanks for the tip.
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    I've got Mcafee Viruscan Enterprise 8.0 and it is pretty transparent. I think the trouble comes with stuff like spyware modules, pop up blockers, firewalls, and crud like that. The version of Mcafee bloatware that came free on this Dell was much like you guys hate, but deleting all that crud and loading the freebie from work Enterprise version was night and day difference. I figure it might pick up on new virus' quicker with it being from a paid company vs. some sort of shareware, thus protecting this machine better (or quicker), I dunno. I pretty much ignore it otherwise. Lose the bloatware and I am sure Mcafee will be just fine.

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    I just recently uninstalled Panda Titanium Antivirus + Anti-Spyware because I believed it had become bloatware! The program did update the definitions every day and sometimes twice a day. I decided to test the 30 day trial version of Nod32 and this software also updates every day along with being extremely light weight on system resources. I was also given a free copy of Windows Live OneCare (heard it works well with Dragon NaturallySpeaking) and so far it seems okay but I need a little more time. I don't really worry about getting viruses because I rarely download attachments and I stay far away from porn and gambling sites. Also, most of the time I use Firefox or Opera for surfing the net.

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