Slow computer

By f-4879237 ·
I hope someone can help me with a problem I have with my computer.Ever since I put norton anti virus on it it has slowed up an awfull lot. The floppy drive is making noise aswell even when there is no floppy disk inserted and the computer is just sitting there and turned on ,obviously.That's probably a different problem but it's very annoying. In relation to the first problem I was wondering whether I need more ram or something like that because the computer seems to be using the hard disk alot more than it used to and I was wondering whether it was because the computer is using too much virtual memory.Any suggestions would be very helpful if you wouldn't mind.


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Norton is your main problem first of all . . .

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Slow computer

You didn't do yourself any favours by installing it.

Removal of the Norton Suite will help your system's speed. Unfortunately Norton tends to 'put up a fight' when you try to remove it. So much so that a tool has been developed to help:


Click on the above link, download, install and then remove the Norton software.

You'll need a decent anti-virus software to replace it. I suggest AVG:


At the above site you can also download the AVG anti-spyware and anti-rootkit softwares.

Once you have finally got rid of Norton, installed all your new AVG software and updated them, AND run their scans, you should notice a speed-up.

If you have further questions, post back and we'll help you further.

NOTE: For best results, run the AVG Anti-Virus software from Safe Mode, for maximum effect.

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You didn't say.

by Mayhem1969 In reply to Slow computer

how much RAM you have or the OS your using. But, you should know that Norton Antivirus is a resource hog. Perhaps one of the worst when it comes to using RAM. If your running XP and Norton I would recommend at least 512mb, more if you can get it.

The floppy could just be Norton checking the a: drive for viruses. I don't know how you have it set up but Norton will run a scan, if its programmed on the a: drive, which may be the sound your hearing. Or if you loaded something from disk recently, you might be hearing that or it might be malfunctioning. It's difficult to tell from the info you've provided.

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by f-4879237 In reply to You didn't say.

I have 256 mb of ram and am runing xp.
The noise in the floppy drive just comes on randomly and I haven't noticed it when norton is running a scan at all, but thanks for the suggestion anyway.Could it be a problem with the driver for the floppy disk drive. I haven't used it in a while because I don't have that many disks to use. What other info would you need to help?
In relation to the first post I'm after spending quite a bit of money on norton and it seems to have got rid of plenty of viruses for me so I don't really want to remove it untill at least my subscription runs out.I'll probably just get more ram and see if that helps but if not i'll try your suggestion.

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by Mayhem1969 In reply to Reply

I used Norton from since the late 1990's. My last purchase was in 2006 for the 2005 internet security software. I am not opposed to Norton, especially if you just spent a lot of money or want a trusted program. However, over the years I found it to just be too much of a hassle and found freeware that was just as effective. It's more of a personal preference.

The A drive could be malfunctioning but typically when that happens it won't read disks. Since you don't use it much, I wouldn't worry. if there comes a time it won't read files or save information you can get a new one pretty cheap on Ebay and what not.

I would recommend you upgrade your RAM. I think you will see a significant increase in performance.

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Slow Computer

by makbri30 In reply to Slow computer

In my experiences and with talking to other IT guys, the culprit is Norton. No matter what you do Norton will slow your computer down drastically. From what I have been told, remove Norton and get a free virus program. Usually they are only good for 30 days, but you can always re-register.

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