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    Do anti virus programs slow down your PC?

    And if so which one is best? I currently have Norton but had AVG on my old computer.

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    avg is good! :thumbsup:

    Banned

    Norton will definitely slow down your system

    Perhaps get another payed for service like Kaspersky or nod32, or go with a freebie like Avast, AVira or AVG.
    Everybody has there own personal favourite though.

    Hope it helps

    It may slow your computer down marginally but it makes no difference, you HAVE to have one! Avast, AVG etc all have free editions for home use.

    Original Poster

    If i just go to add remove programs and uninstall norton, will it remove every single bit of it from my computer?

    You only "have to have one" if you're unable to resist the temptation to click links, no matter how dodgy looking.

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    makershaker;3280850

    If i just go to add remove programs and uninstall norton, will it remove … If i just go to add remove programs and uninstall norton, will it remove every single bit of it from my computer?



    think you actually need to do it through their website

    makershaker;3280850

    If i just go to add remove programs and uninstall norton, will it remove … If i just go to add remove programs and uninstall norton, will it remove every single bit of it from my computer?



    Hi, Try nortons removal tool

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    makershaker;3280850

    If i just go to add remove programs and uninstall norton, will it remove … If i just go to add remove programs and uninstall norton, will it remove every single bit of it from my computer?




    No chance! You can either get a standalone uninstaller, or after using add/remove to uninstall it you can search for 'Norton' and manually delete everything that comes up. To completely remove every trace of it you would then need to go into the registry but that's something I couldn't recommend unless you really know what you're doing.

    salder21;3280881

    http://service1.symantec.com/Support/tsgeninfo.nsf/docid/2005033108162039



    mackenzie;3280887

    Hi, Try nortons removal … Hi, Try nortons removal tool]http://service1.symantec.com/Support/tsgeninfo.nsf/docid/2005033108162039



    Snap :-D

    abomination;3280861

    You only "have to have one" if you're unable to resist the temptation to … You only "have to have one" if you're unable to resist the temptation to click links, no matter how dodgy looking.



    True, but it only takes one click and if AVG and Avast are free why wouldn't you have one?

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    mackenzie;3280899

    Snap :-D



    :thumbsup: lol

    deek72;3280901

    True, but it only takes one click and if AVG and Avast are free why … True, but it only takes one click and if AVG and Avast are free why wouldn't you have one?



    Preference. I don't use anti-virus or software firewalls, relying purely on Windows and common sense (i.e what not to download, click and to patch regularly etcetera) :).

    Original Poster

    Does Norton slowdown download speeds?

    What i'm saying is, i now on roughly 4-5 meg connection, but if i try to download a film it takes an eternity plus an album thats been uploaded to say 'Yousendit' can take up to 15 mins. Guys in my work download whole films in 1/2 hour and albums in a couple of mins!!!

    What softwware do you use to download films and music?

    Original Poster

    Well tried films on utorrent, had ones with loads of people seeding but only getting up to 3kps download speed?
    Mostly download albums straight from yousendit

    i use utorrent....try changing the upload speeds...go to preferences/bandwidth untick automatic and change the maximum upload rate to 25

    Now it turns out the OP uses torrents I think it it IS essential.

    makershaker;3281032

    Well tried films on utorrent, had ones with loads of people seeding but … Well tried films on utorrent, had ones with loads of people seeding but only getting up to 3kps download speed?Mostly download albums straight from yousendit



    You need Newsbin Pro and Giganews.

    Only an idiot downloads executable files through bittorrent clients.

    or hitnews and newsleecher....newsleecher is alot better because it has a search option

    Original Poster

    deek72;3281110

    Now it turns out the OP uses torrents I think it it IS essential.



    LOL! i know its essential. Norton came as a free trial in my computer, but was just wondering if it would run that tiny bit faster with AVG.

    mackenzie;3281075

    i use utorrent....try changing the upload speeds...go to … i use utorrent....try changing the upload speeds...go to preferences/bandwidth untick automatic and change the maximum upload rate to 25



    Try this....i left it on unlimited and my download speeds were really slow

    Banned

    it will, and you will prob need a new firewall too. I recommend zonealarm for that

    you can download both AVG and zonealarm for free on [url]www.download.com[/url]

    comodo is better especially if you've got a wifi connection, zonealarm was blocking my wifi connection

    mackenzie;3281135

    or hitnews and newsleecher....newsleecher is alot better because it has a … or hitnews and newsleecher....newsleecher is alot better because it has a search option



    Sure, it's each to his own though in this area. I started with NB pro and it's never let me down. It has a search facility now (you have to pay though) but I find that Newzbin and Binsearch find me pretty much everything I need.

    nzbsrus is pretty good too

    mackenzie;3281236

    nzbsrus is pretty good too



    New one to me, I'll have a look. Cheers :thumbsup:

    your welcome :thumbsup:

    i have found comodo to be great too (much nicer interface than zonealarm imo), and for av i use either avg or avast (many people say the latter is less resource-intensive)

    and as for having to have a firewall and a/v, the earlier poster was right, if you are very scrupulous about what you click and run then it is perfectly possible to do without, just not advisable for the vast majority of users who are inquisitive (/gullible!) souls... ;-)

    abomination;3281134

    Only an idiot downloads executable files through bittorrent clients.



    Why? What's wrong with Bittorrent?

    Most anti-viruses have tiny resource usage on modern computers so although they're very secondary to a good firewall and other things to stop stuff getting onto your computer in the first place you might as well run one. Norton is one of the slow ones though, although 2009 is advertised as being better I don't know how much has actually changed.

    Banned

    i use ad-aware and avast, avg actually let in dormant viruses

    Banned

    EndlessWaves;3281861

    Why? What's wrong with Bittorrent?Most anti-viruses have tiny resource … Why? What's wrong with Bittorrent?Most anti-viruses have tiny resource usage on modern computers so although they're very secondary to a good firewall and other things to stop stuff getting onto your computer in the first place you might as well run one. Norton is one of the slow ones though, although 2009 is advertised as being better I don't know how much has actually changed.



    Norton.....
    Not much, its still pants, imo
    Better, but not quite there :):thumbsup:

    EndlessWaves;3281861

    Why? What's wrong with Bittorrent?



    Let me rephrase, downloading executable files (*.exe and so on) not knowing their true origin is stupid. When downloading files through a bittorrent client your only method of verification is against the hash table and whilst that'll prevent rogue clients from sending you the wrong data on purpose it doesn't change the fact that you are downloading a file that someone else uploaded, someone you've never met and someone you can't trust. Did they alter the file, you can't answer that unless you have another copy available from a trusted source.

    You tend to see a lot of comments on torrent websites such as 'don't download, virus', 'is this virus free?' etcetera.

    I know this logic also applies to websites but I think you'll agree P2P is a far better breeding ground for malware.
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