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Old 10-07-2010, 07:40 PM
 
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I have read several times that Mcafee uses "lots of resources," what is the meaning of that?
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Old 10-07-2010, 07:42 PM
 
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It uses lots of memory and CPU cycles and generally slows your computer down.
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Old 10-08-2010, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Press CONTROL-ALT-DELETE
Select TASK MANAGER
Click the PROCESSES tab at the top.
See that? That's everything that is REALLY running on your Windows PC.
Click the columns to sort them. For example click the column CPU until the first listing shows a high number,.
This will sort every process on your PC by whichever ones are using the most CPU RESOURCES.
Click the MEM USAGE column header. This sorts by processes that are using the most MEMORT RESOURCES.
Usually an Anti-Virus program is near the top of both of those.
ALL ANTIVIRUS PROGRAMS USE A LOT OF RESOURCES.

It amazes me when someone says that Brand X uses more then Brand Y. They all use a lot. Period. I have yet to find one that doesn't use much. And I've used many.
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Old 10-08-2010, 01:50 PM
 
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Press CONTROL-ALT-DELETE
Select TASK MANAGER
Click the PROCESSES tab at the top.
See that? That's everything that is REALLY running on your Windows PC.
Click the columns to sort them. For example click the column CPU until the first listing shows a high number,.
This will sort every process on your PC by whichever ones are using the most CPU RESOURCES.
Click the MEM USAGE column header. This sorts by processes that are using the most MEMORT RESOURCES.
Usually an Anti-Virus program is near the top of both of those.
ALL ANTIVIRUS PROGRAMS USE A LOT OF RESOURCES.

It amazes me when someone says that Brand X uses more then Brand Y. They all use a lot. Period. I have yet to find one that doesn't use much. And I've used many.
Task Manager doesn't tell the whole story. All AV programs DO NOT use a lot of resources. Good ones have no noticeable impact on performance.
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Old 10-11-2010, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Task Manager doesn't tell the whole story.
Oh come on now.
Would you NOT say that Task manager is an EXCELLENT place for someone that knows nothing about all of this. It's an excellent starting point for the layman. And a good way to answer the question "what are resources".
I stand by that answer.
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Columbus, Indiana
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Is there an optimal percentage use of resources when task manager is checked? I've read that the use of resources should be <25%. If the percentage is greater that 25%, how can one eliminate some of those programs that are slowing things down? Thanks!
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Old 10-11-2010, 11:10 AM
 
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Oh come on now.
Would you NOT say that Task manager is an EXCELLENT place for someone that knows nothing about all of this. It's an excellent starting point for the layman. And a good way to answer the question "what are resources".
I stand by that answer.
It can be misleading in the case of resource hogs like McAfee. You can take a dog-slow PC, look in task manager, and think that its not slowing you down. Yet once you actually uninstall the program, your computer suddenly boots two minutes faster and is much more responsive in use. Its not like task manager is going to show a constant 20% CPU utilization for McAfee. And a lot of the memory usage gets buried in various svchosts so knowing exactly which programs are consuming how much memory takes more digging.
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Is there an optimal percentage use of resources when task manager is checked? I've read that the use of resources should be <25%. If the percentage is greater that 25%, how can one eliminate some of those programs that are slowing things down? Thanks!
No there isn't. Obviously less is always better. One thing you should expect to see is the SYSTEM IDLE process should be very high most of the time.

Here is a great article to read:
How to use the Task Manager | Windows Vista, XP and Windows 7 Tutorials

EDIT: Not the tut I thought it was but still a good one. I will see if I can find the one I really like later.

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Old 10-12-2010, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Columbus, Indiana
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Thank you Peregrine!
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