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Old 06-15-2011, 09:22 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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I just switched from Norton Anti-Virus 2011 (a paid subscription) to Microsoft Security Essentials (free to download), and my Windows XP Professional PC now runs MUCH better than when Norton was on it. I think Norton was running a lot of stuff in the background which really slowed down my PC.

I also recommend MSE for your anti-virus protection.
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Old 06-16-2011, 01:38 AM
 
Location: Louisiana
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I just switched from Norton Anti-Virus 2011 (a paid subscription) to Microsoft Security Essentials (free to download), and my Windows XP Professional PC now runs MUCH better than when Norton was on it. I think Norton was running a lot of stuff in the background which really slowed down my PC.

I also recommend MSE for your anti-virus protection.

Norton is just a very inefficient program. Most of the lagginess that people experince form Norton is the constant hard drive scans that it does while running in the background. Other software like MSE are more efficient about doing this. It's why I never recommend it, and why I always scratch my head as to why every IT department loves it to death.
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Old 06-16-2011, 01:40 AM
 
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Norton is just a very inefficient program. Most of the lagginess that people experince form Norton is the constant hard drive scans that it does while running in the background. Other software like MSE are more efficient about doing this. It's why I never recommend it, and why I always scratch my head as to why every IT department loves it to death.
IT departments use Symantec AV, not Norton which is consumer-grade.
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Old 06-16-2011, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Downtown Harrisburg
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Norton is just a very inefficient program. Most of the lagginess that people experince form Norton is the constant hard drive scans that it does while running in the background. Other software like MSE are more efficient about doing this. It's why I never recommend it, and why I always scratch my head as to why every IT department loves it to death.
You think Norton is bad? I wish we'd switch to Norton on our enterprise network.

We use McAfee. McAfee sucks down massive amounts of system resources and has a nasty habit of leaving file handles open all the time. Nothing makes an i7 run like a 486 quite like McAfee! Installing McAfee on a modern PC is like taking your brand new Ferrari and using it to tow wet hay through a mud bog. Without tires. Uphill. During a typhoon.

My netbook runs Ubuntu, so antivirus isn't a concern. My home Windows 7 PC runs Microsoft Security Essentials. If it weren't for SE, I'd use AVG or Avira -- whichever has the least naggy interface at the moment.
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Old 06-16-2011, 01:28 PM
 
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IT departments use Symantec AV, not Norton which is consumer-grade.
Yes indeed. Symantec is super FTW, their backend is awesome
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