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Computer has Sloooooowed Down

by archerfish / August 4, 2006 2:33 PM PDT

Approximately a week or so ago, I updated my Norton Internet Security 2006 and along with it I received Norton System Works Basic upgrade. After that upgrade I ugraded my Webroot Spysweeper. Since then, whether on the internet or offline everything runs so slow. I am running Windows XP and using Mozilla Firefox as my browser. I am using cable internet service and my connection speed is 100 Mbps.

When logging on what used to take 2-3 minutes for the start programs to load now takes sometimes 5 minutes. When I try to open up either my browser or an offline program it now takes a couple of minutes to load where as before it seemed to load in just a few seconds. Once I get my browser open when change from one site to another, again, I have to sit and wait. Also, when reading my Email in Outlook Express, when going from one email to another it takes sometimes up to a minute to switch. Also, in just writing this, it seems the computer freezes for a few seconds and no words are showing and then it unlocks and whatever words have been typed appear.

When surfing the internet, I usually leave Outlook Express open and something I noticed was the hour glass popping up quite frequently, so I turned off my anti-spam and that helped a little but not to much.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you

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Added information
by archerfish / August 4, 2006 3:21 PM PDT

Something that I forgot to add. Lately I have been receiving alerts that ''Virtual Memory Low'', this never occured until the upgrade.

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Webroot Spysweeper.
by Marianna Schmudlach / August 4, 2006 3:47 PM PDT
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Webroot Spysweeper
by archerfish / August 5, 2006 3:02 AM PDT

Thank you very much for the information. I went to the site and read the forum. Then I went to Webroot knowledge base and read some information there. Webroot acknowledges the problem and states that due to their upgrade they have increased minimum system requirements from 128mb to 256mb. Their recommendation was to go to the Start Up and remove any items that are not really required for starting up. I did this, looked up each start up program through Google and removed the ones I knew for sure I did not need.

THIS HAS HELPED TREMENDOUSLY, system is pretty much back up to speed, so I'll just keep an eye on it and see how it goes.


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(NT) (NT) You're Welcome :) Glad we were able to help
by Marianna Schmudlach / August 5, 2006 3:04 AM PDT
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My Reply
by G8torguy / August 5, 2006 4:21 AM PDT

It depends really on how big your hard drive is. If you are using a 40gb hard drive, and do not have much memory, expect norton to run very slow. Personally, I do not use norton anylonger, however I have in the past. Upgrade your hard drive to 80gb or more, and upgrade your memory. You should see a improvement after that.

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