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Extremely Poor Performance Since Recent Changes

I have a Dell Dimension 4300 desktop, that was performing fairly well with only 256mg of ram, until some recent changes. First, my provider Comcast switched from McAfee to Norton, for its included anti virus program. At the same time, Comcast raised my download speed from about 8000 to about 16000. As soon as I downloaded Norton, my computer began running ridiculously slow, as well as freezing up. Comcast had me call Norton about it. They told me 256 ram was too low. So I uninstalled Norton, and installed AVG Free which reqquires much less ram. However, the problem didn't go away. The computer is still freezing up and taking forever to load pages. I know that nowadays 256 ram is low, but it had been working fine for my needs.

Is it possible that increasing my download speed had this negative effect? Also, although I think its unrelated, at that same time, I also removed AOL software from my computer. Could that be involved somehow?

I use Firefox as my browser, and I have the latest edition.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I plan to purchase a new computer in the near future so I don't want to buy add'l ram for this computer. It probably wouldnt help anyway because prior to these changes, 256 ram was performing just fine.

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"As soon as I downloaded Norton, my computer began running r

"As soon as I downloaded Norton, my computer began running ridiculously slow, as well as freezing up. Comcast had me call Norton about it. They told me 256 ram was too low. So I uninstalled Norton, and installed AVG Free which reqquires much less ram. However, the problem didn't go away."

AVG's link scanner is often noted as problematic for older machines. Look up NOD32 if you want something light. AVG's requirements went up in response to more threats and demands from today's users.
Bob

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I'll check it out

Thanks for the advice.

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NOD32

I downloaded the 30 day free trial version and its fantastic. The computer is working better than ever. Thanks so much for the tip.

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Glad it helped.

I never can be sure of the results but in this area that title may hold the lead.
Bob

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Also, given the way cable Internet works, if they boosted YOUR download speed, they probably boosted the speed of everyone else around you. That could easily saturate the neighborhood hub leaving you stuck.

It is a bit surprising that McAfee was working fine on 256MB of RAM. Norton's not exactly frugal with it's use of RAM, but McAfee has some of the worst resource management I think I have ever seen in a commercial product.

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Re: download speed

The increase in dl speed was part of an "upgrade" of my cable pkg. (it LOWERED my price with their crazy promo deals)

As far as Mcafee, it wasn't great; I couldn't really use the computer while Mcafee was updating, but other than that it was fine.

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