Norton is a resource hog. Alway seemed to be one. When I got rid of Norton, I noticed a faster computer.
You can also try checking for parasites. You know, spyware. Spyware is one of the biggest problems of slowing down a computer. More on that and removal tools can be found here
Hope this helps.
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CNet contribution 12/23/06
I was reading some contributions regarding Verizon DSL being slow. The person indicating that it may have something to do with wireless routers may be on the right track. If so, my present experience may help, and also help explain (at least add to our observations, anyway) why Verizon techs seem to think our DSL problems are caused by us, and not their DSL lines coming into our buildings.
I have 4 computers all wirelessly hooked up to a Westell modem. They are all reasonably modern, with 2500+ or 1.7GHs and higher speed CPUs. One, with a dual CPU in my basement, seems to work very well on DSL. A second computer, my office computer, in the room next door to the router on the 1st floor, is very, very slow. It also has the most data and games on it by far of all of my computers. Another computer, my wife?s computer, is exactly like the one in my office (I built them so I know they are the same), and it sits right next to the router, and is usually reasonably quick.
Can't say for sure what the problem is. Yes, by the way, I have WinXP pro on all computers, and have run Norton, Systweak and VCom registry cleaners on all of the computers. They are ALL defragged regularly, and the computer that is the worst on DSL gets its registry cleaned, sometimes two or three times a day. I tried a 4th registry cleaner, RegCure, and found another 1000+ errors on top of all of the "other" cleaning I have been doing. NOTHING helps DSL. The computers all run fine otherwise.
Hope this has been a little helpful. I don't have any answers, but have a little different experience than some have who are looking for answers and who are also doubting Verizon's ability to test its own lines.
In addition, the technicians could very easily be getting good results using their test equipment, or even their own laptops to test your wireless setup. Based on my experience I suspect the lines are fine with some folks having problems. The only things that I can see different about my computers are where they are located.
Also, I have a Linksys wireless router, with two comptuers using Linksys PCI cards, and two computers using DLink cards. Don't really see any difference between Linksys and DLink. My fastest computer in the basement has a DLink card. So, are the telephone lines bad?
I kind of doubt it. I suspect that something else is the problem, most likely. email@example.com