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Windows Xp Slow suddenly

by JSteinmetz / July 21, 2006 11:27 AM PDT

I am running Windows Xp Home. In the past say 2 weeks it has acted strangely. Slow to load at startup, slow to bring up internet explorer, some other programs. I did format the drive and reload everything. I have also downloaded the latest updates and per Windows Update, it is all updated. Has anyone experienced this lately? I'm wondering if there was an update from Microsoft that caused this?

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Other things to check
by gargoyle_xlvii / July 21, 2006 11:58 AM PDT

Have you check you memory to see that is good?
Have you run antivirus and malware tests?
Have you scan you disk for error?
Have you added any new programs or software?
How about hardware everything working well?

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duh figured it out
by JSteinmetz / July 22, 2006 10:10 AM PDT
In reply to: Other things to check

I had my norton autoprotect enabled which makes this thing run slower. I disabled that and it's all good now.

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With Auto-Protect Disabled, I Would Suggest That It's.....
by tobeach / July 22, 2006 5:15 PM PDT
In reply to: duh figured it out

no longer worth having. It is a rather critical part of your protection if it's your only AV. This is a common complaint re Norton (System-hog behavior). Norton generally won't tolerate any AV competitors on same machine.
Many dump it for that reason, if they want 2 AVs available (1 active & one as back-up ''On Demand Only'' after disabling 1st temporarily) or to frequently access Online Scans such as Housecalls.
I suggest, if that bad, you simply dump (un-install) Norton and get another AV less demanding such as (free: AVG or Avast) or one of several pay ones known to be low drag. I'm not sure any are as heavy as Norton. Possibly you want to keep it for other features (if it's security suite)?
I did this many years ago (after Norton let in 2 viruses) and have perfectly happy with AVGFree since.
Might just mention the $100's of renewal/upgrade dollars saved since to boot.
Here are links to several of both types:
Re: AVG Free:
Just add word ''free'' w/o '''s between // & .Grisoft, and between / & web. Copy/paste to address bar.( Forum software rejects links w/word free in them)
http:// web.php
Enjoy!! Happy

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