Faster speed on this site, Norton Internet Security 2009

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 08:27
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Hi all, Like a lot of others on this site, i have complained about the speed of getting around it. David mentioned some months ago that Norton was slow as everything has to pass through it and he couldn't do much for those running Norton.. I just moved to 2009 Norton Internet security a few days ago when my 2008 expired, it definitely runs many times faster now. Norton may have changed the way it works, the blurb that comes with it says, "Smart Security, Engineered for Speed". I waited a few days before posting this just to make sure it has made a difference, im convinced it has. My other computer at home here is running 2008 version and is still painfully slow. I was going to change to AGV this time but thought it easier to leave it to next year, it was all too hard, im glad i did.. Norton may not be the best but simple to get up and running and inexpensive.. Michael
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Reply By: Willem - Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 08:46

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 08:46
Running a Norton Product is like driving a ZD30 Nissan....you just do not know when it is going to let you down

My experience with Norton...never again!!.

If you want slightly faster speed on the site then try Google Chrome web browser



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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 09:09

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 09:09
Yep, swore off Norton's products many years ago.
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Follow Up By: Member - William H (WA) - Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 11:26

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 11:26
Willem you got that right.......Norton's is on the nose,,,,,,,,i run an Australian Produst called CA internet Security....since i have had this on my 6 computers i have never had a virus threat get into any of my computers which are on line 18 hours a day.and every year i up date the system from them at a cost of around $70 dollars a year. My server is Let's Go Communications,

When i log on to "EOz", using Google Crome 4 seconds and im on line.

Cheers for now......William h.......Bunbury.wa
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Follow Up By: Member - William H (WA) - Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 11:34

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 11:34
Also i have all my data and files on MAXTOR external hard drives,and nothing on the boxes, this also helps the speed when getting into web sites.

Cheers for now......William h.....Bunbury
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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 11:45

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 11:45
William

Now thats interesting. Maybe we Willem/William derivatives do the same thing. I too run CA Antivirus and have a Maxtor External HD

Haven't thought of keeping My Documents only on the External drive. That may free up some 25Gig of space! Might have to buy a second Maxtor just in case...lol

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Follow Up By: DesF - Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 13:12

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 13:12
Hi, I too have been running CA for about 8 years , it was originally Vet , I only have the Anti Virus and have just renewed it @ $39.95.
Never had a problem just a couple of notices lately that they have cleaned up a couple of threats.
Updates daily on its own.
Good value and service and also I can put it on to 3 PC's for that.
Cheers Des.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bruce T (SA) - Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 18:06

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 18:06
We've used Norton for years and it has never let us down. I use two Maxtor external disk drives for backup storage f files and it's also where we keep the computer backup.

Cheers,
Bruce
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Follow Up By: Member Brian (Gold Coast) - Sunday, Jan 25, 2009 at 09:01

Sunday, Jan 25, 2009 at 09:01
"Willem replied:
Running a Norton Product is like driving a ZD30 Nissan....you just do not know when it is going to let you down "

Yep!!! I agree with that one Willem!

Also.....
Willem posted:
Haven't thought of keeping My Documents only on the External drive. That may free up some 25Gig of space! Might have to buy a second Maxtor just in case...lol

I've been doing this for some time.... if the C drive fails, you only need to re-load programs.... your docs are all on an external drive. Same goes for when the big virus hits!

Cheers

Brian
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Reply By: x - Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 09:00

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 09:00
I mostly use Safari on an iMac which is pretty quick for most things. But the Exploroz site is agonisingly slow.
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Follow Up By: Rolly - Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 15:36

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 15:36
I've got the current Firefox on a 3year old dual core iMac and have no problems at all with speed on the site, though one does have to sit around "waiting for www.exploroz.com/" at peak times.
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Follow Up By: Member - William H (WA) - Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 16:52

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 16:52
Hi Rolly.
I dont have to wait for ExplorOz to load up as i dont have any files on the computer, (I just click and go) also i use disk clean up, then super anti spy ware, then i clean up the tempory files, where i have been for the day by going to Start.....RUN...then up pops a small screen and i type in PREFETCH, then i click ok and all the places where i have been will be cleaned out.THEN i run my Ca/Anti virus and all is well for me when i start the next time i go on line.....You will call this a daily clean up, also sometimes i turn off the box when i go away, and that helps.

Cheers for now....William h....Bunbury..WA.
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Follow Up By: Member - William H (WA) - Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 16:58

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 16:58
Also download from the net COMBOFIX and run this as it will show what is slowing your box then it will fix it and it's FRERE.

Cheers for now ...William h...Bunbury
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Reply By: Member - Heather G (NSW) - Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 09:13

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 09:13
Yep, Nortons slows everything down! I use Avast antivirus, with Vista, which is free for home computer (non commercial) users and can be set to update virus database automatically every day.
My local computer tech man swears by it! Have been using it for over 12 months and would never go back!
regards,
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Follow Up By: Member - Shane L - QLD - Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 09:46

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 09:46
Yep, yet another Norton hater, first thing I did after getting my new laptop with Vista Business home was to delete/uninstall anything Norton, did notice though that it did fully uninstall unlike older version I had years ago and the only way to remove all the "tentacle's" of Norton's was to format hard drive and start again.

I have been using Avast for about 5 years now and also swear by it for a free version, never let me down yet, I have installed it on dozens of friends and rellies PC's as well as have it on 5 of my own, just a matter of re-registering every 12 months to get new product key.

Shane
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Follow Up By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 20:25

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 20:25
Hi Shane,
I've uninstalled Norton from three new virgin computers over the last couple of years and had no problems removing it. After you've run Norton on a new machine, it's a different story, I believe; it gets its tenticles into everything and won't let go.
Gerry
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Follow Up By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 22:39

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 22:39
I've uninstalled Norton from three new virgin computers over the last couple of years and had no problems removing it




Hiya Gerry

Install a registry program and search for Norton,Wait for the big surprise,it will leave traces everywhere throughout the registry !


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Follow Up By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Sunday, Jan 25, 2009 at 00:39

Sunday, Jan 25, 2009 at 00:39
Wharfer, I'm sure you're right! I choose not to use Norton for the very reason it's so invasive and causes so much grief.
cheers, Gerry
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Reply By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 09:19

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 09:19
And here is another dissatisfied Nortons (ex) user.
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 10:54

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 10:54
Well I will swim against the tide and say I am a happy Nortons user and have been for many years.

The problems are usually caused by incorrect configuration more than anything else.

I have tried the "free" versions of most tings and reckon you get what you pay for.That is for nothing you get exactly that.

Remember those makers also sell the pro version of that software so the free version will never be as good as that.

As long as you dont use AVAST you should be OK.

Try getting rid of that if you dont like it. I had to reformat to get rid of it.

Also you didnt need to format a drive to get rid of Nortons older versions.

If you went to their website they provided 3 small removal programs to do it for you.

You could then do a registry clean and edit to check if it was all gone and also do a file search and it would show ANY file named NORTON
Delete them and it was gone.

Done it heaps of times on various machines

The files that most often get missed are the ones that hide in the "Common Files" folder as that is where the registraion details are kept.

The site loads at the same speed on this machine whether Nortons is turned on or off.




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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 11:39

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 11:39
I agree with you Graham.

Love my Norton.

Whenever a new virus hits town, who's the first company with a solution?

Norton.

And 2009 has been slimmed down, speeded up, made more efficient.

I'm glad I ain't too scared to be lazy
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Follow Up By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 12:01

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 12:01
*Whenever a new virus hits town, who's the first company with a solution?*


Eset (Nod32) or Kaspersky....

Ever thought Michael the reason why the sites so sloooow is because Norton is letting you down and believe me it will....This site is just as fast as any other,sure there is the occasional glitch but lately its been flying for me.

You'll need the Norton Removal tool to get rid of all the crud it loads on your system,They bring one out now themselves but people made there own years ago it was so bad...

I couldnt believe about a year ago a friend who works computers for a living fell for the new slim down version of Norton.I said your mad,he saids its great now..2 months later i said hows it going (back to Nod32) lmao..


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Follow Up By: Willykj - Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 12:14

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 12:14
Graham - what's your problem with Avast?

A couple of earlier posts indicated that they were happy with Avast. I also have been using it for many years - I spend all day on internet & have never had any problems. Avast regularly picks up stuff.

Acknowledge that the free ones have some limitations but it does everything that I need. On independent tests Avast comes up very well.
Willy
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony B (Malanda FNQ) - Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 13:10

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 13:10
Willykj - Same question I thought of asking. Its the right price :-). Regards Tony
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Follow Up By: DCTriton - Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 14:35

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 14:35
Willy, Tony...

I have been using Avast for years without fail, initially on the advice of an IT guru mate... I play in the nether regions of the internet, regions which will doubtlessly be filtered if the gov gets it's way...

My guru mate who writes software and manages IT for a couple of multinational companies has a simple response - fear of the unknown drives people to pay for anti-virus software, in itself this isn't a bad thing but to justify their outlay they bag the free versions...

As a real world example - I not long ago purchased a laptop for the missus, came with Norton bundled so I configured it and let it go... In 2 days it missed 3 incoming (e-mail > I have mates who have no clue) threats that Avast picked up - off with it's head and we are an Avast family now...
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 16:18

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 16:18
Well the reason I dont like Avast is that I was given the PRO version to try Didnt like it for various reasons so tried to uninstall it.

What a nightmare It leaves hidden bits with strange names that even I couldnt find and delete.
Solution was to format HDD.sorry but I wouldnt touch it.

Everyone to their own and this could end up like toyota vers nissan.

I would just state that I have no issues with Nortons and as I have been involved with building and repairing computers since 1996 have more than a little bit of an idea of whats what.

As far as free versions are concerned you dont get all the features of the paid for versions so whats wrong with buying it and giving the makers some return for their efforts.

Cheers from a virus free Nortons protected computer.

LOL
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Reply By: troopyman - Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 12:45

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 12:45
I find norton 360 ver2 in good . Way faster than 360 ver1 .
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 13:00

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 13:00
Like others, I gave up on Norton many years ago as it became bloated.

Have been using Trend Micro the last 3 years and it works fine except the 2009 version on 1 of the 3 household n/w computers, where it steped in at driver level and the system choked. With that machine I had to play around with combo's of freeware til something worked.

For reviewed and rated freeware this is my go to site: http://www.techsupportalert.com/
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Reply By: marq - Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 13:32

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 13:32
Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 here - US$30 for 3PC's for 2years (ebay)

Works well.

I was using trend micro pro 2008 - found it slow and "large". Trend 2009 was better but I opted for Kaspersky as it has good virus / malware detection (one of the best av engines currently). Eset nod32 is close behind (faster but detects less).

The new norton 2009 is from the stores etc has improved alot from previous versions - but after seeing it in action previous versions at work were a complete waste of money.
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 14:33

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 14:33
Gday all, My initial post was to users who were using Norton,letting them know, that there has been some improvements.. Running fine here now, so for $35, it was worth a try!! I have to say i didn't know why my system was so slow,but now really fast, we shall see how it goes over the longer term.. Michael
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Reply By: Member - 1/2A - Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 19:49

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 19:49
I don't have any problems with speed on this site and have not used Internet security programs for two years since I switch to Linux.
And its FREE
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Reply By: Markymark - Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 22:54

Saturday, Jan 24, 2009 at 22:54
I have used AVG for years, it's free and it's excellent. The Computer magazines rate it highly.

Cheers,

Mark.
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Follow Up By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Sunday, Jan 25, 2009 at 03:29

Sunday, Jan 25, 2009 at 03:29
The Computer magazines rate it highly.



Hiya Mark

Would you like to tell me which ones they would be,i'm interested,Ive been called to many jobs where people have used this program only to hav there computers shutdown(taken over by viruses/trojan's) because it hasnt done its job properly....


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Reply By: Axel [ the real one ] - Sunday, Jan 25, 2009 at 09:01

Sunday, Jan 25, 2009 at 09:01
NOD 32 by Eset , fast and efficient , updates on start up , and best of all you support an Australian ,[ comes from Cabolture Qld].
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