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Dumb Computer Question

Okay, see... there's this program called Norton Anti-Virus, and I run it once a week like clockwork... and lately it's taking hours and hours - I think it's up to about 8 hours to go through an 80 gig harddrive.

Anyone have a clue as to what I can do to fix this? I'm tired of the computer running slower than a dead bunny whilst the program is working it's mojo, or running it overnight so I don't have to deal with it.

Would appreciate any advice offered. And no snickering from the computer savvy amongst you, as my sense of self is already rather bruised. **smooches in advance**

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magista
Mar. 4th, 2005 08:14 pm (UTC)
Hmm... not really savvy at all, but I do find that other things besides the programs themselves affect the performance. Do you defragment your drive(s) regularly? And of course, the more files you have, the longer it will take, too. ::quivers at the thought of 80 gig hard drive:: It takes more than an hour for us, and we've got a 20 gig about 75% used.

I don't know if that helps at all, but our school's computer tech always says the first thing to try in case of performance problems is to defrag.
spikes_heart
Mar. 4th, 2005 08:17 pm (UTC)
Well, it's been awhile since I've defragged... and I'm dumping AtS Season 5 from the harddrive before I do that. You should have seen how long it took to defrag when I had Buffy seasons 3-7 and Angel seasons 1-4. **shudders**

Good suggestion, and I'll do that first thing tomorrow.
tsavoritegarnet
Mar. 4th, 2005 08:41 pm (UTC)
8 hours seems like a long time, but 80 gig is pretty big too. I run a virus scan daily, at least unless Spouse has mucked with my scheduling since the last time I checked. But I've got it set up to run automagically when no one's using the computer -- the middle of the night or early morning.

I know scans as well as other things can run slower if there's a lot going on at the same time. I'm nowhere near an expert though, and just wandering by reading what I run in to at the moment. Good luck. Are your virus definations up to date?
nandibble
Mar. 4th, 2005 09:16 pm (UTC)
I run Norton Anti-virus once a week, and it takes about 40 minutes to fully check out every file on my 50 gig hard drive, about 40 percent used. I degragment (or at least check to see if the HD needs defragmenting) roughly once a month. My computer runs Windows XP and it's about 2 years old. If your computer is roughly comparable in age and power, it shouldn't be taking hours to run a virus scan.

Do defragment. If that doesn't help, maybe you need to add some more system memory (as distinguished from your hard drive *storage* memory). That allows your computer to keep more balls in the air at the same time, as it were, and system memory is neither difficult nor particularly expensive to upgrade. Eveything will run faster. It's something you may want to consider, even if this problem is resolved, somewhere along the line.

Good luck with it, in any case.
ladycat713
Mar. 4th, 2005 10:13 pm (UTC)
I recommend clearing any temporary files and your browser cache . Also I downloaded a program from ashampoo called winoptimizer which will give you a trail period before you have to buy it or delete it , that's good with clearing those if you don't know how to do them yourself.
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slackerace
Mar. 5th, 2005 04:09 am (UTC)
i have to agree with the defrag suggestion (i do it once a week), the cache cleaning suggestion, and updating virus definitions. i also run spyware doctor and adaware, as well as the yahoo toolbar with anti-spy.

however, memory (RAM) may be a problem for you as well. you've probably added a few new programs here and there since you originally began using Norton AV. I noticed that at 1gb, my computer runs circles around what it did at 512mb. nowadays, high end programs are recommending that you have a MINIMUM of 512mb.

i used to run all symantec products on my computer, but i had compatibility issues with my ISP and various software. my ISP provides a firewall/antivirus combo (etrust ez), which i love. scanning 200gb of HD takes less than an hour.

/my two cents
fangfaceandrea
Mar. 5th, 2005 09:08 am (UTC)
hey ! my advice is to lose norton, same thing happened to me, try macafee, is lighter than norton and works just as well if not better.I don't think there's much you can do about fixing Norton, aparently it doesn't work that way.
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