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  1. #11


    Posts : 6
    windows 8


    Hi all.
    Well I have uninstalled Norton Security via the Uninstall programme in Control Panel and it seems to be a bit faster, I still have Norton online back up installed, do you think it would be wise to uninstall this? also I have not made my Recovery Drive or System Repair Disc. I had forgotten all about them. I suppose I will have to do these tonight, I will now run a defrag seeing as I have removed such a lot of stuff and see how it runs. I will keep you informed. and also may I thank everybody who has taken the time to reply with helpful advice, "Thank You" and may I wish you all a Great & Safe Christmas.

    ps. Someone asked me how my username Tankie1rtr means, well I served with the 1st Royal Tank Regiment, British army hence, tankie1rtr.

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  2. #12


    Webster NY US
    Posts : 325
    Win 7 / Win 8


    Sounds good, tankie1rtr. My guess is that the defrag won't do much for performance. Although you've done some shuffling, you probably have a lot of free space, and the latency isn't that much for most things.

    The online backup could be slowing things down if it's still in the process of doing its first full backup. Those will run a long time (sometimes up to a week) if you have a lot of data. There should be an option to pause it and then you can check performance with it paused to determine the impact.

    And although I'm a "yank" I'll thank you nonetheless for your "royal" military service! I have a lot of respect for that. I work at a company that develops military communications equipment.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 2,156
    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Quote Originally Posted by mbratch View Post
    Hi tankie1rtr - I would definitely turn off Norton if it's on. Windows Defender might already be on which would be adequate and redundant with Norton. No doubt that would slow things a bit. I am using WD and haven't had any long delay issues on my system.

    Guys: acceptable term to apply to "guys and gals" as a group. I know in Spanish it's muchachos (boys), muchachas (girls), and muchachos (boys and girls).

    A snow storm in the UK? Wow. Keep us posted!
    FYI, Win8 will not allow two AV programs to run at the same time. I also will not use Norton anything. I use Bitdefender--which is very good, and I don't notice any slowness problems with it.
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  4. #14


    Webster NY US
    Posts : 325
    Win 7 / Win 8


    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    FYI, Win8 will not allow two AV programs to run at the same time. I also will not use Norton anything. I use Bitdefender--which is very good, and I don't notice any slowness problems with it.
    Yes, Norton does have a reputation for putting a drag on system performance I think...
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  5. #15


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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Quote Originally Posted by tankie1rtr View Post
    Hi all.
    Well I have uninstalled Norton Security via the Uninstall programme in Control Panel and it seems to be a bit faster, I still have Norton online back up installed, do you think it would be wise to uninstall this? also I have not made my Recovery Drive or System Repair Disc. I had forgotten all about them. I suppose I will have to do these tonight, I will now run a defrag seeing as I have removed such a lot of stuff and see how it runs. I will keep you informed. and also may I thank everybody who has taken the time to reply with helpful advice, "Thank You" and may I wish you all a Great & Safe Christmas.

    ps. Someone asked me how my username Tankie1rtr means, well I served with the 1st Royal Tank Regiment, British army hence, tankie1rtr.
    I would not run Norton anything. Have you done anything about the updates? I'm not sure that uninstalling them would help. But, keep doing so in mind if things haven't improved significantly given what you have done.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 6
    windows 8


    Well, that seems to have worked great. Its running a lot faster since I have unloaded Norton Security. I think I will unload Norton Online Backup, it may even run a bit faster, I think I may watch it for a while see how it goes, then I can mark this up as "Solved"
    Last edited by tankie1rtr; 10 Dec 2012 at 13:56. Reason: Addendum
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  7. #17


    Webster NY US
    Posts : 325
    Win 7 / Win 8


    Quote Originally Posted by tankie1rtr View Post
    Well, that seems to have worked great. Its running a lot faster since I have unloaded Norton Security. I think I will unload Norton Online Backup, it may even run a bit faster,
    Just make sure you don't forget to set up some kind of backup. At home with Windows 8 I've been using the built-in file backup utility (I forgot momentary what they call it). I use one of my server locations as the backup target.
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  8. #18


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    Quote Originally Posted by tankie1rtr View Post
    Well, that seems to have worked great. Its running a lot faster since I have unloaded Norton Security. I think I will unload Norton Online Backup, it may even run a bit faster, I think I may watch it for a while see how it goes, then I can mark this up as "Solved"
    Good deal.
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  9. #19


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Norton runs nicely.

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  10. #20


    Quote Originally Posted by tankie1rtr View Post
    Well, that seems to have worked great. Its running a lot faster since I have unloaded Norton Security. I think I will unload Norton Online Backup, it may even run a bit faster, I think I may watch it for a while see how it goes, then I can mark this up as "Solved"
    Glad for you, remove all traces of Norton and enjoy the computing
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