Lag- Is it from Norton Anti-Virus?

By NerinMar
May 26, 2005
  1. Hello everyone.
    Right now, I am having a very annoying problem with lag on my computer. What I do is I run most programs, and after about 30 seconds, it starts lagging. the first sign is that the frame rate slowly goes down, and then absolutely lags, and everything else lags as well. And even now as I am typing it, it is lagging. :dead: And so, I decided to check out my Task Manager and watch what happens. It seems some norton programs freak out and take up about 30 to 40 percent of the CPU, calm down, but then the program beings to lag itself out. I have Norton System Works 2005 installed (it includes Norton Anti-Virus).

    My computer specs are as follows:
    Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (Service Pack 2)(v2002)
    Case: Dell Inspiron 9100 (Laptop)
    CPU: Intel Pentium 4 2.8GHz (HT Enabled)
    Memory: 512MB RAM
    Video Card: ATI MOBILITY RADEON 9700
    Hard Drives: HTS548060M9AT00 (60 gigabytes, 18.7 gigabytes left)
    Anti-virus: Norton Anti-Virus 2005
    Firewall: Norton Internet Worm Protection 2005

    I think thats all, just reply to ask me anything else. Thanks. (By the way, I KNOW that my computer can run better than this... I am positive. It has run better than this, lol.)
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Norton is a hog. You can find out which component is giving you the trouble by disabling/uninstalling parts of it. Disable the antivirus and see if things improve. Then the firewall. Then whatever else you have resident.
  3. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,423   +77

    NOT while on-line Nodsu !

    Would add to Nodsu's advice - yes disable bits (preferably all) of Norton, but NOT while on-line please ! If you find this is the answer, then drop Norton in it's entirety (you might find this rather more difficult than you would think in my experience - it just wont go....), and load up AVG - an excellent and free anti-virus, and ZoneAlarm, an excellent firewall.

    But I remind you again, download these packages AND update them to the latest whilst STILL protected by Norton, but then UNINSTALL Norton and INSTALL the new - before going online again. It IS possible to run AVG and Norton 2003 AV together, and I do that, but later versions of Norton, well, I would't like to try frankly.
  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    If you have patched your Windows and don't go rummaging through warez and goat porn sites and haven't shared your C drive to everyone then it is perfectly OK to live without a firewall for a couple of minutes.
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