Originally Posted by ASUDevil
I know its already a pretty widely known fact that Norton Antivirus is probably the most bloated antivirus software ever created, but I thought I would shed some light on just how bloated it actually is. Ive had Norton for over a year now and I always thought it was a pretty decent antivirus program. Ive heard numerous people tell me how much resources it uses to run but I always just ignored them because my computer has always run just fine. Just recently my subscription expired and being that I am a poor college student I decided to try a free antivirus program (avast!) because ive heard good things about it. After uninstalling Norton and installing avast! (great program by the way!) I restarted my computer and imediately opened the task manager upon getting to the desktop. My processes dropped from an average of 42 down to about 35. This really didnt suprise me because I knew that Norton uses a lot of processes to run. What did suprise me however is that my time to calculate pi to 2M using SuperPi dropped from 2m12s to 1m53s (specs in sig). Thats Huge!
Not only that I noticed that the computer feels quite a bit snappier when opening files and programs and there is now no longer a delay when opening webpages.
Just thought I would give my 2 cents on Norton for those who dont know about it being a system hog because I know this program comes loaded on a lot of dells.
If you want to protect your identity and data with a free anti virus software more power. One can buy a computer for 300 dollars, does this mean it can perform better than one bought for a thousand? You get what you pay for....
As other posters have pointed out, security on the computer has and is becoming more demanding and yes that means more active process running.
Norton Antivirus and McAfee are the best anti virus programs out there. Can a free antivirus protect you? sure, can it protect you as well??? NOT
Now if its that important to you to improve your super pi performance more power to you, personally, I prefer to protect my system and add some memory to offset any extra process that may be running.
I have used Norton for years and find it to be a great product, have used McAfee too but updating on McAfee is such a pain that I removed it from my system.
What you are not pointing out about Norton being a "system hog" is that its doing ALOT to protect your system, Im sure Mc Afee also uses alot of resources as it does an equally good job.
There are some out there who concern themselves only with performance, a tweak here, overclock there, turn the fans down god help us if you can actually hear one running which is also amusing since most of the people who obsess about computer noise are the same ones gaming with the speakers up to 120 decibels just as there are some who must squeeze soo much performance out of their computers and overclock them to the brink of frying the dam computer that they tend to lose perspective.......not seeing the forest because a tree is right in their face.