How and why

Discussion in 'Gaming and Software' started by oldbloke, Jan 6, 2007.

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  1. Can any geniuses out there explain why you are charged more for buying Norton Anti virus than for Norton Internet Security which contains the anti virus? Don't make sense to me.

    I tried to play a game but have been told that there is not enough virtual memory. Is there anyway around this or do I need a new PC?

  2. Get an external hard drive

    PC world are doing them now for a song
  3. Buy Kaspersky, Norton and McAfee are both Arrse!

  4. The antivirus bundled with the Internet Security is the basic package.. just a base level function Antivirus with full system scan and that's about it.

    The Antivirus sold separately does the whole shebang, a more rounded product

    Key Features:
    Automatically detect and block viruses, spyware, and worms
    Rootkit Protection finds and removes hidden threats in the operating system
    Internet Worm Protection blocks viruses, spyware and worms without specific signatures
    Email and instant message scanning detects, removes or blocks infected attachments
    Full System Scan performs a deep scan to remove existing viruses, spyware and other threats
    Norton Protection Center provides a central place to easily check overall security settings

    McCaffee and Norton act like viruses themselves.. they encroach on everything you do (could be a good thing if youre a computer mong) the one mentioned above by Gundolph are good. AVG Antivirus is very competent, available free to home users and does exactly what it says on the tin, with a much smaller footprint on your computer as far as RAM goes, etc

    If youve got Norton bundled with a new computer, good luck to you if you are going to try and remove it. There are top grade viruses on the net that are easier to remove from a computer than Norton!!
  5. I used to have Norton but found it took up too much of the computers resources, so got rid...eventually, its a bugger to remove.

    I use AVG now and have done for a couple of years, never had a problem with it.
  6. The answer to your woes is to:

    1. uninstall Norton

    2. use the disc as a coaster.

    3. Use anti-vir, avg or any one of the other more reputable free anti-virus solutions out there.


    PS: Norton anti-virus is shte. It takes up too much resources and messes about with your system. AVOID like the plague.
  7. AVG -can't go wrong. Pay for the upgrade to pro, well worth it.

    Edited to add; it's a free download if you just want to try it out (for as long as you want) and I think the upgrade to pro costed me US$19 for two years.

    That's for use on one machine but if you wanted to (say) give it to your kids, they could download the basic prog and upgrade with your license key.
  8. Whilst loosely on the subject, run a decent, again free, anti adware programme too.

    I use Adaware SE Personal version, free from Grisoft.

    Basically it checks your computer for malicious advertising crud that infiltrates it's way onto your computer (from 'safe' sites too, not just porn sites)

    Run it at least once every week to two weeks as well as a regular defrag to help maintain performance.

    Malware runs in the background, it will use up system resources as much as anything else.

    All we've pointed out as far as programmes go, are google-able to find the vendors.
  9. Also download & use a little programme called CClean [it means crap cleaner], it erases any sites your previously been on [ahem!], cleans out the system & securely wipes stuff from your trash can - oh, & its free.

    Also useful is a spy ware remover, I user Spybot [free] which clears everything out, great used alongside ADaware.

    Most decent stuff can be downloaded from here:-

    Two Spongebobs on here!! Reach for the sky badgeman!! :?
  10. msr

    msr LE

  11. msr

    msr LE

    Adaware is from Lavasoft, Ewido is the Grisoft offering:

    And while you are downloading things, replace Internet Explorer with Firefox: and save yourself a from whole world of unpleasant spyware.

  12. msr

    msr LE

    Not any more ;)

  13. No one has mentioned this yet so I'll stick down what I know if it'll help.

    Virtual memory (a.k.a. the paging file) is what Windows uses in addition to "real" memory i.e. RAM to run programs. It's space reserved on your hard drive.

    You've got two options depending on how big your hard drive is - if you've got plenty of free space then increase the size of the virtual memory. I would increase both the Initial size and the Maximum size by the same amount personally.

    The alternative is to put in more RAM - this will be the better option if you can do so as it's much faster than virtual memory.
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    Doh! My bad.. You are correct (as usual) :D Dunno where I pulled Grisoft
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