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[SOLVED] Norton Anti-virus is a CPU hog???

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by tomlunt, Apr 4, 2002.

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  1. tomlunt

    tomlunt Thread Starter

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    Hi -

    I noticed something today and i would like to know if it is "normal".

    Background: Pentium II, 400MHz, 256MB Ram, 8 Gig HD (2 Gig free), Win2000. Norton Systemworks, including Anti-virus.

    Anyway, i run the system Doctor usually (i know, it uses memory up, but the computer runs well anyway), and this morning after re-booting i noticed that the CPU Meter was constantly in the 75%- 90% range. Always. I didn't have any programs running and was not connected to the internet.

    So i checked the task manager (processes) and this (navapsvc.exe) seemed to be pretty active. So i shut down Norton Antivirus and the CPU usage dropped to 5% immediately. I turned it back on, and the CPU usage went back up. And I am not doing a full system scan (that happens every friday night).

    Is this normal? The computer seems to be running just fine. No viruses, no spyware. It's a little slow, but then again it's 3.5 years old and i want a new one. But all in all everything is fine.

    I guess i could understand if i was downloading something (especially e-mail), but i use dial-up and was not connected to the internet.

    Any suggestions or comments. Thanks.

    Tom

    PS - i should note that the above may have always been the case and i just never noticed so it might not be a "new" condition.
     
  2. tomlunt

    tomlunt Thread Starter

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    Would this question be more appropriate in the Hardware or Win2000 forums?

    Tom
     
  3. Davey7549

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    Will see if Win2K forum gets hits! Moving there.
    Dave
     
  4. Linkmaster

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    Hi tomlunt,
    Try setting autoprotect to scan only downloaded or created files. Then set it to scan program files and documents. Now someone may have an opinion on my next suggestion but I would uncheck smart scan also. Mine runs in background and uses very lttle resources with these settings. Be sure you change these in the auto protect section. I also have my manual scan set to scan all files when I do it myself.
     
  5. tomlunt

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    TW56 -

    thanks for the tips. the computer in question is at the office, so I'll check it out Monday AM.

    Tom
     
  6. tomlunt

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    TW56 -

    thanks for the tips, however, i couldn't easily find the items you mentioned, so i did what we all do when something goes wrong in windows: i uninstalled and then re-installed (Norton System works, that is). It worked.

    I don't know why, but the CPU meter is back to normal (about 5% usage when nothing is going on).

    I'll just chalk this one up as unexplained.

    Thanks for your help.

    Tom
     
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