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Al Octane

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Hello all,
I recently installed Norton Antivirus as well as Zonealarm on my cpu. Great! Hopefully no more viruses or intrusions.

Now, I realize that both of these programs could potentially slow down my system, and I've noticed a decrease in operating speed when loading webpages etc, however, my main problem lies in the operation of my Winamp player and my computer's ability to multi task.

When I'm playing mp3s on my Winamp player, and I'm doing STUFF, like a webpage is loading or when I'm connecting to the internet or even when I'm cruising around my computer and not even online, the sound gets really sluggish at some points. A song will slow down its play and the sound even breaks up.

It's a real drag and it happens pretty much whenever I'm playing mp3s, regardless of what I may be doing on my computer.

It seems as though the system is totally inefficient now with regards to multi tasking programs.

Can I play around with the Norton, Zonealarm or any other settings to somehow remedy the problem?

Plllleeease Helllllllllllppppp!

Thanks,

-Al
 
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If you want to run Nornton(virus scan mandatory these days ), and zone alarm, remember,...everything running takes resources... cheapest easiest fix is to add more ram...how much do you have now ??.... rhett
 

Al Octane

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Hey Rhettman,

I have 128mb ram. I'm not all too savvy regarding computer specs, though. If I upgraded this amount I suppose I'd have an easier time running multiple programs, correct?

-Al
 
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Hi Al Octane,
I have Norton and experienced the same thing. A coup;e of things I did was had Norton on auto protect but I unchecked scan when programs are run or opened and checked created or downloaded. Also in same section under file types to scan I checked program files and unchecked Smart scan. It seem to help! Now this may not be the best things to do but it works for me.
 
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I think you may have to many things in startup

You might want to go to msconfig & take the checks out of the things you do not need to load at reboot . all things running in the background use your resources up. More ram is a good idea as its cheap now. But check the startup by going to start/run type in msconfig & click ok... go to startup ... remove the checks & click apply...then OK ... then reboot. Use this list to find out what things are. http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_pages/startup_full.htm#D

Also download ad-aware ( http://www.lavasoft.de ) and keep your system free of spyware.
 

Al Octane

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Hey TW and Savvy,

Thanks a lot for your advice. I reconfigured Norton, got rid of the useless programs in start up and also downloaded Adaware.

You guys rule! My system is running much more quickly now.

Thanks sooo much again!

-Al Octane
 
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