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Posted: 3/10/2006 4:21:56 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/10/2006 3:27:04 PM EDT by metroplex]
I noticed one of my PCs with XP has started to use up about as much as 500MB commit charge from the get-go (clean bootup), and Svchost.exe and explorer.exe are using about twice as much normal memory.

I've looked over the services and do not see anything unusual.

Any ideas?

ETA: The problem was Symantec Anti-Virus, it got greedier and more resource intensive than an ex-wife.
Link Posted: 3/10/2006 4:29:43 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/10/2006 4:31:06 AM EDT by -brass-]
Link Posted: 3/10/2006 4:33:20 AM EDT
I removed all (as much as possible) traces of Symantec Anti-Virus and it freed up over 400MB of commit charge! WTF. The task manager also shows like 1/2 less services/programs running as well. It looks like SAV was the root of my problems. I'm going to keep an eye on it though.

Is McAfee anti-virus better?
Link Posted: 3/10/2006 4:37:56 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/10/2006 2:28:48 PM EDT by -brass-]
Link Posted: 3/10/2006 4:43:48 AM EDT

Originally Posted By -brass-:
I use AVG Free Version



+1. If you must use AV at home, AVG Free is the one to use.
Link Posted: 3/10/2006 5:01:48 AM EDT
I'm running it now. I used to run it before we got McAfee and Symantec for free at work. In retrospect, I'll take the AVG free version over the memory hogs.
Link Posted: 3/10/2006 5:01:55 AM EDT
i hate norton and mcafee products.

i use nod32

your antivirus can do only so much, its up to the end user, to protect the system. windoz updates, safe surfing, safe email practice, etc etc
Link Posted: 3/10/2006 5:05:16 AM EDT
In all the years of PC use, the only time my network at home was infected was because I was surfing a church site (out of all webpages!!!!) and a Worm somehow got into the system (thanks to Internet Exploder).
Link Posted: 3/10/2006 5:26:54 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/10/2006 5:38:41 AM EDT
Yep, using FireFox now!
Link Posted: 3/10/2006 5:58:34 AM EDT

Originally Posted By -brass-:
I use AVG Free Version

Makes McAfee and Norton look like bigger system hogs than windows.

www.grisoft.com


Norton basically replaces a ton of .DLLs, and is more bloated with every version, making full un-installation next to impossible.



Me too. Norton absolutely blows. I used McAfee for a couple of years and it worked well, but the price is right with AVG.

free.grisoft.com/doc/1

Link Posted: 3/10/2006 6:02:13 AM EDT
I guess I am an AVG re-convert
Link Posted: 3/10/2006 7:31:37 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Tomislav:

Originally Posted By -brass-:
I use AVG Free Version



+1. If you must use AV at home, AVG Free is the one to use.



Another +1 For AVG

Link Posted: 3/10/2006 10:24:43 AM EDT
Can't find the free copy, only a 30 day trial.
Is that what u guys r using?
Link Posted: 3/10/2006 10:57:29 AM EDT

Originally Posted By DNADuster:
Can't find the free copy, only a 30 day trial.
Is that what u guys r using?



free.grisoft.com/doc/1

Scroll down to the bottom of the page, click "Get AVG Free for Windows - RIGHT NOW!"
Link Posted: 3/10/2006 11:05:20 AM EDT

Originally Posted By DNADuster:
Can't find the free copy, only a 30 day trial.
Is that what u guys r using?



nod32 has a free 30 day trial too link
Link Posted: 3/10/2006 11:11:44 AM EDT
tagged
Link Posted: 3/10/2006 11:47:22 AM EDT

Originally Posted By rxdawg:

Originally Posted By DNADuster:
Can't find the free copy, only a 30 day trial.
Is that what u guys r using?



free.grisoft.com/doc/1

Scroll down to the bottom of the page, click "Get AVG Free for Windows - RIGHT NOW!"



Duhhh...I was on wrong page, using the first link.
Got it, thanks Dawg!
Link Posted: 3/10/2006 2:29:22 PM EDT
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