Ditching Norton AntiVirus on Windows PCs

I’ve long wondered about this but suffered along with everyone else anyway… isn’t Norton AntiVirus slowing down my PC?

I’ve noticed it more recently when I’ve downloaded some software and I’m unzipping a large zip file that in itself contains either large files or more large zips, copying files between network drives, or deploying WAR or JAR files to JBoss – it seems like when Norton kicks in to scan these files it adds a few extra seconds to the task, which should only take subsecond anyway.

CNet.com have an interesting article addressing exactly this fact, and better still, they recommend an alternative, PC-cillin Internet Security 2005, which is less of a resource hog. I just might have to take a look….

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