What really slows Windows down !?

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  1. anandk

    anandk Distinguished Member

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    here is a study which identified some of the major culprits which slowed down r pc's. ofcourse, some of them may b considered as necessary evils, but the conclusions r worth reading. the results have been listed below :

    Security Suites :
    Norton InternetSecurity 2007
    Norton InternetSecurity 2006
    ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite
    Nod32 version2.5
    Microsoft Windows Live OneCare
    avast! 4.7 Home

    Anti-virus :
    McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 8
    Norton Antivirus 2002 (OEM)
    AVG 7.1 Free
    Panda Antivirus 2007
    Trend Micro PC-cillin AV 2006

    Anti-Spyware & Firewalls :
    WebRoot Spy Sweeper
    Windows Defender
    Lavasoft Ad-Aware Pro
    ZoneAlarm 6.5 Free

    Browsers :
    Firefox 1.5.0.7
    Opera 9.01
    Internet Explorer 7 RC1
    Maxthon 1.5.6 (on IE6)

    there is more at
    http://www.thepcspy.com/articles/other/what_really_slows_windows_down/4

    some results may seem contrary to r experiences, but detailed figures/statistics are given here
    http://www.thepcspy.com/articles/other/what_really_slows_windows_down/5
     
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    One Major Boot Delay

    Orcale Database 10g Edition in windows XP
     
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    In Windows O.S there are too many programs to start up + the O.S itself loads slowly!!
    Linux can boot twice as fast as Windows!! Try Ubuntu 6.06. You'll agree. No need
    for antispyware, antivirus, security updates etc., !!!
     
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    sometimes i feel running a security suite on a personal computer is like having the bomb squad inspect a suspicious package inside the house right next to you :D

    thats y i only use it ven connecting to the net. though i must say that KIS is really light !
     
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    Well Dont u feel the Answer is Windows it Self??

    because windows is so vornerable to Security threats we are forced to use the AVS or Security suites... :(

    Windows is just an OS... as we all know OS is just present in our system to run the software what we need... but here with Windows OS run computer 65 - 75 % of Normal computer resources is needed just to run the windows it self :(

    right now few Linux run desktops are also looked to me slow... but i have my smile with MAC systems... its really amezing to see how a MAC OS just pulls of beuty Grfx effects with so little system resourcse consumtion... :|

    I belive the answer to the question,

    is

    Windows it self....
     
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    ^^^
    when i used windows i used to format every month and then my hdd was kaput, so i swicthed to linux and i am happy with it. but i still have windows on my pc but i dont use it
     
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    yes there is this argument : windows is full of security holes.

    the same is/was being said about ie. firefox was being touted as being being secure ! till a lot of threads started getting posted all over the net about several critical security vulnerabilies !

    the point is, hackers/viruswriters prefer to target os/sw which are popular, as this gets them more publicity (in their world). who would want to find holes in an obscure sw, where it could hurt few ??? thats y widows get hammered at, with regularity :)

    firefox being NOW targeted is a sure-shot sign of its growing popularity.
     
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    OMG even firefox is in the list :))
     
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    rakeshishere HELP AND SUPPORT

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    Duhhhhhhh.....wth is this...Does it mean i shud stop using FF,Opera,NOD32 and others..

    Edited Batty: Offensive language removed. User put on warning.
     
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    Acc. to me the speed of the PC depends on the space in the drive in which ur windows XP is installed, and the speed of the PC
     
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    I think these programs slowdown XP only if u don't have sufficient RAM. I'm using Avast 4.7, Opera 9.01 and also a free firewall (Got from Digit CD). My computer works fine, I never find it running slow. And I have 320 Mb of Physical RAM, 64 MB being shared for graphics. I think only viruses and spywares slow down your computer, Try to get rid of them!!!
     
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    here is the very latest :

    Hackers claim zero-day flaw in Firefox

    The open-source Firefox Web browser is critically flawed in the way it handles JavaScript, two hackers said Saturday afternoon.

    http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-6121608.html?tag=nl.e550

    FIREFOX HAS NOW TRULY ARRIVED !!! :D
     
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    Any version of Norton Antivirus
     
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    Now I dont think Avast slows down windows. I myself have Avast 4.7 and my boot up time is exactly 3 seconds. So what do you think???
     
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    this above list is right !
     
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    earlier i have used Norton Internet security, it was very resource hungry. now i am using avast 4.7 Home edition, it has negligible effect on speed.
     
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    Every product from Norton is a Resource Hog !! Next comes the usual Messengers and Firewalls and all.
     
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    and pls add itunes 7 to that list :rolleyes:
     
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    My advice is if u are sure of what u r doing, what u r copying, what u r downloading has no Viruses(probably) then disable Resident Scanner/Realtime scanner of antivirus.. Use scanner only periodically..say once in a week...I use AVAST and disbled it. But have scan every file instantly after downloading... So till now I havent faced any Virus problem...The thing is that one must know how to handle the data properly... installing an antivirus wont suffice.
     
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    Hard drives without proper Defragmentation also slows down PC considerably. Windows built-in defragmenter is not perfect in 100% defragmentation. It also consumes more system resources. Use Diskeeper. It does not consume much system resources. This will improve your system performance.
     
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