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What’s a good security systems that won’t slow my computer, at least not too much?

I just asked a question about my Norton firewall blocking my internet access and got some great answers. Mostly people suggested I get one of the other security systems available. The problem is, I used other security systems in the past and had them slow my computer down terribly. I was wondering if anyone knows of one that won’t slow down my computer very much if at all.

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8 Responses to “What’s a good security systems that won’t slow my computer, at least not too much?”

  1. cs_rvs said :

    try AVG Free. It’s free, and worlds better than Norton, and it runs fast. I’ve used it for a few years and I haven’t had a problem.

  2. hih i said :

    Norton Internet Security 2009 (NIS 2009) is currently the FASTEST internet security package (at 7mb memory usage only!) (beats kaspersky by 22mb)


    NIS 2009 has the lowest system usage (therefore fastest) product on the market. With high a detection rate of 92% on par with Kaspersky (Formally best product).

    Norton Internet Security 2009 is the Fastest ( more proof )

    PS: AVG 8 provides a low 81% detection rate and it has FALSE positives, that is non-viruses will be detected as viruses.

    AVG is also trying to act like a cyber-police, it detects working keygens, cracks, and reports clean peer to peer sharing sites as malware websites.
    I strongly dissagree on AVG’s point of view here

    Quote Sly_Old_Mole “AVG Free does not contain Anti-Rootkit protection so rootkits may be hidden in your system.

    AVG Free does not contain the new Safe Downloads & Instant Messaging protection (Web Shield technology) so it does not screen your downloads and communication for viruses and spyware.

    (see link below, AVG state this, themselves)

    If your still after a free anti-virus, Avira in this case is a much better product providing a Higher detection rate at 92%* with No false positives.

  3. andrewsawsome11 said :

    Norton slows down your computer COMPLETELY! And it doesn’t work! A good anti-virus protector is Avast! anti-virus. It runs in the background smoothly without any interruptions and does not slow down the computer what-so-ever. Unless your running a scan… Just click the link below and begin!

  4. tempo1 said :

    Honestly, you can’t do much better than the new Norton Internet Security 2009. Although some people are still insisting that Norton slows down a computer, the fact is that Norton Internet Security 2009 runs extremely light, unlike its predecessors.

    And its getting rave rewiews:

    Review here:,2817,2330024,00.asp

    Your issues are likely in how you have the firewall in Norton configured.

  5. Dunbar Pappy said :

    Add this to your frontline, realtime counter-measures arsenal:
    runs your programs in an isolated space which prevents them from making permanent changes to other programs and data in your computer.
    Use it for:
    Secure Web Browsing: Running your Web browser under the protection of Sandboxie means that all malicious software downloaded by the browser is trapped in the sandbox and can be deleted when closing the sandbox.

    Enhanced Privacy: Browsing history, cookies, and cached temporary files collected while Web browsing stay in the sandbox and don’t leak into Windows.

    Secure E-mail: Viruses and other malicious software that might be hiding in your email can’t break out of the sandbox and can’t infect your real system.

    Freeware. (
    Not overly difficult to use. Don’t presume total impunity: it does have limits: listen to ‘Security Now’ #174 for more details (

    Not for 64 bit Vista platform.
    Recommended by Steve Gibson (Security Now & GRC)

  6. Teal T said :

    Get the best security system and then do more maintenance on your PC to keep it fast:

    1) Delete any unused or unnecessary programs and files. These may be taking up space, memory and resources, thus slowing your computer. Also delete your cashe/ temp files, empty your recycle bin, clear your internet browsing history, etc.
    2) Defrag your hard drive. Fragmentation severely degrades the speed, performance and reliability of your computer. Try Diskeeper 2008, its automatic so you never have to worry about defragging anymore. You can download 30-day trial-ware at
    3) Registry cleaner: Your registry holds all the information regarding updates, installs, uninstalls etc. so this needs to be cleaned. This will optimize and remove redundant or unwanted items.
    4) Have you downloaded a lot of stuff? Check your memory, how much do you have left? If its less than 15% get some more. How much Ram do you have?

  7. matt4999 said :

    McAfee uses a lot of RAM. 90% of my laptop’s RAM is used up by the basic McAfee processes. Don’t get McAfee. It will destroy your computer.

  8. PcFaster said :

    Below can help you speed up your pc:
    1. Click Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools – run Disk Cleanup
    2. Temporarily close Quick Launch:
    Right-click on the Taskbar, click Toolbars, deselect Quick Launch
    3. Open My Computer
    Right-click on C:
    Click Properties
    Click Tools, select Error Check (check all and fix), when finished click defrag & run.
    4. Click Start, Run ipconfig -renew (type ipconfig space renew)
    5. Restart. Right-click on Taskbar, click Toolbars, select Quick Launch to restore

    All these things should be done regularly. The more frequently they are run, the less time they take.
    -Note: Games and videos are mostly graphics. Graphics create large files. If these suggestions don’t help, you might need more memory.

    Last, if you haven’t cleaned your registry in a while. This is necessary. Your registry holds all the information regarding updates, installs, un-installs etc. Each one of those events produces a key. That key needs your PC’s resources and free space. So, if you clean your registry, you make more resources available for speed. Does a registry scan if you got more than 20 errors you should clean it.


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