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  • Any big performance gotchas with Symantec antivirus?  The only thing I notice in xperf is that the System process is more active.  (There's 8 Symantec drivers.)  I guess I couldn't disable any of them.

     

     

    • Changed type Miya Yao Monday, February 21, 2011 8:27 AM discuss the performance and the possible issue
    Thursday, February 17, 2011 8:14 PM

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  • which issues do you have?

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code" CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/
    Thursday, February 17, 2011 8:56 PM
  • None yet.  Just testing right now.  How did you learn xperf, Andre?  Is there a book I can read?

     

     

    Thursday, February 17, 2011 9:10 PM
  • learning by doing. reading a lot of different traces. Read all MS blogs which deal with xperf.

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code" CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/
    Thursday, February 17, 2011 9:34 PM
  • Hi,

    Norton/Symantec is known for causing strange issues and aggravating others. Best to
    uninstall it to test its affect on performance as merely disabling it will still allow pieces
    of it to install. Uninstall it and run the Norton Removal Tool to prevent trouble causing
    remnants from being left behind. Below are recommendations to use while testing, even
    better permanently.

    Norton Removal Tool
    http://us.norton.com/support/kb/web_view.jsp?wv_type=public_web&docurl=20080710133834EN&ln=en_US

    List of anti-malware program cleanup/uninstall tools
    http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/msestart/thread/407bf6da-c05d-4546-8788-0aa4c25a1f91/

    ------------------------------

    Here is what I use and recommend : (These are all Free versions and very effective.)

    Avast and Prevx have proven extremely reliable and compatible with everything I have
    thrown at them. Microsoft Security Essentials and Prevx have also proven to be very
    reliable and compatible. Use MSE and Prevx or Avast and Prevx however not all 3.

    Avast Home Free - stop any shields you do not need except leave Standard, Web, and
    Network running.

    Prevx - Home - Free

    Windows Firewall

    Windows Defender (not needed if using MSE)

    IE - Protected Mode

    IE 8 - SmartScreen Filter ON  (IE 7 Phishing Filter)

    I also have IE to always start with InPrivate Filter active if IE 8.
    (You occasionally have to turn it temporarily off with the little Icon on LEFT of the + bottom
    right of IE)

    Two versions of Avast are available 5.x and 4.8x

    Avast 5.x - Home - Free - Stop the Shields you do not use (except File, Web, Network, &
    Behavior) - double click the Orange Icon in Notification Area - Real Time Shields - click the
    Shield you want to stop - STOP. To stop the Orange Icon from showing an error indicator -
    click the Orange Icon - Upper Right - Settings - click Status Bar - uncheck the Shields you
    disabled - click OK
    http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

    Avast 4.8x - Home - Free - stop any shields you do not need except leave Standard, Web,
    and Network running. (Double Click Blue icon - details next to OK. - upper left Shields -
    Terminate those you do not use.)
    http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download#tab4

    Or use Microsoft Security Essentials - Free
    http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/

    Prevx works well along side Avast or MSE

    Prevx - Home - Free small, fast, exceptional CLOUD protection, works with other security
    programs. This is a scanner only, VERY EFFECTIVE, if it finds something come back here
    or use Google to see how to remove. 
    http://www.prevx.com/   <-- information
    http://info.prevx.com/downloadcsi.asp  <-- download

    PCmag - Prevx - Editor'a Choice
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2346862,00.asp

    Also get Malwarebytes - free - use as scanner only. If you ever suspect malware, and that
    would be unsual with Avast and Prevx running except for an occasional low level cookie
    (no big deal), UPDATE it and then run it as a scanner. I have many scanners and they
    never find anything of note since I started using this setup.

    http://www.malwarebytes.org/

    Hope this helps.


    Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows Expert - Consumer : Bicycle - Mark Twain said it right.
    Thursday, February 17, 2011 10:11 PM
  • Thanks for the info.  We have a license for symantec, so I think I'm stuck with it.  Apparently ms security essentials isn't free higher than a certain number of computers.

     

    Thursday, February 17, 2011 10:15 PM
  • use it if you don't have issues.
    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code" CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/
    Thursday, February 17, 2011 10:40 PM
  • Hi,

    Check with your ADMIN as maybe they would set up a test to check the performance
    impact. Of course usually on a domain the setup is designed to primarily protect the
    integrity of the programs and data and any reasonable performance hit is secondary.


    Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows Expert - Consumer : Bicycle - Mark Twain said it right.
    Thursday, February 17, 2011 10:41 PM
  •  

    What do you think of this picture?  Symantec services are Rtvscan, ccSvcHst, Smc, SNAC64 (disabled), ccSvcHst, lucomserver_3_3 (LiveUpdate).  There's 8 drivers too.  The DRIVERS traceflag always bluescreens for me though.

    Friday, March 11, 2011 8:14 PM
  • the symantec service hangs for 5s and the task scheduler needs too long to start. Is Superfetch on or off?
    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

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    Friday, March 11, 2011 8:23 PM
  • On.

     

    Friday, March 11, 2011 8:33 PM
  • run procmon (boot logging) and xbootmgr the same time, check what Symnatec, the TaskScheduler, the WDI services and the LanMan Service do and why it takes so long to start them.

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

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    Saturday, March 12, 2011 1:00 PM