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Symantec slowing my computer down


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#1 gib65

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Posted 02 November 2009 - 01:08 PM

When I have File System Realtime Protection on, Symantec antivirus tries to scan each and every file, folder, program, and installation I try to run. It makes my computer run reeeaaaallllly sssslllloooowww. I can solve the problem by turning off File System Realtime Protection, but then I'm worried I won't have the protection it offers when I open new files that I've downloaded or opened in email attachments that I'm not sure about. Is there a way to setup Symantec antivirus so that it stays on constant alert for viruses on my computer, and tells me whether a new file I've opened contains a virus, without slowing my computer right the hell down by scanning each and every file, folder, application, etc. that I open?

Also, under some conditions (I haven't figured out which), File System Realtime Protection seems to turn itself back on even after I've manually turned it off. Under what conditions would it do this, and how do I prevent it from doing this? I've tested it by rebooting my computer and File System Realtime Protection stayed off, so I don't think rebooting is one of those conditions. One condition under which it started itself up again was after I installed Microsoft Publisher 2007. The installation itself was rather slow, so I suspected it had started right when I started the installation, but I didn't check to see if it was on.

I appreciate any forthcoming help.

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