A couple of questions...hope I'm in the right place.
Posted 21 December 2009 - 06:57 PM
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Posted 22 December 2009 - 10:28 AM
Norton has a simple solution, just get and use they're uninstaller and it will remove everything, it is easy and painless to do, but uninstalling without the tool can lead to other protection picking up traces left behind and playing up.
2. The connection issue is almost certainly down to the slow start up, it is quite simply the parts that allow you to connect are further down the start up list, so take longer to load, but again we can have a play and see how it goes.
3. Never heard of that personally, but a search seems to suggest it is simply a mass USB hub, eg 16 ports or more, just wondering, your hub, is it powered or does it take it's power from the system ?
Just wondering if it may be requiring more power than the system is comfortable with perhaps, but this is pure assumption on my part, if you know someone who has a powered one (assuming you don't) then it is simple to check if the message goes away.
Now the slow start up, best advice ATM is to get and run WinPatrol, this allows you to control your start up items, and also helps protect your hosts file among other things, but with this installed, launch it and click on the start up tab, it will list all that starts with the system, highlight then click remove on items not required, and disable any items that keep coming back, but make sure you know what it is your stopping from starting incase it is required, if your unsure then reply back with whats shown and we can advise what to leave\remove, then we can see how it starts behaving.
Do you run any junk file cleaners and perform any maintenance at all on the system ?
This can have a massive impact on a system, also how much free space does the drive have ? again this can have a massive impact, so see how you go and report back and we can take it from there.
As to the wireless query Networking may be more appropriate, read the description under each heading and see which one fits the best for your query.
Posted 22 December 2009 - 11:03 PM
Posted 23 December 2009 - 04:48 AM
As too Norton the removal tool reminds you to back up your licence before uninstalling, but Norton is also a well known cause of system slow downs, it can be a serious resource hog, so going along 1 item at a time to identify the cause of the slow boot is the way to go, then you know what is causing this, WinPatrol can help a lot with this as you can disable start up items rather than delete\remove then wonder what file it was after to put it back.
That sounds like the typical TV repair mans job, you call them out for all sorts of issues, yet when he turns up everything is fine lol.
As far as USB ports go, I've never understood such issues, it seems to be a real pain to understand, some work fine, other times no matter what you try you get messages like this device can perform faster .... and the like, the only purposed solution I've seen is to install the OS complete with service packs, not adding service packs after.
To aid cleaning junk\temp files I suggest getting Disk Cleaner, CCleaner (watch out for the check boxes during the install, I suggest unchecking the bottom one minimum), and CleanUp (xp only), each finds files the other doesn't, so they may well find a lot more junk to clear.
Another quick thing if you want is to reduce the amount of space system restore uses, it takes 12% by default in xp (15% in vista), so click on Start - Control Panel - System, then click the system restore tab and move the slider down to 2% or 3%, obviously means restore points will be reduced, but generally speaking those that require system restore only need to go back a short time anyway, see how you get on and let us know.
Posted 28 December 2009 - 12:03 PM
Posted 28 December 2009 - 06:09 PM
Posted 04 January 2010 - 10:23 AM
Posted 04 January 2010 - 11:01 AM
If these are new PC's I would of expected vista as a minimum on them, unless they are just new to you perhaps, but either way there are certainly times when protection wont play nice with other programs\builds, but there are no hard set rules as such, best one can do is try things and see what works best for them.
Now McAfee is a bit like Norton, and also can cause problems when installed with the amount of stuff it leaves behind, so using the Removal Tool is the best way to remove this program, then you can add whatever protection you want on, Avast is my A\V of choice, but Avir is a great alternate choice, then as before with the firewalls, it's try it and see, hopefully ZA will play nice this time, and this will automatically disable the windows firewall during the install, so apart from systems with Windows Defender thats the only thing that needs attention, hope this gets you started on the new system.
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