Installed MSE and slowed surfing

dinosaur369

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I have installed this Microsoft Security Essentials today and suddenly my surfing becomes lagged and most of the time server timed out! May I know if there is anything wrong or what is happening becos previously I was using Kaspersky Internet Security and Norton Internet Security nothing of this sorts has happened. Thanks
 

Nothinman

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Sounds like a coincidence to me, but can you remove or disable MSE to see if it's really the culprit? Because AFAIK it doesn't do anything with your network connection, so it really shouldn't be at fault.
 

ViRGE

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Actually, MSE2 added network scanning for Vista and later. Honestly I have no idea what it's actually doing, but it's supposed to be doing something.

Network Inspection System. This feature enhances real-time protection by inspecting network traffic to help proactively block exploitation of known network-based vulnerabilities.

In any case, I second Nothinman's advice: disable MSE first, and see if that has any impact.
 

lxskllr

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I use, and recommend Avira. I could believe MSE slows surfing, but it's virtually unconfigurable, so I don't think you can change it.
 

SimMike2

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MSE works pretty good on the systems I use it on. All have dual core processors, which might make a difference. I also use Firefox for browsing.
 

Bill Brasky

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I use, and recommend Avira. I could believe MSE slows surfing, but it's virtually unconfigurable, so I don't think you can change it.

I will second the Avira recommendation. Of course, remember to disable MSE.
 

Thor86

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MSE works fine in all my workstations I use it on. And quite configurable, just not centrally manageable.
 

ViRGE

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What's the difference between using the norton removal tool and uninstalling via control panel? Just curious because I used control panel when setting up my gf's laptop.
For some reason the uninstaller is highly unreliable.
 

Nothinman

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For some reason the uninstaller is highly unreliable.

That seems to be the case for virtually all A/V uninstallers, which is odd since these are the the people who are supposed to be protecting us and should know Windows better than the bad guys...
 

boomerang

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What's the difference between using the norton removal tool and uninstalling via control panel? Just curious because I used control panel when setting up my gf's laptop.
Registry leftovers is what will really slow down a system. That's why I run the removal tools.

I've gotten into the habit of running removal tools for any previous install. What's tough is when you have a computer in front of you for which you don't know the history.

Sometimes you get lucky and folders have been left behind to tip you off. I've had computers that have had three different AV software installed in the past. Sometimes with two others still actively running. That garbage that AOL was pushing for a while is the absolute worst to try and get rid of.
 

Nothinman

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Registry leftovers is what will really slow down a system. That's why I run the removal tools.

Actually it won't, Windows makes thousands of registry lookups every second so having a handful that fail in there won't cause any kind of perceivable slowdown.
 

dinosaur369

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Actually it won't, Windows makes thousands of registry lookups every second so having a handful that fail in there won't cause any kind of perceivable slowdown.


Thanks for all inputs, but seriously I really don't fathom what you guys are telling. especially this above quoted. I managed to system restore this rig and using this MSE till today and since this thing is free I have no qualms and hopes it really keeps its words in securing my rig from harms.
 

Rifter

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I've been using it for over a year and it doesnt slow down my system or even seem to use over 2% of my CPU ever. Im running a 4.2Ghz i7 though.