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Freezing my computer
My computer is becoming almost unusable after the last upgrade to NIS 2011. I have a Dell Inspiron 600m using Windows XP SP3, with 2 GB RAM. While I understand my computer is getting up there in age, it was working fairly well with the last version of Norton. Ever since Norton upgraded me a few months ago, this computer spends more time telling me the CPU usage is high and freezing my programs than actually working. It freezes everything: Firefox, Word, any program I use.
I've searched online to try to find the solution, but nothing I've found yet has worked. I tried disabling most of the features that go automatically (which really defeats the whole purpose of the program), but that didn't work anyway. I tried using the Norton uninstall tool and then reinstalling. Still no.
At first I thought it was a conflict between Firefox and the version 10 of Adobe Flash (that came out about the same time I rewnewed my subscription and Norton gave me this "new" version) because Flash sites kill me, but it's doing the same thing with any program I try to open for any length of time. I get a high CPU usage message and when I check the Windows Task Manager, ccSvcHst.exe is always right up there using a big part of my CPU. I can open up MS Word and just have it sit there and I'll get a high CPU usage message.
I"ve read enough messages in various places online to make me believe it's Norton causing the problem. I'm seriously ready to uninstall the stupid program and eat the cost of buying a new antivirus (even though my Norton subscription is paid up until next Feb). I have really reached the end of my rope trying to figure this one out. I'm not a tech and I've done everything I can think of.
Does anyone have any idea how I can fix this? I can hardly do anything with this computer these days!!!