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Kudos0

Can I switch off norton while the network is disconnected

I notice that Norton is often very busy, cosuming PC time I suppose, so I wondered whether I can shut down Norton processes when I disconnect the internet to work off line.

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Kudos0

Re: Can I switch off norton while the network is disconnected

You could. As long as you had run a full system scan recently. The Norton protection is also there to protect you from any malware that might be sitting on your computer, waiting for you to access that file. It also protects you if you attach a thumb drive or use a cd/dvd with your computer.

If you have your scans set to run when idle, the drag on your system should not be that noticeable. Best to leave it on. 

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Kudos0

Re: Can I switch off norton while the network is disconnected

Thanks for that.  For quite a long time I have had problems with the PC taking forever to start, then frequently having programs "Not responding".  So far I've not been able to find any pointers to the cause.  I have a 3.4Gh i7 chip, 8Gb RAM & loads of disc space, and Windows 10.  Most of the time I use the browser and Office 365, and occasionally play Trainz (railway sim).  That sim, by the way, although it's big, never seems to suffer from whatever malaise the PC or other software has.

Task manager, which often takes a long time to launch, shows that Norton processes are very busy and usually at the top of the RAM/Disc/CPU consumption, so I thought I'd try Norton first, but I accept your advice.

Kudos0

Re: Can I switch off norton while the network is disconnected

On thing that other users have done here when Norton seems to use a lot of system resources is to get a fresh install of their Norton product. The easiest way to do this is to download and run the Norton Removal and Reinstall Tool from    www.norton.com/nrnr   Do this using a Windows Admin account. Be sure you read the Before you Begin section, and run LiveUpdate manually a few times, restarting as necessary, until no updates are available.

Things happen. Export/Backup your Identity Safe data.
Kudos0

Re: Can I switch off norton while the network is disconnected

Thanks again.  I have done that before (a long time ago); I may try it again for the current problem, but I suspect that you're right and Norton isn't having that much of an impact.  I'm going to uninstall a few things that are easily reinstalled to check if one of them is to blame.  The latest one is Steam, the games manager, which is currently giving me giant headaches, although the general sluggishness predates the installation of Steam (last weekend).

Kudos0

Re: Can I switch off norton while the network is disconnected

I have a hybrid laptop with Windows 10 on it from which the tablet at present is only used off-line for some therapy programs my wife uses. When Windows 10 CU upgrade came along Windows actually told me that it was not going to upgrade my installation to it because Windows 10CU was not ready for my hardware (ASUS T200TA) but they would come back later when 10CU was ready..

When they did come back and forced the upgrade on it, it broke the touchscreen ability (which was essential) and ASUS said they did not have a more recent driver which the upgrade had deleted from Task Manager so I rolled back to the previous 10AC version and everything worked again.

So I cut off Internet access by wifi which left me able to access my desktop. I am waiting for a spare moment to image the present working installation and then seeing if the 10FCU works now.

After that background back to your situation: have you tried invoking Norton's Silent Mode in the context menu you can access easily by Right Mouse Clicking on the Norton icon on the System Tray bottom right corner of the task bar?  You can set it for anything for one hour to all day and it stops Norton from doing background tasks  but would, I understand, still protect you if some malware somehow became active.

Hope that may help.

Hugh
Kudos0

Re: Can I switch off norton while the network is disconnected

I had forgotten that completely.  Thanks for the reminder.  I can set that up for particular programs, I think.

Kudos0

Re: Can I switch off norton while the network is disconnected

Glad if it helps 

  I can set that up for particular programs, I think.

I don't know about that but if you find out please post since it be helpful to know! 

Hugh