Norton AntiVirus is using over 1GB of RAM on this Mac [Image]

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Anyone have an explanation for why this might be happening? I have no clue — I’m too busy trying to decide if I should make a Mac joke or poke fun at Norton.

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7 comments

  1. mukhi

    for those who are wondering how to kill NAV in case you need it since it cannot be closed directly (no exit in right-click menu, only disable):
    go to “Run” (win+R in win7)
    type cmd and enter
    type cd c:\ and enter
    type net stop “Symantec Antivirus” and enter

    after a while, you will see in the black window that it is stopped successfully.

    now, type win+R
    type smc -stop and enter

    DONE!

  2. Mags

    [@AFPhy6] “Sad — Norton Utilities was THE most respected company/program for me 20 years ago or so. When Symantec got it, there was a horrible and tremendous slide.” Unfortunately so true.

    Do you remember Innoculate it? A free anti virus, also from about 15 – 20 yrs ago. Was sold to another developer, can’t remember which one, which now is a paid for AV.

  3. JMJ

    @chump2010 – Never thought about how anti-viruses scan archives and the resultant hit on resources. Thanks!

    Perhaps MACs’ memory usage varies inversely to Apple’s share-price, you think?

  4. chump2010

    Usually a huge leap in Memory for antiviruses is caused by the virus scanner trying to open a large zip file. It has to unzip the whole massive file to see inside it, and it usually puts most of that into memory. I have seen a similar leap in memory usage when I scan a massive zip file – regardless of antivirus engine.

  5. AFPhy6

    One thing sure: that is a “real” situation, no ‘April Fools’ joke. Norton is a hog, and worse.

    I twice (now, rather long ago) purchased ‘puters with Norton “security” on them. I found it to really slow the machines. It became a true quest to erase the program(s) and all their vestiges and links from the machine. Exceptionally difficult, because it really intertwines itself within the Windows operating system.

    Now, I would not ever consider buying a machine with Norton, unless I was intending to erase the operating system and reinstall.

    Sad — Norton Utilities was THE most respected company/program for me 20 years ago or so. When Symantec got it, there was a horrible and tremendous slide.