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    Default Help! ccsvchst.exe is killing my machine!

    When I first boot my pc I find I often have to wait several minutes before the hard drive stops churning away, before Windows becomes responsive enough to actually use. On further investigation (Task Manager processes list) I see that a process called "ccsvchst.exe" is reading several hundred million I/O Read Bytes. I looked on Google and apparently this process is part of Norton software. I've been using Norton Internet Security for a few years, and have found it necessary in recent years to switch on "Silent Mode" as soon as Windows finishes booting up, otherwise the machine is unusable as Norton churns the hard drive constantly. However, during the last few months even switching to silent mode does not stop ccsvchst.exe from churning away at the hard drive apparently for no good reason. Admittedly, my machine is old now (Pentium 4 with 512MB RAM running WinXP Home SP3), but all I use it for is surfing the web, using email, and tinkering around with programming stuff. This is getting really annoying now. I even tried to kill off the ccsvchst.exe process using Task Manager, but got an "Access denied" message.


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    Boot into safe mode, uninstall all the Norton crap.

    Install Microsoft Security Essentials.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoStu View Post
    Boot into safe mode, uninstall all the Norton crap.

    Install Microsoft Security Essentials.

    Job done
    Bonza!

    I had a quick look on Microsoft's website and it says:

    "...guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software."

    What about firewall? Or do I just use the built-in Microsoft firewall? And how good is this stuff? I know the Norton software can be very resource-hungry, but I've found it's done a good job of keeping my machine safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bwana View Post
    Bonza!

    I had a quick look on Microsoft's website and it says:

    "...guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software."

    What about firewall? Or do I just use the built-in Microsoft firewall? And how good is this stuff? I know the Norton software can be very resource-hungry, but I've found it's done a good job of keeping my machine safe.
    The built-in firewall's fine. I've been using MSE for about a year now on three machines and haven't had issues on any of them.
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    Great stuff! Thanks for your advice.


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    I use the MS stuff. It's pretty good.

    I've not had anything serious but the desktop (still running XP) did pick up a java nagware thing a couple of times, basically due to having a very old java version on it. I cured that by uninstalling java and cleaning it up. My windows 7 machines have all been totally fine.
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    By and large a Firewall is a Firewall is a Firewall.

    For a home network where you don't need remote access from your office or hotel room you can just rely on your router (assuming it has one, most of them do now) in it's out of the box config. It will block all inbound traffic by default unless it's a response to a request from your network. You can run windows firewall if you really want, but if you have a firewall on your router there really isn't much point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveB View Post
    By and large a Firewall is a Firewall is a Firewall.

    For a home network where you don't need remote access from your office or hotel room you can just rely on your router (assuming it has one, most of them do now) in it's out of the box config. It will block all inbound traffic by default unless it's a response to a request from your network. You can run windows firewall if you really want, but if you have a firewall on your router there really isn't much point.
    Zone alarm stops outbound vectors so rogue processes can't dial home with your details. A router firewall only blocks inbound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by suityou01 View Post
    Zone alarm stops outbound vectors so rogue processes can't dial home with your details. A router firewall only blocks inbound.
    I think the Windows 7 firewall does that too. It has outbound rules that by default block programs/services unless you specify otherwise. A warning appears if something attempts to make an outbound call so you can decide whether to add it to the safe list.


    I've been using MSE since its release but it isn't good enough on its own to catch everything. I recommend also using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware which is free for manual scans (have to pay to get live monitoring), which is good enough for periodical checking unless you routinely browse dodgy sites. In which case a virtual PC or other sandbox to browse in isolation is probably a good idea.

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