Whirr. WHIRR. *WHIRR*. My laptop fan spins furiously as Norton Internet Security insists upon doing yet another “idle time scan” whether I want it to or not.
Did I mention these scans routinely use 50% of processor time, sometimes for 30-60 minutes at a time? Further, it completely ignores its own configuration options which has Idle Time Scans turned off. Lordy, what an ill-mannered program. It hogs resources and refuses to stop.
And what it doing that is so bloody important? Why, it is defragging the disk. Well gosh, I can do that myself. In fact I did just that, using a different defragger, yet Norton immediately began defragging again. Apparently only it and it alone knows how to properly defrag a disk.
Norton support forums have a number of reports about this bizarre, runaway program problem – but no solutions. One disgruntled user suggested deinstalling Norton, but warned that since it embeds itself so deeply into the system that it’s practically a virus (heh!), said to use using the Norton Removal Tool. I did so. It took about three minutes, and now I’m using the well-mannered Zone Alarm. And the whirrs are gone.
There’s no excuse for a major software vendor to have a product so shoddy that it uses 50% of processor time and ignores its own settings.