To uninstall Norton or any software, usually you can go to Start > Control Panel> Add and Remove Programs. (This means go to the Start button, then to the Control Panel, then to Add and Remove Programs.) On Vista go to Start>Control Panel>Programs. Sometimes it takes awhile for a list of installed software to appear on your screen, but when it does, you can pick the program you want to uninstall. Often you’ll need to restart the computer to completely remove the unwanted program. Most legitimate programs will uninstall this way.
But if that doesn’t work and you are still having difficulty uninstalling Norton Antivirus or any of its products, you can go here and download the Norton Uninstall tool. Ms. Ducktoes has done this hundreds of times and it works well.
I’ve had to uninstall Mcafee Anti-virus products several times in the last week or so. People have let their licenses expire but that doesn’t keep the the anti-virus from running in the background and using up tons of resources. And when I try to remove it the usual way, by going to Start>Control Panel>Add and Remove Programs, it won’t uninstall. One older laptop computer I fixed in the last week had both expired Mcafee and Norton running, neither of which would uninstall. The poor computer was quite beleagured. And running very sloooo-ow.
So what I did was to go to the Mcafee site and search for their uninstall program. It works quite nicely, thank you very much.
Here it is http://service.mcafee.com/FAQDocument.aspx?id=TS100507
Follow Step 2, if you’ve tried Step 1 already.
One of the easiest things to do to increase your computer’s performance is to put in more ram. That’s the computer available to running processes while the computer is turned on. When you have more, your computer can do more, and in less time.
All you have to do to put in more ram is turn off and unplug the computer and open the case. Look for a long rectangular (sometimes two or more) strips of circuit board sticking up perpendicularly from the motherboard. They’re about three inches long. Each one has two holding pins on each end. Release the pins and voila, you’ve unseated the ram. Try not to touch the end with metallic connectors. Take the ram to your favorite computer parts store. Show it to the sales associate and say you want to increase the ram. Tell him or her how many sticks of ram are in the computer. They will recommend what to buy. Sometimes you can get a stick for $25 dollars or less.
Reseat your new ram in the same slot you took the old ones out. Match the indent on the ram stick to the plastic protusion sticking up on the slot. Push down firmly until the end pins snap into place. Put the case back on. Reboot the computer. It should run much faster now.
Oops, somehow I missed How to Speed Up Your Computer – Part 6. So here it is:
Another way to speed up your computer is to run Checkdisk. The process is easy and fun to do (what I think is fun may seem strange to you). But, fun or not, at least this tunes up your computer and should be part of your regular computer maintenance.
Go to the Start button, then to Run. In the text box that appears, type “cmd “ (but without the quotation marks. This will bring up the dos prompt. Type this in: chkdsk c: /f /r /x
You have to type this in exactly. Hit enter. It will ask if you want to run this next time you start your computer. Type Y for yes. Restart your computer. Now go do something non-computer related. The process can take 30 minutes to a couple of hours.
The Indexing Service runs constantly, memorizing and making a list of where your files are, so when you search for something, you can find it quickly. The service makes searches faster, but it slows down the rest of your computer. If you have a really fast computer you won’t mind or notice this, however if you have a slow computer, you’d probably prefer a faster computer over a faster search.
To turn off Indexing do this:
1. Go to the Start button then find “My Computer.” Double click “My Computer.”
2. Find your hard drive(s), usually C, or C and D if you have more than one. Right click on the hard drive. Select “Properties.”
3. Near the bottom find “Allow indexing service to index this disk for for faster searches.” Uncheck the box. Click Ok. When a new window opens select “Apply to all folders and subfolders.”
This should speed up your computer. For other ways to speed it up, click here.