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Offline MikeFriedman

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Avast slows down my internet speed
« on: December 28, 2009, 06:10:55 PM »
Hello.

This is a pretty cut and dry issue....when Avast is activated, I top out at 10mbs....when it's disabled or paused, I'm at 30mbs, which is where it should be.  I have run multiple tests on speedtest.net, and the results are always the same.

Any settings in Avast that can correct this problem???

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Re: Avast slows down my internet speed
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2009, 06:38:11 PM »
To see if this is correct you need to download a huge file, and time the download with Avast and without avast
I had the same problem with Malwarebytes IP protection, but i was just the IP protection of Malwarebytes fooling the speedometer at speedtest.net


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Re: Avast slows down my internet speed
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2009, 06:45:21 PM »
To see if this is correct you need to download a huge file, and time the download with Avast and without avast
I had the same problem with Malwarebytes IP protection, but i was just the IP protection of Malwarebytes fooling the speedometer at speedtest.net

Thank you!!!  I will try doing that later on, after I get back from doing a few things....but let's just assume it's slower with avast running, is there not anything I can do?

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Re: Avast slows down my internet speed
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2009, 06:48:49 PM »
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....but let's just assume it's slower with avast running, is there not anything I can do?
Have no idea....get the result first, then maybe somone from Avast team can tell you......

hmmm....think i have to test this also
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Re: Avast slows down my internet speed
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2009, 10:05:40 PM »
Avast scans your internet activity which takes time to do however, the amount of time or, the slowdown it results in, is negligible.
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Re: Avast slows down my internet speed
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2009, 01:58:36 PM »
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Welcome to the forums, Mike.   :)

Please tell us about your computer system specs ... cpu, ram, programs running at start-up, etc.


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Re: Avast slows down my internet speed
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2009, 02:12:59 PM »
MikeFriedman,

avast! doesn't slow my internet down, but Outpost firewall greatly slows my internet speed.

Are you using Outpost firewall?

Sunbelt firewall also slows my internet down.
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Re: Avast slows down my internet speed
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2009, 07:33:29 PM »
Thanks, all, for taking the time out to help.
I'll try and list the specs, but I'm not too technical, so bear with me  ;D

I have a 2.66 core duo processor
8 mb ram
windows 7 pro 64 bit
sony vaio, is the make

As far as programs running at start, i keep it at a minimum.  avast, bluetooth, my printer, adobe, and some other commands that I have no idea what they are (as per C Cleaner).

As an update to this problem, I tested other locations at speedtest.net, and it's either 10mbs or 30 mbs, but I've achieved 30 mbs with avast running.  I suppose maybe Avast is not always a problem, but sometimes I do get internet slowdown when it's running.  When I have it disabled, I'm always at 30 mbs.  Any ideas?

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Re: Avast slows down my internet speed
« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2010, 09:47:33 PM »
Avast scans your internet activity which takes time to do however, the amount of time or, the slowdown it results in, is negligible.

Well, no it isn't..... I have a 20/5 connection and it drops to 11/2.  I do not consider 1/2 my dl\ul speed acceptable.  Is there a fix??  Thanks

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Re: Avast slows down my internet speed
« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2010, 10:10:00 PM »
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Well, no it isn't..... I have a 20/5 connection and it drops to 11/2.  I do not consider 1/2 my dl\ul speed acceptable.  Is there a fix??  Thanks
have you tried timing a download as suggested in reply #1 ?
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Re: Avast slows down my internet speed
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2010, 12:44:51 PM »
There is a little noticeable slowing down when browsing new sites with Avast that are not cached.

A slight slowing.

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Re: Avast slows down my internet speed
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2010, 12:56:14 PM »
There is a little noticeable slowing down when browsing new sites with Avast that are not cached.

A slight slowing.
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Re: Avast slows down my internet speed
« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2010, 01:26:37 PM »
I use Speakeasy.

With cable internet there will be variances each time you check the speed, often the variances will be great.
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Re: Avast slows down my internet speed
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2010, 01:41:04 PM »
I use Speakeasy.

With cable internet there will be variances each time you check the speed, often the variances will be great.
It depends on how many people on the same cable connection and what they are doing.

I get reliable results:
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Download Speed: 5892 kbps (736.5 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 664 kbps (83 KB/sec transfer rate)

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Speed (advantage - Cable): Cable boasts faster speed than DSL Internet in theory. However, cable does not always deliver on the promise in everyday practical use.
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Cable modem services can slow down significantly if many people in your neighborhood access the Internet simultaenously.
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Re: Avast slows down my internet speed
« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2010, 01:52:57 PM »
Also, if a site is slow to load, no matter how fast your internet speed is you may not be able to load it any faster than someone on dial-up.

Sometimes avast!webforums is that slow, sometims we can't load it at all. :'(
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