laptop Hard drive activity while idle?

June 6, 2012 at 11:35:54
Specs: Vista Ultimate, SP2, 3.0Ghz/2Ghz
I have a laptop with XP Pro SP3 and Norton Internet Security 2011. I've noticed sometimes when the laptop is idle, and even when I'm doing something not particularly intensive, there is a lot of hard drive activity. I checked task manager and found two processes taking up a lot of CPU time: ccsvchost.exe and System Idle Process. In performance, the CPU was spiking a lot. Is this something Norton does and how can one stop it? Needless to say this is very annoying and slows the system down. I looked through all Norton settings and couldn't find any settings for a system idle or scheduled scan. Thanks.

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#1
June 6, 2012 at 12:41:42

correction, an update on norton should fix this.
:: mike

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#2
June 6, 2012 at 12:49:02
Most of the auto update stuff is done when it is idle. It is supposed to do that.

Hang up and live.


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#3
June 6, 2012 at 14:08:05
There are multiple causes for disk activity during idle periods, including:
1. Superfetch
2. Windows update
3. AntiVirus scans or updates.

You can set when Windows Update and when AntiVirus updates and scans take place. Superfetch takes place during idle periods only so should not impact performance.

The System Idle Process isn't a real process but is used to show what CPU time is not being used by active processes. The higher the usage here the better.


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#4
June 6, 2012 at 15:01:06
ccsvchost.exe is Symantec (Norton). See reply #1.

Indexing is another background activity.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#5
June 7, 2012 at 10:45:21
Thanks for the responses! I googled the issue and found two articles on ehow that said you could turn off hibernation and also kill user processes that you aren't using. I turned off hibernation but noticed this morning that the hard drive whiring away was still happening. So, I assume it's one of the things mentioned in the responses above or maybe a couple of the things in unison.

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#6
June 7, 2012 at 15:14:57
Almost certainly Norton is one of the factors - try the update suggested.

If not then you might be better off to ask about that on Symantec's own forum.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#7
June 13, 2012 at 14:52:59
That what Norton is famous for, slowing down a computer, killing the CPU and doing the same job as freebies such as Microsoft security essentials.

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