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optimal conditions for tradestation platform?

hi all,
what would you say are the optimal conditions for running the tradestation platform? i have had *horrible* problems the past 2 days with bugs. tech support has said norton is the culprit and has advised me on how to configure norton. but on the tradestation forum some users suggest wiping the drive totally, doing a fresh install of windows, and a fresh install of tradestation and *that's it*. no antivirus whatsoever although one user suggests something called "avast". wiping the drive is kind of radical, but perhaps that *is* the best solution as then i would not be tinkering with every little file and setting. this is my current hardware setup:

HP ENVY 15 series

High performance, wireless audio, blazingly fast boot and wake-up times, and a gorgeous display
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
2nd generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2450M Processor (2.5 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz)
1GB AMD Radeon(TM) HD 7690M GDDR5 Discrete Graphics(TM) [HDMI, DP]
6GB 1333MHz DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
500GB 7200 rpm Hard Drive
Full-size Radiance backlit keyboard
Adobe(R) Photoshop(R) Elements 9 & Adobe Premiere(R) Elements 9

i have occasionally used Internet Explorer to go to various websites, but not while TS is running. normally, all I do on the windows machine is run Tradestation. i hook my laptop up to our flatscreen TV and put the charts up on the tv and use the laptop for a TS desktop which is just order entry. i run no other software while trading. i don't use the web while trading or even have IE open. i have a "Razor" gaming mouse. i connect to an HP photosmart printer so that driver is on there too.

any suggestions much appreciated!

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Norton is terrible. Back in the 90's, Norton was good. Hasn't been since Symantec bought them.

Uninstall that, and use something like Microsoft Security Essentials which has an extremely high compatibility rate, and see if problems go away.

You will likely need to perform some voodoo magic to get Norton uninstalled. Another sign of a terrible piece of software. You should try googling for help to get rid of that junk.


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I have an older laptop and TS works fine so it's not your hardware. I'm pretty happy with Microsoft Security Essentials also. I switched over from Avast! couple of years ago because I got tired of having to keep re-register every year. I don't think reloading your OS is necessary. Good luck.

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I'd agree. Your system hardware wise looks more than fine Maisie. Norton today seems too bloated, obtrusive, and designed to keep users dependent on them. A shame since now they use Peter Norton's name, a famous programmer in his day known for efficiency and speed and his knowledgeable books.

If you can get rid of Norton, I found NOD32 by eset.com great and unobtrusive.

AVG free is fine too as the free version is not time limited, but can get targeted for corruption a lot by virus and malware makers.. Well maybe it's better now.

AVG free at Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com , then type AVG free in the search textbox.

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If you can indeed get Norton uninstalled completely, a clean install may not be required. However, if all you do is run Windows 7 and TS, then I'd go for it - do a clean install provided you have backups of everything you need to...

Regardless, I would highly recommend CCleaner. Just use the free version. I have used it for a few years and never had a problem, and I do use its Registry cleaner in addition to its standard cleaner. It is also good for uninstalling problematic programs - you could try it with Norton, but I'm not sure on that one as I have not used Norton since the 90s either.

Microsoft Security Essentials seems to be the AV of choice for traders.


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