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Avast Web Shield Seems To Slow Sown Internet Speed

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Switched from AVG to Avast because AVG slowed down my PC ... now Avast Web Shield seems to cause slow internet download speed. (Though Avast - on their website - say " ... impact on browsing speed is almost negligible.)

I have ZoneAlarm firewall and scan with Spybot/AdAware regularly... is web shield necessary?

Using the RoadRunner speed test (realize not scientific measurements):
With ZA and all Avast shields .... speed range is 1700-4000 KBPS (realize its 'other' traffic dependent)
without ZA, with Avast shields ... range is basically the same
with ZA, w/o Avast Web Shield .. range is 8000 - 9900 KBPS

I didn't try all the combinations of 'customized' settings for the Web Shield... is there something that affects the speed?
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