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Old 03-03-2009, 08:53 AM
 
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I just got a new laptop, an HP Pavillion with Vista. It comes with Norton anti virus, is that enough to protect my computer if I can connect to a WiFi?
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Old 03-03-2009, 09:32 AM
 
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Norton sucks. uninstall it and install avg free.
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Old 03-03-2009, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Wichita,Kansas
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Agree!Norton was somehow blocking my MSN messenger and Skype.
It would also pop up every 10 mins and kick me off a online game to ask..
If it was ok to run a program(always legit programs,files).
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Old 03-03-2009, 10:11 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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I don't like retail versions of Norton, but you may have more trouble with tech support if you remove it before your warranty expires. If you are comfortable doing your own configurations, my recommendation is AVG Free.
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Old 03-03-2009, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Timonium, MD
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Norton is a system hog. It made my 2 month old computer as slow as my dad's 14 year old computer. I put the free version of Avast on there and have not had any problems yet.
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Old 03-03-2009, 11:50 AM
 
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To answer the question, no. If the PC does not have a firewall, then you need to add one. Anti-virus alone is not sufficient. Also, do not run more than one firewall or AV program at the same time.

The complaint in an earlier post about blocking IM's has nothing to do with anti-virus, that is a function of a firewall and is easily resolved by simply adjusting the settings in the firewall.

I agree that older versions of Norton were resource hogs. In fact, I went from recommending it (years ago) to telling people to avoid it like the plague.

The current version of Norton Internet Security (2009), however, is a lean, mean program. The only shortcoming I've found is the spam filter for email. It doesn't work with Vista (and doesn't work that well in XP) so you should install a different spam fighter if you buy it. You can also check with your ISP about their filters. Most have some form of anti-spam program in place that will block a lot of the junk coming at you.

Some other opinions:

The Best Apps: Business Security - Norton Internet Security 2009 - At A Glance - Reviews by PC Magazine
Review of the Symantec Internet Security 2009 Antivirus and Security - PC World
Norton Internet Security 2009 Internet security and firewall reviews - CNET Reviews

I have used ZoneAlarm and AVG for years and have been happy with them for the most part. I do find things get through on ocassion, but I think that's true of any software, they just can't keep up with all the junk coming at your computer.

Make sure you have any protection program set to update often.
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Old 03-03-2009, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I have Avast, which works OK for me, though as Tek said, no program is going to stop everything that is thrown at your machine. I've added a program called ThreatFire as added security. Since it is a different kind of program, there is no conflict between the two. Also, it is updated daily, and sometimes more than once. I don't really know how they update ThreatFire, since there are no defintions involved.

It doesn't hurt to have other, run-on-demand programs such as CCleaner and SuperAntiSpyware.
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Old 03-03-2009, 12:25 PM
 
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Thank you all for the replies. Should I take it to a tech guy for all that's needed?
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Old 03-03-2009, 04:31 PM
 
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Thank you all for the replies. Should I take it to a tech guy for all that's needed?
That's up to you, removing Norton and installing decent AV software is an easy task, but your new HP also needs a good cleaning of bloatware and a performance tune up, that can be a bit more daunting for the average user but not something we couldn't help you with.
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Old 03-03-2009, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Thank you all for the replies. Should I take it to a tech guy for all that's needed?
CCleaner has a tab you can use called Tools. It will show you all your programs and you use the tool to uninstall a bunch of stuff. There were parts of programs in there that I thought I had already gotten rid of and I used the tool to finish them off.
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