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Old 02-17-2007   #1
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I have been running Norton for years and my subsciption is running out in 30 days. Norton seems so invasive and uses a lot of my limited system resources,so I was wondering,what other antivirus I might use.* I did a search here and read that some of you use little or no protection,you just keep a knowledgeable eye eye on things. That is not an option for me because* 1. I really don't know that much about these things 2. I am not the only one using this computer. If it matters ,I am connected to the internet on cable and I am on a PC.* Any help would be appreciated. Bob

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I typically run AVG's Free Edition on my home equipment: http://free.grisoft.com/doc/1

I've heard good things about Avast but haven't used it: http://www.avast.com/eng/free_virus_protectio.html

FYI: most free editions will have a banner ad pop up once in a while, usually during startup (with AVG at least). The same companies offer pay versions, too. I'm willing to put up with the banners since they are very non-intrusive and only once during startup. AVG is very lightweight, too, much more so than Norton.
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I use spysweeper and the virusprotection from zonealarm pro.
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I don't use virus protection, but this isn't for everyone. The list of things I do to prevent viruses, spy ware, and network attack s is way to exhaustive to go into here. For my friends and family, I recommend eTrust, ZoneAlarm, or McAfee depending on their technical knowhow. I still have a valid Norton license, and I run a virus scan once in a while, but most of the time I use sensible surfing, hardware firewall, and a few other tricks.
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i use McAfee for my virus scanning and Spysweeper for my spyware.
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Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition...by far the least obtrusive I've used.
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Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition...by far the least obtrusive I've used.
The Corporate Edition is, indeed, a smaller footprint than NAV and much less intrusive. It's not something the average home user is going to be able to get, though.
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It's not something the average home user is going to be able to get, though.
That's a pity. Why can't they make no-nonsense software for all?
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That's a pity. Why can't they make no-nonsense software for all?
Because, in the tradition of HP, Symantec, Logitech, and most other driver/utility app publishers, they think users are idiots who don't realize that two or three processes can do the same job that ten different processes are doing in their bloated apps.

A clean, out of the box with enough services running to get on the network, installation of WinXP Pro will have roughly 33 processes running. My work laptop, with all the fixin's and Logitech keyboard/mouse with extra buttons, etc., STARTS with 66 processes!! UGH.
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My work laptop, with all the fixin's and Logitech keyboard/mouse with extra buttons, etc., STARTS with 66 processes!! UGH.
No wonder it ends up taking XP six minutes to boot up.


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