I used the Norton/Symantec product for two years, and I religiously brought up the control panel as my first task after booting up each day to check that the application was functioning and to manually download any updates. I was never happy with the Norton product because it seemed clunky to use and could be unpredictable, and then I begin reading posts to this forum and elsewhere questioning how effective the product was.
I switched to ZoneLabs (www.zonelabs.com) ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite when my subscription came up for renewal, and the first ZoneAlarm scan revealed 17 viruses and one piece of spyware that Norton had failed to detect. More important, my HP LaserJet 2550L had stopped working before I acquired ZoneAlarm, and since all of the HP-recommended troubleshooting I had tried had failed, I had resigned myself to paying for service. After the first ZoneAlarm scan, the printer was completely resurrected--apparently some of the malware that Norton had failed to protect me from had targeted my printer.
Do yourself a favor and buy ZoneAlarm--the Norton product is not only a waste of money, but it is dangerous because you think you are getting protection that is really not there. I'm not alone in my recommendation of ZoneAlarm; it was one of the top two recommended anti-virus products in the September, 2006, edition of Consumer Reports and it has won a bushel of awards from top industry trade publications.
I'm running Norton Internet Security, anti virus and anti spam 2006 and it's coming up for renewal.
While it's worked fine for me I continue to hear horror stories about Norton as a whole and thought it might be worthwhile to try something else for a change.
But I have not kept up with what's available in these areas?
Can anyone offer suggestions, please? Foe Windows XP SP2.