It's important you have anti-virus (AV) on your computer, so if you don't want to continue with Nortons, AVG 7 Free is a very good choice from http://www.grisoft.com.
It is fully user friendly, but as with any new program, it has it's quirks and features which need getting used to.
You will need to update its virus definitions regularly. You can either set AVG to do this automatically, of if like me you want to be in control, you can open up the program and update regularly yourself, 2 or 3 times aa week. AVG has this nifty pop-up message that tells you when the virus definitions are outdated. I get told off by it a lot, :).
Having 2 active AV's won't do too much harm but it is not recommended, and I would disable Norton's AV. Preferably, removing Norton's, (once you have downlaoded and installed AVG of course), is better, but removing Nortons entirely from a computer is not an easy job.The norton's web site at http://www.symantec.com has instructions for full removal.
AVG and ZoneAlarm is good protection. But you also need 2 or 3 more, for anti-adware, and anti-spyware.
I recommend Ad-aware SE Personal for anti-adware from http://www.lavasoftusa.com. It is free.
and Spybot Search & Destroy anti-spyware from http://www.spybot.info/en/index.html
Both these programs, once downloaded and installed, need their definitions updated and the computer scanned.
Also, I would download and install SPywareblaster, from http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/
This also needs to be updated when it is installed, but you don't have to scan the computer with it as it protects in a different way. But you have to "Enable all protection", once it is updated.
For myself, I also use a Startup Monitor, to stop programs setting themselves to start up without my knowledge when I turn on the computer. I got mine from http://www.mlin.net/StartupMonitor.shtml
Finally, keep your Windows uptodate. Use the Automatic Update feature, or goto Start > Windows Update regularly.
Hope this helps,
Hi everyone I am a new member. this is a great informative board. I have some questions & concerns I need help with.
I bought a new Dell Dimension 2400, Intel Pentium 4 processor at 2.80GHz with addition 512MB DDR SDRAM at 333MHz.
Windows XP Pro
It came with a 90 day NIS 2004 which expires on Friday
and I have been researching AVG and considering giving it a try since it is free and all the reviews I have read seem to be positive. I also have Zone Alarm free firewall on my system now.
I am not a very computer savvy person and am wondering if AVG will suit my computer. I am a home user. Also if I do install it, is it user friendly for the download? Or should I get someone to help me?
My NIS expires Friday. I do not want to have any period of time unprotected so any advice of when I can do the AVG install? Midnight on the Thurs or earlier?... is it poss to have both AVG/NIS at the same time without creating issues or problems?
Also, what other types of security should I be looking at with the use of AVG and Zone Alarm and are there any free ones out there that I can use and/or need to make sure I have max protection? What about span?
Thanks for your help. Sorry for so many questions.