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by mattpul24 / November 22, 2005 6:05 AM PST

I recently had Norton 2005 on my notebook. I've got a Dell Inspiron 2200 (about 4 months old). I felt that it was making things run pretty slow and from what I had heard, that tends to be true with Norton. So, I uninstalled it and my notebook has been running faster. I have windows XP and that comes with the firewall. I use ad aware and Mozilla to search the internet. I do use a wireless connection. I also use Google's non pop-up filter. I don?t download anything-just search the web and check email, etc. Pretty basic. With all of this I am pretty happy. However, I am still worried about viruses, etc. Any suggestions on what I need? Should I get anti-virus software or a whole utilities suite? My only concern is that it DOES NOT slow my computer down.

Thanks for your help!

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as you have a good chance
by Mark5019 / November 22, 2005 6:14 AM PST
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of haveing a virus as your surfing naked.
i hope that you have nothing important on your computer.
get a virus program b4 its to late.


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Your ISP might help??
by steve11375 / November 22, 2005 6:23 AM PST
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Hi Matt,

As Mark suggests you are running kind of naked thru the internet although as you say you are running fast. Maybe noone will see you but first look at your ISP to see what they offer for FREE (you may not run as fast but you at least won't be naked). I have COMCAST cable & they offer McAfee A/V & security products for FREE. Next, many others here can tell you a whole range of FREE A/V programs which might surely meet your needs and be faster than Norton or McAfee.


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Matt, Free Utilities...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 22, 2005 6:46 AM PST
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...are listed at the link below.. It includes a list of free antivirus programs..Since you already have a number of good security programs already installed, I would stick to installing a stand-alone antivirus program instead of a Security Suite.. If you're going to go with the free programs, both Avast and AVG are easiest on the resources...At least they are for most users:


Hope this helps.


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