If you do not have a virus program it could do more than just slow your computer down if you get infected. It is a more important piece of software than popup and adware blockers etc.
In a support job I have I have today been bombarded with over 40 virus hits that have been detected and fixed. If I was not virus protected I would be having BIG problems by now.
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!