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Desktop: Gateway / Windows XPPro / regularly updated
Old Laptop: Gateway / Windows XPPro / regularly updated
New Laptop: Dell / Windows XPPro / regularly updated
OK, let me preface this request for advice with an admission. I not a computer guru, nor am I particularly tech/software/hardware savvy. I am very much an end-user who is quite satisfied with continuing to believe the inner workings of my desktop & laptop is magic, run by elves or fairies. And quite honestly, my life is too chaotic to invest time to teach myself...at least for the time being.
So, in that context, I purchased Norton Internet Security & Norton System Works Basic for my desktop, company laptop & my brand-new dual core 2 Dell laptop. I had had very positive experiences...at least I feel they were positive...in the past with Norton AV; so I decided to take the plunge & put the whole package on board. Let's just say I am not impressed with the significant slow-down of all functioning of the desktop. Even worse, the damned set up so gummed up the older laptop that I had to remove all due to system paralysis! Only the brand new laptop seems to have the "power" to run the Norton Boat Anchor package with turning into molasses in winter. Oh, both of the computers I am pissing & moaning about are really old - less than 3 years old - and, w/o this Norton BoatAnchor, they are both very fast machines.
Now that I have lain all of this info on the table, is there someone out there with sufficient knowledge & experience who can recommend a simple to load, set up & operate comprehensive internet protection package? I certainly am willing to purchase/download a suite or a collection of compatible individual programs - matters not to me. However, I do want to get something that works well, is compatible AND does not require college classes to achieve this.
I am all ears...