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Need advice on a good antivirus program for new desktop

I recently purchased a new desktop for my family for X-mas. It is a HP Compac model SR5633WM with 320 gigs hd, 2 gigs memory & an Intel dual cpu. It came loaded with a trial version of Norton antivirus program. My question to everyone is,What would be a good "all in one" Program to buy? I would like to have one that has antivirus,spam removal,a good firewall,& windows maintainance on it. Norton 360 has these,but is it the best way to go? Also, we use firefox for our browser. So we need a program that is firefox "friendly". Thanks in advance for your help with this decision.

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I dislike the Norton products, but NIS 2009 seems to get very good user reviews. I have friends with Norton 360 installed, and it works ok but slows things down a bit, and very occasionally deletes something non-malicious that was needed by the OS. (Probably any "all-in-one" type application has the potential to do that, though. It's the risk you run from - like most of us - not wanting to become expert at the guts of the OS and viruses.)
But from what I've read of NIS2009 (and NAV2009) they are smooth, light, and effective.

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Thanks for the info Tarq57

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I agree with first post, I don't like Norton, too many things running in the background, and a few you can't even shut off if you want to, so here is my suggestions....

First, read the PC Security, and Cleaning Windows section of this document, if for any other reason, you know I'm not blowing smoke here..
http://www.tweakguides.com/TGTC.html You need Adobe reader for this.
It's a small doc., (not a huge download)

For anti virus, I use the free stuff, (AVG)and I don't have any problems as of yet. The document above has some names of free, and good anti-virus programs, but in the end it's your choice.

Cleaning programs friendly to Firefox? Here you go..This is a very good cleaning program friendly to.....well everything on my computer,
and I use Firefox, and Google chrome...

Finally, I also suggest MBam, or Malwarebytes-anti-malware as your all around supplement to anti-virus.
Good luck, hope these fulfill your needs...

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Thanks CascaLonginus for the info. I have used some of the products that you mentioned on our old pc & they did work. Nice to get input from others on programs that they have used.

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