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I'm looking for some advice on an Internet Security Suite program. I'm getting ready to buy a laptop and want to start out with a program that causes me no problems. I'll be honest, I've been running Norton Internet Security since 2003 and I'm wary of it. I currently run 2005 and everything I read about 2006 makes me want to abandon Norton. But then again, McAffee, Zone Alarm, or Trend Micro all seem to have problems. Any advice?
I am a fairly savvy Internet user and don't go to fishy sites or download unrecognized attachments or go to links in emails that are obviously spam, that said, I do spend a lot of time on the internet and am sure I have lots of spyware, adware sitting on my system, even though I run Spybot. The big problem I have is that I don't really know what the programs that spybot pulls up are and if deleting them will affect my system or not. So all this said, trying to start out my new computer with an internet security system that will be user friendly and help me avoid getting as much junk as I know now resides on my PC. In addition, would like something that doesn't slow my processor speed down to a crawl AND that works painlessly with cable modem / wireless router Internet service. Right now, I end up turning my Norton firewall off all the time because when I leave it on it seems to detect a million intrusions with pop-ups happening every few minutes and when I try to turn the pop-ups off it doesn't work. I've given up.
I'm open to suggestions. My biggest fear of Trend Micro or Zone Alarm (both of which have gotten better ratings on here than Norton and McAffee) is that because they don't come pre-installed, I'll have installation issues and/or that I'll find them confusing or difficult to manage. I hear that Zone Alarm doesn't have a written manual.