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need new/different AV software than Norton

I've had fairly good luck to date with Norton AV (touch wood), but more than likely there's something better out there which is the thrust behind this post. I need an AV, anti-spyware, firewall in one like the Norton. What do you gurus recommend for an OS of WinXP SP2? Thanks!

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Recommendations are in the

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AVG Free Edition has been working fairly well for 2 years

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Have had to download and repair install recently, but overall it runs well and updates automatically, but the scan runs too often [in the free edition]. Here is a link: <http://free.grisoft.com/doc/help/us/>. They also have an Anti Spybot version and you can buy the full version if you like.
Good luck, Mike_bs, running Dell with Windows XP Pro version 5.1 SP2

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Have you thought about NIS 2008?

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I have Norton Internet Security 2008 (AV and Firewall), plus an assortment of anti-spyware mentioned in the sticky notes at top of page.

NIS 2008 Features
Two-way firewall
Rootkit detection
Intrusion prevention
Web site authentication
Eavesdropping protection
Confidential information management
Antispam and Parental Control?

Detects and eliminates spyware.
Removes viruses and Internet worms automatically.
Protects email and instant messaging from viruses.
Protects against hackers.
Blocks identity theft by phishing Web sites.
NEW! Improved performance delivers faster starts and scans.
NEW! One click access to expert support.
NEW! Network security monitoring helps protect your wireless network.
NEW! Norton Identity Safe delivers enhanced ID theft protection.
NEW! Works quietly in the background.
Download antispam and parental controls. More Info.
Protection for up to 3 PCs.
Includes one year of automatic definition updates, new product features, and access to updated versions of Norton Internet Security? throughout the life of your service subscription.*


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