opinion questions that will get you many opinions. These are mine. You should only run one firewall regardless of which one you decide on. You should only use one antivirus program. I happen you use Norton myself but the others that you mentioned are also good. I also do an occasional scan at Trend Micro's Housecall. You did not mention any anti-Spyware/Adware programs. These are just some of the ones we recommend here and they are all free.
Spybot S&D (download, check for updates, read the tutorial and scan often, it also does some blocking)
SpywareBlaster (a blocker only, download it, check for updates, enable it and leave it alone except for checking for updates occasionally)
SpywareGuard (similiar to SpywareBlaster but works in a different way and does not update as often for that reason.
Ad-Aware SE (a scanner, download, check for updates, read the directions and scan.
cwshredder (stand alone unit)(another small scanner for certain things, ALL other windows should be closed)
Hello and thanks for all help on this.
My situation: I?m trying to safeguard my computer as I use the Internet heavily. My new computer (AMD Athlon 3000+ 64 bit) came with XP and 3 months of Norton Internet Security. I also run Secretmaker, which does what it claims to do, but feels almost scarily powerful and capable.
Firewall: If I install an alternative firewall, such as Zone Alarm or Kerio, do I need to disable the firewall in Norton? (If so, how?) I have heard running two firewalls at once is not recommended. I already disabled the Windows firewall, as Norton nudged me to do.
Antivirus: I?ve heard the same about antiviruses -- running multiple ones can cause conflict on your system. I tried to download Antivir, but the estimated time kept ballooning, and when it had climbed to over an hour (my Internet connection is not bad at DSL 512), I aborted. Any suggestions on why, or how to correct this? And should I remove Norton if I install Antivir, Avast, or other?