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I now use the same AV software that the guys at Microsoft use: NOD32. It's so much faster and lighter than Norton you'd be amazed. I'm very happy so far.
I have worked with Norton Utilities in various incarnations since Mac OS 5.0, and later when I delved into Windows systems, as early as Windows 3.0! I have repeatedly seen nothing but problems with Norton.
"I've used Norton for years and never had a problem." This is always the answer from most users because they don't want to mess with it, but if you have a problem the "protection" features in Norton prevent you from fixing anything directly from the OS. Norton worms its way down into your system, replacing vital system DLL's with Norton-specific ones and if anything goes wrong it's disasterous.
My latest bout involved a new IBM system that came with it pre-installed. Long story short, the simplest tasks were impossible and the support docs on Norton's site did work as they claimed. Uninstalling wouldn't complete, most Symantec registry entries were corrupted and nothing would restore. I formatted the HD and re-installed an SP2 slipstream OS, without Norton, and no problems since.
So I say again YES GRISOFT AVG! MY system admins told me about AVG and have been using it for years, and I've been using it for 8 mo's or so . . works GREAT!
That's not how I read their site. Yes, that company is stopping support of version 6.0 (originally last year, now extended to Feb of this year) but well, the new 7.0 edition (free for home use) just came out in the last couple of months, and I don't see anything that suggests it will not continue to be supported.
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Thanks to this thread, I just gave AVG a try. Unfortunately, I suddenly started having a great many problems with Eudora and related computer crashes. Earlier I downloaded the trial version of Zone Alarm's new antivirus instead. I'm keeping my fingers crossed...
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