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Good Anti-Virus protection for XP based Pentium 4 laptop

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Is there a preferred Anti-Virus software application for Windows XP? I recently purchased a Toshiba P15-S420 laptop (haven't even opened the box) and wanted to install an anti-vitus package. The laptop is a Pentium 4 with HT technology. It has a 3.0Ghx processor with 512 RAM and 80GB hard disk. It came with the trial version of Norton so I went ahead and got the most recent version of Norton (2004) which I have not opened yet. I have been reading horrible experiences about both McAfee as well as Norton from users and want to take all the necessary precautions to ensure that I do not get plagued with those problems with a new machine.

Any comments/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Sonuj2
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When you say Norton 2004 is that just Norton Antivirus 2004 or the whole lot Norton Internet Security 2004?

Personally speaking I steer well clear of Norton Internet Security because of major problems it has caused me in the past but saying that I swear by the standalone Norton Antivirus.  Nothings ever got through! Ever!

I put it on all the small business networks I install and I've never had any come back.
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I just spent a good 20 minutes playing with the config of Norton firewall.... it is a hassle.  I decided to disable it and just use the antivirus and intrusion detection.
So.... basically I am just agreeing with these folks and think that the AV is doing its' job just fine
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...and for a good firewall - try zone alarm: www.zonelabs.com (there's a free 'lite' version)

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Hello sonuj2,

I use NIS2004 and I had never run into any problems. I dont really like the firewall configuration options so I agree with Kabaam on only using the Anti Virus.


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SP2 to XP will be out before you know it and it has a much better firewall than is current in XP and XP SP1.  If the Norton Firewall gives you heartburn, wait for SP2 (who can wait?  I have RC1 on a test PC) or get the free version of ZoneAlarm, unless you insist on spending a few bucks for ZoneAlarm Pro.

But, I use Norton A/V on all my NT-based PCs (NT4, W2K, WinXP).  I still use McAfee on Win98.
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Fatal is correct about the Windows XP firewall. When I did have NIS installed I went to one of those webby thats scan your ports for weaknesses. NIS failed miserably. I uninstalled and tried the Windows XP firewall and it was water tight.
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I would like to thank all of you for responding and giving some very valuable suggestions. First off let me provide responses to some of the questions asked.

I only need the anti-virus package and that is what I got for FREE (mail-in-rebate). I also have a Linksys wireless router that I am going to install in place of a 'wired' router that I currently have so that way I keep the hardware based firewall protection and then I can use the Windows XP firewall protection along with it. Can anybody please tell me how I turn XP Firewall 'ON'?


The reason I posted this question is because I have a Win 98 machine with McAfee and I am having all kinds of problems:

1. The machine has slowed down considerably after the installation
2. I get the blue screen of death almost 5-6 times every day and have to do a hard reboot each time.

I do not want to install an AV pkg that will kill my new machine's performance.


Fatal_Exception - You indicated in one of your responses: That being said, I did run into one problem with Norton a few weeks ago with an XP system, which even an uninstall and reg hack did not cure..  Ended up throwing AVG on it, and everything started working again...  Never did discover what was wrong, but as long as it is working....  What do you mean by 'AVG'???

Finally, I do not know how to split the points as all of you gave good information. I will let the forum administrator decide how he/she wants to split the points.

Thanks again to all of you.
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How to enable/disable ICF: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=283673

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the Prefered method is for the author to close the question and split points if neccesary.
The point to remember is "what was the original question and how was it worded?"
That is what we base answers and suggestions on.

BTW, no points for me... all I did was say.. .I agree...
good luck
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AVG: http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_dwnl_free.php

To split points - click Edit/Find (on this page) "Split Points"...
Other than the one above this line, you should find a link to use...
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AVG is a Free for home use AV solution from Grisoft...  It really is an excellent product, and know a lot of friends, including good techs, that use it on their personal systems...  Here is the link:

http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_dwnl_free.php

And thanks..

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Question for FE:

If it were you would you rely solely on the free AVG version for all virus protection? How good are these people with updates to combat the current virus threats; in other words how soon do they react to the new virus threats that keep popping up every day? And how does AVG affect performance of the machine? I am trying to be very cautious after my bad experience with McAfee and Win 98 and do not want to ruin my new laptop.

Any answers that you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Sonuj2
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I have an older Win98 PC that I loaded AVG on.  While many love it, I found it made the Win98 box run slower than McAfee.  I took AVG off and reloaded McAfee and I am happier for it because the performance feels snappier.  I cannot give you any more definitive stats than it "fells better".  But, that is my experience with a PII-350.  Now, on much faster newer PCs you may not notice the speed difference.  IOW, YMMV.
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I feel very comfortable running AVG on my system..  I even have it running on my DC at home..  

The only thing about AV software is that sometimes it does not pull down the latest def files, and that is true about any AV solution that I have used..  This includes McAfee, Norton, Symantec Corp/Ent Edition, AVG, etc...  Since you have Norton, that is the one I would put on the system..  I have it running on 90% of my personal machines (total 10 systems on my home network) and find it very reliable..  The only AV software that I do not recomment is Trend...  

FE
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I schedule Live Update to run every other day with Norton using Schedule Tasks...
against "c:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\LUALL.EXE"

This keeps mine current within as frequently as every 3 days...
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Thats the fix..  :)
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