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I have an AMD 2200+ with 512 MB RAM running Windows XP. I also use Norton Systemworks Pro 2004 and Norton Internet Security Pro 2004.

I simply installed SP2 "over" my present configuration. No problem.

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Recently I had a hard disk issue. I decided to "crash" mysystem and reload all my software. I re-formatted my drive, installed XP, installed my motherboard drivers, then downloaded all Windows Updates, including(!) SP2, BEFORE installing Systemworks Pro 2004 and Internet Security Pro 2004.

BIG problems! Very eratic operation. Could not get either Systemworks or Internet Security to function.

I finally tried a different installation procedure: installing Systemworks and Internet Security BEFORE downloading the Windows Updates (including SP2)!

All works well. I'm just wondering if others have experienced this same issue. What a headache.

Marylyn
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I have had many issue with clients that run Norton Internet Security. Ad blocking functions blocks legitimate popups and PDF from displaying in browser. Also the firewall blocking some scripts from loading on our hosted sites.

Now as far as your situation, since XP SP2 has the firewall turned on by default, this can be a conflict running 2 software firewalls.

Honestly, I wouldn't use Norton or Microsoft's firewall. Let me give you a list of programs that will keep you system secure without you noticing the loss of system speed, or loading, or even web browsing. These are all important factors when using the internet or running applications. Below I will list programs which some cost and I also listed the best FREE alternitive. So even though you paid for Norton products, give these a try, you'll save time and frustration. Also I'm going to list a few sites you can use for research, you'll notice that Norton has security holes, in there security products....doesn't make sence!

Antivirus:
Kaspersky Antivirus 5.0 (new version) http://www.kaspersky.com/personal
This program is the best by far. It updates every 3 hours, scans web browser scripts also.
I've tested many other virus scanners through the years and this is by far the best.

AVG is also a great virus scanner (more for home user) not to mention they have a wonderful FREE edition.
http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_dwnl_free.php

Firewall:
Sygate Personal Firewall Pro - Compared to ZoneAlarm or Nortons which both have tons of exploits to drop their service like a fly. Sygate is the choice for a software firewall.

Sygate has a home editon for free as well.  www.sygate.com

Spyware/Adware/Malware/Dataware:
AD-AWARE - www.lavasoftusa.com
If you can afford it by the PRO version, the extra feature AD-WATCH is well worth it for it monitors your registry and notifies you of any changes made allowing you to ALLOW or REJECT the request on the fly.

RegistryProt 2.0 - http://www.diamondcs.com.au/index.php?page=regprot
This is a free program to monitor all changes to registry. This is a must in security for you windows machine. Big help in eliminating spyware, Trojans, backdoors, etc..

BHO Demon - www.majorgeeks.com/download3550.html  (mirrored)
This is a must now-a-days if your running Internet Explorer! BHO is used in a lot of the recent IE exploits as well as keyloggers. Windows XP SP2 offers something along these lines, but why trust M$.

Intrusion Detection:
IDS ( Intrusion Detection System ): - snort.org
I was reading my Windows & .NET Magazine, and it has a great article on SNORT. Setting it up and everything. Page 51! Or you can buy the book SNORT 2.1 Second Edition. This program is absolutly promising, this is for extreme paranoid users & advanced users.

Backup Browser:
Mozilla Firefox – mozilla.com
It’s always a good idea to have a backup browser. Incase your default browser has exploits and your waiting for patches, or maybe your default browser isn’t working.

References:
http://isc.sans.org/index.php?off=diary -Everyday info on the latest exploits/virus/security issues.
http://eeye.com - perfect for advisories and the best security software.
www.majorgeeks.com - Every program a nerd could think of!!
www.sygate.com – Great Software firewall.
www.kaspersky.com – Best AV on the market.
www.lavasoftusa.com – Best spyware removal program.
http://www.grisoft.com – Wonderful FREE AV.

Let me know if you have any questions,

Jorden
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Thank you so very much Knoxj81!!
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