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Should I Delete Norton Internet Security?

I recently got this IBM T61, which contained some programs including Norton Internet Sec.  I've heard Norton isn't the greatest.   I just loaded Combofix, and it says I have to disable Norton... So I'm wondering
1) should I just removed Norton via Add/Remove Programs
2) If not, how do I disable it?
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@Dave Hey if there are still some pieces of Norton left over there is a program called AppRemover that is really good at removing left over pieces of AV software. It has worked wonders for me in the past. Also for uninstalling things in general I would recommend RevoUninstaller Free Edition as it works a lot better then the simple Add/Remove from Windows.
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Above are all good suggestions for removing norton. I think what the question sounded like to me is he was trying to use combofix instead of norton?
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Let me expand on the question a bit....
 I have a T61, and it just seems to lag a bit.    I ran CCleaner, which seemed to help.  I have several other programs (e.g. AVG, SuperAntiSpyware, Spybot, etc. etc) that (I believe) would replace Norton.  My biggest concern is that any one of these will hog too much CPU strength.  As such, (if this is safe), I'd rather have them disabled at startup and just use them as-needed.   Common sense would seem to suggest I need some sort of firewall 24/7, but nothing more, as long as I'm scanning every few days.  Is my reasoning correct?   Overall, Id much prefer running a bit slower than exposing the computer to risk.

younghv,

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AVG is a replacement for Norton, Spybot and SAS are not.

If you are behind a router, you should already have a hardware firewall. That plus the Windows firewall should be enough.

The Cloud avs I posted are the smallest footprint apps. AVG has got more resource-hungry of late. Microsoft Security Essentials is getting good reviews, and also has a small footprint.
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Precisely.
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Wow!
Ain't it amazing what happens when you hit the F5 button.
<laughing>
@ralphwalkerdj Also keep in mind if you have AVG, Norton, SuperAntiSpyware, Spybot all running at once then your computer is definitely going to lag. For my laptop I use AVG and windows firewall and have no issues. It runs fine and works fine. You only need one AV and one firewall unless as @phototropic said behind a router then you could use another one for safety purposes. To be honest also Spybot is just ok and I am not a fan of SuperAntiSpyware. I would simply have a basic AV software like AVG or Avira/Avast and then have Malwarebytes, HitmanPro, TDSSkiller, CCleaner, and maybe rkill.exe in my arsenal. However besides the software AV, none of those other tools need to be running at all times. That is what causes computers to run slow. When you have multiple software packages doing the same thing all the time (running constant scans or constantly skimming over your files for issues).
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@younghv Isn't the large different between MBam and MBam-Pro that the Pro version actually offers real-time protection? I have never used but as you say I have heard nothing but good things about it. The free version even works wonders and actually is free. Not like those AV you download for free, scan, and then "To remove the files click here to purchase". Man I hate those haha.
Great question.
The best part about the 'Pro' version is that everything is automated.
On-Access (real-time) scanning for all Internet/File Access activity is built-in, plus your updates and HDD scans are done on a schedule you set (daily for me).
Thank you for all these answers.  

a) After all is said and done, do you recommend I remove Norton?  
b) How do I load Microsoft Security Essentians, or is it automatically there?
c) Does footprint = memory hog?
d) What I highly recommend is a $25-50 Linksys/Netgear firewall between your ISP modem/router and your computers.     (I've never heard of this.   Does this mean I'd have two firewalls - one on my laptop and one between router and modem?

Overall, I've found that computer is stuck in 2nd gear alot of the time when  I have automatic updates in AVG, etc.   Consequently, I run all of my AVG programs about once per week.    I'm assuming that MSE is something that should run 24 hours per day, as well as MBAM Pro.    

e) Do I have to buy one MBAM pro PER computer?  

Thank you all again for all your answers.

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Thanks for these amazing answers!

I hope everyone is satisfied as far as the point awarded.  My sincere apologies if I was over/under.