Dear All, I generally connect to the net via dial -up but can sometimes use a wifi connection. I would like a good security system that won't slow my pc down too much or need hours on-line to update virus patterns. The PC(Dell) came with 90 trial of Mcafee should I just stick with that ?
What Spuds says is good advice. AVG used to be recommended on the Microsoft site - don't know if it still is - and zonealarm is pretty good, although I often found it a pain to train it to permit certain programs accessing the internet, but then I did use an old version and this might be more automated by now. I have used McCafee, which I found frequently crashed my system, or Norton (Symantec) which I have found to be the best, in my opinion. There is another called Sophos, which also seems ok. Many mags offer free trials on CD and I would suggest trying these out so you get one that suits the way you work and your system.
As you say you have ended your free trial then your computer must be new. As such you can really use anything you like. Norton does slow things down but on a new PC I think its highly unlikely you would notice it, its just I've had problems with it and wouldn't use it again because of that. If it was a very old PC then you would notice the slowdown. Regarding what to use I use AVG free and Zone Alarm Firewall and have no problems and haven't had a problem in 3 years of use. If you want to pay for one then thats entirely up to you. If you are happy with your McAfee and are used to it by all means carry one. Personally if I was buying an anti virus program then I would consider NOD32 or Kaspersky as they are meant to be the best ones. But thats only my opinion of course.
Both alwil who produce avast! and Grisoft who do AVG are official Microsoft Antivirus Partners click here with ICSA rated products that get good pass rates at VirusBulletin. They do the job and don't make ridiculous demands on system resources. avast! has a particularly good automated update system that chunters away unnoticed in the background until it informs you it's done its thing and has updated successfully.
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