Norton anti-virus 2002 protecting xp

  Tijs 16:31 08 Jun 2003

Is it really necessary to have an anti-virus program protecting Windows xp?

I have Norton 2002 that was already built in when I bought my pc package and just required setting up.

Would the built in firewall with xp be adequate and if so how would I go about setting the firewall up??

  bremner 16:42 08 Jun 2003

Absolutely not. The firewall will not prevent a destructive virus attacking your system via e mail, internet download or an infected floppy or CD Rom.

  bremner 16:43 08 Jun 2003

Having read my post it answered your last sentence to answer the first you must have a anti virus program

  layland 16:53 08 Jun 2003

Tijs, Listen to bremners advise. I have Nortons Systemworks 2002 which includes NAV and thieir Firewall. It only costs £8 to update the annual subscriptions and when you see how many programs are knocking at your computers port you will be glad to have it.
Safe surfing

  jazzypop 17:13 08 Jun 2003

An anti-virus program, and a software firewall, do two completely separate jobs.

You definitely need a good anti-virus program - stick with Norton, it definitely one of the better ones.

As for the firewall - XP's built-in firewall does a good job of preventing unwanted communication from the Internet into your PC. However, it does nothing at all to prevent unwanted communication from a program on your PC to the Internet.

I recommend Sygate (free version, available from, instead of the built-in firewall that comes with XP.

  Tijs 18:44 08 Jun 2003

Thanx for the advice people!

  Tijs 18:45 08 Jun 2003

Thanx for the advice people!

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