Should I renew previously free sub to Norton AV?

  Carafaraday 16:20 25 Sep 2004

Norton AV and firewall came 'free' with my new pc but the two months of 'free' use are now almost at an end and I am debating whether to pay for a year's sub or whether to go for the free AV that everyone recommends on this forum - can't remember it's name at the moment. My problem is really just that Norton is behaving OK at the moment (on my old pc I had McAfee which was a bit temperamental) and I don't know how easy it will be to get rid of Norton, or whether it will conflict with a different (free) AV.
I am running XP but without the 2nd update thingie (I'm reserving judgement on that too!). As you can tell, I'm not too confident about techie things.
Advice, encouragement etc all most welome.

  Diodorus Siculus 16:27 25 Sep 2004

Avast from click here is not the one that everyone suggests (!) (That's AVG from but I love it. Seems to use fewer resources than does AVG.

As a firewall I use Sygate Personal from

  Diodorus Siculus 16:28 25 Sep 2004

Oh, and be sure to uninstall NAV / Firewall according to the symantec instructions before installing another.

  Carafaraday 16:33 25 Sep 2004

Thanks for your replies - I'll certainly look at Avast as well as AVG - It's just that I'm a bit worried about how easy Norton AV + firewall will be to uninstall. I'll check out the Symantec web page now to see what they say.
Should I uninstall Norton first?
What about a firewall - I understand that SP2 has one for Windows XP but that it's not highly regarded?

  hugh-265156 16:35 25 Sep 2004

norton is very good no doubt about it but i find free avg and free zonealarm to be every bit as good and much easier to configure and use, why not give them a try and if you dont like them then pay for norton. click here click here

ps. do not run more than one firewall and antivirus at a time on your system as it will give you problems. uninstall norton before installing any other av or firewall product. click here

  Carafaraday 16:38 25 Sep 2004

huggy71 - I take it that there is no conflict between Zonealarm and AVG and that they run along together ok? That's one of the things I'm worried about. Also the lack of 'help' if things go wrong with a freebie.

  hugh-265156 16:45 25 Sep 2004

ZA firewall and AVG antivirus work very well together on my computer and give no problems. like any software though you may be unlucky and your specific system set up gives problems. you will just have to try them and see but i doubt you will have any problems.

ps. both programs have excellent help files and its all explained in plain english.

  Carafaraday 17:26 25 Sep 2004

TommyRed - thanks for your reply. Why should I download the new ones before uninstalling Norton - just to make sure I'm 'covered' when on line?

Did I imagine that there was a copy of AVG on one of the cd's that comes with PCA? I have Adaware and will install Spybot.

Does anyone have any advice as to whether it would be better to change AVs, firewalls etc before or after installing SP2?

Many thanks to everyone who has taken time and trouble to respond so far.

  Carafaraday 17:30 25 Sep 2004

Palinka - I'm a bit concerned by 'the bits that get left behind'! I have visited the Symantec site but they seem to just recommend going through the usual add/remove programmes route. Any further information would be gratefully received as I'm very nervous about deleting anything manually.

  Belatucadrus 18:01 25 Sep 2004

" Why should I download the new ones before uninstalling Norton - just to make sure I'm 'covered' when on line? "

Spot on, you don't want to be on-line downloading the new AV with an unprotected PC.

I agree with Diodorus Siculus, avast! may not be the commonest free AV with forum members, but having used both it and AVG I think it's the best at the moment. You also get support from Alwil the suppliers, Grisoft do not offer support to users of its free version.

  Carafaraday 22:38 25 Sep 2004

Thanks to all who have responded. Just want to make clear that I don't mind paying for (hopefully) virus-free pc, I just want something reliable and problem-free.

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