April 28, 2008 5:01 AM Subscribe
Do I really need Norton installed?
posted by gerryblog to computers & internet (20 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Last night my free update to Norton 2008 randomly killed my network connection -- from Google, it looks as though its firewalling may be a little overzealous. Uninstalling Norton brought my network back, but it also revealed how much faster my computer runs with no Norton installed: amazingly faster.
Do I really need it? What are my alternatives, if I leave Norton off?
It's a several-years old Toshiba laptop running Windows XP. Will I be clogged by viruses by the end of the day if I don't reinstall Norton 2007? Is there something else I can rely on instead that won't gum up my works?
I already use Spybot and AdAware, and I only go to "normal" sites. (I'm not downloading warez or porn.)