Using Norton Anti Virus With Windows Vista

I recently installed Norton virus protection on my daughters laptop, she has Windows Vista and it has significantly slowed her computer. A co worker had recommended Norton over the free yahoo protection that I had. Any comments or experience will be appreciated. Thanks.


Edith from CT

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July 24, 20080 found this helpful

The Norton has a firewall and the Yahoo probably does too. They are fighting each other, that's why her computer has slowed down. Turn one of them off, you don't need two. I would recommend you keep the Norton firewall. I have Windows Vista and Norton Anti Virus and had the same problem. this worked for me.

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July 24, 20080 found this helpful

don't forget windows firewall. you should never have 2 or more virus programs running at once bacause they will fight with each other. I personally don't like norton because in my experience it is a system hog and makes the system run considerably slower.


I use trend micro but there are free anti virus programs. Go to a sight like and look under virus programs. also get info from or to get reviews and help for problems.

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July 26, 20080 found this helpful

McAfee came with my Vista program. When the version ran out I googled for a free one. I now use AVG Free Edition and It works great. It's free and so are the updates.

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July 28, 20080 found this helpful

I used AVG for several years, and then began to have problems with the updates. So I changed to Avast which is also a free program, and is very good, in my opinion. It does a scan each time you log onto the internet, which slows it down temporarily, but this ensures that it is always up do date, and when the update is finished, a little voice tells you so. After that, it works in the background very efficiently without slowing down your computer. To find it just go to

Harlean from Arkansas

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July 30, 20080 found this helpful

I'm an AVG Fan! I've used this program for 8 years on the same computer and it's never let me down. My husband just bought a new computer and his came with Norton. We deleted that program and he d/l the free AVG from Grisoft. I don't know of anyone who uses Norton that likes it, except my brother-in-law and his computer is always down at the shop because of a virus Norton didn't catch and contain.

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October 6, 20080 found this helpful

Norton is slow and not real good for the $$. Wanted to charge me for removing a virus that avg wiped clean for free.
There are some good ones on
Pretty much take your pick from free to commercial software. I use avg free on my desktop and am petty happy with it.

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May 10, 20100 found this helpful

IMHO Get rid of any Norton software, total junk; no support and you'll live a life of Bluescreens.

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May 10, 20100 found this helpful

Microsoft now offers their virus [Microsoft Security Essentials] and Malicious Removal Tools FREE.....


I'm definitely not a fan of Microsoft, but my computer guy swears by their software...
and I put McAfee right in their with Norton....get rid of them!!!
http://www.micr  roducts/mse.aspx
http://www.micr  ove/default.aspx

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