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    My ISP provides Norton AV & Firewall

    Hello all!

    Through my ISP, I'm able to download and use Norton Anti-Virus and Firewall software at no cost to me. Would this be preferred over my current solution of using Avast and ZoneAlarm?

    Note, the Windows PC to use this would be WinXP Home, are strictly for personal use (ie. non-work, non-commercial).

    I ask, because I've seen problems previously with Norton products, and I've not used anything other than the various freebies available for home / personal use.

    Thanks!
    Christopher Baldrey

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    Re: My ISP provides Norton AV & Firewall

    Some people report that Symantec's applications hog resources, but I haven't found this on my PC. However, if you're satisfied with your current apps, both of which have a good reputation, why switch?

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    Re: My ISP provides Norton AV & Firewall

    That was my feeling (why switch), but as the specific PCs aren't ones that I normally use, I wondered if it would be better for my wife. I'll leave it for now, unless I see something of interest posted by another lounger.

    Of course, I still think she should be running a different OS - but I'm not going to push it <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>.
    Christopher Baldrey

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    Re: My ISP provides Norton AV & Firewall

    I don't know anything about Avast.

    Reviews generally dub Norton Firewall the most user-friendly of the popular software firewalls. Well, actually, now that I think about it, the fact that it historically required manual intervention to "unblock" updated versions of Firefox suggests that perhaps it isn't that user-friendly. Never mind.

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    Re: My ISP provides Norton AV & Firewall

    Since I too use ZA and Avast on this system, I would echo the sentiment that says "why switch" Chris. Seriously, I know your ISP probably does this deal partially for his system "protection" as well as yours, but you imagine that he's probably got some side interest as well. I wonder if you'd be swamped with branding adverts or other hoggish annoyances? Back when I switched to cable internet, even though I did the computer work myself with no "interference" from the cable guy, their system later (without my permission, I might add) downloaded a "branded" copy of IE that is still with me to this day. I hardly ever use IE, so I've not tried to do anything about it.

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    Re: My ISP provides Norton AV & Firewall

    Sounds all good to me. I'll be leaving it as is, at least for now anyway.

    The one notebook that this was being questioned for, is a recent purchase, and it had the 60 (I think) day trial software of Norton AV, and Firewall. Once that had elasped, I switched to the Avast / ZoneAlarm combo. I've only just discovered this offering from the ISP. I'll keep it in mind for later, if Avast or ZoneAlarm start behaving badly.

    Thanks for your comments all.
    Christopher Baldrey

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