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New Computer: New software

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I have just (finally!) finished building my new computer, which I have christened Phoenix. I have been looking into various AntiVirus software options, and I noticed that while Norton (which I have on my laptop) is rated well on Consumer Report that another program, BitDefender, was rated even higher. I looked on BitDefender's web site and noticed that they have a free version as well as a Client version. My school currently offers access to Symantec Corp. Ed 10 or Symantec Client Security for free. I was wondering which of these is the better option? Should I stick with the Norton, or switch over? One of the things I've noticed with Norton is that it is a really pain in the... registry.. to remove. Does BitDefender have similar problems?

Also I am looking at the AntiSpyware stuff. Now I am aware that, unlike AntiVirus programs, you can successfully install multiple antispyware programs on a single computer. I personally opted for the Beta versions of Microsoft AntiSpy (now Windows Defender: though I must admit I like the previous interface better) on my laptop, but now I'm starting to look into different programs such as SpyBot, AdAware and SpySweeper. I noticed that SpySweeper is rated very high on Consumer Report, as well as something called F-Secure. I've never heard of it before... does anybody know anything about it?

The last major hurdle I am trying to accomplish is how to move the FireFox "favorites" over to the new computer. IE was easier to do this with, as I recall, with every link being its own file. But I have been able to find something about a FireFox html or xml file that stores all the Favorites/Bookmarks. Where is this? On a similar note, thanks to gmail only offering POP and me not saving a copy on the server, where is/are the file/s that hold all the email messages downloaded onto an individual computer? This one has me really stumped.

Thanks for any help you can provide ^.^
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Because i use a single computer to access the internet and use it for nothing else i do not run AV, spyware programs, or anything elso like them. When i have a problem with the puter i just reformat and reinstall since i use norton ghost to make a iso with all programs and setings in place.

Where i can help is the firefox bookmarks. Open firefox and then open the manage bookmarks. Under file you wil see where you can export the bookmarks to a folder similar to the way IE does it.

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