I like free Avast:
download Avast first, go to Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel and uninstall all Norton Products. Then install Avast.
What are you using for a firewall?
Right click on My Computer>Manage>
expand 'services and applications' >services
right click on both 'indexing' and 'messenger' services and select properties.
on the 'general' tab, make startup type 'disable' then click 'ok'
In msconfig, keep all Avast, AVG and SuperSpyWare entries. Post the rest of them and I'll try and figure out what you can uncheck.
I'll take care of the Norton and install Avast.
I'll use ZoneAlarm Firewall [someone recommended it to me].
Here's the list of msconfig [with Program]:
osCheck [Norton Internet Security]
OneTouch [Maxtor - External Harddrive]
HPWuSchd [Hewlett Packard]
qttask [Quick Time]
hpotdd01 [Hewlett Packard]
ctfmon [Windows/system 32]
MsnMsgr [MSN Messenger]
Adobe Gamma Loader
Adobe Reader Speed Launch
Adobe Reader Synchronizer
Thank you so much for your help. I really appreciate it.