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Hello everyone.
I have a relatively slow computer. So far I ran Norton's Internet Security on it since I liked its firewall and intrusion detections. some (or all) may say i'm naive. perhaps. the thing is that the performances of my computer become slower after i installed it (like I said - a rather slow computer)

So, Can you advise me with good alternative internet security programs, but ones that don't exhaust my computer?

I'm aware of the fact that a good protection is a multi-protection - several programs intalled on the computer to protcet from spywares and viruses. I intend to live up to that, by also installing programs like Spywareblaster and Ad-awareSE,
but I'm looking for a "main" program.

thanks to everyone who advises
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Check that Norton is not set to scan at start up, which would slow things

Look at firewalls here

http://www.filehippo...ware/firewalls/

Anti virus here

http://www.filehippo...ware/antivirus/

Anti spyware here

http://www.filehippo...re/antispyware/

For my PC I would choose Zone Alarm firewall AVG anti virus and 1,2,4,5 and 6 from the anti spyware list
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Check that Norton is not set to scan at start up, which would slow things

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acctually, I was under the impression that a firewall program is supposed to be activated at start-up. did you mean I should cancel auto-scans made when at start-up? AVG or ZoneAlarm don't scan at start-up? And are they lighter than Norton - consume less resources?

Edited by aj_grass, 05 September 2005 - 02:22 PM.

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You can cancel anti virus scans at start up

A firewall is likely to only have an option to be on or off, it should be left on

You should have an option to set AVG not to scan at start up, Norton anti virus will have this

Zone Alarm will be set to run at start up

They ZA and AVG are possibly the most popular combination and should use less than Norton
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Hi again.
In AVG site, I see that they now offer the antivirus and a firewall together. Is that good? can AVG's firewall and zoealarm run together? and is the free version less effective than the professional one?


and another thing: is there a place where I can read on configuring Zonealarm/AVG firewalls so they won't stop p2p2 programs? a walkthrough of the programs?

Edited by aj_grass, 08 September 2005 - 03:18 AM.

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Running 2 firewall is not a good idea as they can cancel each other

Zone alarm should ask for access permission for every programme

The free zonealarm does not have expert features for configuring ports but you can ask here

http://www.zonelabs....ctry=US&lang=en

Alternatively, try the AVG combination, their anti virus product is highly respected so their firewall should be a good product
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