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OliverX669, December 9, 2008 in General Questions
AVG is very slow to scan. Avast is faster. The free version of Avast will not scan automatically, only manually when you choose. Which works out better for me and it does protect all of the time. Getting rid of Norton Internet security will get rid of the Norton firewall. Zone Alarm 7 works well. The newer Zone Alarm 8 has some conflict problems and is best avoided.
You can download Zone Alarm 7 here
As for replacing Yahoo messenger it may not be that critical and I forget what functions don't work in Trillian and Pidgin. I think no video chat in Pidgin and maybe not Trillian. I forgot about checking Yahoo email from messenger. I forget how old Yahoo messenger has to go to get rid of the pop up adds. It may be okay to leave Yahoo messenger.
Viewpoint Media Player comes from AOL and usually with AOL messenger but it's not required for AOL messenger. AOL messenger is worse than Yahoo messenger.
On a side note I changed network cards on one PC and now it starts whenever the router is on. I have tried to cchange some settings but maybe there are more settings to change.
Some people claim even using the Norton uninstaller that Norton leaves too much behind and causes conflicts and slowdowns in their systems. If you haven't uninstalled Norton with the Norton uninstaller program Revo Uninstaller is suppose to clean up all traces but it may only work when Norton is still installed.
The firewall with the least conflict seems to be Zone Alarm 7 not 8. To prevent update to version 8, after installing larm 7 go to Preferences and change check for updates from Automatically to Manually.
I'm not a big fan of PC Tools but the PC Tools firewall is easy to use.
I think you'll find your PC much faster without the Norton security and it can be just as secure.
Zone Alarm 7
This has wandered way off topic and is not the place to review other products. For support of SuperAntispyware please submit a customer service request and follow up on their suggestions merely asking for an opinion is not following through, (see original posts) thanks
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