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Norton or McAfee for virus protection for Windows XP? I want something with a light footprint.

I'd actually reccomend Avg Antivirus far above McAfee or Norton. McAfee and Norton are both massive resource hogs - McAfee especially is pretty bad about this. Avg is light, does its job well, and automatically updates itself as needed. If you like you can shell out for a license, but there's no need as they have a free version available for non-corporate use.

Here's a link to the free version from download.com:


I'll second tylerg's recommendation, Dani- AVG is light, fast, frequently updated, and free for personal use.

I've used it on my own machines for quite some time, and it's also what I install on clients' machines, usually right after I discover that they let their subscriptions to Norton or McAfee run out. :mrgreen:


Whatever you do, steer far far away from Norton.

Personally I'd suggest Kaspersky for overall quality but it may be a tad heavy.


Whatever you do, steer far far away from Norton.

Personally I'd suggest Kaspersky for overall quality but it may be a tad heavy.

Amen! Norton went bizerk with the release of 2005. I still use 2004 system works. It runs very nicely, still heavy though.

Mcafee - fair, they are climbing slowly back to where they used to be. Somewhere on the top. But they are still aways from it.

AVG - is the best anti-virus out there. And the free version is just as good as the costly one. Good news? Yeah. I mean you're only paying for a few extra options. It's mostly a trojan hunter but it finds almost everything. (personal record was 3003 viruses on one machine here at the school, and the computer still ran :O )

Kaspersky - Now this bad boy right here. (Kaspersky Anti-Hacker & System Mechanic 6 Pro). They are dominating the utility word right now. You have to remember this is a heavy one. So it may not be what you're looking for.
Some of the features are:

- Kaspersky Anti-Hacker is the anti virus program and firewall
These Tools also included:

Optimization Tools

* Boost Internet speeds up to 300%
* Tweak over 100 hidden Windows settings
* Recover, Defragment, and Optimize Memory
* Start Windows Up Faster!
* High-speed Disk Defrag and Optimization

PC Fixup Tools

* Clean and optimize your system registry
* Purge invalid uninstaller information
* Find and fix broken shortcuts

System Cleanup Tools

* Get rid of junk files on your PC (make sure they are junk :P )
* Cover the tracks you leave behind (you wouldn't believe some of the options here)
* Find and Remove Duplicate Files (this works like a dream)
* Stop annoying Internet popup ads

Security Tools

* Securely delete sensitive information
* Eliminate PC Parasites with SpyHunter (it works... i prefer adaware and spybot)
* Create system snapshots to track changes

Maintenance Tools

* Easy PC maintenance wizard
* Easy access with the Utility Bar
* Schedule your PC's maintenance
* Access logs and system statistics


Thanks guys. I"ll look into AVG. I used to use Norton but it got too resource intensive for my taste so I switched to McAfee, which I felt had a lighter footprint. My subscription is nearly up and I was debating whether to renew or not.


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I would recommend McAfee.

AVG, not so much. If you are going free, go Avast.

Cohen :)

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