Should i keep my pre-installed Norton Internet Security on my computer?

I just bought a HP Pavillion Notebook computer (With Vista), and it has a 60 day trial of Norton Internet Security pre-installed. I’ve heard a lot of bad things about this, in fact when my sister bought her computer the man working at the store recommended that she un-install the program. I’ve heard it takes up alot of space and slows everything down. Should i un install it or keep it?
I have Norton Internet Security 2008 version.

5 replies
  1. AtomicPA says:

    Okay, personally, if I were getting a system “prefab” the moment I had it out of the box and capable of running with a monitor, I would do a complete OS re-install. (Sounds scary but is really easy) That will get rid of all the “Crapp-ons” that HP added onto your system. Don’t upload the extras utilities CD unless you’re certain you can install them each one by one.

    If you have a good Cleaner (CCleaner is great) you can just Add/Remove Programs and then clean up the left over bits.

    You can get a much better Anti Virus than Norton with better protections. A great deal of them you can get for free.

    Hope this helps you out.

    Good luck to you.

  2. Dunbar Pappy says:

    These pre-installed security suites are not the best things you can have on any Windows system…it tends to give newer computer users a ‘feel good’ attitude about their system’s security, and they tend to engage in riskier behavior.
    Securing Windows operating systems from Internet assault is not a single application, or even a suite.
    It’s layers of protection, user habits, threat landscape awareness, system configuration, real time protection, and more.

    Although ‘all-in-one’ suites (CareOne, McAfee, or Norton) are so-so, plenty of freeware is available that will do the same job or better & don’t deplete your system resources (and therefore speed).

    Generally speaking: as a system’s convenience, interactiveness & flexibility increase: security decreases.

    Look through some of the suggested freeware here, study up, and pick some of the frontline, real-time defenses. Create a restore point after each install, then run the system to verify that application’s ‘friendliness’ with your system before adding other applications.
    Make selections based on your skill level & system’s other configurations…an application you can’t work with is of little use.

    Sorry, but using Windows requires you to become a security expert, it’s that simple. Something they don’t tell you when you buy this system…

    http://www.snapfiles.com/Freeware/security/fwsecuritytools.html

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