coaledsweat wrote:beemerboy wrote:[quote="coaledsweat"]http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/
I downloaded and tried the "security essentials" on my laptop. What a resource hog. It brought the computer to an almost standstill. I uninstalled it after a couple of days.
You need to remove all the other anti-this that and the other thing from your computer. I have had great luck with it and mine runs much faster than it did with the other stuff. AVG, Avast, etc.[/quote]
This is a new install of windows XP Pro. No other anti-virus programs yet. My modem has a hardware firewall built in so I disabled the M$ firewall in XP. I guess everyone's mileage will vary.
I use Norton AV for several years on my desktop and I've never had any problems, yet I know several people that have had major headaches with it.
For years, with my laptop I didn't use any A/V programs and I haven't had any problems. Then again, my laptop is not for any "mission critical" stuff so if I have to reformat and reinstall nothing is really lost.