Glad the info helped some.
I used to be a Norton proponent, in fact no computer left my bench without 2 extremely important tools --
1. APC Surge Arrest -- Mandatory
2. Norton System Works -- Mandatory..
Now since Norton has gotten so big, and soooo useless... I now use IOLO exclusively. Make sure you have a GOOD Suite on your computer. I recommend IOLO System Mechanic Pro -- 5 is excellent, and I am test running 6 on Em's puter... jury is out on that one, but SM5Pro is very good. I do not have much faith in others, have used em all, and out the door pretty much.
Anyways, make sure you also have a good Firewall.. IOLO comes with that..
Recently while troubleshooting something else I lowered my security setting in the control panel internet options to medium.
By lowering your security setting to medium you are actually allowing the backdoors which are rampant in any version of Windows to be accessible by hackers. If you are going to run at the DEFAULT, which is Medium, ensure that you have Microsoft Anti-spyware Beta, Ad-Aware Personal SE and Spy-Bot all installed and run them regularily. I recommend a minimum of once a week. Depending on how often you are on the net, you may have to up to 2 or 3 x's/week. Em had to just to get rid of the bots...
I recommend that these additional Shareware (Free) programs are utilized by all.. as they do work. No, each as a stand alone are NOT SUFFICIENT, but when all 3 are used in concert with a suite such as SM5Pro, then the integrity of your computer is greatly enhanced.
Personally, I always adjust my Security options to Custom and it becomes as high as I can get for most sites.. Sites such as http://www.farmallcub.com
and my server obviously are TRUSTED sites, so I do allow my setting for those sites and those sites only to be relaxed a bit to default.. Most others are at Max...
I just get tired of redoing systems.. and when you do as many as I do in a normal year, it can get a little intimidating especially when you have to redo a particular system 2 or 3 or 4 times a year....
Oh one other little tidbit..
You can usually buy a program which has been upgraded such as System Mechanic 5 Pro for about 50% off and as much as 75% off which is significant. It doesn't actually compromise your computer when loaded, as one of the first things it does is hit the server for ALL the updates. Will it update to SM6Pro -- no, the interface will not, but all of the important stuff will.
So a good way to keep your computer protected yet save some hard to come by cash for really important stuff like Cub Parts is to buy a program that is no longer at top prices and allow it to upgrade on the net..
I like that option a lot.
Keeps the FRUGAL side of me happy