I recently purchased Norton Internet security 2003. It works great - found 3 viruses on a fresh system install. Trouble is system resources. 81% before Norton, 66% after. Both readings on boot-up. This makes some large programs or multiple programs hard to run.

1. Would Norton Anti-Virus or McAfee Anti-virus be a better choice?

2. Are there any anti-virus programs available which would run on an old Pentium 75 Toshiba Laptop?


This question was answered on February 26, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Here's a free anti-virus: I don't know how fast it runs, but should be faster than Norton's

Also try this free one:

Another option is free online scans, such as:

In my experience I found McAfee to be faster and easier to use than Norton, and took up less space and memory This might have changed by now as I use an ancient version.

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Posted by Alex of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on February 26, 2003