Norton is out, and AVS is in.
Norton has been killing my internet connection for a little while apparantly, but I only just found out that it was responsible when I noticed ccproxy.exe consuming 1.5Gb of memory and growing … it’s the kind of thing you tend to notice on a machine with 1.5Gb of physical memory plus Oracle EE 10gR1 running on it. I had to keep restarting the Symantec Netwrok Proxy service to restore the connection. “Bye-bye!”
So it turns out that not only does AVS have all the required credentials but it’s user interface is also not nearly as funky as Norton’s. It appears to do all the same stuff, plus it registers itself with Windows XP Security Center (which Norton never managed to do). The firewall part does everything I need as well.
Oh, and it’s a darned sight cheaper as well — the anti-virus part is free for home users, and AVG + Firewall Edition is a snip at $48.95 for a two year license.
Here you go: http://www.grisoft.com
(Their website is also much easier to use than Symantec’s as well)