Spyware, viruses, & security forum: To bundle or not? How to choose new products.

by: lappelba November 13, 2007 8:17 AM PST

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To bundle or not? How to choose new products.

by lappelba - 11/13/07 8:17 AM

My Inspiron E1405 laptop is 1 year old and my subscriptions purchsed from Dell are now expired. I run Windows XP. I was a pro but now consider myself a bit of a novice-able to understand but not current in knowledge.

Dell recommends to bundle and get firewall, antivirus, antispy, etc. all from one package. They recommend McAfee 2008 VirusScan Plus. I like the idea of purchasing only one package but want good tech support too-and ability to phone free if possible.

I want to know if it makes sense to buy a bundle or if it's better to purchase or get freeware for each product separately. I am online a lot and want to limit problems. But I am a hobbyist, not a pro and would like low cost if possible.

I was considering a suite by Webroot or McAfee but reviews look poor. Also a few friends rec. CNET for reviews, Spybot (free), Norton's Avast.

My subscriptions running out are: Webroot Spy Sweeper, PC-cillan Internet Security 14, Norton Ghost, and PC-cillan or Windows Firewall. My DSL provider Qwest has a free bundle of Live1Care but I may not be a Qwest customer for long (fingers crossed).

thank you for any support and info

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