After seeing a few threads on changing AV programs I wanted to add my thoughts.
I have been with Norton AV and NIS since 2000. After ongoing frustration due to crashes, memory issues and poor customer service, I finally dumped Norton altogether this year.
When I dumped NAV, I started a thread here asking for some suggestions as to where to go to next and was given some great information. I tried some freeware (some good ones out there) and finally settled on a AV program recommended here (not freeware though).
My point to all this is that there are some very good freeware and alternate anti virus/firewall programs out there.
If you are considering dumping your Norton (or McAffee) then do it. There is nothing to consider. These are bloated, has been programs, outclassed long ago.
A friend recently bought a very fast, dual core processor PC. When he got it home it was almost the same speed as his old system. His PC came preinstalled with a 60 trial version of Norton 2006 (and all the Norton fixins).
He says to me, "I thought I bought the Lambourgini of computers". I told him "You did, but with Norton on there it's like having a Lambourgini with a 500
pound anvil in the passenger seat".
ask some questions, do a little research and