Generally I’m happy with Norton Antivirus 2002. It installs like a dream, the e-mail scanning works, and it’s easy to update.

But here’s an interesting side-effect. I just set up a new Dell Dimension 8200 – a very nice, very fast computer. Almost immediately I noticed that the clock was losing time – a lot of time, several hours every day. I did diagnostics and checked everything I could think of. When I spoke to Dell technical support, they suggested removing Norton Antivirus. And bang! the clock was back to normal. Dell said, yup, it’s a known problem – it doesn’t happen often, sometimes a bios update will fix it, other times we just advise people to use a different program.

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