- do nothing
- purchase a new subscription
- uninstall and replace with a different product
- an updated security tool is better than an obsolete one
- any security tool is a resource hog - but some are less hungry than Norton's
- some security tools are better than Norton's
- most non-free security tools are better than the free security tools
- it's a laptop, and it's also my wife's laptop, and sh*t does happen
The performance claims above are based on independent benchmarks such as those conducted by AV-Comparatives.
I uninstalled the Norton suite and then installed NOD32 trial version together with the ZoneAlarm Free firewall (it's becoming increasingly difficult to track down this free utility on the ZoneAlarm website - but you can get it direct from download.com).
I was quite happy with this setup - the laptop wasn't as slow as with the Norton tools, and it seemed to work without a hitch. It was only after the 30 day trial period ended, that I realized that I couldn't purchase a license online from eset's website. In that respect Norton is much easier - the registration process is simple, painless, and actually works (it makes sense - they do want my money).
I had to purchase a real boxed CD from a local dealer, uninstall the trial version and then install from the CD. What a drag.
I guess I'll have to go through this next year too.