I had difficulty getting my new Acer Aspire laptop to run and finally figured out out the problems were due to the anti virus programs. Acer sent along a trial version of Norton so I made the mistake of trying it thinking it might work till I got a better Security Suite. Norton locked up my laptop so mouse wouldn't work and keys wouldn't open any programs either. Furthermore to make it worse it blocked the restore mechanism on the hard drive as this wouldn't work till Norton was removed. I was able to format hard drive and restore to original setup using the backup disks Acer encouraged me to make when setting up the new computer. Next I tried the Security Suite from Charter.net since it was free too and used f-Prot virus protection. This program seemed unable to read the Acer utilities and generated several eror messages every time it booted up. I really liked their firewall program but they said it can't be installed as a stand alone. Next I tried AVG anti-virus since I didn't want to buy another secuirty suite that wouldn't allow my laptop to boot up right. AVG works fine but I need to add some firewall program and spyware besides Lavasoft Ad-Aware and wonder what other Acer users have found compatible with their machines? I use V-com on my desktop and might try that next even though the latest reviews didn't rate this software as high this year. I think I will try Counter Spy for spyware as that has usually rated high. What programs have you found that work and don't work with your Acer laptops?
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9/15/06 at 4:59pm