Is that a known drawback of McAfee? I have heard Norton is a resource hog, that's why I went with McAfee? I personally have never used any of the security suites, but for my neighbor, let's just say the fewer decisions he has to make the better. Patience is NOT his strongest attribute.
SLTtrucker, Some people use McAfee and never have a problem with it, just as others don't have problems with Norton, Trend Micro, or other suites. The other side of the coin is that all of these can and do cause issues for others. Panda slowed my system down to a crawl. So did McAfee antivirus, which messed things up so much I had to do a reinstall of Windows just to get rid of McAfee.
When I used Norton, my computer ran fine. The key is to find something that plays nice with your system, which is why I recommended using a trial of a product. As Tork mentioned, suites tend to hog resources so take that into consideration.
One thing to check out is your friends ISP may provide a security suite free to its customers.
He can install and try it out.
Something else to think about: you can use a security program and your computer works just fine with it. Then one day things start to go wrong-you scratch your head, call the computer every name you can think of, threaten to throw it out the window. Nothing you do solve the issues. A possibility that a lot of people don't think of is an update to the security program. Sometimes updates can cause problems. Then you decide to uninstall the program and go with something else. And think gee I wasted my money paying for that program, it hasn't expired, and I can't use it. At least with a free program, you've not shelled out money for it.
Edited by Queen-Evie, 26 February 2008 - 02:47 PM.