similarly, i support nmsuk 'n ussnorway on their proposals. well over a decade ago, couple of my friends had asked how i maintained such a healthy computer. they soon purchased themselves brand-new dell laptop computers(win-xp) and asked me to "prep" them by installing av and other security utilities. veritably, their new computers all came with norton … to which i utilized norton's uninstall program to completely eradicate all traces of norton from their new machines … i definitely breathed easier after reboot and confirmation. i also reminded them to update the reference files often … which they still forgot to do. edit: so as not to hijack this thread … i had tried registry-cleaner one time and, since then, have never allowed one near my computer.