Hello I think there is a statistical diffeence between MSE with Win 7 native firewall as opposed to Norton Security Suite offered free by my isp. I know subjectivty plays a large role in the choice but as an unskilled user I can only rely on substantial information -that is why I am here.. Haven taken statistics in school I realize how misleading it can be but there must be some criteria that helps one decide. I have used both and never ha a problem but have always been behind a router. I do know Norton is lighter than it used tobe but does penetrate the pc and take over to a degree. ME is lighter and has less to it but I woonder if it is as effective especally the native firewall. I will be on the road for about 2 weeks and using the laptop under varying circumtances and would like to have an edge on intrusion. At times I will not be behind a router. I asked this of a person I thought knew better but all he came up with was that it is like asking which of 2 beers is better. I was hoping someone here could do better. Thank you P.S. I will continue to seek out some surveys on my own but any help would be appreciated.