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If I want try and use MSE is it totaly ok to leave Norton on my system? I assume it's ok since it's currently disabled and the trial is gone. Basicly it shows a X on the taskbar for the Norton.
You should never run 2 Antiviruses at once, as they can conflict and cause all sorts of issues. You'll have to uninstall norton with the "Norton Removal Tool", to get rid of it 100%, which is silly, but needed. Google it.

MSE is the Easiest out of the 3, and is very light on system resources. Very good interface and is the least confusing. Avira is also very easy to use and light, but just go with MSE for ease.

Norton is bloated and not really that good, its pretty average. There is much much better out there if you want to pay for an AV, such as Eset Smart Security/NOD32, which is pretty much top of the table.

There really is no reason to buy Norton anymore, or to even really buy Antivirus at all, when there are such good free alternatives I buy mine, Eset Smart Security, because it's a great AV, Firewall, Antispyware and Spam Filter and piece of software, always used it, never had any virus, uses very little resources and has great user support and interface, very non intrusive which i like. I'm happy to support them.
    
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If I want try and use MSE is it totaly ok to leave Norton on my system? I assume it's ok since it's currently disabled and the trial is gone. Basicly it shows a X on the taskbar for the Norton.
I think generally as long as the "Real-Time" protection is disabled it's okay to have more than one anti-virus software on your computer at a time. I personally would remove it just to remove any doubt. (If you want it you can always reinstall it)

I personally use Kaspersky Internet Security, I love it. I've used McAfee, Norton, Avast, and AVG and I have not liked any of them as much as I like Kaspersky.

Here's a link to an Anti-Virus benchmarking site for comparative purposes, http://www.av-comparatives.org/
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You'll have to uninstall norton with the "Norton Removal Tool", to get rid of it 100%, which is silly, but needed.
This.
And don't think that "oh, I'll just run the installer anyway. They do the same things!". Occasionally an uninstall of Norton without the utility will completely bork your network connectivity..
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Why do people keep recommending MSE? It is just an average product. Also, Norton is not bloated. Older versions might be but definitely not the latest (trust me, I've used 2009-present on 4 different systems). It is stupid to judge products on impresssions of old versions. To reiterate what I said before, "It's like saying my old Pentium 4 sucked so all future Intel CPUs on must suck as well."
Here are some actual tests:
Detection
http://www.av-comparatives.org/image...od_aug2010.pdf


Whole product test:
http://www.av-comparatives.org/image...ynamic2010.pdf

Finally performance impact:
http://www.av-comparatives.org/image...e_dec_2010.pdf

If you want Tom's hardware also recently did an analysis on performance:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...ance,2777.html
This better stop some ridiculous (but well meaning) advice here.
If you want free, use Avira.
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