You can chuck the Norton(Symantec) 2008 and 2009, which were awful programs. The first really good one is 2010. but DO NOT run 2 A-V's at the same time. as a double-check, run the free MBAM maybe weekly just to be sure everything is caught.
I uninstalled the software then installed the free comcast norton suite. I am looking into the all the stuff you said earlier, my WD external was suppose to sync all my stuff, and back it up w/encryption, but its only trial software and want me to pay so either I will pay, or just do it myself.
I will be in hotspots from school to beans n brew/starbucks so I need to make sure I am safe. I have heard some fed up storys of peoples stuff getting jacked. A lot of people think they don't have anything that anyone wants, but name,address, and pic can go a long way for a hacker.