free and almost daily virus definition updates. it's quality software and saved my ass a bunch of times.
I ended up doing some more research on this after all of the good words. I now have it and everything seems to be fine! A couple of other people use my laptop from time to time, and their knowledge of the internets is below par. I feared more for their usage than my own.
It appears everything runs smoother now as well. I think Norton is just too big. It is now gone!