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by james_h_15 / October 14, 2013 3:28 AM PDT

I am aware that if two or more internet security programs are installed on the same computer, they will conflict with each other. Just wondering if this will still happen if one of them is disabled but still installed. The reason is I am intending to change security software from Norton to Kaspersky but don't want to uninstall Norton until I'm definitely happy with Kaspersky.

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I wouldn't risk it
by Jimmy Greystone / October 14, 2013 10:00 AM PDT

I wouldn't risk it. Without getting too far into the weeds, AV programs, by necessity, have to worm themselves pretty deep into the OS. Even though you may have disabled the obvious parts, others are likely still running and can cause problems.

Also, be careful. Not sure if they're still doing it, but for a while at least Norton was practicing something of a scorched earth policy. If you uninstalled their software, it'd disable all your network connections. They had some BS line about it being for security reasons, but it was punitive, plain and simple.

If you don't like Kaspersky, you can always put Norton back on, so aside from saving a little extra work, there's really no point to doing what you want to do.

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Thanks for the replies...
by james_h_15 / October 15, 2013 2:57 AM PDT
In reply to: I wouldn't risk it

OK I'll uninstall Norton first then. As far as the issue with network connections goes, I've found a few references to this but as far as I can see it won't be a problem as long as I use Norton Removal Tool to uninstall it. Kaspersky has a great reputation, to be honest I only use Norton because it was pre-installed on the computer I had when I first got Internet access, and in fact on almost every computer I've owned since then. But seeing as Norton doesn't have the best reputation, and my subscription is due for renewal soon, I thought it was about time to give something else a try.

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It's as easy as riding two horses at the same time.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 14, 2013 3:34 AM PDT

You don't see folk do that except for the show.

Pick a horse.

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Norton removal tool
by pgc3 / October 14, 2013 4:58 AM PDT

There is a Norton removal tool available, look on line and do the download. Unless it is the Norton 360, I'm going with Kaspersky, the Norton 360, however, is really pretty spiffy.

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