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Norton Internet Security vs. AVG Anti-virus

by studley2 / June 23, 2009 5:26 AM PDT

Currently have Norton on my windows xp laptop. Would like to remove it and replace with AVG anti-virus. Should I remove Norton first and then download AVG or reverse the procedure? I already have Webroot spysweeper so what else would I need on my computer if I went the way of AVG to provide adequate protection? thanks for your advise.

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Download first AVG or another Antivirus
by Donna Buenaventura / June 23, 2009 6:00 AM PDT

Proceed in removing Norton (you can use their removal tool). Reboot then install the new antivirus program.

You should be fine with AVG because it is one of the trustworthy antivirus vendor. Note only that it is not required to install the AVG Security Toolbar. All protection feature by AVG will run, operate even if you don't install the toolbar.

However, AntiVir by Avira (free antivirus program also) http://www.free-av.com has good track record in providing better detection that AVG. The downside is AntiVir do not have email scanner like AVG but any malware in email will be scanned if you try to save, open or click on any file (example: attachment in email is saved in desktop, AntiVir will scan it).

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download first AVG or another antivirus
by studley2 / June 24, 2009 12:32 AM PDT

Thank you Donna for your help. Is there any other software I must have on my laptop in addition to either AVG or Avira, (preferably a free download)?

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Yes there free's security software for your PC :)
by Donna Buenaventura / June 24, 2009 1:17 AM PDT

Do you use Windows Vista or XP? It might help in suggesting to you a security software that supports your OS.

Do you have firewall software already or have you enabled the built-in Windows Firewall?

After you removed Norton, install AVG or AntiVir. You can add the following to help protect your computer and your privacy but before you install any of this, please make sure that you have updated Windows by visiting http://www.microsoft.com/windows/downloads/windowsupdate/default.mspx website or if you have Vista, just open Windows Update application.

1. Web of Trust or SiteAdvisor for your browser
http://www.mywot.com
http://www.siteadvisor.com

2. Hosts file - to protect against bad and malicious ads/sites
You can choose to use any of this:
http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm
http://hosts-file.net/

3. KeyScrambler - a free plug-in for your browser that will encrypt your keystroke so no one can view or see it (spyware, trojans etc)
http://download.cnet.com/KeyScrambler-Personal/3000-2144_4-10571274.html

4. Free malware removal and scanner (Use all or any of these to check only if your AV or Antispyware have miss any malware)
◘ Malwarebytes Antimalware (MBAM) http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html
You can also download it from http://www.gt500.org/malwarebytes/mbam.jsp
◘ A-squared Free (A2) http://download.cnet.com/A-squared-Free/3000-2239_4-10262215.html
◘ SUPERAntispyware (SAS) http://download.cnet.com/SuperAntiSpyware-Free-Edition/3000-8022_4-10523889.html
You can also download it from http://superantispyware.com/downloadfile.html?productid=SUPERANTISPYWAREFREE

5. SpywareBlaster and SpywareGuard
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareguard.html

6. CCleaner - for privacy
Get the slim version of CCleaner from http://www.ccleaner.com/download/builds

7. StartUpLite - disable or remove unnecessary startup that can cause slow in starting Windows
http://www.malwarebytes.org/startuplite.php

If you need help on the above, please post back in this thread.

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StartUpLite software
by studley2 / June 24, 2009 3:33 AM PDT

Once again Donna thanks very much for all your info.
In regards to the StartUpLite program you mentioned in your last reply to me: I'm a novice when it comes to computers so forgive my ignorance, my question is:
how does one go about figuring out which start ups aren't necessary to keep your computer functioning? I don't have a clue what to delete/or how to delete and would love to get rid of this stuff. Would the StartUpLite software tell you which startups are safe to get rid of?

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Anything that is unnecessary to run...
by Donna Buenaventura / June 25, 2009 12:36 AM PDT
In reply to: StartUpLite software

and will continue to make your computer to function is going to be displayed by StartUplite.

StartUpLite will not display critical or important startup items that is necessary to load during Windows startup.

In Malwarebytes' StartUpLite forums, you will see the list of startup 'unnecessary' items that the program will offer to you to disable. I suggest to not to "remove/delete" anything but "disable" only so you can re-enable it again when you want it to start loading.

You do not need to find out if the entry is safe or not to "disable" because StartUpLite will only display to you the items that is safe to disable and not necessary to load during startup of Windows.

If you need more help about StartUpLite and not comfortable to use disable button, please post back by listing in your reply the items that StartUpLite has detected. We'll try to check for you if those are good to be disabled Happy

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