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Should I ditch Norton all together?

by foxyboy / May 27, 2008 5:09 AM PDT

I have Norton 360 and I have had no end of problems with it all. Ive seen alot of good feedback about free products.

Would I be better off to get Avg free edition for the vuris protection zone alarm basic firewall for the firewall, aswell as windows defender? And uninstall norton.

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Personal Opinions Will Abound..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / May 27, 2008 6:25 AM PDT

But in my opinion, your solution sounds justifiable especially since Norton isn't working in your situation. If it's not working, then you don't have protection.. For the best security options, find something that works well for you..

If you're moving toward that solution, make sure to uninstall Norton FIRST, then use the Norton Removal Tool from the link below.. After Norton is gone, then install all the new security software of your choice.

Hope this helps.


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I agree.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 27, 2008 7:12 AM PDT

Yep, I agree with Grif. You are likely to get many opinions on Norton products. Many members here have no problems with Norton and are very happy with it. But some never seem to be able to get on with Nortons.

In addition to what you are thinking of installing I would also obtain a second anti-spyware utility besides Windows Defender and install that as a backup scanner. Whilst Windows Defender may be your main scanner, always running in the background, having a second one installed but not running as a background scanner is useful. Use it occasionally to run independent scans to catch any spyware WD misses.

Good luck.


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Since you asked
by Jimmy Greystone / May 27, 2008 7:08 AM PDT

Since you asked, I would say absolutely. Particularly since, and as Grif already pointed out, you say you have been having issues with your copy of the Norton software.

I wasn't a huge fan of the new AVG Free. It seemed to be a move away from the small, simple, unbloated virus scanner that was always a trademark of AVG Free, so I moved to Avast personally. AVG Free is still a very good choice, and compared to Norton, it's probably incredibly lightweight. It's just always good to be aware of your other options, and Avast is one of them. Each has their strengths and weaknesses, but both are solid choices for basic free virus protection. Most of their weaknesses involve rather trivial things that doesn't in any way reflect upon their core functionality.

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by foxyboy / May 27, 2008 8:11 AM PDT
In reply to: Since you asked

Ive just installed Norton, was a big problem with the auto protect and live update allways givin me errors. Ive just uninstalled Norton and my pc seems twice as fast then it was. Never really had any virus's with norton and hopefully I wont have to reinstall it.

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It's Still A Good Idea To Install An Antivirus Program
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / May 27, 2008 8:26 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks

Since your last post made it appear as if you weren't going to install any antivirus...I recommend that you don't go "naked". There are too many new types of malware out there, AVG Antivirus, Avast, and Avira are all good free antivirus programs.. Give them a try.

Hope this helps.


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