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Switching my anti-virus to AVG

by dzdon / March 2, 2007 6:11 AM PST

I know there are previous posts about anti-virus software...if this has already been posted/answered, please post that link and I will go from there...

I currently have Norton Internet Security which will expire soon so I thought I'd download the AVG-antivirus.

Can I download the AVG and save it on my computer, then turn off and/or uninstall the Norton, then install the AVG?

And does the AVG protect the same way as the Norton IS? (there's probably many posts on this as well...)My understanding of the Norton IS is that is has some protection while on the internet, not just scanning the computer...

I'm just a little paranoid about not having an active anti-virus and don't want to be open to unwanted viruses while switching.

(I'm still recovering from some virus issues...whole other I suppose.)

Any direction on switching would be appreciated!
Thanks,
dz

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I'll write no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 2, 2007 6:16 AM PST

The common norton product is now a suite with other features. To complete the picture I add Free AVG AntiSpyware, Zone Alarm and then stop using IE and disable the preview in Outlook (all versions.) Next I use an AntiSpam product. Your choice here but I'm using Popfile.

Bob

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I already have AVG anti-spyware...
by dzdon / March 2, 2007 6:28 AM PST
In reply to: I'll write no.

and have switched to Foxfire for my browser. I don't use outlook...at least it doesn't open/show on my computer...

I have been looking into the other free firewall as well as anti-virus...

Should I download the firewall first, then the anti-virus?

And I'm assuming I will have to uninstall the Norton before I download/install the AVG anti-virus.

Also, could you tell me more about the anti-spam filter you mentioned? I don't recall reading much about that as an additional option to install...
Thanks again! dz

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JD covered the order and staying off the internet
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 2, 2007 8:04 AM PST

During removal and install. XP and XP SP1 are unprotected without a firewall and that old worm (SASSER) can creep on in just a few seconds without SP2 or basic firewalls.

Bob

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Answers
by jackson dougless / March 2, 2007 6:21 AM PST

Yes, you can just download AVG Free and then uninstall Norton and install AVG. The odds of you getting a virus are next to none if you don't open any programs that aren't normally open, and keep any file sharing programs switched off.

One important thing to note is that AVG Free is ONLY a virus scanner, it's not a suite like Norton Internet Security. IMO, this works in its favor, allowing AVG to be small and nimble, where Norton is slow and bloated. You can use XP's built in firewall if you don't have a router, or you can download a third party firewall program such as Zone Alarm if not running XP, or simply don't want to use XP's firewall.

There are also plenty of free malware scanners available that will put Norton's to shame. Most of which aren't even necessary if you don't use Internet Explorer, Outlook, Outlook Express, or any file sharing programs. Replace the former three with something such as Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird, and malware becomes an almost non-issue without any file sharing programs around.

While in the transition phase, I would recommend making sure to NOT be connected to the Internet. Physically remove the network cable, or unplug the modem, just to be sure it can't be enabled without your noticing. This will keep you safe from automated attacks while you get all the security pieces in place.

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thanks for the reply...
by dzdon / March 2, 2007 6:36 AM PST
In reply to: Answers

I have switched to Mozilla Foxfire and have noticed less crap coming on my computer...when I do open IE, there is virus that keeps opening as well..I think that it's in the registry somewhere or something...

I guess you last comment on unplugging the modem to prevent unwanted intruders is what I needed to know too...I wasn't sure about having DSL "always connected" when I don't want to necessarily have a connection.

Thanks...Think I'll try switch soon. Still looking into the free firewall that's available!

dz

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my correction-I use Firefox, not Foxfire...
by dzdon / March 2, 2007 7:39 AM PST

Silly mix-up there, but hope the post made sense just as well...

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