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Old 12-15-2011   #11
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Thanks for the discussion on Avast. I use Norton on 3 PC's. I'll try Avast on my 4th which uses XP. You're all correct in that Norton is a resource hog. I get constant reminders that I'm running out of memory and I freeze up more frequently since I installed it---occasionly when making a 'Quick Reply' in this website.
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Thanks for the discussion on Avast. I use Norton on 3 PC's. I'll try Avast on my 4th which uses XP. You're all correct in that Norton is a resource hog. I get constant reminders that I'm running out of memory and I freeze up more frequently since I installed it---occasionly when making a 'Quick Reply' in this website.
When you uninstall the Norton, don't just rely on Windows, or the program itself to do it, you'll be left with "fragments" of the program in the system registry and elsewhere that could cause serious problems later on, especially if you're installing a different antivirus/internet security suite.

You need to remove every trace of the program from the computer, and that can be difficult to say the least. Norton themselves have an uninstaller which is designed to completely remove a broken or corrupted installation... so that you can re-install it again! You can find the Norton uninstaller here https://www-secure.symantec.com/nort...=1&pvid=f-home

But before you run the Norton tool above, I'd suggetst you read the two following articles and then decide on what to do; How can I fully remove Norton Antivirus from my system? :: Online Tech Support Help :: Ask Dave Taylor! and this How the $#@$# do I fully remove Norton from my PC? :: Online Tech Support Help :: Ask Dave Taylor!

Alternatively, the simplest, and most straightforward method of getting rid of Norton, or any other antivirus/internet security suite for that matter, is to simply nuke the drive and start again!

If you're willing to pay for your security suite I'd obviously recommend the Kaspersky as I use it myself, but I've also heard REALLY good things about NOD32 by eset.

Good luck!
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Yes that's correct, Paul. I forgot to mention that part. I had to download that Symantec uninstaller to completely remove all traces of Norton AntiVirus from my machines.
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Days past I was certainly no fan of Nortons, however now it is offered free to Comcast users and free is a powerfull word. Anyway no current problems with it and I have it installed on several machines at home.
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I use nothing but Eset Smart Security 5 or as a backup I also recommend is Kaspersky
nothing else no norton,no mcafee,no avg etc..

Even at the corporate level we use Eset
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ANOTHER satisfied Avast user!

It was suggested by a friend who is a techie (that sounds SO much better than computer genius and criminal hacker!).

I know Norton is big (in my area anyway) with corporate and local government IT pros, and it suggested by them. ON THE SURFACE one would think that in itself was a good recommendation but I'm not so sure. I'm not sure NC State government IT people are that swift anyway-we have to leave Internet Explorer TWO VERSIONS BACK on our machines to use some of the State programs

There is SURELY a love affair between the IT guys and Norton-
Every time they interact with our workstations they change the homepage back to Norton's homepage(!)

WHAT GEEKS!

Even if it's automatic and they are uncaring enough to leave it, that's pretty arrogant on Norton's part.

If it's not automatic, and the IT guys are doing it on their own, then they need to step back, take a breath, and discover a woman or something...
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A decade ago, Norton and McAffee seemed to be the standard. I was a Norton user but it was a huge system hog as others have noted. I've been using Trend Micro for the last three years and have been very happy.
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I havent ran a virus scanner on my pc in over 10 years. But I am a creature of habit. I make sure my settings are secure (mostly active X) and go to the same sites over and over again. I also know what types of files to not click on. I just found they slowed my system down, since everything went through the scanner.
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MS Security Essentials here on several Windows machines. Have used Avast in the past with success too. Also there is a Mac here. OS X has a rudimentary built in signature based AV.
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Norton is not the sharpest tool in the shed to use for PC security. AVG's security suite is faster and does a far better job than Norton. I had a client loose all their data because something got by Norton. Norton was patched and up to date, the computer was patched and up to date and still something got by.

All of the other systems I maintain run AVG and have never had data loss or infection and those systems are ran by Joe Average Users.


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