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Old 08-04-2008, 09:44 PM
 
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What's wrong with Norton? Could you recommend a good one? Even if I have to buy it, cause I never have any luck with the ones I find online.

And yes there's a lot of stuff on the add/remove program list, but I'm scared of deleting items that might be important...
I dumped Norton and moved to ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite. Much better. You can recreate all features with Freeware, but I'm not sure you can get them to all auto update.

If you decide to remove Norton. let us know. It is rare that a simple Add/Remove will actually get rid of it. Another reason techies dislike it. If it digs into my system so deep that it's own uninstall won't get rid of it without help, why would I want it on my system?
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Old 08-05-2008, 07:29 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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I also like using AVG. Several years ago, Norton would uninstall, require a reboot, then unstall a couple of other programs that ride along with it, like LiveUpdate. Lately, I have removed it from new computers before it was ever used, and still found traces of it. Internet searches show large numbers of people with problems and lack of help from Symantec, commercial programs to remove it, several sites with how-to guides, and links to tools Symantec has created to do this for you. Next time Norton/Symantec shows up on a new machine, I'll consider formatting the hard disk and starting over. Nobody has a right to wreck my computers (except ME, of course!).
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Old 08-05-2008, 09:18 AM
 
Location: US
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I also like using AVG. Several years ago, Norton would uninstall, require a reboot, then unstall a couple of other programs that ride along with it, like LiveUpdate. Lately, I have removed it from new computers before it was ever used, and still found traces of it. Internet searches show large numbers of people with problems and lack of help from Symantec, commercial programs to remove it, several sites with how-to guides, and links to tools Symantec has created to do this for you. Next time Norton/Symantec shows up on a new machine, I'll consider formatting the hard disk and starting over. Nobody has a right to wreck my computers (except ME, of course!).
I've followed Symantec's own manual un-install process on their website. I think I average about 1.5-2hrs from start to finish.
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Old 08-05-2008, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Texas
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It would be nice of some enterprising code writer could automate the process. I bet people would pay for it.
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Old 08-05-2008, 02:58 PM
 
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Tek_Freek, thank you so much for taking the time to explain each item. As to your questions, the item reminder is located in SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

I am running more than one antivirus, a while ago someone told me to install Avira Antivirus PE Classic. Should I uninstall it? I also have something called Spybot, which I installed very recently, and Ad-Aware SE Personal. There's a SpySubtract program that already came with the computer. Which ones should I keep?

I think I will uninstall Norton, after all you guys are the experts and would know.
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Old 08-05-2008, 04:08 PM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Pick one, but only one, virus protection program. These programs will not play well together. Only one allowed.

Speaking of Only One Allowed, remember that you should only have one popup blocker active at any time. These will also conflict with each other.
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Old 08-05-2008, 05:49 PM
 
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Thanks, mensaguy. Got sidetracked. Good advice.

As for reminder I'd just leave it for now. If it's from MS it's likely OK.

You can always take the time to uncheck the box for it later and see if it causes any problems. You're changing enough now that waiting is likely a good idea.

I don't multiple spyware progs is a problem as long as you don't run the scans at the same time.
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