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Problem With Norton And Programs In Startup?


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#1 frankp316

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Posted 31 January 2008 - 12:36 PM

Hey guys. I had a problem when I started up this morning that I think was related to the Norton Security Suite I get through my ISP. It has virus protection, fiewall & spyware protection. I think I've fixed it but I wanted to run it by you guys and see if there's anything I should check just to make sure. I have made no changes to my system and it was working fine last night. Obviously when I start up there are programs that I have starting up routinely. Of course this includes Norton along with Wallpaper Master (to automatically change wallpaper) & CCleaner (to automatically clean cookies). This morning not only did these programs not start but I couldn't open them at all. This also affected my VeohTV player. I got an error message from Norton indicating that I need to uninstall and reinstall Norton. The Norton Fix tool wouldn't work. I checked Event Viewer and there wasn't anything there. So I did uninstall and reinstall Norton through my ISP website and things seem to be back to normal. I reinstalled the other programs and I can open them now and my saved cookies were still in CCleaner and my 280 wallpaper files were still in Wallpaper Master. I also have to reinstall AVG Anti Spyware but that's because of the Norton reinstallation. I'll reinstall that later. This didn't affect SpywareBlaster & Super AntiSpyware. So I don't know what happened because I didn't do anything and I'm just wondering if there's a way I could check just to be sure that the problem is fixed. It can either be within Windows or a third party utility. The other thing is that other programs that normally start up did start. Any suggestions would be appreciated.


Almost forgot. Through all this Google Screensavers, which I have installed but don't use, became my screensaver. I didn't do that. I've changed it back to none because that's what I had set up before.

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Posted 31 January 2008 - 03:25 PM

I'm not sure of a reasonable way to check your anti-virus program. Any online scanner is going to tell you it's not enough and to buy theirs.
This is my opinion only. Norton is bloated and over-rated. I would think the version offered by your ISP is a watered down version and you might do better with AVG or Avast. This is only my opinion. Maybe if you posted your question Here, you'll get more suggestions
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Posted 31 January 2008 - 06:57 PM

This link will provide you with a test file that should set your antivirus protection off (but it's not a virus). http://www.eicar.org/anti_virus_test_file.htm

Please read the directions carefully, as it's harder to try it a second time! :thumbsup:
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Posted 31 January 2008 - 07:01 PM

I don't think it's a watered down version of Norton. It seems to be a full version of Norton 2007. I believe that it somehow got corrupted and the uninstall & reinstall seems to have fixed that. I booted up just now and everything seems to work fine. I guess my concern is with the programs in startup and possibly checking that. It's kind of a WTF moment when stuff like that happens for no reason. At least I was able to fix it.

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Posted 31 January 2008 - 11:48 PM

You might want to try SOLO anti-virus. It has found stuff on my comp that Norton and CA didn't. You can try it for 30 days free. I agree w/ Mark ; Norton is over rated.

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Posted 01 February 2008 - 06:31 AM

Except I'm not paying for Norton. It comes with my ISP. It seems to be working OK now but if I was going to switch, it wouldn't be to a paid program.




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