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#1 adeeba222


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Posted 13 September 2009 - 09:18 AM


I run Windows Vista on my laptop, which is almost a year old. When i first got it, i installed Norton Internet Security as my antivirus and it has worked fairly well (although i had a huge problem with Brontok virus last year, but that's been cleared up now).

My Norton subscription expires in a couple weeks and i'm considering switching to a free antivirus program that can be found online, like AVG, BitDefender or Avast. is this a bad idea? will i be compromising my laptop's security? any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks a bunch


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Posted 13 September 2009 - 04:28 PM

Hello Dee.

My Norton subscription expires in a couple weeks and i'm considering switching to a free antivirus program that can be found online, like AVG, BitDefender or Avast. is this a bad idea? will i be compromising my laptop's security? any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

In what terms or why do you think it may be compromising your laptop's security by switching to a different anti-virus software? I'm not being mean or anything I'm just asking as to know what you think and why?

My response would be No. Switching anti-virus softwares doesn't compromise your security at all. In fact, it doesn't alter with the security. There are different anti-virus softwares out there that have different "signatures" or their own definition of what they think/believe is "bad" or malicious and is why some anti-virus softwares detect certain things and some don't. Doesn't mean one is worse than another. Switching anti-virus softwares is never a bad thing but you should always have one installed at a time and before uninstalling your old one you should download the new one first on to your computer before you uninstall your old one. You should also dis-connect from the internet after you uninstalled your old one. Not saying that you'll be infected immediately after you have no anti-virus protection but it's good and safe practice.

Some good free anti-virus softwares I recommend are:

An anti-virus is essential in keeping your computer safe while surfing the Internet. Please install a (ONE) free anti-virus program from one of the links below:---

It is recommended that you only have ONE anti-virus softwares installed at a time. Why?

In addition to wasting resources, if both products have their automatic (Real-Time) protection switched on, then those products which do not encrypt the virus strings within them can cause other anti virus products to cause "false alarms". It can also lead to a clash as both products fight for access to files which are opened again this is the resident/automatic protection. In general terms, the two programs may conflict and cause:

1) False Alarms: When the anti virus software tells you that your PC has a virus when it actually doesn't.
2) System Performance Problems: Your system may lock up due to both products attempting to access the same file at the same time.

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 05:23 PM

Free ones are almost as good but you will need to be sure to get good products like Avira or Avast for Anti virus and malwarebytes/super antispyware for antispyware. . Pretty much stay away from AVG. (remember only have 1 antivirus at a time)
You will also need a firewall i suggest comodo or Zonealarm.
Download one
Avira http://download.cnet.com/Avira-AntiVir-Per....html?tag=mncol (How to stop annoying popups in Avira. Go to Scheduler> daily update > change it to on startup> change from minimized to invisible> and annoying popups are gone.)
Avast http://download.cnet.com/3001-2239_4-10019...3ab28193f953b8d
Download both
Superantispyware http://download.cnet.com/SuperAntiSpyware-....html?tag=mncol
Malwarebytes http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti....html?tag=mncol
Download one
Comodo firewall http://download.cnet.com/Comodo-Internet-S....html?tag=mncol
Zonealarm http://download.cnet.com/ZoneAlarm/3000-10....html?tag=mncol
Helpful maintenance tools
Ccleaner http://download.cnet.com/ccleaner/?tag=mncol;pm
Advanced system care http://download.cnet.com/Advanced-SystemCa....html?tag=mncol
Glary utilities http://download.cnet.com/Glary-Utilities/3....html?tag=mncol

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 08:21 PM

Norton Internet Security also includes a firewall. In addition to installing a new antivirus, you'll also need a new firewall.
A list of free programs can be found here:


Scroll down to the firewall section.

#5 Andrew Diaz

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 01:14 PM

Hi Dee,

This is Andrew Diaz from Norton Outreach.

I understand you are considering replacing your Norton software. Were there any issues that you had with Norton that could have made your experience better? I may be able to assist you if there were any specific problems you encountered.

If you are interested, you can update to Norton Internet Security 2010 for free as long as you have a valid subscription to your current Norton software. I recommend you check out our latest products before you install another security program. I think you will be pleased with the speed and overall performance of the product. Norton Internet Security 2010 has received favorable reviews from the online community. Check out this PC Magazine review of Norton Internet Security 2010 and see what others are saying.

Keep in mind, while this process will update you to the latest version of Norton Internet Security, it will not extend your subscription. To update to the latest version of Norton Internet Security, please visit the Norton Update Center at the link below.

Norton Update Center

For anyone else on this thread who is interested in Nortonís 2010 products, please find below links to a free 30 day subscription to both Norton Internet Security 2010 and Norton AntiVirus 2010:

Free 30 day trial for Norton Internet Security 2010

Free 30 day trial for Norton AntiVirus 2010

Please let me know if you have any questions about our latest products or updating your Norton software. Best of luck finding the best fit for your needs!

Andrew Diaz
Norton Outreach
Symantec Corporation

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