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.
Hope that helps.