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Remove old Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition?

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#1 mdx


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Posted 11 July 2010 - 02:53 PM

Hey guys, need your intput:

My laptop was provided by my graduate school (came out of our tuition) and was preloaded with Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition 10.2xx. I graudated a few years ago but still kept this on my laptop and updated the virus definitions regularly. Recently, I found out the "scan" function has been disabled, but real-time protection appears to work (occasionally pops up that xxxx has been quarantined). So I went to Symantec's website and found that this product has been discontinued. I looked around some more and it looks like uninstalling Symantec is a real pain, requiring editing the registry.

So should I continue using this, since real-time scanning and virus definition updates still work? I'm afraid that since it's a discontinued product, I'll be vulnerable to infections. Do you guys think I should try uninstalling it, and downloading one of the free antivirus programs instead (Avira, Microsoft, AVG)?

I tried installing Microsoft Security Essentials (heard it was good), but slowed my laptop to a screeching halt. Probably because I still had Symantec & Spybot teatimer running. Thus, it had to go.

I have the following security programs:
- Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition
- Spybot S&D w/ Teatimer
- MalwareBytes
- ZoneAlarm firewall

What do you guys think?

p.s. Should I use Firefox browser instead of IE? Heard it was "safer".

Edited by mdx, 11 July 2010 - 02:55 PM.

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#2 DaChew


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Posted 11 July 2010 - 03:07 PM


But make sure that teatimer is disabled first.

We need to disable Spybot S&D's "TeaTimer"
TeaTimer works by preventing ANY changes to the system. It will attempt to undo any fixes we run, because it blocks these fixes from running.

In order to safeguard your system from problems that can be brought on by a half finished fix, we need to disable TeaTimer. We can reenable it when we're done if you like.
  • Open SpyBot Search and Destroy by going to Start -> All Programs -> Spybot Search and Destroy -> Spybot Search and Destroy.
  • If prompted with a legal dialog, accept the warning.
  • Click Posted Image and then on "Advanced Mode"
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  • You may be presented with a warning dialog. If so, press Posted Image
  • Click on Posted Image
  • Click on Posted Image
  • Uncheck this checkbox:
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  • Close/Exit Spybot Search and Destroy


No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try.

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