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Replacing an anti-virus program

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#1 Ragnar Devonin

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 03:06 PM

Hi all!

My current anti-virus will be expiring soon, so I've been looking into alternatives and hit a snag.

Is there a proper/best way to replace ones' anti-virus program that does not leave someone open to viruses during the switch? I would absolutely hate to have to leave myself connected to the internet in order to change my anti-virus program, but since I haven't changed programs in years I can't really remember if I will need internet access available during the installation of the new one.

What I was planning on doing: Download the uninstaller (since I know Add/Remove Programs in Windows does not always get everything), download the new AV program I plan to use, and download the definitions to that AV. Then disconnect from the internet, run the uninstaller, install the new AV, have it use the definitions I'd downloaded to update ir before popping back online and doing a quick update check just to make sure I'm 100%.

Will that work? Is there anything I should be aware of?

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#2 cryptodan


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Posted 19 March 2011 - 03:09 PM

Remove the old one via the uninstaller, then download and install the new antivirus. No disconnect required.

#3 jburd1800


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Posted 19 March 2011 - 03:10 PM

Sounds like a good plan.

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