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Norton Anti-virus

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#1 cherylisfun


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Posted 28 December 2005 - 05:12 PM

I have seen many negitive things on here about Norton Anti-Virus....it came on my new computer n I have been using it as well as other things.....everytime I ran Norton it shows nothing then I run something else n' it will
find something.
Should I uuninstall Norton even though it came ON the computer?

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Posted 28 December 2005 - 05:26 PM


IMHO, yes! get rid of Norton/Symantec. They are a huge resource hog for the amount of protection they provide. As you have already seen here there are free alternatives as well as paid ones. Also many AV vendors have try before you buy time periods. So you really can find the AV that fits you best, free or not.

Here's the Bleeping Computer list of free apps.
Here's another link that compares AV's. Independent comparatives of Anti-Virus software.

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Posted 28 December 2005 - 05:30 PM

I for one vote to uninstall it. I have seen free antivirus software do
a much better job then Norton. And yours is the same complaint
i hear over and over: "Norton finds it, but can't remove it"
Check out free AV's such as AVG


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Posted 28 December 2005 - 05:33 PM

It depends. Norton has many versions, and has changed just about every year. It is not a universally dependable program, and I reckon the reason for this is because it is large and intrusive adding miles to your registry. This makes it difficult to remove, without Symantec tools, and these must be related to your precise product. My experience is long after I have removed the program I still tum up 'Symantec' or 'NV' somewhere on my computer. I have tried Norton 2003 and 2004, but gave up with an unsolved problem trying to obtain Live Updates. I now use CA EZ trust Firewall (the same as Zone Labs) and E trust AV. I've had a Trojan problem, so far which I found with A2 trojan hunter, and didn't bother with E Trust which takes about 2 1/2 hours to scan. I think everyone has different opinions about Norton, and it is a constant talking point for those that either love or hate it. I will never use it again. However if it works for you and you are happy, stay with it.
Remember it takes up a lot of resources thoogh. I hope this helps.

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Posted 29 December 2005 - 01:12 AM

I also recommend uninstalling all Norton products. There are several excellent freeware antivirus, antispyware, and firewall programs that will equal if not out preform Norton.

Antivirus (Run only one.)
AVG Free Edition Antivirus (I personally use)
Avast Home Edition Antivirus Freeware
AntiVir Personal Edition Classic Freeware
BitDefender 8 Free Edition

Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta (2000,and XP only)
AdAware SE Personal Edition
Ewido Security Suite - 14 day trial(2000, and XP only)(Features)
A Squared Free

Firewalls(Run only one.)
Zone Alarm Free for Personal Use
SyGate Personal Free Edition (I personally use)
OutPost Firewall Free
Jetico Personal Free
Kerio Free Personal Firewall
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Posted 30 December 2005 - 12:02 AM

I have gotten rid of it, thankyou very much for your help.

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Posted 30 December 2005 - 12:12 AM

I used Norton for years (it was free from the company I worked for). But it has 3 faults:
1) It's a resource hog and will slow your system down.
2) It's a "pay-ware" program - you've gotta pay to use it. There's plenty of free-ware programs that are just as good, if not better than Norton
3) It had security holes in it the last time I used it (it would only scan 3 levels deep inside a compressed file - and the hackers knew it!). This may have been fixed in the newer versions.

My wife uses Norton and loves it! But she's coming over to the AVG Free camp from seeing what it's done for me!
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Posted 30 December 2005 - 08:32 AM

If you people are interested ... I just installed Norton 2006 System works.

I installed the whole package as recommended and encountered massive problems ... my disk seemed to be running like a 'slug' !

I eventually ran a Sped Disk via Norton Utilities ... it just ground to a halt.

I finally worked out the Norton Goback and Ghost were taking up all the resources ... I uninstaleld these 2 components and the PC went back to 'normal. The moral seesm to be, although Norton Restrore may be functionlly sound, it ruins the performance of your PC !

My PC is just over a year old ... so it's normally no slkouch !


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Posted 30 December 2005 - 10:32 AM

I liked Norton 2002.
I've disliked each successive version less, because of what usama clearly stated.
patiently patrolling, plenty of persisant pests n' problems ...

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Posted 01 January 2006 - 11:35 PM

I just received fm Net Zero a copy of Norton AV but after reading all these posts, I'm definitely not putting it on my puter. By the way it was free but I'll stick w/AVG which is also free & have used it 4 yrs. with no problems.

Happy 2006 all, stay safe & warm. It's very cold here in Mass.


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