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Terminating Norton And Mcafee, Trying Something New


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#1 dan9119

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Posted 13 January 2006 - 10:22 PM

I have decided not to renew my mcafee and norton products and want to take them off of my computer and install a different firewall, antivirus and spyware programs. Any suggestions on how to eliminate the current two and then also what new programs to try?

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Posted 13 January 2006 - 11:43 PM

dan9119,

Welcome to Bleeping Computer. I wholly recommend uninstalling the 2 brands you mention. And I'm sure as you look around these forums the majority of members will also support that position. McAfee and Norton products have gotten quite bloated for the amount of protection offered. It would be helpful to give us the exact products that you have to better assist in your removal process. In the mean time I'll give you two links to look at for a list of alternatives to the current ones you have. Once you have uninstalled your current products.

Freeware Replacements For Common Commercial Apps, this list is comprehensive and has more than just Antivirus' and Firewalls listed.

Removal instructions for most Symantec/Norton products. Also read the second post in that thread


If there is anything you don't understand or need more information about please post back.

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Posted 14 January 2006 - 06:45 AM

I switched from MacAfee to AVG Free Edition over 2 years ago and am very happy. I left 14 months on my script to MacAfee.
While I like AVG there are several very good freeware replacements. I like the SyGate personal free firewall, but again there are several excellent freewall replacements out there. As far as antispyware, run as many as your resources (RAM) will support. By the way if you are not loaded (256min, 512rec'd) with RAM you may want to consider an upgrade. You should also have your computer loaded with the "Online scanner" primers so if you have a problem the are already to run.
Sorry if I appeared to have strayed off topic, but believe me the are related. I hope this was of some help.

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

Antispyware
Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta (2000,and XP only)
Spybot Tutorial
AdAware SE Personal Edition Tutorial
SpyBlaster Tutorial
SpywareGuard Tutorial

Trojan Removal Tool
Ewido Anti-Malware After a 14 day trial it will not scan automaticily(2000, and XP only)(Features)
A Squared Free

Online scans
Trendmicro's Housecall Internet Explorer Only
Trendmicro"s Housecall FoxFire Only
Panda's ActiveScan Internet Explorer Only
F-secure's Virus Scan Internet Explorer Only
SyGate's Trojan scan
eTrust Antivirus Web Scanner Internet Explorer Only

Removal Tools
Kaspersky Removal Tools
AVG Manual Virus Removal tool
MacAfee Stinger Virus Removal Tool
Symantec's Viurs Removal Tools
BitDefender Removal Tools Free

Utility
cCleaner
Firewall Security Test

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


Best of all... they are free.
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