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#1 guit30

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 08:33 PM

Greetings,

My laptop is working well now. I have been using Norton 12 with anti-spyware that came installed when I bought it in March. I have Windows 7 Home Premium in my Samsung Laptop with Intell Pentium Processor, 4 gb memory and 500 gb storage. I use it mostly for e-mail, Amazon and posting to my music Blog.

I tried something I heard advertised on radio, (not good idea)installing 2 different systems isn't good, did have Windows 7 firewall. It came with MCE installed, but off. Norton grabbed the installer from the Zonealarm firewall, during a scan. So I uninstalled Zonealarm Firewall and computer turned on Windows firewall.

What are some suggestions for the best virus protection. A friend of mine said that he just got PCmatic and it was great, I googled it and found out it was a scam. I myself fell for a scam in installing a program that the tech on other side was messing up my computer, Norton tech support fixed it and the other company refunded me my money, sorry, can't remember name of that company.

Any advice would be welcome.

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 08:57 PM

I recommend and use Microsoft Security Essentials along side with Malwarebytes in on-demand mode, and super anti-spyware in on-demand mode. I scan with MSE once a month, and every 2 weeks I scan with Malwarebytes and Super Anti-spyware. All are free programs.

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I also use my router / modem for my firewall.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 12:35 AM

Thanks for suggestions,
Maybe when Norton is up in a couple of monthes, I will do what you suggest. Are any of the programs compatible with Norton anti Virus? SuperantiSpyware or Malwarebytes?

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 01:54 AM

the latter are if you run them in on-demand mode.

Also when you remove Norton please use the following tool: Norton Removal Tool it will make sure nothing is left, because the uninstaller likes to leave things behind which causes issues with your computer and other security applications.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 01:12 PM

You should also take a look here: Answers to common security questions - Best Practices Prevention & Choosing an Anti-virus or Firewall also take a look at How Malware Spreads - How did I get infected.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 03:18 AM

Thank you guys, this is a nice forum, I have noticed something about Norton AV 12, Whenever I run a full scan, the defragmenter starts working. I noticed it once before, so tonight, I purposely started full scan, and went to check defrag, it was running, I had not started it and it was not scheduled to be defragmented? Is this how Norton scans, by using your Windows defragmentor?

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:49 AM

You are welcome.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 01:24 PM

Yes the Norton Insight Optimizer feature does the following:

-Live update

-scanning while inactive

-Defrag your computer (using Windows Defrag)

http://community.norton.com/t5/Norton-Internet-Security-Norton/NIS2012-Defrag-PC/td-p/541920

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 08:52 PM

This defragmentor started working when I was doing a Norton Full System Scan.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 07:39 AM

How To Use Norton System Insight
How To Use Norton Insight Optimizer
How To Turn off or turn on Insight Protection
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Posted 14 June 2012 - 01:17 AM

Can you go through Norton AV settings and disable or turn-off the Defragmenter or Optimizer? If you do this, then no defragmenting through Norton AV should happen.

If Norton "AV" has an optimizer/deframenter feature, this is surprising to me. I know that Norton 260 and maybe the 2012 version (not sure) of Norton Internet Security has it; but the "AV" product? ("AV" for Anti-Virus, right?)

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 06:22 AM

The OP said he was using Norton 12...which he most likely meant NIS 2012.
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