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#1 noonytunes

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 07:22 PM

Hi.  My Norton 360 expires tomorrow (the 25th).  I don't have the money to renew the service and can't come up with the bucks until next Wednesday.  I could order antivirus protection through my internet provider.  It would be by McAfee.  I was wondering if a free service would be adequate to protect me until I could get the Norton renewed next week?  I've been pleased with the Norton service.  The features listed on the service through my internet provider don't seem to include things that the Norton has.  I can renew my subscription for Norton for $29.99 and the service through the provider is $6.99 monthly.  What would you recommend?

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 08:22 PM

No reason to pay anything.

Uninstall Norton using this tool: http://www.majorgeeks.com/Norton_Removal_Tool_d4749.html

 

Install ONE of these:

- Avast! free antivirus: http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html

- free Microsoft Security Essentials: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows/products/security-essentials
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- free Comodo Antivirus: http://www.comodo.com/home/internet-security/antivirus.php
 

Turn Windows firewall on.


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Posted 24 June 2013 - 09:48 PM

Avast or Avira are both good free AV programs, but they both also offer paid versions, so the free versions are somewhat crippled by comparison. Personally, I like Avira, but I'd consider buying a subscription to Eset's NOD32 when funds permit. I certainly wouldn't recommend renewing Norton. My experience suggests it's pretty useless.


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Posted 24 June 2013 - 09:51 PM

so the free versions are somewhat crippled

Not true.

 

I don't recommend Avira as it installs Ask Toolbar without asking.


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Posted 24 June 2013 - 11:06 PM

If you like Norton & want to stick with it, why not uninstall all traces of Norton like Broni says, then download it's trial version till you can buy it?


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Posted 25 June 2013 - 06:49 AM

Even avast! Free Antivirus includes Google Chrome pre-checked by default during installation.
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Posted 25 June 2013 - 07:15 PM

However you can remove checkmark.

In Avira case if you opt out of AskToolbar some feature won't work (I don't recall at this moment which one).

In any case I don't mind having another browser but I do mind Ask Toolbar.


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Posted 25 June 2013 - 07:39 PM

In Avira case if you opt out of AskToolbar some feature won't work (I don't recall at this moment which one).
In any case I don't mind having another browser but I do mind Ask Toolbar.

I didn't know that opting out would adversely affect some features in Avira...that's not good. I'm in agreement with you when it comes to Ask Toolbar.
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Posted 25 June 2013 - 08:45 PM

I just did some search...

 

Safe Browsing part of Avira won't work if you get rid of Ask Toolbar: http://forum.avira.com/wbb/index.php?page=Thread&postID=1221974#post1221974


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Posted 26 June 2013 - 07:42 AM

Thanks Broni...from what I gather, Safe Browsing is only available in Avira Internet Security and it is not related to the Ask toolbar.
 

aaa839, Thursday, November 29th 2012, 6:49am

"Safe Browsing" is same as Child Protection in version 2012
this feature is only available in avira internet security products!
it doesn't related to the toolbar

aaa839, Thursday, November 29th 2012, 7:00am

Safe-browsing is only available in Avira Internet Security
that means only Avira internet Seucrity have this feature
otherwise you will not get it in other products


Still I despise toolbars. I just updated Shockwave Player on my work computer and it wanted me to install the Google toolbar.
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Posted 26 June 2013 - 08:17 AM

Thanks Broni...from what I gather, Safe Browsing is only available in Avira Internet Security and it is not related to the Ask toolbar.
 

aaa839, Thursday, November 29th 2012, 6:49am

"Safe Browsing" is same as Child Protection in version 2012
this feature is only available in avira internet security products!
it doesn't related to the toolbar

aaa839, Thursday, November 29th 2012, 7:00am

Safe-browsing is only available in Avira Internet Security
that means only Avira internet Seucrity have this feature
otherwise you will not get it in other products


Still I despise toolbars. I just updated Shockwave Player on my work computer and it wanted me to install the Google toolbar.

 

 

Ask toolbar is part of Avira, although if you have the free version you can remove the dlls which contain the code without much happening I believe. I did it on my computer and have yet to have any bad effects on the working of the program *shrugs* I'm not completely sure what they were for, whether they are just for the ask toolbar, or whether they have other uses. I wouldn't quite recommend other people doing this though. I've switched now because of that and a few other reasons.

 

I do hate that an anti-virus company had to resort to forcing part of the Ask Toolbar on you (even if it's not active). At least some toolbars are not security risks, even as annoying as they may be.

 

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 04:12 PM

Hey!  Thank you all for weighing in on this.  All of the input helped me to make my decision.  Norton upped their price the last day of paid service and my internet provider is offering the 1st month of McAfee free.  That gives me a little time to work things out.  :clapping: 


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Posted 26 June 2013 - 05:07 PM

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 06:14 PM

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I never installed Avira but I believe there no option to UN-check Ask Toolbar during installation.

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 06:28 PM

Hey!  Thank you all for weighing in on this.  All of the input helped me to make my decision.  Norton upped their price the last day of paid service and my internet provider is offering the 1st month of McAfee free.  That gives me a little time to work things out.  :clapping: 

 

Hey!  Thank you all for weighing in on this.  All of the input helped me to make my decision.  Norton upped their price the last day of paid service and my internet provider is offering the 1st month of McAfee free.  That gives me a little time to work things out.  :clapping: 

 

That's a bit like being given a month of gonorrhea for free.  It's about third rate protection, and several freeware programs like Avira, Avast, and possibly even MSE are more effective. None of these AV programs are a lifetime commitment. 


Edited by slgrieb, 26 June 2013 - 06:29 PM.

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