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Just changed AV need advice.

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#1 Darktune


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Posted 30 July 2013 - 05:08 AM



After many days of thought I have decided to change my Anti-virus from MSE to Avast!


This is my own choice and am currently happy with Avast!


However I was unsure how to uninstall one AV and install another so I'll say what I did and if what i did left me prone to infection.


At first I disabled MSE to prevent it saying Avast! while installing was a virus. I then installed Avast! and got it up and running and then I stopped and uninstalled MSE so it is no longer on my PC.


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Posted 30 July 2013 - 05:26 AM

That is fine - I probably would have outright uninstalled MSE and then installed avast - but as long as your Avast in up and running and everything is ok it doesn't really matter the path you took to get to your destination - just that you arrived there safely.

If you disabled MSE, visited a bunch of shady websites and looked for bunch of hacked software then installed Avast - I might be concerned.

Edited by AngryRaisin, 30 July 2013 - 05:29 AM.

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 08:07 AM

I think the same as AngryRaisin - there's every reason to expect the end result is the same, and I hope you'll be happy with that result. I've found Avast Free very satisfactory myself.

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 08:08 AM

Steps to safely replace an existing anti-virus
  • Before removing your old anti-virus, you should download and save the setup file for the anti-virus you are going to replace it with.
  • Download any specialized removal tools available from the anti-virus vendor for your current anti-virus in case you need them.
  • Disconnect from the Internet.
  • Uninstall your current anti-virus...run removal tools if needed.
  • Reboot and install the replacement.
  • Reboot again to ensure it is working properly before reconnecting to the Internet.
  • Connect to the Internet and immediately download the latest definition database updates.

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