My laptop came with a trial-version of Norton Anti-virus, which I did not want to use, as I had been using AVG Free on my old computer and wanted to continue to use that. I don't recall exactly if I even opened the Norton trial-version when I first got my laptop, if it came pre-installed or just ready to install, and if it was just ready to install, whether or not I actually installed it (but it might have come installed already). Whatever the scenario was, I used add/remove programs and uninstalled it.
But it's been suggested to me that this would not actually remove all the Norton files from my system (and it's possible that when I uninstalled, that box came up asking if you want to uninstall whatever kind of files those are, as other programs may be using them, and it wouldn't hurt to just leave them on -- if that did come up, I would have agreed to leave them on).
Please note that:
A. I am not having any issues with any conflicts or anything with my free AVG.
B. My laptop came with a D: partition, which would contain the original setup of the laptop (which would still include this Norton trial anti-virus program, as far as I know, even though I removed it from the main C: drive). It's my hope not to mess with the D: partition in any way, as it's been stressed to me that it's a good idea to leave it 100% alone...
So I had a couple questions about the Norton Anti-Virus removal tool:
1. If I install and run it, what if I actually don't have any Norton files on my hard drive to be removed -- will that cause any issue? Or will it just not do anything?
2. If/when I run the Norton removal tool, will it only remove stuff from my C: drive? Since the free/trial version would still be on my D: partition as part of the original setup that came from HP (right?), I'm guessing I wouldn't want it to mess with that, since I've been told it's best not to mess with anything on the D: partition. So can you set it so it only removes stuff from the main C: drive?
3. Does having these (if any) remaining files from that free/trial version that I never used (but I think came pre-installed), after I removed it normally through add/remove programs (I know you said files linger) really cause any problems/issues or potential future ones?
4. If/when I do run the tool, are there any files that it will prompt me to remove that would be bad to remove, as maybe my AVG free is using them? (You know how when you uninstall programs normally, it will sometimes ask you about removing files that won't hurt anything to leave them on your computer in case another program is using them, and then recommends that you do so -- which is what I usually do.) I didn't know if that kind of scenario came up or not with this...
5. And I download the XP one from here, right?
6. If I do choose to use it, is it better to do so before I defrag my C: drive? (I will not be defragging the D: partition.)
Thanks for fielding my questions!
Edited by bloomcounty, 01 April 2007 - 12:53 PM.