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Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by wayneo, Feb 18, 2010.

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  1. wayneo

    wayneo Active Member

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    Well I bought Norton 2009 a year ago and now the subscription is running out, and if you don't buy the new version, the whole program shuts down, WTH. It use to be if you didn't upgrade you would not get the updates, now the whole damn thing quits working.

    I've uninstalled it and reinstalled it, and it still tells me I have X number of days left, so it must leave something in the registry that its not removing. Bast@@ds.

    So I've been looking at free anti-virus programs. C-NET recommends one called AVG, its had 2 million downloads. What are some other good ones? Thanks, Wayne

    Symantec (Norton) is not getting anymore of my business.
     
  2. HC_John

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    I can't say what other good ones there are. I can give support of AVG, I have the free version on 2 computers at home. And my laptop has the internet security suite and I love.

    John MI
     
  3. miketmx

    miketmx Well-Known Member

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    I have AVG Free on one computer and AVAST on another computer. There is a removal tool that does get rid of everything related to Norton. The Norton Uninstall does leave some left-over junk. I have never had a virus yet because I am very careful about the websites that I visit and always delete email without opening it from anyone I don't know.
     
  4. AveragEd

    AveragEd Well-Known Member

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    I use Avast on four PCs. I had AVG - the PAID version - on them until one of them inherited some spyware that caused false infection warnings to lock up the keyboard. Long story short, AVG was unable to indentify and remove the spyware. Our IT guy at work told me to download and run MalwareBytes. In an hour, it scanned my hard drives and found and removed the infection. When I asked AVG for a refund of 19 months of unused service for which they were paid, they stopped responding to my emails. They do not publish a telephone number so I've accepted the fact that I'm SOL.

    At the suggestion of our IT guy, I installed the free version of Avast on all the PCs and have had no problems so far.

    Ed
     
  5. ivanhoe

    ivanhoe Well-Known Member

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    wayneo before you install anything else go to Norton's Website and down load the removal tool. I didn't do that when I got rid of it and it caused all kinds of conflict in my computer until I got all the file out of it.

    Bob Lawless
     
  6. Bisi

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    Microsoft has free antivirus software now. Go to microsoft.com and click on "Security & Updates" then scroll down to "Microsoft Security Essentials" and click on that. It is free.

    Microsoft was going to charge for it, but they became embarrased about their software attracting so many bugs and viruses they decided to give it away. Works pretty good too.
     
  7. Quack Shot

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    Avast V5 free for antivirus, Comodo set up as a firewall ONLY, and Malwarebytes for malware scans. All have free versions for home use. Avast requires registration. Avast has had a few minor issues over the years, but it is one of the best "free" options. I highly recommend it.

    Advantages of Avast are that you can schedule a "boot time" scan to clean the system while outside of Windows. It gets the bugs BEFORE they load up. You can now schedule regular scans as well. I usually tweak the settings for the highest sensitivity.

    When installing ANY of these programs, be sure to uncheck ANY toolbar installation options.

    There is also one called "Spyware Terminator" by Crawler. It's a real-time spyware scanner, but the setup isn't the easiest to get right. It also wants to install toolbars, etc. Be sure to opt out of them.

    I do this stuff for a living, so if you were to ask me what I use on my OWN system, you just got the info. I have had MANY viruses, trojans, worms, etc TRY to get in. None have been successful.....yet.
     
  8. IM390

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    Lavasoft Adware is the best malware and anti-spy on the market. It's free, but if you want anti-virus, you have to buy it for$29 a year. Excellent program ask anyone whose used it.
     
  9. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I use Avast. Works well.

    But just as important is to use a better browser, like Firefox, with some of their security add-ons like No Script.
     
  10. shooterIII

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    I have used both AVG and Avast. They are both good and are the highest rated, but I personally prefer Avast and how it works. I have gone to websites and the Avast has stopped any Trojans before they can infect my machine.
     
  11. noknock1

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    I am on my second year of Norton 360 and like it.
     
  12. bt 99

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    Wayneo I have used AVG free version for years and as long as it is updated once in a while it works excellent.

    To get rid of some of the problems, (programs) on Windows click start--then my computer---upper left corner click on add or remove programs. Pick out the offending program---click remove. Be sure of what is removed as they do not come back.

    On the slower running computers, they probably need cleaned up (excessive files) On adress bar click tools---then click Internet options--click delete files, then remove cookies, then clear history. This speeds them up. It is amazing just how many files are stored every day. To find out when there click on view files. Steve
     
  13. AdamsRibs

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    I teach some computer classes at the Univ. of SC campus in Aiken, SC.
    One of our IT folks at the Univ. recommended AVAST. Since my subscription
    to Command AV was running out anyhow, I decided to try the free Home version
    of AVAST. I have been very satisfied with it, upgrades are installed automatically in the backgroud, it just works.... I use PCDoctor for my Adware/Spyware/etc. stuff and I have been very satisfied with it. The only
    problem with PCDoctor is that it lets stuff in and then removes it. No problems yet with that setup, but some of the "for-sale" stuff is better at keeping it out altogether....

    AdamsRibs
     
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    Decided to try the free Home version of AVAST...my paid deal comes up for renewal in March.....just got the reminder and save 10% for renewing....thanks Bull Shit Marketing Company....
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    .......I went "Hole Hog" and saved 100%,,,,,, Thanks sweetie......
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  15. Guard Rail

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    I have the free version of AVIRA and Malwarebytes both on my computer. I have had no problems.

    BK
     
  16. Shooting Jack

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    Does anyone have an opinion on the windows defender? It is free but I don't know what it covers. I was notified by windows that it is available now for free. Jackie B.
     
  17. Quack Shot

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    Shooting Jack

    Many systems that have been infected with malware had Windows Defender installed. I don't think it does a great job, but what do you expect from Micro$oft for nothing! :) I spend a lot of time cleaning bugs out of clients systems, and it missed some really bad ones. I don't think I would bet the farm on that one.
     
  18. wayneo

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    Well I ended up dumping Norton with the un-installer I downloaded from their web-site. Worked well, even took Norton junk out of the registry. I installed Avast Free version 5.04 and I am very impressed with it so far. I want to thank everyone for your help. Wayne
     
  19. cubancigar2000

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    Wayne, make sure to go to the Norton website and download the remover file because your uninstall option in your PC will not get it all. I tested 7 different ones over a years period of time and ended up with Bit Defender and it is the easiest and least invasive. You wont need firefox or anything else
     
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