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Scuba_Dave 09-22-2009 07:24 AM

Norton Antivirus shuts off if not renewed
Well I wasn't aware of this - bought NAV 2008, free upgrade to 2009
I'm used to every AV product I have ever used simply stopping the updates

Nope Norton SHUTS IT OFF when the subscription expires :censored:
Unless Norton changes this I've used their product for the last time
In addition their "online" renewal is DOUBLE the cost of buying THE SAME SOFTWARE from other vendors

AND - I just found out if you Renewed IN ADVANCE of your renewal date YOU LOST the remaining time on your subscription
So they have %$#@#!! me over in the past :censored:

EXTREMELY unethical business practices in my opinion

For now I've installed AVG
Not sure if I will stick with that or go with something else

DangerMouse 09-22-2009 08:41 AM


TJ_in_IL 09-22-2009 09:41 AM

I just loaded Kaspersky. I found a 3 license deal on ebay, downloaded the software from Kaspersky themselves, and all is good. It was way cheaper than Norton, works better than McAfee, and better than any of the others I have used. YMMV.

Rehabber 09-22-2009 11:40 AM


Originally Posted by DangerMouse (Post 330860)

I second that. I am really happy with avast.

ARI001 09-22-2009 01:14 PM


Originally Posted by DangerMouse (Post 330860)

That's the way to go. :thumbsup::thumbup:

gma2rjc 09-23-2009 05:08 PM

Yep, Avast is the way to go :yes:

rusty baker 09-23-2009 07:27 PM

Norton is one of the least effective there is anyway. Good luck getting it removed. Even with the removal tools that Norton gives it isn't completely gone.

Scuba_Dave 09-23-2009 07:51 PM

There is no longer any trace of Norton on my PC
It was actually very easy to remove

fabrk8r 08-14-2010 10:01 AM

I used Norton for years...when it was a fairly new product it wasn't too bad because it wasn't loaded with all kinds of extras. It got fatter and fatter as each new version came out. It's now so bloated with unneeded options that's it is useless as an anti-virus software or firewall.

I tried others since moving away from Symantec products and finally, when I tried Trend Micro, I found the best anti-virus software I had ever used. I currently use "Internet Security Pro". As with all Trend Micro products, one license covers 3 computers.

I highly recommend it. If nothing else try a free trial. I think you'll like it.

DangerMouse 08-14-2010 10:19 AM


Originally Posted by TJ_in_IL (Post 330880)
I just loaded Kaspersky. I found a 3 license deal on ebay, downloaded the software from Kaspersky themselves, and all is good. It was way cheaper than Norton, works better than McAfee, and better than any of the others I have used. YMMV.

If you can afford to pay,
Kaspersky's the way!..... to go.
But Avast! works for free almost as well.


Scuba_Dave 08-14-2010 10:56 AM

New PC came pre-loaded with McAfee for 15 months included in price
I hate that
I'd rather remove it & have the cost of the PC lowered

rusty baker 08-14-2010 12:51 PM

Norton and MaCafee are both space hogs. It took a dozen steps for a computer guru friend of mine to remove MaCafee. Both MaCafee and Norton hide files all over your computer. Mine is a lot faster now. He uses the free Avast and he builds and repairs computers all the time, he has for years.

rosco 08-14-2010 01:23 PM

Dave, i think i've run into you on a koi pond forum. if so, PM me and i'll get you hooked up with a linux distro that you'll have running, along with all peripherals in an hour or so. no need to be a techie. a chimp can do it. no more norton, installation disks, no more spending cash. it is required to remain free.

just the other day i helped a friend setup a new laptop with win7. it is all about cash. trapping the user into a never ending life of hell. like the medical industry. give you a little of this and you'll need some of that. then some more of this. and hell, i say we pull our troops out of iraq and afganistan and bomb the ever-livin' sh*t out of the customer/technical service facilities in india. make ashtrays of those "help centers!"

go to download whatever version you want onto your desktop. convert to an iso image. burn to a cd. restart computer with cd in drive and keep tapping "boot manager." <F12> probably. Boot from cd.

the live CD comes up and you install that to HDD. leave your M$ winders on it by manually choosing how much space you'll give those *ssholes.

in lower right you'll see an open lock. keep clicking on it and let it take its course updating the OS (operating system). then go to Menu > adminstration > hardware drivers. see if you need to update any drivers.

the OS should find most of your peripherals and you won't need to install them like in M$. you're up and running and in about a month, you'll wonder why people use M$. anything requiring M$ is easily remedied.

if you need help, don't call the j*ck*sses in india. get on the IRC. /server & then /join #linuxmint-help.

part of the reason few viruses affect linux computers is that the virus writers would be attacking themselves. and also, many viruses are written by companies like Norton.

WirelessG 08-15-2010 11:54 AM

I had Norton for a few years too and I switched to Avast free ed. I much prefer it. You can also install Malwarebytes (free ed) if you want to scan your HD from time to time. It's a very good program.

DUDE! 08-16-2010 04:38 PM

I use avast as well, never had a problem,, my sister had avast and still picked-up that anti virus GT.. I also use firefox, and with their security checks for web sites, I think it makes a big difference. It maybe somewhat silly, but I'm in the habit of typing a web site into the google search box, the page comes up with firefox's circle of trust emblems. I only do green sites.

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