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AVG Free after Norton Anti Virus

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by Tom Seeley, Jul 25, 2006.

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  1. Tom Seeley

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    I've decided to deep six all my Norton products--NAV, Norton Internet Security, GoBack, and even Password Manager, which by itself seems to work ok without hijacking my computer and doing things I didn't tell it to do!

    I've also decided to download and use AVG Free.

    Is it best to uninstall NAV completely first, before even downloading AVG Free, much less installing it?

    Will I encounter problems down the road if I only use the Control Panel/Uninstall routine to uninstall any and all Norton software, or would I be better served to use Norton's uninstall routine from their website?

    Thx in advance.

    Tom
     
  2. SlackAli

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    I had Norton Internet Security on my spare computer which I replaced with AVG free - no complaints with the latter btw(y)

    I used CP>Add/Remove, but also manually removed all Symantec registry entries just to be safe. No subsequent problems
     
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    SlackAli:

    I would very much appreciate your telling me, what is the real meaning of "DEEP SIX"

    I remember having heard it or read it somewhere, but I never knew its meaning. Can you help? Thanks in advance.
     
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    i concur...running win 98 se with norton internet hosed up everything for me..dumped it and went with the free avg...not one problem!!!
     
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    That is the meaning.
     
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    AVG has saved a dozen of my friends computers from melting down.
    I do not trust Norton as it had issues with upgrading to a different year/version.
    Someone sent us unwanted dangerous files right as we disabled and uninstalled the older version.
    Needless to say it was not a good night for the script reading techies on the other line of our phone.
    After I got AVG on my computer it finds everything.
    I say "deep-six" X 345678987654 that norton and get AVG. AVG = Awesome.
     
  10. Tom Seeley

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    When you uninstall norton through add/remove and if you come across problems i think the norton website has removal utilities to remove their software. But for the security, i did not have norton but i had the other bloat of mcafee which i wiped for avg free and zone alarm free and have no complaints about anything.
     
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    For what it's worth, you're going the same route I did. I've been very happy with AVG's free version after I got rid of Norton. I'm using AVG on one of our computers and Avast on the other. I like the way AVG operates better than I do Avast. Either is an improvement over Norton, if for no other reasons than that they don't try to take over your computer and their not resource hogs.
     
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    Well i had avast free on a pc and did not care for its way of dealing with viruses. It would find them but not do a very good job of cleaning because after i would "clean" so to speak, it would just come back with the virus on next reboot. Had a worm once in aim and that was a fun time trying to get avast to remove. So personally i never had a virus during my short time with avg free but i hope its better at cleaning than avast.
     
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    Hardly, anecdotal evidence not backed up by any real testing.

    My favorite quotes from PCWorld's tests:

    None of the three free antivirus products tested for the "The New Virus Fighters" ranked highly, but Grisoft's AVG Antivirus Free Edition holds the distinct honor of having placed last among all ten paid and free contenders due to a clunky interface, the omission of significant features, and below-average performance.

    Upshot: Limited features and poor performance make AVG Free Edition an inferior choice even among the free antivirus products.
     
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    Mystic, the reason i beleive for all the negative storming around avg i think is because it was never noticed to have herustic techniques in it but it does. Go into the shield settings in the avg control panel and you will see a tick box for herustic and all you have to do is check it. I have AVG and zonealarm teamed up with webroot spy sweeper and have had no problems. Havent had a virus come through yet but when it happens we will see how good avg's detection rates are. And how is it clunky? Its tiny and quick. And should hopefully have some good detection and cleaning rates. Thats what matters. NOT the interface. Also, mystic, i would like to read that article from PC World. I had personal experience with avast as well and IT WOULD NOT CLEAN A THING IT FOUND. The only av i truely liked if i did have the money for is EZ- trust antivirus by computer associates. Any virus that i may have gotten it removes it like it was nothig.
     
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