Uninstall Norton from Vista, or let it expire?

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samanthacat

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I have a new laptop with Vista Home Premium, and it came loaded with a 90-day trial of Norton Internet Security, which I want to replace with AVG. I've heard that Norton uninstall instructions don't really remove the software adequately, is that true? Can I simply let my 90 days expire, and will that remove Norton's tentacles (as I will be using a different computer for internet use meanwhile anyway). Also, would like to get rid of Vista bloatware, as this laptop will be used to do some video editing, any cautions about that? (I am a Mac user, who needs to migrate into the PC world, and I don't want to make unnecessary problems during my learning stage!) Thanks.
 

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Use Programs and Features in the Control Panel; to first uninstall the Norton product, then use that removal tool pasted above. Simply letting it expire will not remove it from your system, it will just nag you its expire. Using the uninstall the and the removal utility removes most products quite well.
 

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It doesn't disappear from your computer after 90 days. What happens is you no longer get updates, but the program keeps rolling along.

After thinking about it for two months after my 90 day trial ended, I got Norton off my Vista laptop this evening. I downloaded the correct version of the un-install tool from the above link and that's all it took. I didn't have any complaints about this PC running slow, but I do note it boots into the desktop in 1:35 instead of 1:45, so that's 10 seconds saved there. LOL.
 
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