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Nortons Safe Removal

Discussion in 'Windows - Virus and spyware problems' started by killer2, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. killer2

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    What would be your recommendation to remove all Norton products from a new Toshiba C50- A Series- Windows 8.
    Jim
     
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    I would personally recommend uninstalling Norton.
    I would turn off Windows Defender - it has MSE incorporated with it in Win 8.
    For the best protection, I would then install Avast 8 Free if you like playing with settings or Bitdefender Free if you want the best protection without having to mess with it. IMHO :)

    2oG
     
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    windows defender is part of windows from vista on, not just win8. get rid of norton as just a trial version anyhow just like ms office.
     
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    I know that ddp but with Win 8 MSE comes in Defender. Not there in Vista or 7.... It has been intergrated with defender so you have both AV and AntiMalware in one. Hello..

    See -> HERE!
     
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    I am going to do more research on this.. Kafka is using Avast on win 8 with Defender turned off but I see there has been some conflicts with some around the web so will need to dig a little deeper, I guess.
     
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    @killer2,

    As far as Windows Defender goes, you either manually disable it first or it automatically disables itself when a third-party antivirus program begins to install. Much different sort of program from the predecessor, Microsoft Security Essentials.

    Not possible to uninstall it in Windows 8 as it was not designed to ever be uninstalled, only disabled. Rationale for this is simple: Every copy of Windows 8 that goes out the door this way with an a/v already installed, and active, on it so as to protect the system and the operating system. So, it is more or less built into the operating system, unlike third-party a/v's.

    My opinion stands, Avast! Free is the better AV. Just uninstall Norton and install Avast.
     
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    ill second that one.
     
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    Ever since Avast 8 came out this year I have ran it through the wringer and it has always came out on top of everything I've tested it against.. I gather about 50 or so ZeroDay malware each week that I test against and Avast runs in the neighborhood of 98% to 99% effective. I thought at first that Bitdefender Free was going to be a keeper but it has let me down several times even tho it has a higher rating, in the tests from AV Comparatives, than Avast.

    When combined with K9 web protection and WOT or MalwareBytes Pro you can get 100% and I'm happier than a camel on Wednesday. :)

    2oG
     
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    Thank you for your advice...
    Jim
     
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    no problem, teach & learn.
     
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    Your more than welcome, anytime....
     
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    You can install Avast as a primary or secondary system. I have done so for a few years without any issues.
     
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    Poor Mez, a day late and a dollar short........ just kidding :) LOL
     
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    Well, at least you are here 2old. I don't get to AD all that oftenn any more.
     

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