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Replacing Norton with anything else

I have an HP Pavillion a1410y desktop. I use Norton Online Protections which came with my AT&T Yahoo ISP install. When the virus scan runs, it's slow and eats up all the resources to the point that I just have to walk away and let it run (up to 1 1/2 hours!!) Since installing this latest version of Yahoo and Norton, it now takes anywhere from 5 to 8 minutes to boot up. This is unacceptable and I've been putting up with it waaayyy too long. Also, when Live Update runs, everything else slows to the point of total aggravation. Again, I have to just walk away.

Too late to make a long story short, but---- how can I get rid of Norton and with what should I replace it? I'm OK with having AT&T Yahoo as my browser, but I'm not going to die if I use IE or Firefox, etc.

Thanks. Marti

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  • Martim Aug 15, 2008

    You're the best. The startup time improved from 5 - 8 minutes to 3 minutes or less. CCleaner found about 180 items that SammSoft Advanced registry Optimizer did not find. Do I now need to uninstall the SammSoft program?



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Norton is a real pain, and can be a bigger pain to get rid of. First, go to and download CCleaner, and also download AVG, but save the AVG download to the desktop. After removing Norton you will be using AVG for your antivirus. Once you have the CCleaner installed, open the tools section on the left. This is an uninstaller, it works considerably better than the add/remove programs section of Windows. Remove anything that reads Norton. This is where it may get tricky, Norton has a couple of blocking programs built in that try to keep you from using another antivirus, or removing Norton. So, the uninstall may run the first try, or you may get a message to the effect of the updater is running. If you get this message, then you will need to open Norton, go into the settings, and turn off everything. Then try the uninstall again. Once you've uninstalled all Norton related programs, run the registry cleaner. Norton likes to leave a little blocker in the registry that prevents the install of other antiviruses. Noe that this is done, you're ready to install the AVG. NOTE at one point there will be a section that will install the AVG internet toolbar, uncheck this box, you don't need it, and once it's installed you can't remove it without removing and reinstalling AVG. Some finer points about AVG is very little maintenance,it updates automatically, will scan at a time preset by you, so as to not hinder your use at the time of the scan, it protects against spyware and adware along with the antivirus, and has real time internet security without using hardly any resources. I believe you will be happy with it. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask.

Posted on Aug 14, 2008

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    Ryan Rogers Aug 15, 2008

    I would remove the SammSoft program. Also, delete anything that is in the start section of the start menu/programs. These are only short cuts, and will not effect the program. A clear start section will shorten the start up time even more.



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