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    Replace Norton AV With Avast

    Hi Everyone,

    It's time for me to either upgrade Norton AV or replace it. Several months back Big Al highly recommended Avast and everyone seemed to feel that it was better than Norton, the memory hog. Avast's free, and it's dependable. Does everyone still feel the same way? I really need to save the money, but I'm willing to pay for the best to protect my system. No point paying, though, if the best is free.

    I'm on dial-up, have XP and Zone Alarm 7.0.337.000 (have not yet downloaded the upgrade). I regularly run Ad-Aware and Spybot. Spywareblaster runs in the background. Windows Update is turned off but I regularly download everything as soon as Woody's newsletters approve them.

    If I am going to replace Norton AV with Avast, do any of you have experience with the order in which it should be done? Like, download Avast, get offlline, uninstall Norton, install Avast, and what else? I recall discussions about the difficulty of getting all of Norton removed, that their "uninstall" utility leaves files that pop up and cause problems later. Any thoughts there?

    Appreciate your help. Virus protection is super-essential, and I'm always a bit, uh, totally frightened, this time of year! <img src=/S/spook.gif border=0 alt=spook width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Replace Norton AV With Avast

    I have used Avast for some time and have no reservations in recommending it.

    I've uninstalled Norton products twice and had no problems either time though other people have reported problems. The uninstall option in the add/remove dialog should be all you need. As for installing Avast, your procedure is OK but I would also reboot after uninstalling Norton. The first time you go online Avast will automatically update its virus database, you will know its done it if your speakers are switch on because it will tell you. Typically it updates its virus database on a daily basis.

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    Re: Replace Norton AV With Avast

    I was in the middle of posting a reply earlier and I had a very short power failure that blew away my words. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> Like Tony, I am satisfied with Avast and have been using it for more than a year and a half without a problem... ( <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16> )

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    Re: Replace Norton AV With Avast

    I switched from Norton AV to Avast this May and haven't looked back. Avast protects as well as Norton and has much less resource overhead.

    I'd recommend using the Norton Removal Tool for your version of Norton. If the "standard" uninstall routine goes awry, you will have no end of problems getting rid of Norton and their tech support is poor at best. I would suggest that you make an image backup of your system before you begin the removal of Norton, just to be safe. Then follow the proceedure you outlined adding the reboot suggested after you remove Norton.
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    Re: Replace Norton AV With Avast

    Kris,
    Add my endorsement of Avast over Norton. Haven't had any problems with Avast and don't miss Norton at all.

    Your method of change over seems fine to me and I concur with Doc Watson on using the removal tool to clear out most of the Norton remnants. I'm sure you will be satisfied.
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    Re: Replace Norton AV With Avast

    Is Avast better than AVG? I have been using AVG in my desktop for years now without any problems.

    I have just bought a laptop and obviously looking to protect it etc. Haven't done anything with it yet. So which one should I go for: AVAST or AVG? Thanks for the recommendations.

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    Re: Replace Norton AV With Avast

    It's pretty hard to discern, but take a look here: PC World - Internet Tips: Free Antivirus: Finally Ready for Prime Time

    When you read forum threads, there's always a lot of pro and con, like this: Avast vs AVG anti-virus? - PC World Forums

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    Re: Replace Norton AV With Avast

    Erm, that PC World article is almost four years old. That's a lot in the fast-moving field of security programs...

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    Re: Replace Norton AV With Avast

    What I was trying to point out is that the "essence" of the two products hasn't changed and is not too different, one to the other. It becomes a matter of opinions, one to the other, as many forums show. BTW, Avast and AVG both DO email scanning as has been pointed out here in The Lounge in the past, whereas the "alleged" best freebie, Antivir, does not scan email. Anyway, here's another comparison that is "only" six months old:

    AntiVirus Comparison - CastleCopsWiki

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    Re: Replace Norton AV With Avast

    I've used Avast! for the past 2 years, ever since my Trend Micro subscription expired. I don't have any problems with it either - before Trend Micro I had used Norton for about 10 years but got tired of its steadily decreasing cutting-edgeness.
    The only problem I have with Avast - and I doubt it's Avast's fault - is that I get BSDs on a semi-regular basis that, when I come back up, Microsoft invariably blames on AV software. I don't think it is Avast's fault because on several occasions when my PC is running particularly slowly, splash screens linger a bit longer and I see a Trend Micro splash screen appear, even though I uninstalled it over a year ago (and weeded it out of my registry as carefully as possible).
    I do have a utilities suite (VCom System Suite) that offers AV protection, which I decided not to use, and that might be from Trend Micro. I don't know if anything got installed, though, and I don't think I can do anything about that without uninstalling the entire suite (which is pretty handy on a regular basis otherwise).
    Is there a way to confirm if I do have Trend Micro tidbits installed without meaning to?
    I apologize - I ended up inadvertently hijacking this thread, but I DO add my vote to the Avast! side of the ballot. It works very smoothly and unintrusively.
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