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03/24/2008 09:01:02 PM · #1
So my Norton Internet Security Suite has this little balloon that pops up and says I get a free upgrade because I have time left on my anti virus definition subscription. I have 70 some days left on said subscription. I download and install the upgrade. Now my subscription is expired. It's 49.99 US to resubscribe. That's right, fifty bucks for a free upgrade. I'm pissed. After all, I've been a Nortons user for about, I don't know, 20 friggin' years...

Anyways, now that I'm no longer a Norton user, what do you suggest?
03/24/2008 09:08:00 PM · #2
can you do a system restore?? that will take you back and delete the upgrade (I think) so you don't have to pay?
03/24/2008 09:08:29 PM · #3
AVG Antivirus. They make a free version that works great and a pay version with some extra perks. I went to it about 5 years ago when MacAfee gave me similar license renewal headaches.

I use Adaware and Spybot S&D for spyware protection and removal.

One of the best security measures is to ditch internet explorer and use Firefox, Opera, or one of the other alternatives. Make sure you turn off third party cookies in your browser, and add a script blocking extension. I can provide more detail on how to do those if needed.

Message edited by author 2008-03-24 21:14:18.
03/24/2008 09:12:24 PM · #4
Originally posted by yospiff:

AVG antivirus. They make a free version that works great and a pay version with some extra perks. I went to it about 5 years ago when MacAfee gave me similar license renewal headaches.

I use adaware and Spybot S&D for spyware. removal.

and the best security measure is to ditch internet explorer and use Fierfox, Opera or one of the other alternatives.

I LOVE AVG! www.grisoft.com. Do some hunting to find their Free version. IMO it works better than Norton. Also, you will notice an increase in the speed of your computer, as Norton is a PigHog, and AVG is very lightweight.

I'm very nice to give you this info, even though you're the HDR-Police. ;-P

P.S. the only catch is that every time AVG updates its virus signatures and/or program, it throws up a window to tell you, then another window to show the progress, then finally a window to say it's all done. It's not a big problem, small price to pay.

Message edited by author 2008-03-24 21:17:10.
03/24/2008 09:15:52 PM · #5
Originally posted by TooCool:

Anyways, now that I'm no longer a Norton user, what do you suggest?

Avast
Free for personal use, online scanning available, and in the years that I have been using it, I've NEVER had a problem.
Virus definitions update automatically, often a couple times in one day, and the firewall works without a glitch.

Message edited by author 2008-03-24 21:17:37.
03/24/2008 09:18:12 PM · #6
Originally posted by Strikeslip:

Do some hunting to find their Free version.


Added a link directly to it after my initial post.

Originally posted by Strikeslip:

I'm very nice to give you this info, even though you're the HDR-Police. ;-P

Hmmmm, is that anything like me being the JPEG police? I never fail to point out the use of excessive compression.
03/24/2008 09:18:55 PM · #7
Originally posted by Brad:

Originally posted by TooCool:

Anyways, now that I'm no longer a Norton user, what do you suggest?

Avast
Free for personal use, online scanning available, and in the years that I have been using it, I've NEVER had a problem.
Virus definitions update automatically, often a couple times in one day, and the firewall works without a glitch.

Don't listen to Brad, he drives a VW Bug! ;-P
03/24/2008 09:21:10 PM · #8
Originally posted by Strikeslip:


Don't listen to Brad, he drives a VW Bug! ;-P

It's been parked for a few months after the engine came from together to apart.
I was happy with my forced upgrade though.
;)
03/24/2008 09:23:34 PM · #9
Originally posted by Brad:

....
I was happy with my forced upgrade though.
;)

UGH!!! Noooooo!

My family loves the Bugs, though we don't have one, we're always punching each other when we see one. :-D
03/24/2008 09:26:00 PM · #10
//www.clamwin.com/

Open source and free AV program.
I use it and really like it.

Message edited by author 2008-03-24 21:26:06.
03/24/2008 09:26:18 PM · #11
Originally posted by yospiff:

AVG Antivirus. They make a free version that works great and a pay version with some extra perks. I went to it about 5 years ago when MacAfee gave me similar license renewal headaches.

AVG all the way BABY!
03/24/2008 09:27:04 PM · #12
Originally posted by _eug:

Originally posted by yospiff:

AVG Antivirus. They make a free version that works great and a pay version with some extra perks. I went to it about 5 years ago when MacAfee gave me similar license renewal headaches.

AVG all the way BABY!

Word-Up Homey!
03/24/2008 09:28:45 PM · #13
Free AVG

I use Microsoft's Defender for the anti-spyware. AVG has an anti spyware for pay.

The very best anti virus and anti spyware available on the market today is NOD32.

The ONLY reason I do not use it on all of my computers is that I have 10 systems I am running at all times. It would be rather costly for me to run on all PCs.

03/24/2008 09:29:12 PM · #14
Originally posted by Strikeslip:

Originally posted by Brad:

....
I was happy with my forced upgrade though.
;)

UGH!!! Noooooo!

My family loves the Bugs, though we don't have one, we're always punching each other when we see one. :-D

Yup - I LOVE driving by schools and watching the kids beating the crap out of each other :))
Dr. Frankenstein here WILL bring it back from the dead though.
03/24/2008 09:29:54 PM · #15
Originally posted by Brad:

Originally posted by Strikeslip:

Originally posted by Brad:

....
I was happy with my forced upgrade though.
;)

UGH!!! Noooooo!

My family loves the Bugs, though we don't have one, we're always punching each other when we see one. :-D

Yup - I LOVE driving by schools and watching the kids beating the crap out of each other :))
Dr. Frankenstein here WILL bring it back from the dead though.

Phew! :-)
03/24/2008 09:40:27 PM · #16
Eset is an effective AV solution. I got sick of Norton after using it for many years.... and Eset has been good - faster and effective.
03/24/2008 09:48:05 PM · #17
Norton is doing two things to you. First they gave you the free upgrade - now they are selling you the one year subscription to make it work. They just hide that in the fine print or bury the info in the add that you don't see it. The second thing it looks like they are doing is killing the remaining days on the old subscription when you get the new one. I thought someone was going after them with a class action suit on that one (not that you will ever see anything out of it) and had stopped that practice.

I have always found that if you want Norton then go to the store and buy a new copy, with the deals they offer it has always been less expensive that way. Then don't install it until the last few days so you don't lose much of the old subscription.
03/24/2008 09:50:24 PM · #18
I've used Trend Micro's PC Cillin Internet Security Suite for about the past 2 years after getting as far away from Norton's as I could. It runs like a dream and have been very happy with it!
03/24/2008 10:59:01 PM · #19
I used Avast! for a number of years (it's free) until I switched to a Mac.
03/24/2008 11:02:07 PM · #20
McAffee is free to comcast users. I don't know who your cable is through but for those that have it, it's not a bad deal.
03/24/2008 11:07:51 PM · #21
Anti-virus??? Never used one...
03/25/2008 12:02:49 AM · #22
Avast anti-virus... free ...Comodo firewall ....free .....ccleaner free......spybot trojan cleaner ....freee
03/25/2008 12:11:12 AM · #23
Originally posted by Makka:

I've used Trend Micro's PC Cillin Internet Security Suite for about the past 2 years after getting as far away from Norton's as I could. It runs like a dream and have been very happy with it!


I second this. I've used PC-cillin for years and love it. WAY better than Norton or McAfee
03/25/2008 12:19:17 AM · #24
You're gonna have to blame yourself for using Norton, you deserve it.

AVG RUUULES!
03/25/2008 05:16:20 AM · #25
Originally posted by yospiff:

AVG Antivirus. They make a free version that works great and a pay version with some extra perks. I went to it about 5 years ago when MacAfee gave me similar license renewal headaches.

I use Adaware and Spybot S&D for spyware protection and removal.

One of the best security measures is to ditch internet explorer and use Firefox, Opera, or one of the other alternatives. Make sure you turn off third party cookies in your browser, and add a script blocking extension. I can provide more detail on how to do those if needed.


I agree with ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' yospiff, AVG is the way to go.
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