Norton Antivirus is a scam


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Nomen Nescio

My parents got a new computer, and I
apparently damaged the Norton (symantec)
antivirus program. While trying to reinstall
I spoke with their Indian call center three times,
and I was unable to enter the key code they
had in a new downloaded program. So I had
to get the new updated version for year 2007.

My advice: Do NOT buy Norton, there
is NO competent customer support.

Try AVG antivirus http://www.grisoft.com/

They even have a free version.

A Pissed Off Customer

Gitmo is a war crime.
 
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Guest

No kidding! Darn product also takes up a lot of room, slows your computer
down during startups and shutdowns, and like you said their help does not
help at all! I'm with AVG Free Anti Virus, works great!
 
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swarm

Robyn said:
No kidding! Darn product also takes up a lot of room, slows your computer
down during startups and shutdowns, and like you said their help does not
help at all! I'm with AVG Free Anti Virus, works great!
Actually, Norton Virus is very effective.

(Hint: Read carefully.)
 
G

Guest

Right, perhaps the older versions are effective but not 2006, or 2007! They
are useless with too much on them and drain your pc's cpu, ram and take up
too much room! Sorry I don't care for Norton's anymore!
 
J

Jonny

Yep, and its does heck of lot more than just detect and kill PC viruses.
That's what is further limiting PC performance in the more current NAV
versions. I did establish on recent install of NAV 2007 that it will not
install if ZA is installed per message at setup. (am talking just plain
NAV, not the security package with firewall) It will break MSXML 4.0
installations.
 
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John E. Carty

You can ignore the warning about ZA and NAV 2007 will not only install, but
their is no conflict afterwards (on my 3 machines) between these two
applications :)
 
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Guest

I recenlty bout NAV 2007 and I *hated* it. Not only did it slow my computer
terribly, but a couple of hours after installing it my computer was infected
with multiple viruses and adware/spyware which I didn't have before. I'm not
kidding! It took my weeks to get rid of them, I uninstalled NAV and took it
back for a refund. I will not buy Norton again. I now use AVG and Ad-Aware
and am very happy with performance & protection.
 
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B. Nice

I recenlty bout NAV 2007 and I *hated* it. Not only did it slow my computer
terribly, but a couple of hours after installing it my computer was infected
with multiple viruses and adware/spyware which I didn't have before. I'm not
kidding! It took my weeks to get rid of them, I uninstalled NAV and took it
back for a refund. I will not buy Norton again. I now use AVG and Ad-Aware
and am very happy with performance & protection.
Well, I'm a big anti-Norton too - but honestly, if your computer is
infected with multiple nasties after just a couple of hours you should
seriously be looking at the guy pressing the buttons. Norton may well
be a disaster - but it does'nt go searching for malware by itself ;-)
 
G

Guest

My internet habits did not change after buying NAV, and I had not had the
problems before installing it or after uninstalling it. It may be a
coincidence, but it was certainly a strange and inconvenient one!
 
J

Jonny

All I know is I put in the NAV 2007 installation CD, setup started. Message
came up saying something to the effect that this program is not compatible
with ZA. And, would have uninstall it. I have the last version of ZA Pro
available on that particular PC. So, I chose not to try to install NAV 2007
based on the message. What am I missing here, praytell?
 
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Leythos

I recenlty bout NAV 2007 and I *hated* it. Not only did it slow my computer
terribly, but a couple of hours after installing it my computer was infected
with multiple viruses and adware/spyware which I didn't have before. I'm not
kidding! It took my weeks to get rid of them, I uninstalled NAV and took it
back for a refund. I will not buy Norton again. I now use AVG and Ad-Aware
Then your computer was already infected before or during the time you
installed Norton. While Norton AV is a complete resource pig, it's a LOT
better than AVG at protecting you. AVG at every sorrority we've been to
has been unable to protect the residents from malware, the Norton machines
were clean.

I suggest that your machine was either compromised before or during the
installation, or that you didn't properly install it.
 
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asclero

Leythos said:
Then your computer was already infected before or during the time you
installed Norton. While Norton AV is a complete resource pig, it's a LOT
better than AVG at protecting you. AVG at every sorrority we've been to
has been unable to protect the residents from malware, the Norton machines
were clean.
Antivirus programs aren't supposed to deal with malware. For that try
"a-squared Free" (Emsi Software).
 
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Guest

It's possible that the installation compromised it somehow. As for being
previously infected, all of the files & folders I could find associated with
the infections were dated a couple of hours after the installation. It was
very strange! I ran Norton and it didn't find any of the trojans, but once I
uninstalled it and installed AVG it did find and get rid of them.
orono
 
C

Chuck Davis

Robyn,
You didn't read that post carefully as suggested: "Norton Virus is very
effective." Yes, Norton writes good viruses in their basement programmers
department.
 
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Paul Knudsen

Right, perhaps the older versions are effective but not 2006, or 2007! They
are useless with too much on them and drain your pc's cpu, ram and take up
too much room! Sorry I don't care for Norton's anymore!
I run 2006 with no problems.
 
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pop

Paul said:
I run 2006 with no problems.
I find that Norton GoBack is really risky for users. When they bring me
a hard drive to recover their files, I can't. None of the standard
tools can get to the data.

Pop
 
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Paul Knudsen

I find that Norton GoBack is really risky for users. When they bring me
a hard drive to recover their files, I can't. None of the standard
tools can get to the data.

Pop
Could be; never use Goback.
 

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