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I've downloaded AVG for free, do I get rid of my free subscription from Norton on my computer?

Asked by judochop (16075points) February 18th, 2010

I recently bought a new laptop. It came with a free 30 days of Norton Virus Protection. I have downloaded AVG for free and I am wondering… Do I need to take off Norton or can I just leave it alone?

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jrpowell's avatar

Nuke Norton. First of all it sucks. And second it is kinda bad to run two anti virus programs at the same time. I would just use AVG.

And don’t use IE. Use Firefox or Chrome to browse.

judochop's avatar

I am using Chrome. Thanks.

RareDenver's avatar

@judochop what @johnpowell said, kick Norton into touch, when you have two anti-virus programs running they sometimes view each other as virus’ and it can cause all manner of strange things to happen.

dpworkin's avatar

Norton is a virus.

jerv's avatar

I agree that Norton isn’t great and it’s a proven fact that running multiple AV programs causes all sorts of issues.

However, I would recommend Avast! or Avira if you actually want protection from viruses. AVG doesn’t score too well on most tests I’ve seen, and even if it could stop 98% of the stuff out there, I would rather use something that stops >99%.

davidbetterman's avatar

Dump the Norton ASAP…

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

Get rid of Norton. It is not a good idea to run more than one antivirus at once. The best way to remove it is using the Norton Removal Tool. This will do a complete removal, rather than leaving some files behind in case you re-install. I think Norton is a virus, and I always get rid of it at first sight on any new computer.

john65pennington's avatar

I have two anti-virus protection programs on my pc. one is NORTON and one is AVG. they work well together and provide extreme virus protection. after discovering over 800 viruses on my pc, i was determined to fight the bad boys with the best out there. i am using the NORTON CORPORATE version and the best AVG available. i did not download AVG, i bought their best in a store. this combination has worked for me for two years. my firewalls now have firewalls.

davidbetterman's avatar

You should stay off the porn sites.

CMaz's avatar

Ok… AVG or Avast!?

Grisson's avatar

But how do you get Avast to quit yelling out loud when it updates its virus database?... talk about irritating!!

jerv's avatar

@Grisson Viruses are more irritating.

@ChazMaz Between those two, I would go with Avast!

thriftymaid's avatar

I would. Nortons takes up space.

Grisson's avatar

@jerv AVG is less irritating

jerv's avatar

@Grisson We could keep this up for a long time! My thoughts are that the performance hit, low detection rate, and inferior heuristics of AVG are more annoying than pop-ups. Besides, just because you pay no money, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t cost anything. Those pop-up are the price to pay for good protection lust as viewing ads is a small price to pay for viewing “free” sites like Google. Personally, I feel it’s a pretty reasonable price considering the superior protection. You are free to disagree, but you aren’t changing my mind on this.

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