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Old 11-24-2012, 03:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I have been advised to remove norton from my Vista based machine as it slows down the whole system (and the PC is old and slow as it is)

What should I replace it with?

I've got the machine permanantly disconnected from the net, so no surfing, however, files will be coming on and off via a usb stick which may have come from the web



I want a quick, light, effective program.
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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i find that AVG free edition works perfictly on my computer i also use "spybot search and destroy" which finds hidden viriuses that the others have a hard time finding and give you a desc of how you got it or a website it comes from
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if pc is never going to be used online then u don't need a virus program, but if going online best is avira, its free sort of light wt. but need to be online to update program. an removing norton is a good thing.
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Definitely right about Norton. All the major virus programs are far too bloated now and slow machines way down.

I have been using Comodo for some time and it is very good. You can set it to automatically check USB sticks when the are connected
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When you uninstall it,
make sure you use the norton removal tool
> https://www-secure.symantec.com/norton-support/jsp/help-solutions.jsp?docid=20080710133834EN&product=home&pvid=f-home&version=1&lg=en&ct=us <

Panda Cloud Antivirus > http://www.cloudantivirus.com/en/#!/free-antivirus-download
is the lightest you can get,
it is free and has a higher proactive and reactive detection rates than
kaspersky, norton and several others.


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Old 11-24-2012, 03:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
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Microsoft Security Essentials will suit your needs it is light works in the background and is effective.

Coupled with Widows Firewall and you will be protected.

It will scan USBs

MSE is also free!
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you can actually download free anti virus programmes from the internet however i think it depends on your internet provider. I use norton though and it does not slow the computer or laptop down in anyway.
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If the PC is not connected to the net, you don't require an antivirus program, an antivirus program is only as good as it data base without internet it won't update therefore it's data base will be empty.

files will be coming on and off via a usb stick which may have come from the web - then scan the USB with the PC your downloading from before putting the USB into the PC which has no net.

The only other way you could do it, is put an antivirus program on the USB which you can update on a PC which is connected to the net.

go to add & remove & remove norton, then save norton removal tool on USB & run it, if the PC is slow why not save free Ccleaner on the USB & put it on the PC & run It !
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I use macfee for my anti virus it a good one to use good luck with it
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Good answer by Slyold, he knows what he's talking about.
If it were me I would immunise all usb;s with panda usb vaccine and all your pc's. Usb malware spreads by using an autorun function. Only one autorun file can exist on each root drive, so if you plug your usb into an infected machine, the virus cannot plant its autorun file, ( which executes the malware ) because there is already a safe one existing
I would use a portable AV on one of the USB's, like Clamwin portable, which you can regularly update.
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