Skip to comments.Norton Question
Posted on 03/21/2012 10:06:00 AM PDT by pabianice
I have Norton 360 installed (yes, I now know that was a mistake; it shreds all available memory). I want to try another program but Norton will not allow me to install any other such program. How do I deactivate Norton to try something else?
The silence may mean nobody agrees with you
Cool. How do you then turn it back on?
You need to uninstall completely.
Pay a reactivation fee?
You haven’t learned your lesson yet?
Norton IS a computer virus.
Download the Norton Removal Tool from Symantec. It will remove all Norton stuff from your computer except Winfax.
And most knowledgeable people will agree with you, Norton 360 is a mess. It should be banned or turned over to the Obama energy program.
Anti-virus programs despise each other so I would never try to have two install (even with one being disabled) at the same time.
My advice would be to uninstall Norton 360 and give Microsoft Security Essentials (a free download from Microsoft’s main website) a try. If you don’t like it and want Norton back, uninstall MSE and reinstall Norton 360.
I bought a laptop last summer and a desktop just after Thanksgiving. First thing I did was remove Norton from both.
I had too many previous bad problems with versions of Norton conflicting with other programs.
Now, I use MS Essentials and have had no problems.
Computer talk USA has a link to remove all Symantec/Norton from your PC. Other removal tools available on their download page.
Dealing with this corporation is like gazing into the face of evil.
It is hard to imagine that actual humans work there of their own free will.
I really don’t like the computational overhead imposed by any of the Windows anti-virus programs, so I bypassed the problem by running no A/V program at all. How do I stay secure? Linux.
Personally I prefer Revo Uninstaller Pro, available for download at this link http://www.revouninstaller.com/
I had some issues with uninstalling some Microsoft trial programs and when on the phone with one of their technicians he instructed me to use it and it was the only thing that would clean it off totally including cleaning out registry entries.
I just used it to solve a problem for a friend in Texas who had the same issue and it snatched it right out of the system and she is ecstatic.
see post number 2 on this thread, they link to a set of “disable” procedures
both of you cannot be correct
you are in agreement with post 5 on this thread
but you too should see post number 2
I recently bought a Toshiba laptop that came with a trial Norton Internet Security Suite and just went to ControlPanel/Programs. Selected Norton and “Uninstall”. There were a couple of Norton apps but Uninstall took care of them. I can find no trace of Norton now and Kaspersky is working fine.
The improvement you experience may be in part due to a larger footprint of norton - in memory and in cpu time, and/or it may also be to “improvements” that Microsoft has made, that it has kept to it self, concerning the requiremnets of an api (application program interface - the set of exe and dlls needed) for ANY antivirus app to work better.
The MS “desktop” near-monopoly is decreasing due to the increasing power and verstility of tablets and “smartphones”.
MS will do anything they can to near-bundle any desktop apps they can into the MS-OS orbit or package; including making OS improvements specifically for specific kinds of apps and then not sharing those improvments with the app development industry - making it appear their app alone (on its own) is “better”. This is what MS has done throughout their history.
I've had my share of bad Norton experiences. I will never, NEVER, buy a Norton product ever again. NEVER!
Download the free version of REVO uninstaller. It will use the built-in Symantec removal tool inside Norton but will also give you the option to remove any stray bits and pieces of Norton code that may be left on your computer.
Yeah me too; I may be a slow learner, but eventually it sinks in and sticks.
Actually, the bigger problem is Symantec, the company that bought and ruined Norton years ago.
Every good piece of software I had that ended up being bought by Symantec, became useless, buggy, and petrified-turtle-turd-slow after updated, newer version were published under Symantec.
After the grief and wasted time Symantec cost me, I will never, NEVER, ever buy another Symantec product again. NEVER!
Thanks for that info, I will expand my Norton Ban to include all Symantec. Long ago, I was a fan of Norton, but it really changed.
Likewise. I used to love Norton Anti-Virus software..
Then Symantec bought Norton, and turned it into buggy, memory hogging bloatware with lousy tech support. Then when you decided you had enough, it was a major project to uninstall the crap from your PC--it seemed to have its claws into every nook and cranny of the operating system.
WinFax is another example. WinFax was a great way to send and receive faxes on a PC, then Symantec bought it and turned Winfax into very buggy bloatware with lousy tech support.
I would removed the software altogether. Disabling it is temporary, and less satisfying.
Not everyone has the wherewithal to install and use Linux, and if a current anti-virus app has not expired, the temporary fix of disabling it may be satisfying enough for the moment.
Also, Norton and other similar apps usually permit disabling some fetaures or functions without disabling everything - permitting the app to have a smaller footprint (less of resource hog) temporarily.
In the meantime, price and feature investigation of optional apps can identify an app to install as soon as the current one stops accepting updates without a new subscription.
That’s usually good enough for most folks.
I’m an anti-Nortite.
I didn’t want to renew with Norton because Symetic contributes to Planned Parenthood.
HOWEVER, they renewed it without my permission, and CHARGED MY CREDIT CARD.
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