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Do I really need Norton Anti virus Software on my computer?

My computer came preinstalled with a 90 day subscription to Norton Anti Virus and Internet Security, but to be honest I don’t like it and have always used Avast Anti virus instead. What do you think am I better off deleting Norton and crossing over to Avast or would you not recommend that at all?

Thanks for your help.

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34 Responses to “Do I really need Norton Anti virus Software on my computer?”

  1. Stacey B said :

    i use the norton anti virus i would reccomend using it untill it expires i find it better than any other anti viruses

  2. FTBC said :

    I don’t know Avast, but there’s nothing special about Norton’s protection. I use AVG at home, we use Sophos at work, and I recommend McAffee over Symantec (Norton) any day.

  3. nick2008msp said :

    No, you don’t need Norton. Screw Norton. Screw Mcafee too. Kaspersky rules. OK?

  4. ? said :

    No its crap, avast is ten times better.
    a.v.g is proably the best

  5. SkyWalker said :

    Norton is a bloated piece of crap. I use Avast and Spybot myself.

  6. sn0zb0z said :

    I had Norton and I hated it – it kept turning my fire wall off and didn’t really help in any way. I didn’t even wait for the 90 days to end. I stopped that updating and scanning and went straight to AVG and downloaded that. I suggest getting another – while it is meant to be one of the best I don’t believe it is

  7. leewalters2002 said :

    definatley not.
    I used to run norton and mcafee together with AVG. the first 2 were unable to detect viruses that AVG (FREE SOFTWARE) picked up on straight away, can’t recommend AVG enough, it’s free but by no means less of a program than the pay for ones.

  8. Col du Galibier said :

    Funnily enough, i did just this to my brothers new computer yesterday. So i recommend you do it. I have had both Norton & currently im using Avast and rate Avast more than the massive system hogging Norton 🙂

  9. Stoo73 said :

    Ditch Norton before it crashes your PC. Make sure you download Avast first though.

    I use Avast antivirus, PC tools firewall & spybot search & destroy. They work much better and the best bit is they are totally free and far more reliable than Norton.

  10. TheHumbleOne said :

    No amount of antivirus software can keep you safe if you are careless where you surf or click.

    With that said, I have Norton on my new PC, but had to use AVG on my older PC which would not run the new Norton.

    As other answerer said, use Norton until time to subscribe, then download AVG and be watchful.

    AVG free version, antivirus
    scroll down and be sure to click on the free download

    Ad-Aware — Downloaded 2/10/08 from:
    scroll halfway down the page to Adaware 7.0
    click Download
    Be careful not to click Buy if you want the free version only.


  11. hasicit said :

    i get mine provided by bt and have had no problems with norton /symtec protection.
    if you have to pay for it when 90 days up.and decide not to keep it delete it through add and remove programs ,as it can conflict with other security systems.

  12. Part Time Cynic said :

    I got rid of Norton and have been with Bullguard for the last few years. It’s brilliant and I would not return to Norton if they paid me for it now. It was way too interfering. I’ve no experience with Avast but if you get on with it I would say stick with it.

  13. Happy Man said :

    Use it until it runs out then get avast, thats what I did.

  14. Anna V said :

    I used AVG on my previous pc, now I’m using Avast. They’re free and extremely efficient 🙂

  15. Mrs Haudyerwheesht said :

    You are quite right to be worried, my computer came preinstalled with Norton too and i think it’s total rubbish as the first time i clicked onto a bad site on the internet Norton just didn’t do anything and allowed my computer to have viruses i went out the next day and paid for bit defender. It’s true to say that no one anti virus can protect you from all the possible viruses and trojans but i’ve heard nothing but bad things about Norton and if i where you i would get myself a good paid for anti virus. if you are happy with avast go for it.

  16. Jeff P said :
  17. brianthesnail123 said :

    hi wrighty
    norton anti-virus is one of the most complained about anti-virus programs and the main reason for this is the way its designed
    for starters it uses far too much system memory,unlike other anti-virus software that uses between 5 and 20mb memory usage norton anti-virus uses about 50 to 60mb of memory,and when pc.s running windows xp with just 256mb this is a large portion of the ram used
    is a excellent choice of anti-virus software,and this program uses only 5mb of system memory,making it much more memory efficent,and along with this you get a excellent scanner with regular updates
    one great feature of avast 4.8 is its audible update reminder,after any update a american sounding voice will remind you that your “virus database has been updated”
    another excellent feature is the downloadable skins,these are skins designed by avast users and can brighten up your desktop when running virus scans
    other anti-virus software worth considering are avg( and bit defender free(–BitDefender-Free-Edition.html)
    the bit defender anti-virus is a excellent choice especially for gamers,i discovered this when using this software last year
    unlike other anti-virus programs that can produce lag when playing online bit defender allows online gaming to run
    nearly lag free
    good luck mate !

  18. da_hal said :

    yes i hate all antivirus.

  19. ? said :

    I really hate Norton. Now I have One care which is a piece of crap. I am
    going to get Kasperisksky next time around.

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