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    Thanks for all the help!


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    To wrap this up (hopefully!):

    1. I went online chat with Dell Tech Support. Since Norton was an OEM install by Dell I thought I'd better get them on the hook in case the operating system crashed.

    2. The Dell Tech was going to use the Control Panel Uninstall but I told her that Norton had its own software for that. She found the same page that Creeping Death provided and we used that software.

    3. Looks like all the Norton crap is gone. Everything but the desktop shortcut. Hope this works. I will download the free AVG software tomorrow after installing my router.

    Thanks again y'all!!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winsomemore View Post
    Uninstalling Norton is a big risk.

    I'm just going to leave it turned off and get the AVG software. Have heard nothing but good things about it.

    Thanks!
    Not risky at all really. Start in safemode with it disabled and just uninstall. Make sure the folder and all traces of Norton are gone, then reboot.

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    Seems like more than half the computers I come across with major perfomance or connectivity issues, it's something to do with Norton. Norton removal tool is only Norton software I recomend. What happened to that company? Also if you have a computer where you tried to remove Sytem Works, you have to also remember to disable GoBack or the sytem will bluescreen when you try to reboot after using the removal tool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winsomemore View Post
    I'm really not sure if I want to try uninstalling the Norton piece of crap.

    I tried it a few years back and, iirc, it crashed the whole system.

    Thinking about calling Norton Tech support and having them on the line when I do the uninstall...but still, even if the system crashes they'll blame it on something else.

    Currently, I have Norton set to manual start.

    I shut off the PC and then powered it back on and luckily the manual start command remained in effect.
    Norton is famous for breaing during install or uninstall and then never again being able to fix the problem. It's a giant piece of bloatware.

    I have had good luck using the Norton uninstall tool they have now. I found it on their site and carry it around on my keychain. I haven't had a nightmare Norton uninstall since.

    I hate Symantec. It makes me want to cry that they bought Veritas. I'm just waiting for them to screw up Backup Exec beyond recognition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeaderFan View Post
    Seems like more than half the computers I come across with major perfomance or connectivity issues, it's something to do with Norton. Norton removal tool is only Norton software I recomend. What happened to that company? Also if you have a computer where you tried to remove Sytem Works, you have to also remember to disable GoBack or the sytem will bluescreen when you try to reboot after using the removal tool.
    Go Back is the one thing I refuse to even try to uninstall from Norton. I have not had ONE computer where I tried to uninstall it where it didn't have major boot problems after. That pos is like a virus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winsomemore View Post
    Well, Norton does it again.

    1. It's that time of year for Norton to periodically send me reminders that it is time for me to renew my Norton software ($50.00 or what ever it is).
    This is also the time of year that most electronics stores have AVG, Norton, McAfee, etc. free after rebate. I just recently bought Norton, McAfee, ZoneAlarm, Spy Sweeper, Word Perfect X3 and several other programs for free. Fry's and the office stores (Office Max, Office Depot, Staples, etc.) often have these listed in their Sunday ads during the holiday shopping season.

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    Had to do a bit of hunting to find the completely free version of the ATG software.

    C/Net has it: http://www.cnet.com/2001-1_1.html

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    AVG freakin rules. That and Openoffice.org should be standard on every computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ImA1032 View Post
    This is also the time of year that most electronics stores have AVG, Norton, McAfee, etc. free after rebate. I just recently bought Norton, McAfee, ZoneAlarm, Spy Sweeper, Word Perfect X3 and several other programs for free. Fry's and the office stores (Office Max, Office Depot, Staples, etc.) often have these listed in their Sunday ads during the holiday shopping season.
    Getting the program free is one thing, having them charge you $50 for another year of virus updates is another.

    AVG is a free program, with free updates. Your not squeezed by the balls like you are with Norton or McAfee.

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