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Tue Mar 16, 2021, 11:30 AM

I have always thought Norton A/V is a curse.



I bought a new laptop last week and Norton nags and popups have descended on me
like a plague of locusts. It's hard to get anything done with their crap always getting
in the way. As soon as I get my other tweaking done that crap is coming out of there.


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Reply I have always thought Norton A/V is a curse. (Original post)
lpbk2713 Mar 2021 OP
TwilightZone Mar 2021 #1
wcmagumba Mar 2021 #2
UTUSN Mar 2021 #3
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hlthe2b Mar 2021 #5

Response to lpbk2713 (Original post)

Tue Mar 16, 2021, 11:33 AM

1. Easily resolved - uninstall it.

If you want to make sure everything is removed, use the Norton Remove and Reinstall tool:

https://support.norton.com/sp/en/us/home/current/solutions/v15972972

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Response to lpbk2713 (Original post)

Tue Mar 16, 2021, 11:41 AM

2. When I did computer support in the 80s and 90s on primarily Apple hardware we had Norton and I hated

it then...we used to compare it to an octopus with tentacles everywhere...I don't remember if it had that "removal" tool back then, I'm sure it would have been used by myself and others in our organization.

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Response to lpbk2713 (Original post)

Tue Mar 16, 2021, 11:48 AM

3. After uninstalling, also go manually through Cookies & delete all the Norton ones,

and many sources have the alphabetized Cookies under different names - like, "Norton blah blah" and "www.norton blah blah" other different letters at the start.







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Response to lpbk2713 (Original post)

Tue Mar 16, 2021, 12:56 PM

4. Nuke it from orbit

Reinstall windows. It'll get rid of any other crap, as well.

> Norton A/V is a curse.

Agreed! I liked Norton's products in the 1980s, but not after that.

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Response to lpbk2713 (Original post)

Tue Mar 16, 2021, 03:20 PM

5. I finally gave in, but I have it structured to limit some of its features (& annoying pop-ups)

Ironically, the package I most liked using was Kaspersky, which STILL is routinely ranked the BEST antiviral protection you can buy.

While I thought it was best to switch over given issues with Russia, I think it is likely not to be an issue on non-governmental computers and it is reasonably possible that Kaspersky has no intertwined relationship with GRU. Still, why take the chance?

Norton is (and has long been) very bloated, though, I agree.

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