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    I think Norton internet security is a scam

    im on someone elses computer it wont let me use mozilla thunderbird, everytime i try and download messages it freaks out and has some user error and then i cant connect to my email server.

    so im like ohh easy fix...ill just turn off norton. but no, you cant turn it off...you can disable the internet security but you cant end the program. There is no OFF button. And the you try and end the process itself it just says access denied.

    but ill bet it will let me use Microsoft outlook express just fine..........anywho i guess the question is...how do i just turn off all things symantec?


    normally i would just laugh in the face of the person who was stupid enough to use norton but i really need to use this computer.
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    Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs

    Then download something that isn't bloated and intrusive. Like AVG antivirus (free!). Then tell your friend you fixed his/her stupid computer.

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    NAV is ok, but I agree their Internet Security suite is overboard bloat. We've experienced too many problems with it at the shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by explody pup
    Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs

    Then download something that isn't bloated and intrusive. Like AVG antivirus (free!). Then tell your friend you fixed his/her stupid computer.
    Dude AVG is literally worse then NAV. I would suggest F-PRot except that F-PROT is 100% non-user friendly. I think Mechbagnon says that Kapsersky is pretty good. I installed AVG on my computer for a few minutes becaise OI was having a single problem and I couldn't find any online virus scans that actually worked anymore. That was the biggest mistake I ever did. Suggesting it to my dad was the 2nd biggest mistake I ever did. The only good thing is that it seems to be easier to kill then Norton but you still have to literally kill it.
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    Dude AVG is literally worse then NAV.
    Really. In what way? In actual use, or when you're trying to uninstall?

    So far my computer's been clean. But I chalk that up to being safe when I'm online than anything else.

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    well but i think they pay for there norton........i just wanted to disable it when im on it so it doesnt interfere with what im doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by explody pup
    Really. In what way? In actual use, or when you're trying to uninstall?

    So far my computer's been clean. But I chalk that up to being safe when I'm online than anything else.
    It would scan ALL of my hard drives at least once a day. And when you scan i think it's nearly 1/2 a terrabyte right now it kills the machine. It did the same thing on my dad's laptop too. I just killed it plain and simply by disabling the services. My dad went in and told it not to do a complete scan but once a week and he said he hasn't seen it rear its head once. It's been several weeks now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasGuy
    Dude AVG is literally worse then NAV. I would suggest F-PRot except that F-PROT is 100% non-user friendly. I think Mechbagnon says that Kapsersky is pretty good. I installed AVG on my computer for a few minutes becaise OI was having a single problem and I couldn't find any online virus scans that actually worked anymore. That was the biggest mistake I ever did. Suggesting it to my dad was the 2nd biggest mistake I ever did. The only good thing is that it seems to be easier to kill then Norton but you still have to literally kill it.

    F-prot is garbage. It may protect well, but that is the most bloatastic piece of code in the history of mankind. Seriously, I think if bloated software was rated in tons of poo, F-prot would have to have a dump the size of the netire state of montana to contain it all.

    I use AVG because I don't do much of anything risky online, and have multiple layers of firewalls (hardware and software, both extremely well configured), so I really have little to worry about. The one that does hit me, will more than likely won't even be on any AV's list yet, and would still have to get past my weariness to run unsolicited executables or files, or through my network.
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    Get a Mac.

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    Avast isn't bad.

    You could uninstall it, or you might be able to go into the settings and disable email scanning in NIS. When you uninstall Norton, it doesn't actually remove most of the files and registry settings.. garbage software IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catatonic
    F-prot is garbage. It may protect well, but that is the most bloatastic piece of code in the history of mankind. Seriously, I think if bloated software was rated in tons of poo, F-prot would have to have a dump the size of the netire state of montana to contain it all.

    I use AVG because I don't do much of anything risky online, and have multiple layers of firewalls (hardware and software, both extremely well configured), so I really have little to worry about. The one that does hit me, will more than likely won't even be on any AV's list yet, and would still have to get past my weariness to run unsolicited executables or files, or through my network.
    I wonder if we're talking about the same thing. I run F-Prot on my server. Very very lightweight. Robust email virus scanner
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    Hmm, last time I used F-prot, it consumed over 130megs of ram just idling. The second I realized that, I immediately uninstalled it and went for AVG, since it was a trade-off I was willing to do.

    I am pretty skeptical on any anti-virus, since either the OS needs patched, or the user need to stop running anything they can double click on....so pretty much AV is a nice fuzzy blanket. It is nice to have until the OS gets patched though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catatonic
    Hmm, last time I used F-prot, it consumed over 130megs of ram just idling. The second I realized that, I immediately uninstalled it and went for AVG, since it was a trade-off I was willing to do.

    I am pretty skeptical on any anti-virus, since either the OS needs patched, or the user need to stop running anything they can double click on....so pretty much AV is a nice fuzzy blanket. It is nice to have until the OS gets patched though.
    Total it's using up about 4.3mb of ram.
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    Quote Originally Posted by explody pup
    Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs

    Then download something that isn't bloated and intrusive. Like AVG antivirus (free!). Then tell your friend you fixed his/her stupid computer.
    Or ZoneAlarm (www.zonelabs.com), also free. I think the OP's problem was with the Norton Firewall, which I agree is garbage.
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    Linux or FreeBSD. Maybe Solaris if you don't like hardware support.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lyeinyoureye
    Linux or FreeBSD. Maybe Solaris if you don't like hardware support.
    My hardware and software doesn't work very well with Linux or FreeBSD so I would be in almost the same boat regardless of which of those i made.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasGuy
    My hardware and software doesn't work very well with Linux or FreeBSD so I would be in almost the same boat regardless of which of those i made.
    What exactly are you running that's not supported by either of those?

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    Click the K

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    Yes. What?

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    THe K as in KDE

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    Like the O as in Openbox? I still have no clue what this has to do with TexasGuy's hardware.

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