Since going to Windows 7, I just use Windows Security Manager (I think that's what they call it) that came with it. It's got built-in anti-virus and firewall. Light, easy, no issues so far.
Thanks, I bookmarked the site. I'll try it once my Norton 360 licence runs out next March.
Originally Posted by GoldStone
This year has been a really expensive year for me as far as PCs.
My original PC failed to power up (motherboard problem, not power supply), last Christmas morning,
just as I was ready to Skype with my daughter in AZ.
Bad timing on Christmas day, but my friend brought me over his "freebie" HP desktop to get me going again.
It took me a while to install XP and all the applications, I usually run on my PC.
Everything was working ok, until I decided to migrate to Win 7 on the HP.
Not only the hassles of re-installing all the applications, but Norton has a counter on the number of installs.
3 is the maximum and this is very annoying, and a lucrative money grab on Norton's part,
since they want you to buy a $69.95 (online) additional licence for any PC installs after the maximum 3 allowed.
My Norton installs in 2012 went like this:
Previous Norton 360 expired last Sept 2011.
Ok, got tired of their daily "countdown nag"
ie: 10 days remaining to buy a new licence..If you don't you will have NO Protection after expiry date.
Bought new Norton 360 CD at Staples (on sale): Licenced for 3 installs maximum.
# 1 install Sept 2011 Old PC (that died) ran on XP.
I don't know what happened to install #2 and #3, but I did some windows re-installs work on my friends PC and Laptop,
and used my Norton key to install and activate Norton on his two computers, so that probably used up install #2 and #3.)
Bought a new Norton 360 Premier Edition at Staples ($49.95 + tax on sale..for "next year")
Install #1 (Friend wanted to try out Windows 7 on his PC).
Install #2 Decided to migrate my HP from XP to Win 7 Home Premium (this is now my spare PC)
Had some problems with WIND internet dropouts..thought it was the actual computer h/w
..bought a used "brand X" 64bit on Ottawa Kijji with AVG and Win 7 Ultimate loaded
Decided to install my Norton 360 which told me it was going to remove AVG as there can't be two anti-virus on my computer.
Install #3 on new used "brandx" running a copy of Win 7 Ultimate (beginning of August)...
30 days pass...MS starts to nag me daily and on restarts that my copy of Win 7 Ultimate is not "genuine" ,
and I should buy a licence from them at $199..ya right!!!
Dilema..because my Norton 360 current subscription only allows 3 installs max,
I can't re- install my licenced copy of Win 7 Home Premium on this "brandx" until next March,
when my current licence with Norton 360 expires.
next time I will try either:
Microsoft Security Essentials
or even AVG.
I've had it with paying Norton over and over again. Yes they are good, but they are expensive!
Last edited by carverman; 2012-09-19 at 10:14 AM.
I use Microsoft Security Essentials as well. I never notice it and my computer stays clean. I have tried AVAST, and it was also fine.
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