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Virus Protection Software expired?

Lucian Plus
7 562
13 May 2010 6:43PM
I have just got a new laptop and tried to install norton 360 on to it to find out that it has expired. I can renew it on line for 54.99 or i can go to the shop and buy it. If i buy it online for my computer will it have 3 licences on it like it will if i get it at a shop. what should i do?

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KevSB Plus
13 1.5k 5 United Kingdom
13 May 2010 6:53PM
There is so many free virus pro grammes out there that many on here will attest to being just as good as Norton if not better, Ive had norton before but would still go the free way. I have used AVG for 3 years now with no problems at all and but im sure others will recommend another. This isnt about saving money but not wasting it on an overpriced piece of software.
ray1 Plus
13 546 1 England
13 May 2010 7:09PM
Why not use the microsoft security software for free. I have used kaspersky for a couple of yrs and found it very good. Cheap as chips as well.
User_Removed 11 2.1k 7 England
13 May 2010 7:12PM
Use a free one you really don't need to pay out for AV software. I haven't paid for so many years I can remember and not had a virus worth talking about. I run free AV on my daughters laptop, she downloads anything and everything and the free stuff has always picked up all the bad stuff.

This is what I use - LINK
13 May 2010 7:34PM
Another vote for avg when had the pc thats what i used and never had any problems with it unlike norton!!
13 May 2010 7:40PM
Another vote for Microsoft Security Essentials. Free and seems to do the job as well as other free and paid services.
13 May 2010 7:52PM
I use Avast free home edition and Micosoft security essentials and both run well.

Just Jas Plus
16 26.2k 1 England
13 May 2010 8:02PM

Quote:Free and seems to do the job as well as other free and paid services.

AVG free reported no problems for quite some time until my PC was hit by a virus that really screwed things up. PC locked up solid. Clicking on the AVG icon brought up the error message "AVG has a virus......" and was also locked solid.

I now use Avast Free.
User_Removed 11 2.1k 7 England
13 May 2010 8:07PM

Quote:I now use Avast Free.

Yep that's a good one too.
BTS Plus
7 11 United Kingdom
13 May 2010 8:31PM
I downloaded AVG on recommendation from a friend and it works.................but...........I now keep getting a pop-up saying it has expired & I need to buy a new version..... humn, so much for it being free!Tongue
Toonman Plus
10 1.4k 2 England
13 May 2010 8:35PM
Kaspersky is fantastic or, you could try Comodo Internet suite, it's free.

Jestertheclown Plus
9 7.6k 252 England
13 May 2010 8:39PM
Another vote for Avast Free. I've used it for a few years now and so far, nothing's got in.
Prior to that I used AVG for years with no major problems although a couple of minor nasties got past it
I stopped using AVG when they updated from V7. to V7.5 and it b*****ed up my and many other people's computers. There was a thread about it on here.
Before that I used Norton and within days of installing it, my machine became infected by a herd of trojans so that was quickly got rid of.
For obvious reasons, I now won't touch anything with Norton written on it with a bargepole.
I've heard some unpleasant things about Microsoft Security Essentials as well but they've all been through third parties so I don't know how true they are.
I'm always a bit dubious about "all-in-one" security packages and anyway, I'd find it hard to trust anything that puts "Microsoft" and "Security" in the same sentence!

tomcat Plus
12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
13 May 2010 8:46PM
Jestertheclown Plus
9 7.6k 252 England
13 May 2010 8:46PM

Quote:Kaspersky is fantastic or, you could try Comodo Internet suite, it's free.

We had Kaspersky installed at the school where I work and it let in a number of particularly nasty viruses so we now use Mcafee. Personally as I wouldn't use either as I don't think they're any better than the freebies.

I use Comodo's firewall and it seems to do a good job but a while back a member had a huge problem caused by their registry cleaner which may well come as part of their suite which sort of reinforces what I said above about "all-in-ones".

I've never used, or heard of anyone who has used their AV so again, I can't comment.

miptog Plus
12 3.6k 61 United Kingdom
13 May 2010 8:51PM
Another vote for Microsoft Security Essentials.

However if you are accessing "dodgy" sites, then don't expect any of the AV to be 100%

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