If you think getting rid of Norton is a pain, try getting rid of AOL especially when it is already installed on your computer when you bought it. Took me better part of a day working on it to remove all traces.
CA auto-renews you if you use a credit card! AVG or Avast! Avast has a nice pre-boot scan when you install.. Run it as it rips out the nasties. Make sure you remove your old AV even if it was trial ware! I have received computers with 3 even 4 AV installed. If one is good....
Do a internet search for revo uninstaller portable edition you can put it on a thumb drive. Use the advanced mode and when it asks what to do hit select all then delete all on both consecutive windows. Then do a search for Avira Antivirus free download and install it's one of the best freebees. If you want to pay for a goo one go here NOD 32 it's top of the best. http://software-blowouts.stores.yahoo.net/index.html. Good Luck.
Never install norton for any reason!!!!!!!!! One side effect is you lose your CD/DVD rom and they've known it for years whats that saying about them?
I used to be a Norton Utilities/Anti virus/Internet Security/Ghost devotee. I go back to version 1.1 of Norton Utilities when the IBM PC XT was the new kid on the block! Being a hard-core mainframe consultant of too many years nowadays, I found Norton produced the best software for what it did. Then Norton sold out about 10-12 years ago to Symantec and what they produced was total garbage!
Still "happy enough" with Norton aka Symantec, I even recommeded it to friends and co-workers. But I found that Ghost became more and more dificult to use with each later generation, and even Internet Security started dragging down my machine (I build my own). Last fall, my computer was down to a crawl and I looked under the hood and NAV had launched 20 or more simultaneous copies of 'check for the latest Norton updates' processing! I disabled that feature and everything was fine for a couple of weeks. Then it launched multiple copies of some other feature or another, and I had had enough!
I found Trend Micro Internet Security! Bye Bye Norton! My machine immediately started running 20-25% faster under Trend Micro than with Norton!
Been using Norton since the 80's,long before symantec,currently using Norton 360,with auto update and windows update turned off it doesn't gobble resources,do manual updates once a week when you don't need the machine.Works fine,no problems,less user given command control than I've been used too.But isn't taking control away from us the ultimate goal of big business and government alike? RichB