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Norton came with my computer when I got and and have used it with no problems at all.

Now, I need to renew and am thinking of switching to AV, since I have read so many good things about it (and it is free).

So, do I install the new program first and then uninstall Norton? And how do I get rid of Norton completely (I've read that it keeps things on your cpu).

Also, my Norton came with a firewall. Does AV, or where can I get a good firewall (preferably freeware, I'm cheap).

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Thanks. I will try ZoneAlarm, I have read other things about it.

So, I downloaded AVG but did not install yet. Do I have to get rid of my Norton (it expires today) before I install or should I install and then get rid of the Norton. This same question applies to the firewall.

Also, how do I know when Norton is completely off. I've read other posts that people have trouble with this.

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Oops forgot to mention. About uninstalling. I've uninstalled norton on a lot of computers (clients) and have never had a probem. Just make sure you properly unistall norton - using their uninstall feature.
 

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I would first, disconnect from the internet. If you have a DSL or cable internet connection, or any other connection that is "always on", I recommend you physically disconnect the wire from the computer or turn off the Cable/DSL modem. If you are on a dialup, be sure you aren't dialed up.

Uninstall whatever firewall you have and then install ZoneAlarm.

You may now safely reconnect to the internet; but, be sure your e-mail program is NOT RUNNING.

I have many times installed and updated AVG while Norton Antivirus is running and then uninstalled Norton Antivirus after AVG was fully updated and functional. I have never encountered a problem with this order of steps.

You do not necessarily have to make the antivirus changeover on the date that Norton Antivirus expires. Virus definitions don't usually come out but once a week anyway. Your Norton will still work, but it will just be using the definitions from your last update. I just would not let the definitions get more than a week out of date before you change.
 
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