New anti virus while existing one is running?

  1936 20:17 21 Jan 2009

A friend who knows less about computers than me said that her existing package, Norton runs out soon and asked if she can start with AVG while her Norton is still running.
She also wamts to know if she needs to get rid of Norton from her computer when it does run out.

  brundle 20:23 21 Jan 2009

100% no, running two resident AV programs at once is a very bad idea. Remove Norton with the removal tool after having downloaded the installer for her chosen replacement.

Norton Removal Tool; click here

Free antivirus (and some that aren't) ; click here

  tullie 20:25 21 Jan 2009

Download and save AVG,Download and save Norton Removal Tool.Disconnect from internet,use removal tool.
Install AVG.Go online.
No point in having Norton on computer if she doesent want it, you should only use one antivirus or they will conflict.

  peter99co 20:54 21 Jan 2009

Any other way could lead to problems.

  DieSse 23:42 21 Jan 2009

However I would suggest she switches to Avast, which offers better protection than AVG in their free versions.

click here

See what AVG free doesn't include
click here

  1936 14:04 22 Jan 2009

Many thanks.

  tullie 16:48 22 Jan 2009

Please tick and resolved if your sorted.

  1936 17:31 22 Jan 2009

I can see that AVG has no fire wall but could she not use the MS one?

  DieSse 17:50 22 Jan 2009

It's not the lack of firewall - there are free good firewalls - and the Windows one can be used too (though it's not great.

It's all the other missing things. Avast doesn't have such a list of missing things.

  tullie 17:53 22 Jan 2009

Do not rely on the windows firewall particulary if its XP

  User-1229748 17:57 22 Jan 2009

have a read of this which explains more about pc securityclick here

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