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    cratchit Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    Nov 25, 2005, 04:16 AM
    Norton or AVG
    I run Windows XP and norton anti virus but I still get viruses so I downloaded AVG but I'ts making my machine run slowly - do I need both? Can I get rid of Norton and still be protected? How can I speed up my machine? I've run disk cleanup, I don't have temp files cloggin it up, since downloading AVg my machine sometimes freezes - help please?
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    Curlyben Posts: 18,481, Reputation: 1857
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    Nov 25, 2005, 04:22 AM
    Get rid of Norton soonest I have found that 75% of the people that run it have problems with XP.

    You only need one on system scanner, but it never hurts to use an online one once in a while.
    Trend Housecall is an excellent online scanner, does spyware as well.
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    fredg Posts: 4,928, Reputation: 674
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    Nov 25, 2005, 04:40 AM
    I agree with Curlyben; get rid of Norton.
    You might already know how, but just in case:
    Go to Control Panel, then Add/Remove Programs. Left click on Norton to highlight, then click on Remove; just follow the windows' instructions.
    There usually are problems trying to run two Antivirus Programs at the same time.
    This might account for the slower computer.
    I switch from Norton to AVG about 3 yrs ago or so; and have NOT had any virus get passed it! It has caught many, mainly through emails. It checks both incomine and outgoing email.
    You might also consider a great, free cleaner, works better than Disk Cleanup, from: Just two clicks gets rid of junk files, temp folders, some never used Registry entries, etc.
    Also, AVG allows downloads, almost daily of new Antivirus definitions, one at a time sometime; instead of waiting to "compile" many at the same time.
    They are available as soon as they are ready to be released!
    Best of luck.
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    LTheobald Posts: 1,051, Reputation: 127
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    Nov 25, 2005, 05:09 AM
    I don't think you were but just in case I'll say it - don't run two antivirus programs at once. It'll just cause a lot of trouble and there's no benefit from doing it. I also believe that two virus scanners can sometimes try to read the file at the same time, causing slowdown etc.

    I'll agree Ben & Fred's advice - Norton isn't as great as everyone believes it to be.

    As for the speed issues - try some adware scans as well (few links in my signature)

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