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« Reply #4395 on: August 08, 2013, 12:24:02 PM »
I think the company is called 'McAfee'.  I agree that it is pretty standard way to operate.  Doesn't mean it is right.  It is one of the main reasons I won't sign up with a particular dating service.  If you don't cancel, they just keep charging you.

I will never deal with Norton AV again.  I don't think I actually paid for it but it was a complete pain.  It was a total pig and completely bogged down my computer and then when I tried to remove it, I had a really hard time doing so.  I ended up taking it to my computer guy to have it removed.
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« Reply #4396 on: August 08, 2013, 01:02:10 PM »
I think the company is called 'McAfee'.  I agree that it is pretty standard way to operate.  Doesn't mean it is right.  It is one of the main reasons I won't sign up with a particular dating service.  If you don't cancel, they just keep charging you.

I will never deal with Norton AV again.  I don't think I actually paid for it but it was a complete pain.  It was a total pig and completely bogged down my computer and then when I tried to remove it, I had a really hard time doing so.  I ended up taking it to my computer guy to have it removed.

This is one that frequently gets included in the software packages that new computers come with, and it is a BEAR to try and get rid of.  We actually had a subscription to Norton once upon a time, but never again.  Once it's on your computer, it's like you're infected with it. 

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« Reply #4397 on: August 08, 2013, 01:26:31 PM »
I think the company is called 'McAfee'.  I agree that it is pretty standard way to operate.  Doesn't mean it is right.  It is one of the main reasons I won't sign up with a particular dating service.  If you don't cancel, they just keep charging you.

I will never deal with Norton AV again.  I don't think I actually paid for it but it was a complete pain.  It was a total pig and completely bogged down my computer and then when I tried to remove it, I had a really hard time doing so.  I ended up taking it to my computer guy to have it removed.

I had Norton on my old desktop computer.  It was free because they had a deal with my college (I was still in school when in installed it), and the never tried to charge me for updates.  It was a major memory hog, and there were numerous occasions where I had to force-stop the process in order to get any real work done on the computer.

Now, I use Kaspersky (~$40/year) on my laptop and MS Security Essentials (Free) on my current desktop PC and my tablet PC.

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« Reply #4398 on: August 08, 2013, 01:48:37 PM »
I use AVG Free on a laptop that is used minimally on the internet (for work as secretary of my union local).  My personal laptop is a Mac so I don't have anything there.

I turned my computer guy onto AVG Free and he now recommends it for people who aren't doing heavy duty stuff on their computers.
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« Reply #4399 on: August 08, 2013, 02:15:21 PM »
I think the company is called 'McAfee'.  I agree that it is pretty standard way to operate.  Doesn't mean it is right.  It is one of the main reasons I won't sign up with a particular dating service.  If you don't cancel, they just keep charging you.

I will never deal with Norton AV again.  I don't think I actually paid for it but it was a complete pain.  It was a total pig and completely bogged down my computer and then when I tried to remove it, I had a really hard time doing so.  I ended up taking it to my computer guy to have it removed.

To add insult to injury, a virus got by Norton AV anyway.  I ended up taking the computer to a repair shop to get the hard drive wiped and reloaded.  The computer guy put AVG Free on it, and I added Malwarebytes, since it plays well with other antivirus programs.

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« Reply #4400 on: August 08, 2013, 02:51:57 PM »
I think the company is called 'McAfee'.  I agree that it is pretty standard way to operate.  Doesn't mean it is right.  It is one of the main reasons I won't sign up with a particular dating service.  If you don't cancel, they just keep charging you.

I will never deal with Norton AV again.  I don't think I actually paid for it but it was a complete pain.  It was a total pig and completely bogged down my computer and then when I tried to remove it, I had a really hard time doing so.  I ended up taking it to my computer guy to have it removed.

This is one that frequently gets included in the software packages that new computers come with, and it is a BEAR to try and get rid of.  We actually had a subscription to Norton once upon a time, but never again.  Once it's on your computer, it's like you're infected with it.
 

This.  Our computer had a three month trial period with Norton.  Our service provider used it's own free antivirus program.  The two kept fighting it out, so after just one month of Norton, I cancelled it. 

Guess what?  They had already billed me (after one month, remember) for month #4.  I called them about this and they agreed to reverse their charge.  Just to be sure, I called the credit card company and while I was explaining the situation to them they stopped me for a moment and said "Hmm ... yes, we see the charge, but they have just now added another month's fee!" 

I said hopefully, "Maybe they are giving me a credit like they said they would?"

"No, it's another months fee for Norton's service."

I said I would not pay either and Credit Card said they'd take care of it.  Apparently they did, because I heard nothing more about it.  And my computer ran MUCH more smoothly after that.

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« Reply #4401 on: August 08, 2013, 03:09:04 PM »
Is anyone else noticing the eerie similarity between major AV programs and the viruses they are supposed to protect you from?
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« Reply #4402 on: August 08, 2013, 03:42:14 PM »
I think the company is called 'McAfee'.

Yeah, I'm a truly horrendous speller, my apologies.
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« Reply #4403 on: August 08, 2013, 03:45:29 PM »
Is anyone else noticing the eerie similarity between major AV programs and the viruses they are supposed to protect you from?

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« Reply #4404 on: August 08, 2013, 04:03:16 PM »
I think the company is called 'McAfee'.

Yeah, I'm a truly horrendous speller, my apologies.

No worries.  I just kept thinking 'Dragonriders of Pern' seeing McCaffrey.   ;D

And I was able to look it up because we use McAfee at work.
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« Reply #4405 on: August 08, 2013, 05:18:12 PM »
I think the company is called 'McAfee'.  I agree that it is pretty standard way to operate.  Doesn't mean it is right.  It is one of the main reasons I won't sign up with a particular dating service.  If you don't cancel, they just keep charging you.

I will never deal with Norton AV again.  I don't think I actually paid for it but it was a complete pain.  It was a total pig and completely bogged down my computer and then when I tried to remove it, I had a really hard time doing so.  I ended up taking it to my computer guy to have it removed.

Yes, and same with credit-monitoring services.

This is one reason I use a free anti-virus program on my computer.
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« Reply #4406 on: August 08, 2013, 09:16:21 PM »
I haven't used Norton since the old pre-Windows DOS days.  I found at the time that it slowed the computer down so much it was almost unusable, so I decided to uninstall it.  I then found out how hard it was to uninstall...   ::) 

Every single subdirectory on the hard drive had a hidden, read-only file added by Nortons.  I had to go in and change the attributes and then delete them, one by one.  It was a nightmare.

Unfortunately, the new laptop I bought a couple of weeks ago already has Nortons pre-installed.  I'm going to have to get rid of it, it's already driving me bonkers.

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« Reply #4407 on: August 08, 2013, 10:35:55 PM »
Is anyone else noticing the eerie similarity between major AV programs and the viruses they are supposed to protect you from?

Hence the old "joke"

What's the only thing worse than having a virus on your computer?
Having Norton on there.
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« Reply #4408 on: August 08, 2013, 11:40:59 PM »
Is anyone else noticing the eerie similarity between major AV programs and the viruses they are supposed to protect you from?

Hence the old "joke"

What's the only thing worse than having a virus on your computer?
Having Norton on there.

I changed from Norton to McAfee and desperately want to go back exactly because of the "mob mentality" a PP mentioned. Oh, and I hate AVG with the passion of a thousand suns. It keeps installing itself and changing my Chrome start-up page to AVG search. There's no way to change it back other than to uninstall AVG. Yeah, I'll never switch to that voluntarily.
 
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« Reply #4409 on: August 09, 2013, 03:29:30 AM »
I stopped using Norton years ago. On the system I had at the time, every time I installed new software, Norton would insist that it needed to be re-installed! The last straw was the day I updated Norton, and it told me I had to re-install Norton!
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