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    "Turned out not to be free, but a 90 trial"

    January 5, 2009  |   By poordirtfarmer


    I had been running Norton (updated every morning). Still, AVAST found 5 viruses.


    1) Only moved 4 of the 5 found to "chest" - got an error on the 5th.
    2) Still has something that continues to reset the privacy setting to lowest level (maybe the 5th that didn't get moved)


    Cons Continued:
    3) Slow - It ran for 9 hours on the 40 Gig HD of an HP Pavilon (Sports 2 GIG memory & 2.56 MHz Intel Celeron CPU)
    4) I couldn't figure out how to have it run unattended. Had to constantly check to see if it had found anything bad, because it would then stop & wait for my direction..
    5) Clicked on a free for home download but got a 90 trial. Don't know what happened - maybe tricked? I don't like being tricked.

    Qualifier: I just downloaded last weekend, so it's too early to give a fair evaluation of product. Probably will uninstall before the 90 days though, and try free AVG. I hope IT is actually free, and will run unattended.

    Updated on Jan 5, 2009

    Oops! That should be 2.56GHz for the processor.

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  • Reply by habet01 on September 25, 2009

    No it's still free. You just have to get a new registration code. You should never run two anti-viruses at the same time as they interfere with each other. Running both Norton and Avast! is like running no AV at all.

  • Reply by davecollins1 on January 6, 2009

    Yes you have to babysit this one which is a pain, just like Avira.Please do some research and 1) you will find that at the moment Avast is the false positive king!!.2) Norton has very low False positives compared to what else there is out there. 3) Norton has a higher detection rate and larger data base, leading me to think these may have been false positives. 4) next time you get a virus check it out with A squared malaware on demand scanner free. This has the biggest data base of them all and in recent tests detected and removed more than any other app, as it has two engines now and when the subsrcription comes up on norton i am going to have a job making my mind up what to do!!. If you scan with A squared make sure you disable real time on avast as it will slow the scan to a crawl. Still woth it because you can check results as i have and until Avast improves its false positives then i will steer cleer as they can cause more damage than malaware itself.

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