That hasn't been worth remembering for well over 10 years.
Welcome to the 21st century.
For every pissed off consumer one might lose, there's one who is fed
up with a competitor.
It's the consumer circle jerk swap. They all suck, they just swap
Use Revo to remove all the crap proprietary program uninstallers
choose to leave behind.
I gave up on Norton a couple of years ago after it kept blocking
*itself* from accessing the Internet for updates. Been using Computer
Associates' Internet Security Suite Plus since then -- free after
"competitive upgrade" rebates using old Norton disks and title pages as
evidence of ownership of competing product.
However, I see good reports of NOD32. I may try that when my CA
subscription runs out at the end of the year.
I gave up on Norton (and agreed with the virus part) when it took me
almost 4 hours to get the residual of one version out (after running
what they laughingly called "uninstall") to the point I could put in the
next version without conflicts.
I get off on '57 Chevys
I get off on screamin' guitars
Probably just as well: Although Norton is good prosuct, people
that simply install it without RTFM or setting it up properly
aren't popular customers either, I"m sure. Oh, and also, a
paid-for, installed verstion of Norton did not pop-up an
(un-named by you) icon onto your desktop nor do they do covert
I suspect you may still have malware floating around unless
it had only attached itself to a Norton program; most unusual.
You did use their removal tool to uninstall, right?
With no OS, revision levels, setup info, or any other data
included, your post has no more value other than a frustrated
sour grapes newbie description and maybe a vent.
As a more or less happy Norton user for many years I feel the need to add a
couple of comments to this thread.
There were in fact some issues with the Norton uninstaller prior to the 2008
release. I might be off by a year or two. They did resolve those problems
with later versions and their site does offer a complete removal tool for
anyone who needs it for the older versions.
There is an issue that current users need to be aware of. The 2009 and
newer versions shut down and offer no protection when your subscription
expires. It doesn't just quit getting updates. It shuts down.
They extorted the renewal fee from me because the 2010 retail version I
ordered online was two days late getting here. My choices were to pay or do
Needless to say I will be exploring other option the next time I purchase AV
protection. And if this post costs them a few sales; well paybacks are fun!
Two things with norton: it does very little about malware installed
by the user. Install weatherbug, wildtangent games etc., get popup
ads, and watch norton do nothing. Spybot is the tool for that kind
Other thing is norton internet security is a pig. Pretty tremendous
by XP standards, but mild compared to the mountain of pigshit known
vista. NIS alone needs 200-300M of ram. Put NIS and XP SP3 on a 512M
XP system and watch it require 2 minutes to load google's home page with
nothing else running. Can you say thrashing? Install a router, don't
let teenagers run out of anything but a limited account and you can
leave NIS switched off. Or just buy more ram.
lol, can you say you're a dummy? I have NIS 2010 running.
Opening Google's home page on my XP Pro SP3 machine takes
approximately 3 seconds from keycick to ful page displayed.
And I can say "thrashing" et al, and I can also say I
recognize a poorly maintained and setup computer when I hear
such a description.
The issue of knowingly running programs that have more RAM
than the program needs is abundantly silly and using the
minimums they offer, do not and will not create the symptoms
you describe on a properly running machine. It can even be
done with less than 512 of RAM too. But those experiments I'm
sure would be beyond your capabilities to understand.
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