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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 29-07-2019, 14:00 Thread Starter
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Hi, I have used Norton now for several years, but as this laptop was getting soooooooo slow, I bought a new MacBook pro. all is well there, but not wanting to be beaten by this laptop I thought I'd do a factory reset, and reinstall windows 10, that was ok. At the same time, as I don't intend to use this laptop for anything at all sensitive so, I thought I would cancel my Norton subscription, which I did, although I still have a few months on my present subscription. But then next day Norton identified a trojan threat !!!!! now am I being cynical or is that a ploy on there part to get me to reinstate my Norton subscription!!I am assuming windows protection is adequate for my needs.
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I think I would have left the subscription run if there are several months remaining.

They should notify you in plenty of time before renewal, giving you time to cancel then.

I'm the world's biggest cynic, so can't help agreeing with your suspicion about it being a ploy.

Other security options are available.

Norton is notorious for taking up a lot of space and slowing things down. Been there, got that T-shirt.

I changed to Mac many years ago. They don't seem to be targeted as much as PCs, but I have extra security anyway.

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Norton is perfectly reasonable these days but so is Windows Defender which is already installed for free.
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Norton’s is well known for slowing down computers.

I have been using Kaspersky for a good few years now. Does what it says on the tin. I particularly like the ability to use a “virtual” keyboard on the screen by using the mouse. It eliminates the possibility of a key stroke logger pinching any passwords etc!

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Norton customer service is poor.
Their 'expert' comments at renewal time are despicable.
However it doesn't slow down PCs and is as good at it's job as many other AVs.

In this case either use up the payed for time then change...to Defender or another if you want to.....but their comment re infection really is a ploy.
However there are many on line scanners that will tell you if you are infected....the best one being Malwarebytes, you download the free trial and after 14 days revert to the free version for the ability to scan your PC manually whenever you want!

PS. Malwarebytes free will not interfere with live active AV programme...it is used as an extra PC scanner.

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I like to think I know a reasonable amount about computers for a layman but I have never seen the need to pay for anti-virus software. I used to read two or three monthly computer mags along with all the reviews about anti-virus software and there was never a free one that didn't exceed or wasn't far off the best of the paid for ones.

On my Windows devices I use the standard Microsoft virus software that runs pretty seamlessly in the background and I knowingly use nothing on my Android phones or tablets - I rely on Google. I'm pretty sensible about what I download and to date I've never had a virus on anything - and never paid anyone to tell me that!
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And all the chat about the dangers of Huawei, Andy doesn’t realise his Kaspersky virtual keyboard links directly to the Kremlin 😄

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