The nuts and bolts => Non-Linux Technical => Topic started by: Triarius Fidelis on August 05, 2007, 01:59:23 pm

Title: norton av
Post by: Triarius Fidelis on August 05, 2007, 01:59:23 pm

My moms 'new' box runs Doze 2000 and we got the latest Norton AV 2007.

I got a bogus message about how XP is required, but I somehow doubt the binary-level differences are sufficient to require such an upgrade.

Is there anyway to cheat this buggy bastard?
Title: Re: norton av
Post by: exeterdad on August 05, 2007, 02:41:06 pm
Exact story with my father in laws win2k box.  He bought Norton's AV2007 because it was time to renew his subscription on his old Norton's AV

I spent a good chunk of my life listening to elevator music trying to find out from tech support to find our only solution was to purchase another years subscription to his old Norton's.  But it took two weeks of phone calls to get that fixed as well.  For whatever reason they claimed that his install had been reactivated too many times.  Some sort of piracy protection.  They had to make some sort of change to their server to make his Norton's connect.

I was not happy.  Then to rub salt into the wound a bit.  My father in law could not return his copy of AV2007 because the box had been opened.  He's a freaking police chief, not a software pirate.
Title: Re: norton av
Post by: Triarius Fidelis on August 05, 2007, 03:23:24 pm
The lady at Staples said there's some kind of patch for Windows 2000 that lets it run Norton AV 2007.

She was short of giving us an actual address for that patch, so I have no way of knowing whether it's real or real as Fingolfin's sword Ringil.

Searches on the Symantec site have thus far been fruitless btw.
Title: Re: norton av
Post by: lagagnon on August 05, 2007, 03:50:00 pm
I know this doesn't answer your question but my solution to Norton stuff is to be rid of it. It is way too resource intensive and intrusive for my liking and tends to slow some Doze machines to a crawl. AVG or Clamwin along with SpyBot or AdAware are much better free options. My humble opinion of course.
Title: Re: norton av
Post by: newt on August 05, 2007, 04:54:06 pm
lagagnon beat me to it.... I dislike Norton/Symantec AV products.  Heavy on resources, much to instrusive in the system, and overly interactive.  I would recommend AVG Free for home users - saves you money and is a better product.  Somekind of spyware protection may not be necessary if your mom if a cautious web surfer who DOESN'T use Internet Explorer.  Maybe a firewall too; I tend to use Comodo Free on other people systems (outpost pro$ for myself).
Title: Re: norton av
Post by: bigpaws on August 05, 2007, 06:33:00 pm
My recommendation as well AVG free addition and then Spybot and Adaware.

Personally I do all virus scanning at the primary router.

Title: Re: norton av
Post by: Joe1962 on August 05, 2007, 06:56:46 pm
A few years ago we did a pretty extensive test of different AV apps at our institute. The Norton AVs (and a couple of others too) would allow in an old floppy boot sector virus (and floppies were pretty much on the way out already by then!) and never saw the nasty beastie, which infected loads of stuff on the HDDs, even at the full protection settings. We really decided to permanently nuke Norton AV from our shortlist (without the possibility of a future parole) when we looked up the virus (as identified by a better AV app) in their own online database. Turns out it was specifically listed as detected and cleaned by it... >:(