update: this day, 06.07.2012, i installed the kaspersky "anti-virus 2012: essential protection" onto my aged hp laptop. such a conglomeration of crap it had on it, as it is my boy's computer when he visits, and god only knows what he has tucked away in it.
first, as kaspersky recommends, i went to "control" and excised all previous security programs, including some remnants of macafee that had sneaked in there and popped up from time to time. and, with joy writ large on my homely old visage i got rid of norton 360 in all its guises, including a couple files hidden under the rubric of symantec.
so, with confidence i stuck the installation disc in the bay, and felt the little hum of the drive whirring around, ... , and, nothing. it wouldn't run, and i could coax it to run.
so, as kaspersky suggests on the package, i went to the website, and ran an installation program from there. got it all installed, and it asked for the program code on the disc slip. (hey, a pun, sorta.) i entire my code, and it said, ... , we know you, you are active and this installation is valid under your license, so hit "final."
easy as pie. (during the installation the kaspersky wizard found a remnant macafee file still on my hard drive. no problemo, is simply removed it, and on we went. i suspect that the macafee lurking there is why the floppy drive wouldn't boot the kaspersky installation disc, ... , trying to maintain its little computer life, i suspect. kaspersky swept it aside in moments.)
i cannot tell you the bb's i have sweated installing norton in the past. it just runs you around in a horrible dither, with choices to make involving triple negative options. fucking sheesh!!
so far folks, nothing but grins with kaspersky. it seems to work just as effectively as norton, and by comparison is a positive joy to use. i'll keep you posted. end update. p.s. no "norton confidential" shall ever darken my doorstep again. i would think that that misbegotten program has cost them a fortune in lost business. and, they deserve it!!!
i just got very tired of norton 360, so i dropped it like a hot rock.
"norton confidential." i cannot tell you how many times those words flashed across my screen, with the phrase added, " ... has crashed ..., " often times taking everything else i was working on or viewing with it.
if i had $5.00 for every time i had to restart the machine to clear the trouble, ... , well, i would be able to buy a whole bunch of large pizza's.
so, i am shed of norton, and i have replaced it with kaspersky's "essential protection" level, anti-virus 2012. i get to put it on 3 machines, and i will load the lap top tonight. i will probably dance naked around a fire at midnight, just to make it all that much more enjoyable. well, maybe not, but, it is a thought.
so far, kaspersky has performed well. it loaded so much easier than norton it is just, ... , well, funny. and, it seems to be working without interfering with every other program on the machine, sort of a seamless weld so far. goodness, every time i loaded something from norton it was two days of constant struggle getting all the conflicts it had with everything else worked out.
yes, you can call me happy. i paid $32.00, flat, no damned coupons or anything like that, for kaspersky. kaspersky, where you been all my life?
good bye, norton, and don't let the door hit you on the butt on your way out.
john jay @ 05.26.2012
p.s. kaspersky. kaSperSky. it just sort of rolls off the tongue. sorta.