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The aim is to uninstall McAfee Security Centre, then install Kaspersky
Internet Security 2009 (same computer).

1 Should all this should be carried out while internet is disconnected?
Or,how else does the computer remain secure? Do Windows firewall
settings or safe mode somehow come into play? Should anything be
disabled/enabled?

2 I've read that, when using Windows Mail,it is helpful/necessary to
disable any specific email anti-virus measures of the AV programme; with
Kaspersky can you do this after install,or must it be done during it (if
at all) ?  

(OS Vista 32 Home)

Many thanks

Mike Turner


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Re: Basic uninstalling/installing questions

On Mon, 3 Nov 2008 13:17:26 +0530, mike012321 wrote:

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It can 'stick' like superglue to your OS.
Use: McAfee Consumer Product Removal Tool 2.0.155.1
"...Will remove all 2005, 2006, and 2007 versions of McAfee consumer
products."
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/Uninstallers/McAfee-Consumer-Product-Removal-Tool.shtml

Reboot after removing McAfee successfully.

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Okay, go ahead.

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You can install KIS while Internet is disconnected.

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If connected, the Windows Firewall should be give you adequate protection
while the KIS installation is in progress.  

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Nope.
 
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Unless you are using Microsoft Outlook or Loutus Notes (MAPI or VIM),
scanning email is worthless.
Why You Don't Need Your Anti-Virus Program to Scan Your E-Mail
http://thundercloud.net/infoave/tutorials/email-scanning/index.htm
Ensure your e-mail program is configured to display e-mail messages in
'Plain Text' only.

Routinely practice Safe-Hex.
http://www.claymania.com/safe-hex.html
Hundreds Click on 'Click Here to Get Infected' Ad
http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2132447,00.asp

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Ensure you read the advisories prior clicking prompts during installation.
I am pretty sure that appropriate configurations can be performed after KIS
is installed.

Good luck :)

Re: Basic uninstalling/installing questions

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************ REPLY SEPARATER *************
You are not in any danger while installing/uninstalling AV software, as long as
you don't do anything foolish. I have never used AV software, and have never
been infected by a virus. Having said that, AV software is a good backstop for
the average user. There is no replacement for common sense and good operating
practice. Most AV software updates once a week. Virtually all the successful
malware infections that I have encountered has been before most of the AV
software could detect it. That is in the first 2 or 3 days of it's release.

J.A. Coutts


Re: Basic uninstalling/installing questions

On Tue, 04 Nov 2008 00:48:33 GMT, John Coutts wrote:

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Good quality free ware AV apps will update their virus definition files
(VDF) at least once a day. Paid AV apps will update several times a day.


Re: Basic uninstalling/installing questions


Kayman and Coutts,many thanks for the info.

1 Am I right to think McAfee can be uninstalled ok whilst not connected
to the
internet?  

2 My Uncle will be trying to do something similar: uninstall Norton
(360 I
think) then install Kaspersky. Is there a debris removal tool for
Norton,as for
McAfee?

3 Can Norton be uninstalled whilst not connected to internet?

Many thanks.

Mike T


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Re: Basic uninstalling/installing questions

On Tue, 4 Nov 2008 13:18:09 +0530, mike012321 wrote:

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Yes, after the tool is downloaded you can use it while disconnected from
the Internet.
 
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Yes, there is.
Download and run the Norton Removal Tool:
http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/tsgeninfo.nsf/docid/2005033108162039
The Norton Removal Tool uninstalls all Norton 2008/2007/2006/2005/2004/2003
products and Norton 360 from your computer.
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http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Norton_Removal_Tool_for_Windows_2000XPVista/1169144666/1

While Norton's removal tool usually gets the job done, you may also want to
go to:
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/winsockxpfix.html
and download a copy of winsockxpfix just in case. Rarely, the removal of
NIS breakes the networking components in XP to the point where internet
access is impossible. This little utility will fix it back up.

If the Norton removal tool doesn't work satisfactory use this:
Revo Uninstaller Freeware - Remove unwanted programs and traces easily
http://www.revouninstaller.com /
and/or
RegSeeker
http://www.hoverdesk.net/freeware.htm
RegSeeker will remove all associated detritus (registry keys,files and
folders) from any application. I found this application user friendly and
very effective but suggest *not* to use the 'Clean the Registry' option.
Click onto 'Find in registry' and in the 'Search for' box type *Norton*;
The pertinent registry keys can then be safely deleted (just in case,
ensure that the 'Backup before deletion' is checked). Repeat the task by
typing in the Search for' box *Symantec*. You can then go on search and
remove associated files as well.    
Then use NTREGOPT to compact the registry; Follow instructions.
http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt
 
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Yes.

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On Tue, 4 Nov 2008 16:53:51 +0700, Kayman wrote:

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http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Norton_Removal_Tool_for_Windows_2000XPVista/1169144666/1
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Oops, you're on Vista!
Ignore this suggestion:
"While Norton's removal tool usually gets the job done, you may also want
to go to:
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/winsockxpfix.html
and download a copy of winsockxpfix just in case. Rarely, the removal of
NIS breakes the networking components in XP to the point where internet
access is impossible. This little utility will fix it back up."

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Be sure to get that before
you discover that you can't go online for anything

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Kayman,

Thank you for your detailed help. Much appreciated.

Ascii,

Thank you too. Good point re downloading of tools first!

Mike


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Have you tried this http://www.revouninstaller.com /

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