I have had the most horrendous luck with antivirus programs, and have come to feel that they probably cause me more headache than than any virus I should ever encounter.
I consider myself fortunate that I have never had a virus on my computer(s) so I only occasionally download an antivirus program to check and make sure... maybe once every 6 months or so.
A coworker had been talking about all the viruses running rampant on the net lately, so I decided to go ahead and download the latest and greatest free offering on the net.
Avast! got decent reviews so I decided to give it a whirl.
No viruses detected.
So I go to remove the program... no uninstaller, I go to add remove programs and it tells me that it cant find a file or something, so I go to manually delete the folder off my hardrive... cant because .dll's are running.
I boot my computer in safemode, still cant remove it.
Open up msconfig and try to disable services etc...
still cant get rid of it.
When I was talking about horrendous luck with anti-virus programs this is what im talking about, once you install it you cant get rid of them.
I'm a PC Gamer and run a really clean system, unless its something I will be using it never loads up, seeing as my computer is secure enough that I seem to be immune to viruses, having an antivirus program in my face everytime the computer starts up is annoying.
I'm close to doing a full system restore and start from a clean slate.. but spending the next 8hrs downloading all my game updates is not something I really wish to do.
Norton has a remover does Avast! as well?