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Hello. When I ran AVG Anti-Spyware, I noticed that a lot of the "Infected" files (probably a couple hundred) were coming from something like C:\RECYCLER\NPROTECT, which I figured was Norton Protected Files. So I decided to empty them and I'm almost positive it freed up at least 7 GB.

What do Norton Protected Files do and is it necessary to have?

Thank you for any help in advance!

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Try here

http://www.symantec....2006.01.10.html
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Thanks, Keith! Also, I was simply wondering if anyone here had any input in the situation to compare with the most likely biased review of Symantec haha. Do the pros and helpers here think that Norton Protected Files are a good thing to keep on, or should I just axe it completely?
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Norton Protected files are really protected. Indescriminate tampering may make your Norton almost non-removable. This happened to me on my old system. It took days to completely remove Norton, and I also had to use command line to remove and rebuild the Recycle bin itself.

If you can simply turn it off, I think it would be a good idea. Norton protected is sort of double recycle bin back-up. Designed to have yet another opportunity to retreive mistakenly deleted files. I always found it to be a pain, but did not seem to have the ability to disable it.

I had so much trouble with Norton, that I dumped it entirely, despite having 9 mos to go on my contract. Using several alternative applications to replace the needed functions (mostly free) my system now is much quicker and trouble free.
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Cool, thanks so much for your input. It seems I've deactivated the Norton Protected Files option, hopefully for good!

Yeah, I've been reading around the forum and the general consensus seems that Norton isn't a very popular Anti-Virus software. My mom likes it and has bought it for the past 3 years, so it's just what I use. But she said lately she's been having problems and doesn't even know how to turn off the firewall (come to think of it, I can't even find it either).

Anyways, what kind of Anti-Virus stuff do you use? You said the majority of it was free. I want to tell my mom about other options cause I think she's turning on Norton. Haha.

Thanks again so much, I really appreciate it.
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I use AVG free. Just have to update it manually. Avast is also free and good. I spend money on a full time anti-malware client. I use A-Squared. Other top-rated programs include AVG Anti-spyware and Webroot Spysweeper.

I have both SpywareGuard and SpywareBlaster running in the background, and then scan once a week with SuperAntiSpyware, AdawareSE, Spybot and Panda online scan.

I also use the top rated and free Comodo Pro personal firewall.

Combined with Opera as my browser and safe surfing habits, I also rely upon the MVP Hosts file and Open DNS to keep myself away from known problem sites.

I no longer recommend the "Internet Security Suites" from any vendor. Just too much trouble. With seperate programs for seperate functions, a problem with one is not a problem with the whole security set-up.

http://free.grisoft.com/
http://www.avast.com...avast-home.html
http://www.emsisoft....tware/download/
http://free.grisoft....pyware/us/frt/0
http://www.webroot.com/
http://www.javacools...areblaster.html
http://www.javacools...ywareguard.html
http://www.superantispyware.com/
http://www.lavasoft....ftware/adaware/
http://www.safer-net...g/en/index.html
http://www.pandasecu...ons/activescan/?
http://www.mvps.org/...p2002/hosts.htm
http://www.opendns.com/
http://www.personalf...all.comodo.com/
http://www.opera.com/products/desktop/

Everything is free except the full-time active Antimalware programs. Get a good one.
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