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Want to try AVG but just can­not get rid of Norton's per­sis­tent antivirus that itself behaves like a worm? Here are some instruc­tions that have worked.

So you want to use Grisoft's AVG Free as your antivirus, but had Nor­ton antivirus installed before, which is now prov­ing more per­sis­tent than a flat­u­lent release in a bath, with Symantec's whole con­vo­luted she­bang only com­pound­ing your woes? Well below is a sim­ple sureshot way to get rid of Nor­ton for good.

  1. First, from Start –> Cpanel –> Add/Remove pro­grams, remove every trace of Nor­ton and its asso­ci­ated pro­grams, which means scan through the list of installed pro­grams for any item that says "Nor­ton" or "Syman­tec" or "Live­Up­date" — for exam­ple "Syman­tec Live­Up­date" or "Nor­ton AntiVirus 2003".
  2. When you are absolutely sure that these ver­mins are gone, it is VITAL that you reboot the com­puter. When you are back into XP, delete the fol­low­ing fold­ers man­u­ally — if they don't exist that's fine:
    	c:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus
    	c:\Program Files\Norton
    	c:\Program Files\Symantec
    	c:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared
    	

    Do a SHIFT DELETE if pos­si­ble, the fold­ers don't go into your Recy­cle Bin in that case, so they are gone from your com­puter for sure.

  3. After the above, I usu­ally clean the Win­dows Reg­istry for any entries that are lying around stray. Get a Reg­istry Cleaner like HoverDesk's RegSeeker (zipped down­load) and use the "Clean the Reg­istry" option.
  4. Once that is done and you have SELECTED ALL and deleted the stray items, reboot again. To be sure.
  5. Nor­ton should be gone when your machine is back up. If not, Syman­tec has a brute force util­ity called RNAV2003 — get it here, which ought to do the rest of the scav­eng­ing, but it shouldn't come to that.
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Two great tools that pro­vide the info in great detail.

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In a first for the big tyke, Microsoft has donated its Win­dows Installer XML (WiX) to SourceForge.net, the open source devel­oper net­work! WiX is a toolset that uses XML code to build Win­dows instal­la­tion packages.

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Neat lit­tle tip to see size of your folders.

Want to see the size of your fold­ers and not just files in your Win­dows XP Explorer listings?

If you are inter­ested, Sequoia View is a very use­ful tool to do some nifty things with your fold­ers. Other than that, this fol­low­ing note is now show­ing its age. If sort­ing and such is not nec­es­sary, a sim­ple mouse-over your fold­ers in Explorer will show you a tooltip with an approx­i­mate size of your direc­to­ries. The menu option Tools --> Options --> View --> Show file size in folder tips should let you con­trol the behav­ior of this tooltip.

Well it's prob­a­bly a sim­ple fea­ture that the Win­dows team at Microsoft for­got to include, so Mark Dormer has a solu­tion. Just down­load his tiny DLL file:

It's an EXE file. All you really have to do is:

  1. Copy the file to your c:\windows\system32 folder.
  2. Exe­cute the fol­low­ing com­mand in Start –> Run dia­logue box and you're ready to roll:
    regsvr32 c:\windows\system32\dirsize.dll
  3. Now open Explorer in details view, you wont see the col­umn yet. Right click on a head­ing in the right pane and select "Folder Size".

Cou­ple of Caveats

  • Cal­cu­lat­ing folder size is a tur­tle on very large fold­ers with lots of sub­fold­ers. There's no index­ing built into this.
  • As much you and I would like, this tool doesn't do sort­ing of fold­ers based on the folder size. You may want to give another util­ity a try, the Folder Shell Exten­sion.

Cou­ple of Tips

  • To apply this set­ting for all the folder, click Tools, Folder Options. In the View tab and click Apply to all folders.
  • To remove the fea­ture, sim­ply un–reg­is­ter the DLL later with the fol­low­ing com­mand (ignore error mes­sages if any) – 
    regsvr32 /u %Systemroot%\System32\Dirsize.dll

Hope this helps.

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So you have Office XP, but can­not get it to update from Microsoft's Office Update web­site? Here are some ways to patch­ing MS Office in such a way that it accepts all cur­rently released updates as well.

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