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Hello. I cannot get Norton Security Suite from Comcast to activate. I have spent hours with Norton support on the phone and online trying to resolve the issue. When I try to activate, it fails due to an internet connectivity error (8505, 129). I can
connect to and use the internet without issue. I ran the malware removal tool from Microsoft and nothing was detected. Norton concluded that this is a problem with my computer and I have not called back to see if they will help me with it. I also cannot
connect with their remote support where they connect to my computer to try to fix it due to the same sort of error. Does anyone have any experience with this issue and can provide a way to resolve? Thank you!
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Thank you for your reply. I appreciate your opinion, but I would like to use the Norton. It is free and I have used it before and am using it on our desktop computer and have no issues. I'm more concerned about the fact there seems to be an issue
with my computer that is preventing this from working.
Then, if you want that product to work, restore your computer to factory defaults (after verifying your last backup was completed successfully) and make that one of the first t hings you get installed after patching WIndows, etc.
The issue is with Norton - whether Norton will say that or not. Windows does not need Norton to work and you have not mentioned other problems with your system...
However, who wants to rebuild their system for a product like that? Very few people, so... want to further verify your system does not have other issues and try to get that 'tool' installed? Go through this list in the order given. Your system will be
much cleanerf and ready to install whatever. If it doesn't fix it - it sure will make it easier to troubleshoot knowing that all this was already done...
Check for malware:
Download, install, run, update and perform full system scans with the following two applications:
The less you have running all the time, the better the things you want to run will perform:
Autoruns to figure out what all is starting up when your computer does/when you log on. Look up anything you do not know about using
Google (and/or ask here.) You can hopefully figure out if there are things starting when you computer does (or you logon) that you do not need and then configure them (via their own built-in mechanisms is
the preferred method) so they do not start up - using your resources without reason.
You can download and utilize
Process Explorer to see exactly what is taking up your processor/CPU time and memory. This can help you recognize applications you might want to look into alternatives for and/or get rid of all together.
After you have cleaned up some, uninstall Norton using their removal tool and reboot. Before you freak out and let me know how much you want to run it - that's fine. I am leading you back to a clean install. Your machine will be cleared of Norton stuff
temporarily and now that you have likely cleaned up stuff Norton missed in its time as your security solution and will have removed everything "norton related" using a Norton Removal Tool (about to link you to) - after a reboot you can try to install it again
and activate it. Perhaps it will work now that your system is running a little smoother.
Download it (save it) and then right-click on it and "Run as Administrator". Let it do its thing and reboot when done.
Now - if you still want to (did you find stuff Norton missed while cleaning?) install your Comcast Norton Suite by right-clicking on the saved downloaded installable file and "Run as Administrator". Once installed, activate.
If that still doesn't work - you may still have driver issues - what is the make & model of your computer?
On Thu, 12 Jul 2012 13:50:28 +0000, Derek_01 wrote:
Thank you for your reply. I appreciate your opinion, but I would like to use the Norton. It is free and I have used it before and am using it on our desktop computer and have no issues.
It's your choice, of course, but I'll echo what Shenan said.
And let me say that "am using it on our desktop computer and have no
issues" is very similar to saying "I drive without wearing a seatbelt
and have had no issues."
Consider yourself lucky.
Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP
Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP since October 2003
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