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post #31 of 44
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Originally Posted by Waffleboy View Post
Norton is probably the best and most comprehensive security suite available now
Not sure if serious.
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post #32 of 44
I used to have kapersky and it was quite the service, even in my less informed years it protected me from all the undesirable stuff.

Now that I'm more tech-savvy/internet-savvy freeware AV does the job just as well. IMO any good AV + common sense = little/no risk of screwing yourself with viruses.

Since my computer is only used by me, I stick to freeware. If I were to share a computer with other people I would definitely grab a copy of kapersky or something to have the extra peace of mind
    
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post #33 of 44
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Originally Posted by R. Smith View Post
Not sure if serious.
Of course I'm serious - have you looked at Norton in the past couple of years, or are you basing your dislike on experience of a version from 5 years ago? It consistently scores in the top 3 or so AVs in independent tests, it is now one of the lightest to run, and has a better than average firewall (probably the 2nd best firewalls in a mainstream suite, though it's still way behind many independent firewalls).
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post #34 of 44
I'm currently using Kasperskys which came with my motherboard, when the license runs out I might just use Malwarebytes.
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post #35 of 44
I've always used AVG free edition and have never had any problems...
post #36 of 44
I've used Kaspersky for 3 years before I switched to MSE. Based on my experience, free AVs are just as well off as paid AVs.
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post #37 of 44
Quote:
Originally Posted by Waffleboy View Post
Of course I'm serious - have you looked at Norton in the past couple of years, or are you basing your dislike on experience of a version from 5 years ago? It consistently scores in the top 3 or so AVs in independent tests, it is now one of the lightest to run, and has a better than average firewall (probably the 2nd best firewalls in a mainstream suite, though it's still way behind many independent firewalls).
It's better than it was before, but it's certainly not the best in any way, shape or form.

It's got a lower detection rate than a lot of others which even at a basic level shows that it's lacking compared to many of the other solutions available.

It also gets a few false-positives in comparison to even some of the free ones (MSE).

The scanner throughput is a lot slower than a lot of the other packages available also, by a significant margin at points.

A report here shows the real-world comparison of quite a few AV solutions and Norton, although not bad is not one of the best available.
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post #38 of 44
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Originally Posted by ErBall View Post
The best anti-virus is common sense.

/thread
Sorry, I have friends in Oklahoma who need AV, and the product you use isn't for sale there...
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post #39 of 44
Quote:
Originally Posted by ErBall View Post
The best anti-virus is common sense.

/thread
This. I realized a while ago that I didn't get a virus warning in years so I just stopped caring about antivirus programs and installed some random free one.
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post #40 of 44
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Sorry, I have friends in Oklahoma who need AV, and the product you use isn't for sale there...
Hehe. A *quick* trip on I-35 through Norman would tell ya that.
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