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post #11 of 56
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Originally Posted by TurboTurtle View Post

Correction:
You have never had a virus that you know about.
Norton is a pile of garbage, that's all it's ever been. Symantec's only decent offerings on are the Enterprise scale.
OP:
Free anti-virus is often much better than paid. Reason is even with the paid version 90% of products use the same exact software for the free versions and the paid versions, what you're paying for is the customer support.
That being said - MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials) is extremely powerful and very low on the resource footprint. I highly recommend it. Only con is it is slower than most other products in it's scanning speed. Kaspersky is another good solution but I believe they only have a paid version (past the trial that is).

Norton USE to be garbage but not anymore.
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I've been using MSE for the past 2 years. Works great for me.
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post #13 of 56
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----> http://www.av-comparatives.org/ <----

Nice link. Opened my eyes abit smile.gif

might try this Comodo pro out,

@OP also if you clued up enough the SPI FW on your router can be a beast if your clued up on writing access rules/ports and protocols..
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post #14 of 56
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Originally Posted by itzhoovEr View Post

Norton USE to be garbage but not anymore.

Still is.
post #15 of 56
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Originally Posted by chinesekiwi View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by xxlawman87xx View Post

No need to start a flame war. Just giving the OP my past experience and my thoughts. Chill out there man. Until someone proves to me that Norton is Garbage then Im sticking with them./

----> http://www.av-comparatives.org/ <----

Norton isn't trash, but more not good value. AVG is trash, AVG today should really get the hating tbh.
Symantec is great for corporate, ask any IT guy.

Nice link. I like it. Only got to read a little. Will read some more later.I always knew norton was lacking in malware so I have had malwarebytes for quite a while. McAfee rather surprised me, I had so much trouble with them in the past. I guess they have gotten better.


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post #16 of 56
I use MSE as my everyday antivirus and scan with free Malwarebytes every now and then just in case MSE misses something.
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I've used Comodo before too, but I found it a bit annoying when it pops up asking you to allow this or that to run

It gets less annoying after time, once you allow/disallow your programs it shouldn't ask you. Then when some rogue program tries to access the internet, you can take proper action.
Any love for super antispyware? The free version rocks biggrin.gif
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Completely agree with Turbo turtle. Until you go up to enterprise level of security which goes much beyond than just client anti-virus i would go with Microsoft Security Essentials. I have had it since it came out and never had a problem. As a network person i know that there is much more security options that would be beneficial but at a consumer level it's good enough. And its not to say that Symantec is bad because they are one of the leading security frontiers in IT and so is Kaspersky, and they do try to make a few bucks on the user side.
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post #19 of 56
right now i'm using kaspersky AV because a one year of free subscription for it came with my mobo, otherwise MSE! thumb.gif
Edited by ghostrider85 - 2/26/12 at 3:39am
post #20 of 56
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My Norton subscription has been expired for 2 months now and I'm not experiencing any problems.

It does not mean if it's expired it does not work anymore. It just means you would not get any upgrades anymore. I think. So as long as there are not comming newer viruses etc then your virus database is, you will not have any problems.

Norton is the only thing I paid for on my computer wink.gif I do that because it works. Simple and easy and it does the job perfect!

I use norton internet security from 2000 till now 2012. Never had any serious problems but I must say in the early days Norton products were a bit heavy to run... Did they made the program lighter to run or is my hardware getting better, that's the question wink.gif

Mcafee I would not recommand as it's hard to TOTALY delete it from your system...

I also used the free version of Hitmanpro. But also after a few years of free use, I bought the licence.

I like to pay for software that works flawlessly. The rest can shuf it up their S
   
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