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I bought Norton Internet Security 2005 AntiSpyware Edition last year and it works pretty well for me. But I've heard negative comments and people said that it's a resource hog. So I'm considering switching. FREE OR FOR MONEY.

What do you use? What's good? Even if it's not free, if it's good. Then, I'll buy it.
The Norton I used had a firewall, some antivirus programs don't have. So name some firewall programs too. Don't tell me Zonealarm though cause I've used it for a period and Window's Firewall works the same way [or even better for me].
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Antivirus: NOD32
Firewall: Get a router
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Bit Defender

I run the whole suite and as you see no resource hogging...
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I really like avg free and windows defender.

I also use spybot s&d for nasty cookies and such
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I use AVG Free, although it's going to expire next year so they gonna make you start paying for it .

I like it while it lasts
    
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Originally Posted by Tyr13 View Post
I use AVG Free, although it's going to expire next year so they gonna make you start paying for it .

I like it while it lasts
no it isn't just the 7.1 version is go to free.grisoft.com and download the new version (7.5)
post #7 of 31
Oohh... well.. YAY FOR FREE!!!

AVG doesn't hog resources from what I can see... just when you do a scan or w/e. The only time I notice a difference in performance from AVG is when you manually touch it... not much else.
    
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Not trying to offend you or anything but why get an anti-virus? Or firewall for the matter. I havent used either one in about 5 years and in those 5 years I think I got like 1 virus unless I drempt that or something. All you gotta do is be smart about stuff and I KNOW your smart!
    
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Yea a router is the best solution for firewalling (physical is better than software anyday). Until you get one I suggest using the built in Windows security center firewall that comes with SP2, plus all of the critical security updates. It is totally sufficient. The best free spyware removal is Spybot Search and Destroy, which can detect spyware, trojans, dialers, and much more. Also, it can immunize you against threats. The second best free tool is AdAware SE, which is updated less frequently as Spybot S&D.
The best pay adware removal tool is Ewido Security Suite.
I haven't used Anti Virus for 5 years, and I have never had a virus. Just be careful on the 'net, and don't look at a bunch of different porn sites. If you must go for anti-virus, my favorite, while factoring in resource usage and cost (free) is Anti-Vir. This is a German app, but there are English versions. Back in the day you had to use the German version, that really sucked......
Anything Symantec is crap, uses many resource hogging services
BTW you wanna know something messed up? When I had two roommates, we used his desktop before I got my new one (I'm still trying to fix my laptop). So I go half on a router (Linksys) for $50 at Walmart.....this guy waits until I visit my parents and takes the router back for in store credit, and IT WASN'T EVEN HIS PC! Needless to say, I don't live with those losers anymore.

I agree halfway with the above poster (no anti-virus), but no firewall just doesn't make sense. You will be overloaded with popups and spyware......
Oh yea I forgot LOL Bitdefender is pretty good, but it was too much for me. I don't want any processes running at all, which is why I would say just get a router.
Also, if you use Bittorrent protocol, get Peerguardian 2 FOR SURE!!! Unless you want your ISP to ride your you know what....
http://phoenixlabs.org/pg2/
Get the regular version, I've never run the lite. They have updates several times a day.
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post #10 of 31
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Not trying to offend you or anything but why get an anti-virus? Or firewall for the matter. I havent used either one in about 5 years and in those 5 years I think I got like 1 virus unless I drempt that or something. All you gotta do is be smart about stuff and I KNOW your smart!
Family.... stupid relatives (not trying to make fun of them), they usually don't know what they are doing... and it makes me mad lol. Every time they get on the computer (pretty much mine since I run the whole show) I freak out because when I come back there is something missing/wrong.

The firewall is pretty much to make me feel safe... and I like knowing its there.
    
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