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McAfee or Norton

By jamie2108
Sep 14, 2006
  1. i am currently using avg 30 day trial and i am looking to buy a security center such as mcafee or norton.

    which should i buy?

    wot experiences have people had with either of them?
     
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Don`t buy either Symantec/Norton or McAfee, their both resource hogging crap programmes.

    Download and install the free AVG antivirus programme and either the free Zonealarm or Kerio firewall programmes. You can get them HERE, HERE and HERE.

    Install whichever firewall you chose, followed by AVG and reboot your system the required number of times. Run the AVG updates.


    Regards Howard :)
     
  3. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    If u wanna spend cash though, get NOD32. It's the best AV program out there IMO and coupled with the free ZoneAlarm firewall and an anti-spyware program like Ad-Aware and/or Spybot: Search & Destroy, it will keep ur computer clean and running well. Norton and McAfee are rubbish and only good if u want to test ur RAM ;).
     
  4. jamie2108

    jamie2108 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    zonealarm is rubbish and have posted before asking for help because it crashed my system. i have now solved this problem. i will try the kerio firewall or might just buy AVG.
     
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    That's because ZoneAlarm has compatibility issues with AVG. Otherwise, it's a great free firewall program.
     
  6. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    I use Zonealarm and AVG and have never had a problem. Can you provide any info/links etc that shows a compatibility problem between Zonealarm and AVG?

    I`d be very interested and appreciate it very much.

    However, having said that, I do know that Zonealarm can cause problems on some systems/configurations. This is well documented, that`s why I always link to the free Kerio firewall as well.

    I personally know a lot of people who use Zonealarm without problems, it seems to be just the odd one or two who can`t run it on their systems.


    jamie2108: I remember now, you having problems with Zonealarm, so obviously I don`t blame you for not wanting it lol.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    I think tomrca or someone else posted it in another thread. I'll get back to u on that one.
     
  8. sultan_emerr

    sultan_emerr TS Rookie Posts: 61

    I concur with not buying a security center such as mcafee or norton, but getting the best of the individual parts.

    Firewalls: = SonicWALL Internet security = http://www.sonicwall.com/products/vpnapp.html
    or
    http://www.checkpoint.com/products/index.html
    or
    http://www.watchguard.com/products/vclass.asp
    (Don't forget your UPS.)


    For Independent Anti-virus research opinions see = http://www.virus.gr/english/fullxml/default.asp?id=82

    http://www.av-comparatives.org

    Requires free registration = Latest test results from Virus Bulletin : Independent Anti-virus and Anti-spam Advice = http://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/archives/products.xml

    http://www.viruslist.com/en/index.html

    http://wiki.castlecops.com/AntiVirus_Comparison

    http://www.av-test.org

    http://www.av-comparatives.org

    http://antivirus-software.6starreviews.com

    Review: Free Antivirus Software - about.com = http://antivirus.about.com/od/antivirussoftwarereviews/a/freeav.htm


    I also agree with Rage_3K_Moiz. His suggestions of Ad-Aware and/or Spybot: Search & Destroy are amoung the anti-malware, anti-spyware programs I use and suggest.

    http://home.planet.nl/~kleyn080/Spywareinfoen.html
    http://metallica.geekstogo.com/BFUinstructions.html

    The most important thing to keep in mind, regardless of which anti-virus, anti-malware, anti-spyware and firewall you use is to keep it UPDATED, just as it is important to make sure you have all windows critical and security updates = http://update.microsoft.com/windowsupdate/v6/default.aspx?ln=en-us
     
  9. jamie2108

    jamie2108 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    kerio is rubbish. it doesnt actually block anything or ask you if u would like to allow something. it just lets it through. and theres a programme list on there.. but none of my programs are actually written on the list :confused:
     
  10. sultan_emerr

    sultan_emerr TS Rookie Posts: 61

    Switch to "advanced" and it will ask you.
     
  11. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Kerio is not rubbish.

    Have you read the kerio manual?

    There are three levels of protection. Low, medium and High. the manual will explain how everything works and what`s the best way to configure the firewall.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  12. sultan_emerr

    sultan_emerr TS Rookie Posts: 61

    That is, if you didn't select "advnaced" when you installed, you can still switch to it later.
     
  13. jamie2108

    jamie2108 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    i did select advanced when i installed

    doesnt matter know anyway as i have borrowed the BitDefender Internet Security package off of someone i know to install on my computer
     
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