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Norton internet security

By AndrestheBean
May 13, 2009
  1. Why am i seeing a bunch of threads that its crap??

    i thought it was the best anti-virus
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    You thought wrong :) :D

    Well it's User Choice and all, but I'd say it's the worst.

    I use Avira Free Antivirus Which pretty sure is a hundred times better ;)

    If you do decide to uninstall your Norton Product, you will then need to run the Norton Removal tool first (before installing Avira)
     
  3. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 207

    really?

    free is better than

    a $99.00 (usd) software
     
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Yes :)
     
  5. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 207

    damn, i feel stupid, i coould have bought a ATI Radeon HD 4770

    i only have a crappy integrated graphics card
     
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    :p

    That's sad !

    :)
     
  7. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 207

    im going to go weep in a corner.

    waittt............

    does avira have the protection like norton like it stops the virus before it even gets in my system
     
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    No AntiVirus can do that

    The Virus comes in, then the Antivirus removes it (or Quarantines it)

    Avira free Antivirus does not have a firewall like Norton Internet Security does
    So if you need a firewall I recommend free Comodo

    Note: with free Comodo you can:
    • Install the AntiVirus as a standalone
    • Install the Firewall as a standalone (You want this one ;))
    • Install both Firewall and AntiVirus
     
  9. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,348   +622

    Kimsland has it right, but I'll put it into my words:

    A/V products are reactive; they try to fix things after the infection is already present.
    This is like going to the Doctor's office once you have symptoms.

    A Router+Firewall are proactive: they attempt to keep the germs off the system --
    like washing your hands.


    Just in case you've not heard:
    You should only run ONE A/V and ONE FIREWALL automatically.
    There's no harm in having more installed and some times you need more than
    one A/V to scan and fix all this stuff (there's no silver bullet) -- just do so manually.
     
  10. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 207

    mmmmm ok, so you guys think i should ditch norton???
     
  11. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,348   +622

    most everyone will say YES for various reasons.

    the two that matter most are
    1. it's BIG, invasive and takes lots of resources
    2. the A/V system is marginal; ie others are more effective and better kept up to date on the pattern files
     
  12. gguerra

    gguerra TS Maniac Posts: 317

    I use Avira and it seems good as far not slowing your system down too much. It is also one of the only AV programs that has actually blocked a trojan from downloading off of a web page. Most of the time this will happen without the user realizing it. I know that for example the vundo trojan will download from a web page. The only issue I have with Avira (and it is tolerable) is the nag screen every now and then advertising their product. It is a small price to pay for not having subscription fees. What I have found is very effective at blocking malware from web sites is using SandBoxie (http://www.sandboxie.com/). It is free and I've recently just started to use and it seems good so far.
     
  13. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 207

    but its alright if you have a pretty good system right?

    i find it convinient because it has a firewall and it stops spyware, malware, etc.

    all in one, and it has a live update.
     
  14. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Well Avira has live, automatic, update as well ;)
    You can keep Norton if you like, basically it's all about what you read and how you find it.

    Good Luck with your decision :grinthumb
     
  15. Habylab

    Habylab TS Rookie Posts: 263

    Ignore him, I have the latest Norton Internet Security, and it is AMAZING. Have you used the latest one Kimsland? its much less resource hungry. I used the 2006 one a while ago, and it sucked, so I went straight to Avast, my prefered (and best :)) free anitvirus. NIS 2009 is so much better though, it is unbelievable.
     
  16. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Hmm you contradicted yourself I think twice in a very small passage of writing.

    Yes some prefer Avast. Some prefer Avira (ie me:))
    From what I have seen on the newest Norton, nothing much has changed, thankfully many (most) agree with me :p

    But as I've stated, it's User Choice. Each to their own, as it were.
     
  17. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 207

    Im glad i have somebody rooting for norton LOL.

    naaa, when it expires i think i will use avira but in the meanwhile norton it is.
     
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