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Norton user looking for a new Antivirus program

By Scythy
Jul 6, 2004
  1. Long time Norton user looking for a different AV program. Not sure what to get. Recommendations are very good.

    I've tried that panda antivirus, which has a hard time uninstalling.... bleh.

    Anyway, thanks in advance!
     
  2. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,305   +52 Staff Member

  3. vassil3427

    vassil3427 TS Rookie Posts: 822

    AVG is horrible, I had it installed for the longest time, it never found anything. I recently bought NAV 2004, it found 8 viruses on the first scan....
     
  4. Godataloss

    Godataloss TS Rookie Posts: 501

    Never had a problem with AVG- been using it for over a year with no problems- has caught everything before infection.
     
  5. ak_in_charge

    ak_in_charge TS Rookie Posts: 137

    I really like Kaspersky myself although I have nothing against Norton 2004 exept for the crappy spyware removal attempt.

    Then again Pandascan and Housecall from Tredmicro are two very good online virus scanners
     
  6. Scythy

    Scythy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 42

    I'm trying Kaspersky right now and loving it :D

    BitDefender had some kinda conflicts, weird..
     
  7. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,305   +52 Staff Member

    Well, no virus scanner detects all viruses. So no matter what you use, you could find different viruses with different programs.

    Because I scan systems for viruses daily (A few dozen a month, usually), I can tell you that almost every single time AVG has said a system is clear, it is clear when I scan it with NAV 2004.

    But if I scan with NAV 2004 first, AVG almost always finds something NAV missed (and usually a large number of viruses / infected files). This is with latest updates for each program, of course.

    I've been able to repeat this over and over again at work. So I can say from experience that Norton is not as good as AVG when it comes to detecting viruses. And Kaspersky often finds things that even AVG misses.

    I like the NAV program though. It has a nice interface with plenty of options. A little bloated, but nice.
     
  8. BrownPaper

    BrownPaper TS Rookie Posts: 467

    I bought NAV 2003. It felt bloated. Updating NAV was a pain because I had to keep restarting the computer to install the next update.
     
  9. vassil3427

    vassil3427 TS Rookie Posts: 822

    Well like I said, I ran AVG for a few months, and then purchased norton, ran a scan with AVG just before install. After installing norton it found 8 viruses AVG hadnt....
     
  10. josbd

    josbd TS Enthusiast Posts: 289

    I've experienced the reverse on numerous occasions: gone to sort someone's pc out, uninstalled NAV, installed AVG.... viruses found NAV hadn't. I think it's a great AV. It consistently scores well in tests against those you pay for. If I have a concern I tend to run either Panda or Trend online scanners.
     
  11. Mudshark

    Mudshark TS Rookie Posts: 143

    Rick,
    Go here:
    http://www.free-av.com/
    get a free "Personal" version of AntiVir, it's much like AVG but I
    think it's a bit more "polished" and also FREE... can't beat that ;-)
    I use NAV Enterprise edition AVG and AntiVir..... they are all pretty
    good.
     
     
  12. alphnumeric

    alphnumeric TS Rookie Posts: 209

    I used AVG for quite a while, but not anymore. It would flag a file as a virus but wouldn't let you delete, quarantine, or heal it. I could then go to windows explorer right click the file and delete it. :confused: Did that several times. After installing the free version of Avast and doing a boot time scan it found a half dozen viruses that AVG missed.:eek: Avast also has built in real time protection for P2P clients, and instant messaging programs. Pop3 and exchange mail support too. The pro version, that I'm using now, also has script protection. IMHO Avast is a much better anti-virus product that AVG.:D
     
  13. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,336   +278

  14. will56

    will56 TS Rookie

    For free Avast seems to be really good. With about an 88% detection and removal rate, and just behind a few of the major players. I use NOD32 now which I like really well..
     
  15. tomrca

    tomrca TS Rookie Posts: 1,051

    i am very disalusioned with all of symantec products.
    iam going to try avg, zone alrarm and maybe kasperky too. although i am aware that none are the perfect one . But if install a couple or three to run alternately or as and when i wish, i am sure that i will find a good combination
     
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  16. patio

    patio TS Maniac Posts: 700

    I've been running AVG for 3 years now and never had a baddie infect my system...

    patio. :cool:
     
  17. Mudshark

    Mudshark TS Rookie Posts: 143

    Here is something better:
    http://www.avast.com/i_kat_207.php?lang=ENG

    Its called avast! 4 Home Edition......... it's also free and very Pro.
    It has all the cool things like autoupdate.
    I've covverted three of mt PC's onto it and it's really great.
     
  18. Supra

    Supra TS Enthusiast Posts: 236

    I recently switched from AVG to Kaspersky and when I did it found nearly 100 infections that AVG never said anything about. I only switched because I had started a new computer repair job and this was the AV software they use in-house and also sell, so I needed to get familiar with it. Since starting my job I have never hated Norton and Mcafee more. Norton is such a PITA to remove completely. I recently worked on a computer with the new Mcafee suite on it, The included spam blocker was using 130MB of RAM!!! When I researched it on google I found it to be a know problem and there is no fix so I just disabled the feature and told the customer they would have either a slow system or spam in their inbox, they chose the latter.
     
  19. mr hezloop

    mr hezloop TS Rookie Posts: 17

    i had NAV for about 3 years and always thought my computer ran slow because in needed updated anyway i built a new system and installed NAV and it was still slow until someone told me about NOD32.i got rid of NAV and my computer speeded up,what a difference....also my friends laptop brokedown which used NAV .so i got his harddrive and installed it into my pc.NOD32 found 416 virus's that NAV couldnt even find so that says alot...
     
  20. mischievous_neo

    mischievous_neo TS Rookie

    nod 32 is the most stable and has the best detection rate....ive tried nortan 2002 and 2005 and nis 2004 all good but slows down the comp, avast.......good for free stuff......just use nod 32 with za pro
     
  21. beerabuser30

    beerabuser30 TS Enthusiast Posts: 294

    I have avg and it has worked like a champ since I got it. Much better than Norton.
     
  22. Xtra

    Xtra TS Rookie Posts: 46

    I used Norton Antivirus for 3 years. Used 2003, 2004 and 2005. Norton Internet Security is good but bad with system resources. Now using AVG Free Edition and Sygate Personal Firewall. I haven't had any problems. Couple of detections healed immediately.

    My friends also recommended Karspersky Antivirus. They said they have old AVP team in the company (which was a great team and great AV in 90's), I haven't try it but if you have tried, drop couple of lines, I would like to hear about your experiences.
     
  23. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

  24. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    NOD32 is the best AV software out there IMO. Its scanning engine is really powerful and catches stuff very efficiently and the interface is really user-friendly. Also, the real-time protection is very good too. Been using it for 2 years now and never had problems with it. I highly recommend it.
     
  25. netholio

    netholio TS Rookie

    I installed AVG on my wife's system when it appeared NAV was possibly missing viruses - AVG found 40-something viruses and 2 or 3 trojans. Once the viruses and NAV were removed from her computer, she said it performed like I gave her a much faster system - heh.
     
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