Norton user looking for a new Antivirus program

By Scythy
Jul 6, 2004
  1. RoadKiller

    RoadKiller TS Rookie Posts: 22

    Try Zone Alarm Security Suite It Has A Firewall,Anti-Virus,Anti-Spyware And Much More.
  2. Justice4PC

    Justice4PC TS Rookie

    Avg-Free/Pro is a very usefull program to use as virus removal, its used at where i work and its always found viruses and removed them as effectively as any other brnad virus removers would. Norton is one i wouldnt recommmend reason being, it uses up all of ur pcs ram and slows down the pc like hell. anyhow using mutiply virus removers should keepo the pc up to scratch as well.
  3. Justice4PC

    Justice4PC TS Rookie

    Avg-Free/Pro is a very usefull program to use as virus removal, its used at where i work and its always found viruses and removed them as effectively as any other brand virus removers would. Norton is one i wouldnt recommmend reason being, it uses up all of ur pcs ram and slows down the pc like hell. anyhow using mutiply virus removers should keepo the pc up to scratch as well.
  4. kapeed1986

    kapeed1986 TS Rookie Posts: 19

    Norton is da BeSt

    In my humble opinion, theres notting yet that can be compared to the security provided by Norton ..

    True that the stand alone AV is a resource hogger ... unless u have a decent PC.
    But try NIS (Norton Internet Security) 2005 or like ... the AV doent slow down the PC like NAV 2005 ... Plus it has a gr8 Firewall soln too...

    I strongly recommed NIS 2005+ :D
  5. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    I'm afraid you're pretty much on your own with that opinion, and your logic is quite seriously flawed in your argument. Nor does your arguement address the full scale of the problems with the software - or with the company that produces it.
  6. kapeed1986

    kapeed1986 TS Rookie Posts: 19

    dude ! you were right man ! i checked out some sites and all the posts complain of some trouble with da NIS 2005 ...
    But i dunno why, it works fine on my PC..pretty good ..thatz y i recommended it ...
    sorry dudes !
  7. whiternoise

    whiternoise TS Rookie Posts: 67

    Can you get BSOD errors if you use more than one AV program or is it just firewalls that conflict?
  8. DamianTV

    DamianTV TS Rookie Posts: 20

    Norton Rootkit Warning!!!

    Something that really might upset a lot of people is that a couple Symantec (Norton) products have also admitted to using ROOTKITS!!! Although in this particular case it was probably done with the best of intentions, removing control from users can be used against them, so the best of intentions result in the worst of consequences.

    Now as I understand it, there is a rather ironic twist to this story, Kasperspy guru's were the ones that pointed out that Norton uses Rootkits. The irony is that Kasperspy also uses a rootkit.
  9. computer help

    computer help TS Rookie Posts: 68

  10. DAVEO

    DAVEO TS Rookie Posts: 33

    Norton Bashing

    Come on people, Once again lets bash Norton :blackeye: instead of tackling the real problem :evil: (The Virus creators)

    Its a shame we need AV software, but governments cant agree on penalties to be imposed on those caught creating these nasties,(Castration would be nice :grinthumb ) Gaol-Time seems fair considering they have created a virus with the sole purpose of harming innocent internet users computers :(

    :confused: You complain about Norton, but how many of you complain to your local/federal politician about making severe penalties for the scumbags they catch to deter others from making anymore?(None of you I would say at a guess)

    Sorry, but Norton is not the worst, Having no Anti-Virus software at all installed is the worst and foolish.
    Also lets not forget a good Firewall and adware/spyware removal software to enjoy safer internet surfing and a healthy computer.
  11. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,427   +27

    Hey, people do that because Norton claims to be "the best antivirus solution around". What else do u say about a product that claims to be the best but doesn't deliver? And lets not make this a political issue please. Each country has its own laws and they're lax in some and rigid in the others. And most people have enough problems to worry about to run after politicians(they wouldn't give a damn anyway so its completely pointless) So quit whining and see the big picture man!
    On a lighter note, Welcome to TechSpot!
  12. DamianTV

    DamianTV TS Rookie Posts: 20

    Im willing to bet money on the the AV compainies writing some of the viruses. Norton is not a reliable product since half of the viruses out there now are designed to disable Norton if the virus finds its been installed.

    I dont have any AV and have not run any for years but I also dont do stupid things like download a song with a .exe file extension. If I question the content of something, I scan with an online Virus scanner.

    IMHO Norton provides a false sense of security, which is far more dangerous than having no Anti Virus software at all.
  13. DAVEO

    DAVEO TS Rookie Posts: 33

    Answering the Question

    All I'm saying is lets hear more positive input on the ORIGINAL question by Scythy and a little less " :mad: YEAH!!! We Hate Norton" :zzz:

    :haha: So just relax, take it easy and try to help out Scythy with some UNBIASED advice.

    ps. To those Less than expert users who surf the net, I personally
    would NOT-RECOMMEND no Anti-Virus Protection no matter what
    anybody said. :eek:
  14. Jimbo420

    Jimbo420 TS Rookie Posts: 356

    While I agree with you there I would would still recommend no antivirus to someone like that before I suggest keeping any Symantec product on their machine. Go with AVG and Panda. They are the ones that have been doing the best in the reviews and consumer reports for about the last year or so.
  15. Raven Master

    Raven Master TS Rookie

    My vote is for Avast home I have been runningit a couple yrs now and havent had one virus since updates the database every time i logon ..a nice feature...I also became unhappy with Symantec/Norton products and the business ethics so I stopped using them altogether I say stick with avast easy install and to use
  16. techspec

    techspec TS Rookie


    I've been using NOD32 for a couple of years now and can't praise it highly enough.
  17. paranoid guy

    paranoid guy TS Rookie Posts: 420

    A suggestion.

    I have an anti virus on trial at the moment called asquared (sorry, don't know how to do the squared sign). It's from Anyway I think all anti virus programs lie and make up viruses they've saved you from so you keep paying them money. The only reason I recommend this is it must lie more than the others. Or maybe it is good. Get it on trial. Actually, get a bunch on trial and test drive them all.
  18. nerdunderlord

    nerdunderlord TS Rookie

    I'll place my vote with AVAST!, it is cool,and free.
  19. Jimbo420

    Jimbo420 TS Rookie Posts: 356

    I keep hearing good things about that program. I may have to run a test drive of on the next PC that I have that needs some Anti Virus. I usually run AVG myself doesn't take too many resources and also free.
  20. bazz2004

    bazz2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,116   +182

    If you want a good freeware solution AVG and ZoneAlarm work extremely well. They do a great job on my second computer. Avast is not fully compatible with ZoneAlarm Free.

    If you want to spend money there's plenty of choice. I was impressed with my one year free trial of eTrust AV but have now selected ZoneAlarm AV which has very good reviews. So far it seems to be great. I'm also running Spyware Doctor on trial which covers the rest of the bases. AVG has some attractive packages which I think you should think about. The subscription is for two years rather than the one year offered by its competitors. This nearly persuaded me to buy. As I was using ZoneAlarm Free for my firewall and have a network I reckoned their product would be the easiest option. I didn't even need to uninstall it.
  21. chirag_gajjar

    chirag_gajjar TS Rookie Posts: 19

    Alternate av Software

    Try using Avast Home Edition. Its free and quite effective as well.
  22. tomeyn

    tomeyn TS Rookie

    I've tried AVG, F-Secure, NOD-32, Norton & Kaspersky. From my experience I feel that Kaspersky Antivirus has the best detection & cure rate. NOD-32 is also comparable.
  23. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,427   +27

    Kaspersky is supposed to use rootkits ,which makes it as bad as Norton. They're security threats IMO and any anti-virus software with rootkits does not deserve to be called an AV program. That's why I use NOD32.
  24. tomrca

    tomrca TS Rookie Posts: 1,000

    i think the person behind this has got to be one of two people, its either jimmy carr or peter kay.
    :haha: :haha: :haha:
  25. Acoustics4me

    Acoustics4me TS Rookie

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