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Norton user looking for a new Antivirus program

By Scythy
Jul 6, 2004
  1. cris

    cris TS Rookie Posts: 39

    I had avast and avg free both running on the same system they seem to work well together, no conflict.

    now im running nod32,awsome but cant seem to install another AV with it.

    norton slowed my pc down big time,no like.
     
  2. hynesy

    hynesy TS Maniac Posts: 445

    Your choice in anti virus programs will always be different to someone elses because they are so subjective to people's oppinions. I myself use Bitdefender Total Security 2008, and works flawlessly.
     
  3. jcee

    jcee TS Rookie Posts: 23

    i'm currently looking for an av for my new comp.. my g-friends mum has a spare panda license going she said i can have.. is panda av and firewall any good? i dont really wanna buy an av prog.. so if pandas no good any recomendations for a free solution???
     
  4. nitemares

    nitemares TS Rookie

    I recommend both Bitdefender and Kaspersky. never had a problem with any of them. My new laptop came with Norton trial installed, it was running pretty slow so i un-installed and installed bitdefender Internet security 2008, works fine on Vista Home Premium, and very minor problems with XP SP2 that have been resolved after contacting bitdefender.
     
  5. LaraPasfield

    LaraPasfield TS Rookie

    Anti Virus program

    I've had good experience with NOD32. Supposedly Microsoft uses it for themselves. It has got heaps of awards...
    It has found viruses on my PC which both, Norton and McAfee overlooked repeatedly. It has also fixed viruses, which Norton was not able to fix because the virus had disabled Norton, but not NOD.
    There is a free 30 trial version for downloading...:) Lara
     
  6. magiclight

    magiclight TS Member Posts: 67

    ive used avg for the last few years, always caught the virus before ive been infected.
     
  7. judicious

    judicious TS Rookie Posts: 86

    I have Nod32 and works in the background and doesnt suck up much nor slow down your pc. Bitdefender isn't bad either...i think 3 years is like 50 bucks? Take a look at the link for comparisons...

    http://www.av-comparatives.org/seite...se_2007_08.php

    Click on Comparative
    Click on 15. On-demand comparative August 2007 Online results
     
  8. linden77

    linden77 TS Rookie

    Hated Norton, Panda, like AVG

    I ran Norton for many years, but every year it would make my computer go slower and slower. Also, nearly impossible to get rid of all of it. I do mis the Utilities, but something in Symantec software slows system way down. Tried Panda, didn't like it. Used AVG free for a while, liked it so much I bought the package (virus and spyware, can't remember what they call it now) for my other three systems (office). Cheaper than Norton (and the license is for TWO years, not one) and it doesn't seem to cause a performance issue.
    BTW, what do these guys mean they found "30 viruses on their system" or something like that. You have ONE virus you gotta big problem. Do they mean tracking cookies or somesuch, I wonder. Not all tracking cookies are things you don't want, either. Some vendor sites use them for good. Some are bad. Sometimes hard to know which is which, although there are sites that are good for that sort of thing. Haven't tried any other virus software. Just wish I could get the last of Symantec off my system, and I haven't used it for three years or so.
     
  9. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,374   +167

    If you want to get the remaing Norton/Symantec stuff off of your system, I suggest you open a new thread to get help. Many of us have already been down that path.
     
  10. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,714

  11. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,714

    The original thread was about a replacement AV - this should now be an internet security suite dealing with all aspects. Current favourite in the trade is Kaspersky, and I agree with the expert opinion that says so. It was F-Secure but by comparison this is clumsy and resource hungry.
     
     
  12. Softix

    Softix TS Rookie

    I do used avast and AVG since I got no prob,em with it. I do like AVG because it can remove trojan viruses. And it was user friendly as well.
     
  13. BlackScarlet

    BlackScarlet TS Enthusiast Posts: 114

    I find Kaspersky to be very comprehensive for me. :)
     
  14. befrazzled

    befrazzled TS Rookie

    Online Scanner

    I recently checked out the full scan at 'safety.live' . . .

    Now THAT is what I call a scan!!!
     
  15. bcnu147

    bcnu147 TS Rookie

  16. buonqua

    buonqua TS Rookie

    First, thanks all for a very informative discussion here.. I myself use AVG for the last few years and I got no problem with it. I do like AVG because it's easy to use, and it caught the virus before the machine have been infected...
     
  17. bcnu147

    bcnu147 TS Rookie

    Recently, I was talking to the head Geek at Best Buy and when I commented about Norton he told me that Symantec had called Best Buy to ask why they weren't selling as many Norton products as in the past. The Geek Squad told them clearly what people thought of Norton. They were asked to help them improve it. The result, I was told, is the the Geek Squad worked with Symantec on Norton 2007 version, and now it only used 7MB to run it - he says it is greatly improved and they are now selling it like before.

    If anyone is interested in a very small replacement (approx. 7MB) for Adobe (it was 160MB on my computer) you can take a look at Foxit. I really like it.

    Have a great day!:)
     
  18. mazameez

    mazameez TS Rookie Posts: 21

    I use kaspersky Internet Security, which includes thier anti virus program, and it works great for me. Their anti-virus is supposed to be one of the best. This is a bit off topic, but i'm in love with kaspersky's Firewall that is included in the internet security suite. I must say, though, that if you are not technicaly savy, dont attempt to use it, because it is a bit complicated, unless you know what you are doing.
    Also, I would like to add that Norton internet Security 08 is getting great reviews. They are progressively decreasing the processing power used by the program, without sacrificing any protection capability. Actually, i've also read that NIS 08 has improved protection on all fields. The only thing with NIS is that you would have to dish out about $70 yearly subscription, but it could be well worth it considering what's at stake. Kaspersky, at about $80, is a bit more expensive, but in my opinion, more effective. Norton is more user freindly.
    In the end, it all depends on what you do and where your standards are. If you are not a hardcore networker/hacker/downloader, something like NIS would be good for you. If you are a hardcore networker/hacker/downloader and so on, you would need more advanced tools.
    As far as free anti-virus programs go, in my opinion AVG comes first, then Avast. Those, by far, are the best two FREE tools out there right now.
     
  19. jeff85988

    jeff85988 TS Rookie

    Hey Tech Spot

    New to CPU's. Looking to learn some basics. Just used the sites tutorial to re-format my Dell. Got hit hard with viruses/spyware and tech spot helped, so i joined.
    Now i definatley want to learn how to protect myself againts CPU threats! Be seeing ya. JEFF
     
  20. STEALTH429

    STEALTH429 TS Rookie Posts: 37

    I have noticed that kaspersky is always catching a lot of bugs from time to time and wonder why other antivirus programs wont detect anything at all?

    does this mean that the virus comes from the kaspersky itself? this conclusion is based on observations made for the past 5 years while i use kaspersky, mccafee and norton at the same time..

    kaspersky is based in moscow for all we know.....any comment on this?
     
  21. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,457   +228

    I've used Kaspersky for over a year and my experience with it has been good as far as I can tell. Some of the points in its favor are good ratings and its relatively small footprint. The Kaspersky Internet Security 7.0 ($59.99 at Newegg) I got most recently is good for three PCs. Just right for my three home PCs.

    That said, I haven't had a virus detected by Kaspersky or any other antivirus program for several years but perhaps I practice safe surfing or maybe I'm just lucky or both. I only use one antivirus program at a time but I've used Norton and Mccafee. I've used Avast (free edition) on an older Windows 98se machine and AVG (free) on some other PCs I've built for others.
     
  22. Fortify

    Fortify TS Rookie Posts: 28

    Kaspersky > AVG > Norton.
     
  23. csana

    csana TS Rookie

    My setup

    i use a combo of Firefox ,Comodo firewall pro,Spyware Terminator,and Avira Free Antivir;also in case i have some needed programs that have viruses i use Sandboxie.



    PS:Avira antivir (free(personal edition))may sometimes(i belive once a week)advertise the nonfree software

    one last thing i just downloaded System Shield

    website wont let me post links.
     
  24. austincpdist

    austincpdist TS Rookie

    eset nod32. $39 a year, but really good. low mem usage and great virus protection.

    www.eset.com
     
  25. maxglover1989

    maxglover1989 TS Rookie Posts: 57

    avg pro is the best bet its cheaper than the others aswell
     
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