Why am i seeing a bunch of threads that its crap??
i thought it was the best anti-virus
You thought wrong
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)
free is better than
a $99.00 (usd) software
damn, i feel stupid, i coould have bought a ATI Radeon HD 4770
i only have a crappy integrated graphics card
That's sad !
im going to go weep in a corner.
does avira have the protection like norton like it stops the virus before it even gets in my system
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
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.
mmmmm ok, so you guys think i should ditch norton???
most everyone will say YES for various reasons.
the two that matter most are
it's BIG, invasive and takes lots of resources
the A/V system is marginal; ie others are more effective and better kept up to date on the pattern files
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.
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.
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
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.
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
But as I've stated, it's User Choice. Each to their own, as it were.
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.