Norton user looking for a new Antivirus program

By Scythy ยท 158 replies
Jul 6, 2004
  1. TomCo

    TomCo TS Rookie

    NOD32 is a really good product and very easy to procure... I would Symantec if you actually can get the Symantech Client... Norton Sucks... but The Symantec is good... It has features NOD32 doesn't such a its stops Process tampering and it also has alot of setting to allow you to customize just how it works. It also performs costant scans thats doesn't conflict with computer speeds or atleast not noticably and it comes with a firewall so its a plus.
  2. Bluemouse

    Bluemouse TS Rookie Posts: 195

    Im going to have to go with NOD32 on this one. Ive tried Norton (NIS), Symmantec, Mcaffe, NOD32, zone alarm and AVG, but NOD32 is by far the best outta them. In addition to the great detection rates and secure program, it barely uses any resources when compared with ZA or Norton. Additionally, it is very difficult for a virus to shut it down, something that happens all the time with norton and even ZA. I dont think it is even possible without a reboot and stopping the process before it loads.

    With NOD32 and ZA firewall/antispyware, you are well protected. Add in something like Adaware + spybot and you should be almost completely free of viruses and spyware.

    I hate using those "all-in-one" programs, since I find they dont do any of the jobs as efficiently as the standalone ones, and are generally a lot less stable.
  3. roadshow01

    roadshow01 TS Rookie


    I've been using Eset's Nod32. Better scans and less overhead and no redundency.
  4. IPEX computing

    IPEX computing TS Rookie

    Need Antivirus

    Try AVG Antivirus. its freeware so you don have to pay for it.
    You can download it from:

    or if you can't get i download it from my server

    can also download other stuff there if you need it
  5. shadowstouch

    shadowstouch TS Rookie

    Antivirus.... NOD 32

    I have tried quite a few and after having been burned a number of times I switched to NOD 32, I haven't had a problem since. Check it out what have you got to lose... It's rated much higher than Norton, but to each his/her own...
  6. Toink

    Toink TS Rookie

    like mischievous_neo said nod32 is great and its detection rate is one of the best aside from low resource utilization. another to look is bitdefender plus which has anti-spyware, anti-spam, firewall included. ive'd installed the latter once but i'm getting medium to high resource when i'm playing games so i turned back to nod32 :)

    hope this helps.
  7. Tomas

    Tomas TS Rookie

    I've been using AVG 7.5 (I busted for the paid version doh) complete with firewall and it works perfectly, smoothly and with little impact on speed. It caught a Trojan intrustion on a web site visit and has been true in eliminating the cookie type spyware ****s that rain down on me and everyone else. It quickly scans all incoming email. After being mugged by NORTON for so LONG, it's like waking up to a new day!!!!!
  8. Tomas

    Tomas TS Rookie

    Thanks for you sunny outlook on life mom but Norton can be as bad as a virus. NSW conflicted with my Earthlink Software and when I tried to uninstall it proved to be nearly impossible. Finally with a third attempt using their online uninstaller I was able to banish it from my drive!!!
  9. Redrocket

    Redrocket TS Rookie

    Aniti Virus - Mixed Opion

    I have been using Mcafee or Norton for a long time.
    Recently I started getting a fake system alert Trojan-spy.win32@mx and Norton did not get it.

    So after hours of reading forms here on how to delete it by downloading Hijackthis and AVG and CClean and than running in safe mode and not in safe mode...and then it didn't even catch what I wanted it to...

    I just went into MSCONFIG to look at startup and sevices tabs and started quiering the different ones on Google and started deleting the crap ones one a time from my computer. (had regedit open and File Explorer as well.)

    I ended up finding, is less time, my problem came with a Videocompressioncodec that came with this stupid pmsngr.exe program that was giving me all the problems. I booted in safe, as I could not delete it in Normal, unistalled the video compression codec and deleted the folder under C:programsfiles/videocompressioncodec.

    I am all good now!!

    So I kept norton, grabbed Ad Aware and CleanUP my computer is all good.
    In this process I have freed up over 5GB's of space on my 18GB Hard Drive.

    Its all user preference.

    I have a buddy that runs no virus software at all and has never had any problems.

    Go figure!!!!
  10. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    Ah! the good old C:\program files\videocompressioncodec.

    If only you had posted a HJT log, I could`ve saved you some time.

    Having said that, it might still be a good idea to read this thread HERE and post a HJT log as an attachment into a new thread in this forum. I can then tell you if your system is clean or not.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  11. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    He's nothing more than an ***** then I suppose. Running no AV at all is not only ignorant, but also a dumb thing to do.
  12. tomrca

    tomrca TS Rookie Posts: 1,000

    i would advise your friend to do one or two online scans, thats if he doesn't want to use an AV prog. he can expect to find dialers and adware for sure, unless he never downloads. maybe more!
  13. Redrocket

    Redrocket TS Rookie

    I will let him know... he needs something.

    Funny thing is he has never had to redo him computer and he is an avid downloader of music etc....

    Blows my mind.

    Next chance I get I will post a HJT Log.

  14. Sexy-Beast-Joel

    Sexy-Beast-Joel TS Rookie Posts: 32

    I've had Nortan AV and Firewall that I updated everyday and I installed AVG that was 6 mouths out dated and picked up 4 viruses :S Dodgey ****
    Than I found Nod32 and Zonelabs thay works great I've had no problems at all I install bit defender taht is ment to be the overall best AV it finds nothing so I'm happy with Nod32 I would recomend it to evreyone and anyone
  15. Scythy

    Scythy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 39

    Hiya, I just logged on here and noticed my post was stickied. :p

    Heres an updated status report:

    I'm still using the Kaspersky/Zone Alarm combo, and while I can't rave enough about Kaspersky, the ZA gets to me sometimes. I'm going to change to Kaspersky Internet Security around May when my stuff expires.

    Heh, I like how I can have Kaspersky check for updates every hour. :) Really gives you that secure feeling I guess lol.
  16. tomrca

    tomrca TS Rookie Posts: 1,000

    over this past year i have been running PC-CILLIN by trend micro. i never thought of it as being much of a good programme, then a friend told me about it and said, "it's improved loads". so i did try it, and now i have changed my mind about it. the 2006 security suite is very good, it is also user friendly.
    try it!!
  17. rthings

    rthings TS Rookie

    OK, got a few questions while reading this thread:

    - Is there some chance that when some of you who've uninstalled one av and installed another run a scan and find viruses, what you're actually finding are viruses the prior av caught and put in quarantine (and didn't fully uninstall)?

    - I understand much of the discussion's been on which av scans find the most malware. But that's a slightly different question than mine: Who's av do you think does the best job of fully blocking viruses, worms and spyware? (Really, these two questions are not the same nor should they be.)

    - Any thoughts on why some of the larger av companies mentioned at the top of the list aren't (allegedly, per early posts in this thread) finding viruses as well as some of the stuff from the smaller players? I mean, it's not like the big guys don't have the resources.
  18. fatality

    fatality TS Rookie

    kaspersky is really good, i used to use norton and avast, but they don't detect vb script viruses...and many other viruses... so i switched to kaspersky and now i don't even need spyware remover b'coz kaspersky detects all kinds of viruses,worms,trojans,spyware and even hidden installers... and it has a very good virus definition database and virus definition for newly created viruses are released faster than any other antivirus
  19. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    If you're able to use some shrewd marketing to sell a shoddy product to unsuspecting consumers so easily, would you be willing to spend money to improve upon it, given that the aforementioned consumers aren't exactly experts when it comes to identifying bad software? Methinks not...:)
  20. dfr200764

    dfr200764 TS Rookie


    I used Mcafee AVP for a year and found it very intrusive. Norton Internet Security 2005 was much better and you wouldnt even know existed.....however when I installed the latest 2006 it has really slowed my PC down. Something called LUCOM~1.exe in the task manager seems to suck up all the RAM and if its not thats its svchost.exe........who knows whats going on ??

    Found the list of AV programs in the above link useful !

  21. VicRic

    VicRic TS Rookie Posts: 44

    I find that most of times the Windows Automatic Updates are the culprit of high CPU usage and the appearance of the SVCHOST.EXE on the Task Manager.

    I think the LUCOM~1.exe may be related to the Live Update process in Norton Antivirus. I'm using Norton Antivirus 2006 and I see high CPU usage in the Task Manager when a Live Update is taking place. Those updates should not take that long though; the Windows Automatic Updates take usually much longer.

    Here are a couple of links I hope will help:
  22. abhinit90

    abhinit90 TS Rookie Posts: 115

    nod 32 is definately the best
  23. sliderule101

    sliderule101 TS Rookie

    According to a conducted test of AV's from Consumer Report the number one AV, was called BitDefender. I've never used it myself but the technical report was very impressive. They created 5000 new viruses and tested several brands of AV to determine which ones would pickup the new viruses.
  24. nyashawm

    nyashawm TS Rookie

    av choice, tricky

    i have a good experience with Panda, only problem is with the uninstalling.
    Avast! is another good one. this is my preference and in this order:

    havent tried kaspersky though
  25. boa1

    boa1 TS Rookie


    I have used Bitdefender for a year now and I like it. About 38 MB in size. We use it on a couple of our workstations and so far so good. We run V10. I currently have Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition 10.2 on my ThinkPad and its only about 28 MB in size. Not cumbersome and loads fast. I have also tried Trend Micro 2007 and I gave back after 1st install. Have a good weekend.
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