Norton user looking for a new Antivirus program

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

    mechillinnow TS Rookie

    tired of norton av.

    I use Defender Pro its great. You can get it at Wal Mart for about twenty bucks.
  2. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    Has nobody tried F-Secure Internet Security? Does it all wihout fuss and palaver. Like all the others, it takes time to load but once there does not grab all the resources. No - I don't work for them.
  3. Zsj

    Zsj TS Rookie Posts: 84

    Well You cant have more than one anti-virus software on your computer or it will screw-up your computer.
    my recemmandation would be AVG Anti-Virus Free
    Becuz, well, its free and it works.(i think:|... i never found one virus on my computer bcuzz i have tight security!!)
  4. Beach

    Beach TS Rookie

    I used AVG Free for a long time and had no trouble with it. However, these days I use Avast Pro and it is brilliant. Doesn't use anywhere near as much system resource as Norton and has many added features which are excellent!
  5. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    Definitely time to dump the Norton. They have really swelled up and became quite the resource pig these days.

    I've been using AVG Internet Security Home Edition
    1. Includes Anti-Virus, Firewall, Anti-Spware in an integrated sofware package
    2. You can download a 30day free trial if you want to try it all out.
    3. If you just want the anti-virus portion, you can download and use it FREE. Period
    4. For the 3 program Internet Security Suite - they offer different special pricing packages to license 2 or 3 computer for 2 or 3 years. I bought a 2-year license to cover 3 computuers for about $90 - or $15/computer/year which includes anti-virus, firewall and anti-spyware.. I thougth was a very good price and i like the product
    5. Only downside is there are things they can do to improve user interface as well as their documentation. Someone w/limited computer experience may find it more challenging to get everything done when seeing certain error msgs from/their UI. The more experienced would have more an intuitive feel for what to do even tho it may not be clearly spelled out.
  6. crossi007

    crossi007 TS Rookie

    I have been supporting around 4,500 clients islandwide in Sint Maarten working at an ISP.

    I see hundreds of PC's laptops and MAC's weekly, what surprises me most, in this day an age of INTERNET, their are clients STILL surfing the internet WITHOUT ANY Anti Virus or Anti Spyware PERIOD!!

    The free anti virus programs that are available some are good, some are not so protective.

    I have been using and installing Computer Associates CA Suite which includes Anti Virus and Anti Spyware.

    Both of these applications are light and quick to install, the interface is basic but understanding for all users, this app can be installed within 5mins, No complicated interfaces.

    Once installed the CA Suite protects you for me better than the NAV and Macfee, and most other AV and Anti Spyware apps.

    Automatic updates, deletes spyware automatically, setup and decide to scan before shutting down pc/laptop, when it finds a virus it deletes it, or if you want to check the files manually it will put them into the qurantine...

    One of the best Anti Virus and Anti Spyware suites I have used for the last few years.

    Ease of use 10
    Install and config
    Protects system 9.5
  7. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    I rate F-Secure, but a recent survey by a UK PC mag rated Kaspersky above all the ones you have to pay for. They didn't think much of AVG because it missed loads - which of course it did not report so giving a false sense of security.
  8. Fr3ddi30

    Fr3ddi30 TS Rookie Posts: 35

    dude, norton sucks, but u can never end its processes. stuff like ISSVC.exe. and LuCallbackProxy.exe, ccSetMgr.exe. its so annyoing, just takes up cpu, then you have this + the new anti virus, it buggered up my computer so bad.

  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,010   +2,534

    This is what happens when you down a program from Download. com or similar sites. They don't update their program files (generally), they just put the files on their server. It's nothing malicious, but it is incumbent on the end user to update the program(s) as soon as it's installed,especially in the case of AV which sometimes updates everyday. I mean, you couldn't go through your server everyday and download and install hundreds of updates daily.

    If you know what processes are, stop them from running with >msconfg< , then boot into safe mode and try to uninstall them there. You can't remove them if they're running. To get the NAV out of this machine, some of the file folders had to be dragged to the recycle bin manually. Then, run a registry cleaner. Oh, BTW set a RESTORE point before you try this, and make sure you have the NAV installation disc handy, in case something goes wrong. If this is a built machine and you have the Windows disc, it's time to spring for a back up hard drive, copy all your files to that, and wipe C:/. Take a half day and install back only the programs you want. (That's the hardcore way of doing it). Anybody else want to jump in?
  10. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,475   +126

    NOD32 is protects doesn't hog the system.. I was a huge fan of F-Prot but it does protect but it doesn't remove the threat. AVG free nah.. Those programs you post here in the first post are more for business use. Most companies I've support still use Norton AV Enterprise Corp or CA or Trend Micro but none of these protect the system as the AV Admin has to track down the infected PC and tell a tech to go out an clean the machine on the network still. The Clients version of these AV programs don't really do much and Norton is just a waste. In the past Norton AV was one of the best ones you could use but under Windows 3.1, NT and when XP Pro came out forget.

    NOD32 is much better, but companies won't switch..
  11. Grummangy

    Grummangy TS Rookie

    Norton 360 is the best I have found so far, it's new it optomises, it has offsite storage and firewall that is easy to install and use.
  12. Beanbag

    Beanbag TS Rookie Posts: 41

    I don't know much about Antiviruses, but from personal experience, I've been using Kaspersky Internet Security (trial...I know...) and I find it detects viruses a lot better than Norton or AVG, both which I've tried. I'm considering purchasing Kaspersky instead of paying the Norton continuation fee for the Liveupdate.
  13. wp_91

    wp_91 TS Rookie


    In my opinion Norton System Works 2006 is the best but right now I'm using Kaspersky 7.0.
  14. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    I think I would echo the sentiments of this forum by telling you that we all think that Norton is a resource greedy ineffectual bully. Is that enough to put you off the ghastly thing?
    Go for Kaspersky or F-Secure if you are happy to pay for the extra bells & whistles, otherwise the AVG freebies are excellent.
  15. Firedawg1971

    Firedawg1971 TS Rookie Posts: 39

    Im actually amazed that I seen only one post suggesting AntiVir at

    I have been a tech now for a few years and have seen all antivirus programs out there.

    I have done the Beta test for the Premium addition of AntiVir Securtity Suite and was very pleased.

    I have seen Norton systems where they found no virus and found 150+ with antivir

    Antivir has had one of the Highest Rankings of all the Virus removers out there.

    However NOD32 is also right up there. all others really are just a waste of your time and money.

    I have tried all of the antivirus programs that i can get My hands on during my work. I feel it is good business to keep an open mind. Norton and Macafee I feel give people a false sense of security.

    Just because one person uses it and says it is great doesnt make it great or work. AVG I have seen isnt that good either just that everyone pushes it.

    So I perfer all use AVG, Norton, macafee,... because thats what keeps me in business as an OnSite Repair Business Owner. :)
  16. imfromjupiter

    imfromjupiter TS Rookie

    PSSST....Hey did ya check this out?

    I always hear about Norton and Panda and Kaspersky..etc. Has anyone checked out System Suite 7? I'm totally sold on it and been using it since it first came out. It's extremely user friendly and most complete in my book:) Not only do you get anti-spyware, anti-virus, firewall and regular pattern updates (once a week I believe), it also has recovery commander, disk optimizing tools, registry optimizing tools, diagnostic tools scheduler, and more. You can use these tools at a user level your comfortable with, (one click optimize,one click protect; or manually select each tool and specific settings that you want run). My system is running perfectly, never better!! If you are looking....make sure and check it out before you purchase. IT also comes with 3 licenses. Send me some feedback on your opinions about this groovy little program cuz I think it's the best. GO ON......CHECK IT OUT!!!:)
  17. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    OK - I will do it. Mainly because I used to be an avid supporter of F-secure but not find their handling of the software updates for Vista to be a complete and utter shambles. Trouble is, having thrown my toys out of the pram with that one, I was wondering where to go next.
  18. Angelbear

    Angelbear TS Rookie


    Im a vivid fan of AVG. Not only is it dependable , but it auto updates and you can schedule it to run on your time . And it isnt no system hog . And the best part it is free :) And beleive it or not it is endorsed by M$ (Now that is a first for M$ to endorse something for free go figure lol :D )
    I to used to be a Nortons user but with all the probs that I ve been having with nortons etc . Like hoggin resourse and not being able to quit or get htem out of my system and giving false positives etc .I put the trash out back in the can lol . but I hope this helps . Oh I did have the security suite installed on my other puter , and it was giving false positives and and blocking the safe sites and allow the nasty one hmm now what was up with that . lol.
    I Hope this helps .
    :D Bear :wave:
  19. mitomobo

    mitomobo TS Rookie Posts: 20

    i'm using Symantec Anti Virus 2006...i'm confuse, is Norton AV=Symantec AV?

    anyway, i'm happy with Symantec right now bcoz it detect more threat than free Avast..Avast really got infected and destroy it self and left me unprotected..Virus win, i lost, Avast runaway....tragic!!
  20. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    Norton = Symantec and we all hate it.
    We also tend to like Avast so perhaps you could tell us more about what happened to your system?
  21. mitomobo

    mitomobo TS Rookie Posts: 20

    what happen during my Avast Era is, one day it detect every '.exe' file has, every time i try to launch a program, Avast tell me that '.exe' has been infected...

    so, i try to perform full scan but avast said it has been infected, and delete its own '.exe', avast is no longer available, and i'm the only soldier left at the battle field...Then, i got Symantec from my sister and i scan my system..

    i think the intruder hide somewhere in system information...Symantec can detect it but Avast...well, avast runaway
  22. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    Next time ask the security section on this forum for help - there are ways of dealing with problems like this!
  23. mitomobo

    mitomobo TS Rookie Posts: 20

    yes sir!!

    actually it happen before i found this website(i'm newbie, dont really know where to get help)...from now on, i will always ask for help from all of you guy!
  24. mitomobo

    mitomobo TS Rookie Posts: 20

    ThreatCon Level is 1

    On September 21, 2007, a small outbreak of W32.Virut.U infections was detected. W32.Virut.U is a virus that infects '.exe' and '.scr' files on the compromised computer. It also opens a backdoor and may download potentially malicious files onto the compromised computer. The malcode may also use TCP port 80 as an IRC control channel. Users are advised to ensure that all antivirus definitions are up to date and to be wary of any suspicious email attachments or IM file transfers

    i got this from symantec i know what happen to my guy, beware..this one really can eat your AV..
  25. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    we all start as newbies so don't worry about it. I still learn heaps from the guys on this forum and am very grateful for their help from time to time!
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