Which one is better?

By winterwolf1223 ยท 5 replies
Feb 12, 2011
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  1. I currently have 2 anti-virus softwares avaliable to me:

    Symmetic Endpoint Protection


    Windows Live Essentials

    Which one is better for me? My computer is for my personal use at home not in the office. And I am running on Windows 7.

  2. pjamme

    pjamme TS Enthusiast Posts: 208

    Go with MSE.
    Symantec has proven to be bloatware and difficult to remove once installed.
  3. bazz2004

    bazz2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,585   +250

    There's plenty of free alternatives plus stuff you pay for. I think you could do better than Norton. Try them yourself and see what you like. Plenty of highly rated AV programs haven't run well on my computer. Just make sure what you use is updated everyday and don't forget a firewall. Avira is another popular free one besides Microsoft's Security Essentials.
  4. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    Used Avast for a while, it's quite full featured for a free solution although I've switched to the MS free tool now since its one less separate update check to be made. So far it's caught one nasty, never really had any virus before that anything had detected. I blame my less than technically savvy gf for that one :)
  5. fida1989

    fida1989 TS Rookie Posts: 20

    Use Avast Free Version. I am using it for years. It recently released version 6. It's just excellent. At least you should take a look.
  6. EDO219

    EDO219 TS Rookie Posts: 212

    MSE 2.0 or the free version of Avast are a good choice. In contrast to Norton and McAfee, they generally use less system resources and are at least as effective, if not more for certain attacks. Also they are free, unlike Norton and McAfee.

    I find that browser security is just as important as a good antivirus and firewall. For those who go to new, unfamiliar websites quite frequently, I recommend using Firefox with the NoScript and AdBlock Plus extensions.

    Viruses and such malware can really slow down a machine. However, a bloated antivirus software suite can be equally annoying. haha!

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