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AVG Si! Norton No!  
User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1159 times:

I was able to get a good solid run on my test mule today after stripping out all the Norton antivirus archives. Prior to that, if I left it unattended it was likely to crash after fifteen minutes or so, or else something huge and crazy was running in the background that was as bad as a full on crash.

FYI, my test mule is an IBM Aptiva that now runs an AMD Athlon 833 mhz, has had 384 mb of memory installed and is now running a 120gb hard drive salvaged out of a dead TiVO DVD recorder. The operating system is W98SE and it's been buggy all along, but I blamed that on Microsoft-perhaps unfairly.

I have the test mule on a network for use as a file cabinet, and it is also something of a hobby to see how much tinkering I can do on the cheap-I was able to obtain the 384 mb of memory for under $15, used of course but Microsoft gives out a nifty memory module checker program-free, or course.

After installing the AVG-Free, I can boot this computer up and let it sit as long as I care to, knowing that it'll be stable and solid whenever I come back. Even the Linksys wireless monitor software is much happier knowing that Norton has been completely and totally evicted.

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User currently offlineWardialer From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1183 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1121 times:

GOOD MOVE...I keep AVG on my USB flash drive to scan other people's machines also...

But for a Business type Server/Client enviroment though, I would recommend a NON-FREE versions of Antivirus software....Like Symantec's AV Corporate Edition or Norton Corp Edition...because beleive it or not it does take up less resources than the HOME version of Norton AV....ANd its less bloated too...Too bad its 550$ for a minimum of 10 licenses....Thats the minimum...But for a business its great....

For Home: the following are really good...

AVG
Kapersky
NOD32


User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3704 posts, RR: 28
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1108 times:

When I happened to get a virus on my computer by doing something REALLY stupid I was advised by my housemate web nerds that AVG was the way to go. The free version was a good stop gap until I got into town and bought AVG Pro which was great  thumbsup  and didn't grind my machine down to a halt either!


"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8702 posts, RR: 43
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1096 times:

Norton AntiVirus is the first thing I took care of on my mother's new notebook which arrived yesterday... guess what, the uninstall didn't work properly and still left visible traces in that Windows software list. So I tried to re-install it to then attempt a clean uninstall. Sure enough, installing it didn't work either. So I uninstalled what I could and deleted the rest (files, folders and registry keys) manually.  banghead  AntiVir all the way!


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User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1089 times:

Norton Sucks! It is AWFUL. It slows even the fastest machines to a halt.

I'm happy running Kaspersky Anti-Virus...  Smile



Whoever said "laughter is the best medicine" never had Gonorrhea
User currently offlineUsnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1074 times:

Quoting Dougloid (Thread starter):
AVG Si! Norton No!

 checkmark  yes 

I've been telling people this for years. Norton has so much crap dedicated to the user interface that it doesn't even do the job its supposed to half of the time. AVG does exactly what it needs to do without hogging up all your memory.

Best of all, its free!



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User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1046 times:

Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 4):
Norton Sucks! It is AWFUL.

I respectfully disagree. Norton is a great product and Symantec a very responsible corporation.

I'm definitely "Nortonian".


User currently offline777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1043 times:

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 6):
I respectfully disagree. Norton is a great product and Symantec a very responsible corporation.

I would agree with that statement. However, you cannot argue that NAV is a resource hog.

Personally, I can't say enough good things about Trend Micro's PC-cillin.

Russ



My glass is neither 1/2 empty nor 1/2 full, rather, the glass itself is twice as big as it should be.
User currently offlineWardialer From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1183 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1026 times:

Like I said, The Norton or Symantec's Corporate Edition is great for the Server/Client enviroment for companies...But Norton Home edition sucks...

User currently offlineABfemme From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1019 times:

Hey guys - is AVG part of Panda anti-virus ?

Claire


User currently offlineSolarix From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1016 times:

Norton is bloatware.
I also like AVG Free. But my favorite is NOD32 (commercial).


User currently onlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7950 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1010 times:

Quoting ABfemme (Reply 9):
Hey guys - is AVG part of Panda anti-virus ?

No, but apparently all the others are mixing up two different AV products as well.

There is Grisoft's AVG http://www.grisoft.de and then there is a free software called AntiVir http://www.free-av.de/.
Both makes are German which may have added to the confusion that AntiVir's watchdog in your system tray is called AntiVir Guard - or AVG for short.



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User currently offlineABfemme From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 996 times:

Hi gang

We have the Grisoft AVG free version installed on our Comp - my question is, is there any need to buy the AVG Pro ?

Will the free version keep updating itself with new virus' etc

(sorry I am not very computer literate !)

Claire


User currently onlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7950 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 993 times:

ABfemme, I didn't know there was a free version of AVG. Maybe it's just a demo that will expire after 30 days? Free AV is free for private use and its virus definition table is updated daily, often twice a day.


I support the right to arm bears
User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8702 posts, RR: 43
Reply 14, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 987 times:

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 13):
Free AV is free for private use and its virus definition table is updated daily, often twice a day.

However the free version of AntiVir doesn't include a mail scanner; IIRC.



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineNordair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 979 times:

Quoting ABfemme (Reply 12):
We have the Grisoft AVG free version installed on our Comp - my question is, is there any need to buy the AVG Pro ?

Will the free version keep updating itself with new virus' etc

I wouldn't bother with AVG Pro. I've had the AVG free version for nearly a year now and each day at 8:30AM it updates itself without fail.  Smile


User currently offlineABfemme From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 963 times:

Quoting Nordair (Reply 15):
I wouldn't bother with AVG Pro. I've had the AVG free version for nearly a year now and each day at 8:30AM it updates itself without fail.

Cheers Nordair

I'll wait and see what happens

Claire


User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 948 times:

I think the test is in the doing.

If there is anything one can do to make W98SE reasonably stable, you've really done something. In my case, there is a very short list of programs installed on the IBM, and very little in the way of files, it should have been relatively tame.

However, it always had this tendency to crash if left unattended or have something huge and terrifying running in the background that more or less was about as bad as a full on crash.

I thought perhaps it had something to do with my bargain basement hardware upgrades or my BIOS update-although I WAS smart enough to get the new processor in a sealed box, everything else was salvaged or dirt cheap.

I had pretty much narrowed it down to something to do with Norton as it worked a lot better when I manually closed some items that were associated with Norton. The only two other potential sources of trouble were Nero which came with my CD/RW drive and the Linksys monitoring stuff-both of which required a bit of tinkering to get them to live happily in the same house.

In any event, everything seems to be working nicely.


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