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User currently offlineBok269 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 2104 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2287 times:

My Norton Anti-Virus expires in 7 days. I am wondering if I should renew or go with a different option due to the fact that Norton takes up a lot of memory. Any suggestions?


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User currently offlineJetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3086 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2277 times:

Anti-virus's have come so far these days that one must question whether or not they actually need to pay for one. There are plenty of free programs out there that perform just as good, if not better, than their costly counterparts. If you are looking for strictly an anti-virus program, here is what I recommend:

Freeware:

AVG Anti-Virus tends to be at the top of the list among peer and professional reviews. Some even say it performs better than the costly Norton Anti-Virus.

Payware:

In my opinion, I see no real point in purchasing just an anti-virus. I think if you are going to spend money, you may as well invest in a security suite. One that provides a firewall, anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-spam, and so on. They don't cost much more, yet do quite a bit. My top pick, and the one I currently use:

Trend Micro Internet Security 2008

Norton 360 is also highly rated and even has a utilities program which maintains computer performance. It is a bit more pricey, but of course has more features.



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User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2273 times:

Quoting JetsGo (Reply 1):
AVG Anti-Virus tends to be at the top of the list among peer and professional reviews. Some even say it performs better than the costly Norton Anti-Virus.

I'll attest to that. I used Norton for quite some time, when it came time to uninstall it seemed as though it was pretty much impossible. When I got my new laptop I actually bought AVG Complete for about $55 USD, it seems to have been well worth it, it seems to operate in the background without annoying me too much unlike Norton and it's constant reminders.


User currently offlineViaggiare From Costa Rica, joined Jan 2007, 2147 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2266 times:

Quoting Bok269 (Thread starter):
Norton takes up a lot of memory.

Yeah, the average system barely crawls with that hog running loose in there.

Quoting Bok269 (Thread starter):
Any suggestions?

I've used them all -except for that questionable Panda stuff- over the years, and was never fully satisfied until I set foot in the wonderful world of avast!. Hey, I just can't recommend it enough. And you can try it for a couple of months before any actual wallet damage takes place.



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User currently offlineMham001 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3731 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2255 times:

Norton IS a virus....

User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2255 times:

Quoting Bok269 (Thread starter):

A little bit expensive but great... http://www.symantec.com/norton360/


User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2236 times:

This one trumps them all...

Eset's NOD32. Easily the best anti-virus out there.


User currently offlineFlyKev From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 1391 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2226 times:
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Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 7):
Eset's NOD32. Easily the best anti-virus out there.

Yup. Get NOD32. Its brilliantly fast, uses barely any memory and Ive had no problems with it ever.

Kev.



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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6120 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2220 times:

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 7):
This one trumps them all...

Eset's NOD32. Easily the best anti-virus out there.

Ooh, and they have a version for Linux! (Not that Linux really needs one.)



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User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2207 times:

Quoting Mham001 (Reply 5):
Norton IS a virus....

it isn't. Their 360 product is just great.


User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2192 times:

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 10):
it isn't. Their 360 product is just great.

Since when did a resource hogging, update lagging, file deleting, over-zealous "security" suite become great?

Seriously, NOD32 is whipping the "big names" in most if not all industry tests.


User currently offlineVaporlock From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2189 times:

Quoting Bok269 (Thread starter):
My Norton Anti-Virus expires in 7 days. I am wondering if I should renew or go with a different option due to the fact that Norton takes up a lot of memory. Any suggestions?



Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 6):
A little bit expensive but great

I've been running Norton for at least 4 years and I have never had a problem with my computer. The most I have paid for it was $29.00 CAN as they always offer a rebate.

I think what you have to ask yourself is - Has Norton worked for you? Has it done the job you expected it to do.

As far as the memory it takes up, you'll have to do a comparison with other programs to see if there is a huge difference.
Phyllis


User currently offlineToast From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2181 times:

I've been using Bit Defender Internet Security since April. It's way better that Norton - anything is - but I'll certainly check out other options once it's expired. It sucks the life out of your RAM and CPU when all the bells and whistles are on. The interface is not user-friendly, the logs are not detailed, and when you want to find out more about the trojan you caught, it sends you to Bit Defender's homepage, where you're on your own.

I bought it because it was rated No 1 by PC World at the time and there was a "2 years for the price of 1" deal. I wouldn't recommend it now. I've never heard of NOD32, is it a newcomer to the market or have I been living under a rock?


User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2167 times:

The biggest problem I had with Norton was when I decided to get rid of it, getting tired of them picking my pocket every year. Even after the 'removal' process was complete, a search turned up numerous archived files sprinkled here and there like roach powder, and it also required manually removing a string of files from the registry. THEN, it was gone.

AVG Free has worked for me quite well, XP's got a good firewall, and between Spybot search and destroy and Lavasoft's Adaware, spyware doesn't find a cozy nook in my machines. I've also used Eusing Registry cleaner with good results.


User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2159 times:

Quoting Toast (Reply 13):
I've never heard of NOD32, is it a newcomer to the market or have I been living under a rock?

No, it's been around for a good 3 or 4 years. Check out the reviews...it leaves the other big players in the dust.


User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2150 times:

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 11):

Since when did a resource hogging, update lagging, file deleting, over-zealous "security" suite become great?



Quoting Vaporlock (Reply 12):

I've been running Norton for at least 4 years and I have never had a problem with my computer. The most I have paid for it was $29.00 CAN as they always offer a rebate.

I think what you have to ask yourself is - Has Norton worked for you? Has it done the job you expected it to do.

It works perfectly for me [360 is around US$80.00].


User currently offlineViaggiare From Costa Rica, joined Jan 2007, 2147 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2140 times:

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 15):
Quoting Toast (Reply 13):
I've never heard of NOD32, is it a newcomer to the market or have I been living under a rock?

No, it's been around for a good 3 or 4 years. Check out the reviews...it leaves the other big players in the dust.

I'd never heard of it either, but its purported use of an advanced heuristics engine in addition to the traditional signature updates, makes the product worth checking out. I'll wait for version 3.0 to be released in a couple days, and give it a try in my backup computer.

There used to be an outstanding anti-virus out in the market, just before the turn of the century, which used a similar heuristics/signature approach. I believe the rights to that product (can't remember what it was called) were purchased by another company, which eventually turned it into some bloated, unusable garbage.



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User currently offlineJetstar From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1665 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2136 times:
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Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 10):
it isn't. Their 360 product is just great.

Norton 360 is the worst piece of $hit I have ever seen, as soon as I installed it my computer slowed down to a crawl and would lock up at times. I had it my computer for less than a day when I got totally fed up with it, I uninstalled it an got a full refund from Norton

STAY AWAY FROM NORTON 360, just read the reviews on Amazon.com. I learned my lesson, I should have read the reviews before I purchased it.


User currently offlineGuitrThree From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2059 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2128 times:

As another poster said, Avast! is a good product. I use it free at home, and the only thing I have to do is once a year verify my data and get a new registration code, all free.

Free definition updates and free software updates, all year long. I've yet to have a virus infect my system. I tried it on a recommendation Kim Komando ( www.komando.com ) and have been very satisfied with the results. Usually her stuff is either a pay later trial or just not up to speed to what I like as a lot of her listeners are the average Joe user, but this software really does do it's job. I even can get McAfee FREE from Comcast and that crap just manages to clog my system up just like Norton did, and would much rather use Avast!.

Their stuff just works and works well.



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User currently offlineJetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3086 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2119 times:

Quoting Jetstar (Reply 18):

Sorry, but it's your computer, not the product. I have installed 360 on several computers, and it has been completely flawless. And because of its built in utilities, it has kept those computers in decent shape, despite the fact the users are quite "dumb" when it comes to computers.



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User currently offlineN231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2119 times:

Just about everywhere I look on the Internet, I find recommendations for Kaspersky anti-virus. I haven't tried it out yet, but may give it a shot. I was stupidly a Norton loyalist, and never really took into account how much junk it is. Well, the new 2008 version is just that-junk, and I may as well go to a different provider here shortly (it is a huge resource hog, and I everytime I started my PC, I got a "Would you like to check for updates?" message [I had to manually disable it; c:/program files/symantec/liveupdate/alunotify.exe] )

Although this thread is about anti-virus software, I am happy to say that Spy Sweeper is by far, the best anti-spyware software I have ever used. I would highly recommend it.


User currently offlineJetstar From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1665 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2109 times:
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Quoting JetsGo (Reply 20):
Quoting Jetstar (Reply 18):

Sorry, but it's your computer, not the product. I have installed 360 on several computers, and it has been completely flawless. And because of its built in utilities, it has kept those computers in decent shape, despite the fact the users are quite "dumb" when it comes to computers.

I would consider you one of the lucky few who have not had any problems with Norton 360, the ratings for this software on Amazon.com is 2 out of 5 stars, a vast majority of the 101 posts to date have had problems with Norton 360 so the numbers speak for itself.

Although my computer is not the latest, it is less than 2 years old, I was using Norton Utilities for many years and when I tried to renew my yearly subscription I was forced to take Norton 360 instead, they weren’t allowing Utilities renewals anymore. I guess that Symantec had a lot of complains because all of a sudden they allowed customers to renew their Utilities subscriptions again, which is what I did when I deleted 360. Once I got this piece of $hit program out of my computer, I renewed my Utilities subscription and my computer has been running really great since then.


User currently offlineAg92 From India, joined Jul 2006, 1317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2092 times:

Kaspersky, I have been using it for like the past 5 months for my laptop. Haven't had a problem yet/

Regards
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User currently offlineWildcatYXU From Canada, joined May 2006, 2660 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2080 times:

Quoting Viaggiare (Reply 4):
I've used them all -except for that questionable Panda stuff- over the years, and was never fully satisfied until I set foot in the wonderful world of avast!. Hey, I just can't recommend it enough. And you can try it for a couple of months before any actual wallet damage takes place.

As a matter of fact, AVAST is free for home usage. All you need is registration.


User currently offlineMham001 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3731 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2074 times:

Quoting GuitrThree (Reply 19):
Free definition updates and free software updates, all year long. I've yet to have a virus infect my system. I tried it on a recommendation Kim Komando ( www.komando.com ) and have been very satisfied with the results. Usually her stuff is either a pay later trial or just not up to speed to what I like as a lot of her listeners are the average Joe user, but this software really does do it's job.

Thanks for the link. What I really want to know is why I can't get a station list without giving her my damned email address?!
Personally, I like Leo Laporte who covers this issue extensively and often (he agrees, Norton IS a virus). www.twit.tv


25 Post contains images InbarD : I recommend AVG free. Had it on my computer for the last few years seems to work well.
26 Post contains links ME AVN FAN : Beside www.avast.at also www.antivir.de is quite good.
27 Post contains images Cumulus : Buy a Mac......................
28 TACAA320 : Or good anti virus software. It's that simple...
29 Dougloid : Folks, let me make one point here. Antivirus software can do terrible stuff it if gets out of control on your computer. If you are intent on evaluatin
30 Mham001 : Doug, how would reinstalling system software cause you to lose two years of work? Or do you believe you would have had to reformat? Additionally, rec
31 Post contains links and images Klaus : Or good anti virus software. It's that simple... No, not really. It would still add the chore (and often cost) of keeping that software up to date, h
32 TACAA320 : And a Mac don't need that? Any maintenance ? Don't need to be serviced?
33 Post contains images Klaus : Pretty much. It's a matter of experience that the time and effort spent on just keeping the computer viable is low or negligible on a Mac, especially
34 CaptOveur : I was going to sing the praises of AVAST! but ever since this site changed hands I have been riddled with viruses and trojans that Avast alarms on but
35 GuitrThree : I've yet to encounter anything like that, and I visit here more than daily (Avast! 4.7/Vista/IE 7.0.6).
36 Dougloid : You're probably right there Klaus-if it was to be made easy I probably would back up more than I do, which is zero. I'm thinking a nice extra hard dr
37 Post contains images Klaus : That's exactly why MacOS X basically just asks you whether or not to initialize the disk and whether or not you want to use it for Time Machine. The
38 ME AVN FAN : a combination of avast.at and antivir.de plus frequent checks via ad.aware.se is a good way to keep the PC ok -
39 Dougloid : Yeah....my Iowa State University surplus Dell 360 has the drives from my IBM Aptiva which originally came with W98SE. When I installed XP, I did an u
40 Chi-town : Buy a Mac
41 Post contains links PhilGil : I usually go here and buy whatever is currently free after rebate. I've used Norton, McAfee and Kaspersky and haven't notice much difference, although
42 BigOrange : I used Norton on my home PC and got rid of it because it was a system hog. I installed Zone Alarm which worked well up until they added the Kaspersky
43 ME AVN FAN : it may be necessary to call up a "Manual" internet-update. Did this right today, and it became better immediately. The automatic one for a few days d
44 Klaus : That can be true only if - your time isn't worth anything - you'll never have a full failure losing your data which you haven't backed up - you're ig
45 Dougloid : I've been fascinated with electromechanical stuff ever since I was a kid, and I made my living from understanding such things for quite a while. Lear
46 Chi-town : Hey now, Im a mac user....how do you know that Im a snob?? Whatever your definition of that is. Thanks for the generalization. Im doing just fine wit
47 IFEMaster : On the hour, every hour, every day. Time Machine is truly brilliant. Before that; everything, once a week. Do you still use a slide rule and file-o-f
48 Goldenshield : He has a point. Usually, a snob would make OTHER people use the computer for him/her.
49 IFEMaster : Who on the thread has claimed they make someone else use the computer for them?
50 Goldenshield : Perhaps that should be 'You have a point.' But, in answer to this, rich snobs usually have people do things for them; cooking, cleaning, and the like
51 Dougloid : Well, it stands to reason that real snobs always get that knee jerk thing going: "Oh! He must be talking about ME!" A little bit of the angst, perhaps
52 Post contains images IFEMaster : Oh I believe that it's a statement. Just not a progressive one. Yes, I feel my liberties are hampered by all the things I can do with a computer. Don
53 Klaus : Hardly. You were making wide-ranging claims which are just not backed up by experience. It is quite possible that you're just fine with what you've g
54 57AZ : Norton's performance depends on the product that you apply it to. My laptop was special ordered with extra memory and Norton 360 runs fine on it. My o
55 Dougloid : That would apply as well to the subject of agricultural policy and subsidies there friend.
56 Post contains images Klaus : Over there I have provided arguments as well and have not called you names either, have I?
57 QFA380 : I haven't read all entire thread but I need help. I have a MacBookPro and use Bootcamp, are there any good fairly cheap anti-viruses taht would work o
58 Post contains links Dougloid : Did I draw blood with that barb? Think about it. I mean you sort of threw one of the first stones by flat out saying (without really knowing anything
59 Klaus : At this point no "anti-virus" software would do you any good under MacOS X since there is simply no malware which they could protect you against. As
60 Post contains links Dougloid : That's really the bottom line, isn't it? The only virus infection my computer ever had was because, like a fool, Ithought I could snag a password for
61 Klaus : No, you just completely missed the topic. Nonsense. You just made a wild overgeneralization which I put back into context: That can be true only if -
62 HAWK21M : AVG is good. regds MEL
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