Norton Vs ?

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Norton Vs ?

Postby Chained(E)Studio » Sun Jun 12, 2011 5:40 pm

I am wondering if anyone would be able to tell me whats so wrong with using Norton's? I have heard from a lot of people I know, and read that it wasn't the program for them. I honestly don't know what is wrong with using it besides that it takes up a huge load of space on my computers... I have used Norton for 6 years or so and have never gotten a single virus or worm while having it on my computer...

I don't know any other virus protection software out there besides what my sister uses with is MacFee (I think).

There isn't really a post towards video software but I thought it would fit here... (sorry if not ^^) but I would like to know any thoughts on Norton, and what other software I could potentially use that I can purchase either online or in Canada.. cause if I can't get it mailed or in person then there isn't a real point on my looking it up =D

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Re: Norton Vs ?

Postby Phantasmagoriat » Sun Jun 12, 2011 10:30 pm

I haven't used Norton since my first computer years ago, but from what I remember, it was more aggressive and resource-hogging than it needed to be for my purposes... and it wasn't free :|
But to be honest, I don't think it matters what antivirus software you use... what's more important is how you use your computer, so I wouldn't pay for it. It's mostly just a money-making business IMO, and could actually leave you more vulnerable since it's quite widespread on computers out-of-the-box... thus more likely to be targeted. Actually, I think a good browser like Firefox/Chrome with NoScript, Adblock Plus, and regular use of CCleaner can be more beneficial than any antivirus software, but it's still good to have something as a backup. Personally I use AVG Free.
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Re: Norton Vs ?

Postby BasharOfTheAges » Mon Jun 13, 2011 6:02 pm

Both Norton and McAfee are horrendously designed bloatware with higher than average false-positive detections and poor detection rates. - especially given their cost.
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Re: Norton Vs ?

Postby Pwolf » Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:02 pm

Bloatware plus resource hogs. Not to mention, there are better/more reliable AV software out there that don't cost a cent.
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Re: Norton Vs ?

Postby Zarxrax » Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:26 pm

Such as microsoft security essentials.
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Re: Norton Vs ?

Postby Kariudo » Wed Jun 15, 2011 6:59 pm

Kariudo in the happy thread wrote:Avast! Antivirus (free or paid)
F-Secure
ESET NOD32
Kaspersky
Avira

...pretty much anything not Norton. Detection rates should be marginally better, but the thing is Norton has a bad reputation for messing up computers (and hasn't been able to remove jack s^*# in my experience). It might've gotten better, but years of mediocrity still leave me extremely weary.

At any rate, just remember that in the end a system is only as secure as the user (which in most cases isn't very secure)

Avast!, AVG, Avira and BitDefender all have legitimate free versions, and I personally use Avast! Free


Also, just because Norton hasn't detected any viruses doesn't mean that you don't have a virus...you just don't have any that Norton can detect (same goes for every other antivirus software). You're probably clean, but again, my confidence in Norton isn't exactly high.
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Re: Norton Vs ?

Postby Enigma » Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:39 pm

Don't use Norton.


Simply because Kariudo will you slap you to another nationally if you do.
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Re: Norton Vs ?

Postby TheDevian » Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:50 pm

on top of all that as a person who cleans viruses as a hobby for people, I get nortons systems that are infected all the time. Even ones that are fully 'up to date' and paid up and all that. But yet Norton can't find anything wrong...
I can say the same for Kasperkey, and some of the others.
I use Avast myself, and have for years. It's one of the best, and it's free if you can't afford it =}
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Re: Norton Vs ?

Postby Chained(E)Studio » Sun Jul 24, 2011 7:19 pm

Thanks for all the replies =3
Now I just need to figure out what I am going to switch over too (after my Norton runs out =P cause I'm not wasting moneys ^-^) =DD
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Re: Norton Vs ?

Postby TheDevian » Thu Aug 04, 2011 3:21 pm

too late for that, that money is wasted. protection is what is important. I would ask for a refund since you got infected anyway, and get a program that works. ;} Good Luck

Here are links to three free programs that will help, anti-virus, spyware, and a firewall.

http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/
http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en-us ... rewall.htm
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