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Freeware Vs Pay Security Programs


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#1 david28

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 08:16 PM

Hi everyone, I would just like to know, what is the difference between free ware security programs and security programs that you pay for? I know it may seem like a silly question, but seriously, why would big companies make pay programs when people can use freeware programs and get the same job done! I mean, I have CA Anti-Spyware which the license is just about to expire, so I wanted to test it compared to Ad-aware and Spybot. The scan in CA came up with nothing, the scan with Ad-aware came up with tracking cookies, and the scan with Spybot came up with about 4 different malware! So, I am just wondering, what is the difference. Thanks! :thumbsup:

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 06:41 AM

It'a all about marketing and has nothing to do with the effectiveness of the product. Companies like Norton & McAfee have established their brands to a large audience and have always charged for their product. They could go back and offer their products free but the marketing strategy today is to install their products into new computers with a free trial and when that trial runs out, the user sticks with it because if they're charging for it, it must be a better product. We come to this forum so we know that's not true but many users don't know that.

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 10:21 AM

No single product is 100% foolproof and can detect and remove all threats at any given time. The security community is in a constant state of change as new infections appear. Each vendor has its own definition of what constitutes malware and scanning your computer using different criteria will yield different results. The fact that each program has its own definition files means that some malware may be picked up by one that could be missed by another. Thus, a multi-layered defense using several anti-spyware products (including an effective firewall) to supplement your anti-virus combined with common sense and safe surfing habits provides the most complete protection.

However, you can overkill your system with resource heavy security programs that will drain your resources and slow down performance. Sometimes you just have to experiment to get the right combo for your particular system as there is no universal solution that works for everyone.

When it comes to Paid vs Free versions of the same program, the Paid version offers additional features such as real-time protection, automatic updating, etc.
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Posted 06 January 2008 - 02:17 AM

Ok thanks a lot guys! :thumbsup:

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 08:23 AM

Your welcome.
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