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Norton 360 Expiring - Need Advice


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#1 BlackLion2837

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 11:15 PM

I have been using Symantec (NIS & Norton 360) products for several years now. My current Norton 360 subscription will be expiring in the next couple weeks and I am considering going with either Kaspersky or NOD32 instead of renewing. The reason for this is that Norton 360, like previous versions of NIS, is a system hog and I've had a few issues with Norton 360 such as scheduled scans not running, had to reinstall 3 times in the past year, and a few other minor issues.

I am looking for software with better than average detection, containment, and deletion of malware, viruses, trojans, worms, rootkits, spyware, etc. The firewall is not a major concern for me because I will be setting up a previous system with Check Point R65 running on Splat. I want something that is not going to be as much of a system hog as Norton 360. Any advice or comments will be greatly appreciated. :thumbsup:
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#2 BlackLion2837

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 11:48 AM

I have found some decent reviews for NIS 2009...seems they have improved the amount of system resources it uses.
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Posted 30 December 2008 - 01:39 PM

IMHO, nothing beats NOD32 or the whole suite with firewall and antispyware + NOD32... ESET Smart Security. :flowers:

It won't drain your system resources. You won't even notice it. And, it's really simple to use but deadly effective with its ThreatSense feature! :thumbsup:

Norton is, well... I won't say the word... :trumpet:

Edited by karbo1, 30 December 2008 - 01:43 PM.

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 02:34 PM

I agree with you BlackLion. If you like Norton and are happy to pay for your security, 2009 seems to be a huge improvement.
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Posted 30 December 2008 - 03:09 PM

With all due respect, Norton can't compare to ESET or Kaspersky.
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Posted 30 December 2008 - 03:37 PM

I wouldn't use any of those mentioned personally, I am very content with my free security.
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Posted 30 December 2008 - 03:41 PM

I'm sorry to say that no free antivirus is like NOD32 or Kaspersky.

But, if you're happy, stay as you are! :thumbsup:
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Posted 30 December 2008 - 03:59 PM

Oh well the av is only the last link in the chain for me and probably the least important part anyway.

There's not much difference between any of those however, so not an important choice. The free version of Avira would be just as good.

With the amount of new threats appearing now, they will probably all have difficulty in identifying them in time to save you.
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Posted 30 December 2008 - 04:10 PM

You couldn't be more wrong unless you're using Mac or Linux. An antivirus + firewall + regular Windows updates are a priority!
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Posted 30 December 2008 - 04:51 PM

An antivirus + firewall + regular Windows updates are a priority!

Yes, with a few additions.

I was only saying that your two choices are no better than several others. How could that be so wrong?

There are many good solutions available and everyone is entitled to their preferences.
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Posted 30 December 2008 - 05:18 PM

Again, yes they are better than many others. :thumbsup:

But of course, you can add SuperAntiSpyware or Malwarebytes + SpywareBlaster...
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Posted 30 December 2008 - 10:34 PM

I'm sorry to say that no free antivirus is like NOD32 or Kaspersky.

But, if you're happy, stay as you are! :thumbsup:


*ahem* Avira AntiVir Personal outshined Kaspersky by a little and NOD32 by a lot in recent tests by AV-Test. The only thing it lacks is an antispyware, which KAspersky and NOD32 have. But that's easily supplemented by a good antispyware like SUPERAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes.

Just in case you ask for a source: http://www.virusbtn.com/news/2008/09_02

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 10:37 PM

With all due respect, Norton can't compare to ESET or Kaspersky.


I think that Norton is finally catching up with the other good antivirus programs. NAV 2009 broke Kaspersky's record of most updates in a day, KAspersky updates every hour while Norton updates every 5-15 minutes. The reviews on 2009 are very good too.

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 02:59 AM

Again, yes they are better than many others. :thumbsup:

But of course, you can add SuperAntiSpyware or Malwarebytes + SpywareBlaster...


You may possibly be interested to see how your firewall performs in testing also:

http://www.matousec.com/projects/firewall-...nge/results.php :flowers: :trumpet:
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Posted 31 December 2008 - 09:47 AM

We could continue this debate for a long time. I believe in ESET :flowers: and nothing will change my mind. Use what you like as it's your right. If it works for you, well good for you.

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JamesFrance and Lloyd T, you'll discover while searching Google that you won't find two sites saying the same thing...

As for my ESET, look at this: http://www.mkyong.com/security/antivirus-p...t-october-2008/ :thumbsup: Posted Image

Edited by karbo1, 31 December 2008 - 02:55 PM.

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