Posted 09 July 2009 - 07:12 AM
Thanks for your replies and you both have valid points. My main concern really is wasting $80 for a piece of software that says it does something it really doesn't do. I see alot of posts on the Malware boards where people have decent antivirus packages and they are still getting hit for whatever reason.
Take Symantec's advertisement for Norton 360 for example:
"Norton 360™ Version 3.0 offers proven performance, delivering today’s fastest and lightest all-in-one solution for protecting your PC and all your online activities. It protects against viruses, worms, hackers, and botnets, safeguards against online identity theft, protects important files, and keeps your PC tuned and running at peak performance. Completely automated and easy to use, Norton 360 works quietly in the background, with virtually no impact on PC performance, to provide comprehensive protection for everything computer users care about. By offering an unmatched combination of performance and protection, it helps you get the most out of your PC and your online experience."
I feel that this is false advertising, as it gives me the impression that their product covers everything under the sun. Given; I made the mistake of expecting the software to save me from myself, the protection this software has provided has been startlingly inadequate. What they don't tell anyone is that these products don't handle most types of malware very well and that it has problems catching variants of malware that it specifically says it protects against.
I guess the learning curve for me has been the realization that while AV products serve a purpose, they don't provide all inclusive protection as they say. If you plan on doing anything other than casual surfing on your PC, it's wise to have products specifically targeted for different types of spyware/malware. Even then, you may still run into issues.
It's just too bad that most people only find this site after they've been impacted by malware. Anyway thanks again for your input to my post.