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AntiVirus and Internet Security replacements for Norton


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#1 the_moose

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Posted 19 July 2005 - 09:35 AM

Hi. Iíve finally had enough of my Norton AV and Internet Security suite ( :thumbsup: ) and have been looking to bin it. Iíve trawled around the net a bit and come up with what I hope to replace it with, and I wondered if there were any compatibility issues anyone is aware ofÖ

Reading through a few independent reviews, it seems that the Zone Alarm Pro is a good firewall to get and for Anti Virus software I might go for BitDefender 8 Pro or AVG AntiVirus Pro. I read that although the free version of AVG is good it might not be suitable Ďcos I spend quite a bit of time connected with broadbandÖ Iíd rather pay for the additional security if it makes it more secure.

Can anyone see any problems setting these up together (the Zone Alarm with either the BitDefender or the AVG) or would it be best to go for an all in one suite (maybe the Zone Security Suite or even the McAfee one??)

Any of your thoughts would be welcome, hope someone can help before I open yet another can of worms! :flowers:

Cheers, Moose.

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Posted 19 July 2005 - 11:44 AM

Either ZA or Sygate Personal Firewall are very good; a firewall is the first line of defence, especially if you are always connected to the internet. For most circumstances and most users, AVG free is more than adequate; this is especially so if your Email provider also scans your incomming Emails. When paired with some anti-spyware applications and some sound judgement, you should feel secure.

I am by nature somewhat skeptical of "suites," and prefer separate applications that have been designed for one (and only one) particular purpose; usually suites have one very strong function but the others are mediocre in doing their job. Separate programs also allow you to tailor your system to your own needs, experiment with alternative applications, and not rely on one source for your security needs.

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Posted 19 July 2005 - 12:18 PM

Thanks for the advice John :thumbsup:

....at the moment I've got AdAware, Spybot "Search and Destroy" and Spyware Blaster, and I use CCleaner....are there any others I should maybe look at to run in conjunction with the rest or should they cover it??

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Posted 19 July 2005 - 12:31 PM

Everyone has their own favourite set of applications, and some users prefer (or need) more than others, depending on their computing experience.
For the most part, what you have seems to cover all the important areas, especially if you don't use Internet Explorer as your default browser.
Now this is just one person's opinion, so you might want to wait for more members to comment.
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Posted 20 July 2005 - 06:57 AM

Thanks for your help John, I'll wait and see if anything else appears...

Cheers, Moose.

Edited by the_moose, 20 July 2005 - 06:57 AM.


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Posted 20 July 2005 - 11:23 AM

Hi Moose

I would suggest that you get a router to use as a hardware firewall and also use a free one as mentioned earlier, to inspect outgoing packets. I like and use the AVG7 free version along with SpywareBlaster and a Linksys router but I don't use a software firewall, rather I use NetStat Live to monitor internet traffic. I never have any problems that I don't inflict on myself. :thumbsup:

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