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#1 maxinax


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Posted 16 September 2017 - 12:30 AM

norton or mcafee - which one would you pros at bleeping choose

Edited by hamluis, 16 September 2017 - 08:46 AM.
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#2 Condobloke


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Posted 16 September 2017 - 12:39 AM

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 04:41 AM

Hey maxinax,


I just installed Windows 7 for a family member and I installed Avira Antivirus free version.


I've also installed Malwarebytes Premium trial version which will stop giving real time protection after 14 days and then reverts into the Malwarebytes on demand scanner only without the real time protection.


These two seem to work well together without any conflicts.


The best Antivirus is "Common Sense" and "Safe Web Habits". :thumbup2: 


Norton or Mcafee Antivirus have been around for a long time although I'm not a fan of either I know a lot of users who swear by both of them.


I would check out the free antivirus software as most of them offer good basic protection.


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Posted 16 September 2017 - 09:13 AM

Although Norton (Symantec) and McAfee are as good as any other well known anti-virus program, they require numerous services and running processes that consume a lot of system resources and often results in complaints of high CPU usage. Anti-virus software components insert themselves deep into the operating systems core where they install kernel mode drivers and resource heavy processes that load at boot-up. Those issues plus the cost factor are the primary reason many folks look for an alternative anti-virus. IMO, Norton and McAfee are better utilized in an Enterprise system environment protecting many client computers.

I generally recommend ESET NOD32 Anti-Virus or Emsisoft Anti-Malware if choosing a paid for program as they are effective but leave a small footprint...meaning they are not intrusive and do not utilize a lot of system resources which slow down performance. Kaspersky Anti-virus is also a good choice for the same reason. If you don't want or can't afford to pay, then I would recommend Kaspersky Free Antivirus, Sophos Home Free Antivirus, Panda Cloud Antivirus or Bitdefender Anti-virus Free Edition if you prefer not to use Windows 8/10 Defender or Microsoft Security Essentials, the free solution for Windows 7 and Vista SP1/SP2 that combines the features of an anti-virus and anti-malware scanner to provide real-time protection.

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 01:49 PM

Also an important point for you to consider is which one is the easiest for you to use.

Better a fully mastered good product than fighting to use and understand the "best rated" one. Try them, most offers a trial version, then make your choice.

Edited by Umbra, 16 September 2017 - 01:57 PM.

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