My subscription for Norton is up. I've had different Norton products for at
least 12 years, have tried McAfee, which I didn't like. Norton appears to
be so bloated, it slows my machine down.
How's some of these free downloads like AVG?
What virus protection do you run?
I've been running Avast on 2 machines for over a year now with excellent
results. Updates automatically and blocks viruses and malware. It almost
seems to good to be true.
Seems like something always went wrong with NAV and McAfee during the annual
updates or computer crashes and their customer service was crap.
I've been pretty happy with PCTools antivirus/antispam. $35 a year for a
3-machine license. Agree about Norton/Symantec. I can actually use it
free, legally, via the corp license at work. But it is bloated, and
didn't play nice with Windows on some of my machines, so I gave up on
it. (It is also pretty much impossible to uninstall if it breaks.)
I stopped using Norton years ago when they stopped supporting the one
I was using and it took me almost 3 hours to get the old one out by hand
before the new one would load. This was 3 hours just to get out the
stuff uninstaller had left behind.
"Distracting a politician from governing
is like distracting a bear from eating your baby."
Thats good..don't mention $$$$ 'cause these programs are free. As far as
the waste of time/productivity, since I U/G this 5 y.o Dell to 1 Gig of
memory, I can run l those programs in the background while I do the regular
stuff. Previously, when I had only a single 256 of memory, you'd have been
right..there wasn't sufficient capacity.
If you want the dirt on AV, go to
Norton is a resource hog and buggers up your
system. Don't renew it. It also can not be suspended
when a new software installation requests it.
Or, when a guy like me is trying to figure out
if the AV is causing a conflict.
I remove viruses for a living. I have to tell you,
the free AV users (AVG etc.) are usually infected
and don't know it. The free antivirus products
are not worth the time to install them. I come
across them all the time, they are almost always
infected, especially the ones where the users
swear by them.
The AV I use/recommend is Kaspersky (www.kaspersky.com).
Kaspersky includes spyware/malware. The rest sell it as
an extra product. This sticks you with two scanners to
slow things down and to have revision conflicts with
each other. Kaspersky has American tech support, the
smallest foot print, backs off when you need to use
your computer and you are scanning, has the best removal
tools available against viruses that protect themselves,
Also, bear in mind, about 85% of the viruses now a days
are targeting Internet Explorer (IE) users. Get off
IE as soon as possible. Use Firefox instead:
www.firefox.com. Works a lot better than IE too.
It is free.
Did I mention Kaspersky has A-M-E-R-I-C-A-N tech support?
(They are really, really good too!)
Avast no longer appears free and trial copy I'm using will expire in a
month and I will go back to McAfee, free from Comcast. McAfee was a hog
on my 1 gig Vista OS but adding 2 more gigs solved problem.
Reason I'm in Avast mode is that a virus slipped by McAfee and
fortunately I restored machine but McAfee had to be removed so I went to
Avast which detected and removed the Trojan virus which had reverted my
system as if it were new, with no files - frightening. Also I don't use
Avast (and AVG) still have free versions, but good luck trying to find
links to them from their home pages. Seems they make a real game out of
trying to give the impression that there is no longer a free version by
obscuring where it is located on their web sites. In some cases at least
the "free trial" is not the same as the "free personal edition" which is
what you want.
Google for "Avast free download" or similar until you find a link that
takes you directly to the download page for the free version. Anything
that takes you to their home pages will be a waste of time.
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