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Old 03-21-2012, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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I am buying a new computer. I currently have Norton and have had few problems with it, other than I need to uncheck the allow 3rd party extensions to check an account activity.

I can buy a 3 year Norton for $39 with the new HP from HP directly

OR

I can use the free Norton trial on an Hp from the computer store and see what they offer me to extend it, although I doubt it will beat the $39.

OR

The next option is what the computer store is suggestingand that is ESET for $50 for a year or 4 years for $120.

I know that Norton is a HOG but I never heard of ESET.
Advice anyone? I hate DELL and McAfee so don't suggest that as an alternative, but other than that I am all ears. Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-21-2012, 06:19 PM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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If anti-malware is all your looking for - then also consider Microsoft Security Essentials - Free Antivirus for Windows

ESET's products are also fairly popular in organizations. Not as big as Symantec/McAfee/Trend, but they also tend to concentrate on a small set of products whereas the others are all over the security spectrum (for better or worse).
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Old 03-21-2012, 06:44 PM
 
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As Dell doesn't have a brand name antivirus app, how could we possible mention them?
I will second MSE, antivirus software today is too innefective to waste money on it. Proper netiquette and safe surfing habits are far more effective than any antivirus app.
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Old 03-21-2012, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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As Dell doesn't have a brand name antivirus app, how could we possible mention them?
I will second MSE, antivirus software today is too innefective to waste money on it. Proper netiquette and safe surfing habits are far more effective than any antivirus app.

Sorry, I am not a tech on computers. Is MSE a program that does it all or is it just antivirus?
The norton is Norton Internet security 2011. I really don't know what I should have or not have on the computer. I know I need antivirus, what about spam and spy ware? Or is that all the same. The Norton mentions a firewall but I don't know what that is. I am an adult nearing early retirement but admit that this stuff just it way over my head.

So if I understand you, you think the MSE is as good as either of the other 2 I mentioned. Thanks again
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Yes, MSE (which is free) is every bit as good as the paid antivirus solutions. Go with that. It's easy to setup.

Prior to discovering MSE some years back, I used and liked Eset's NOD32. Haven't used anything Norton in like 7 years...I dunno if its still the case today but back then I thought Norton was terrible; hardly any better than McAfee. Unnecessarily high memory footprint and a pain to uninstall completely. I like reliable anti-virus software that keeps a low profile.
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Old 03-22-2012, 05:48 AM
 
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Yes, MSE (which is free) is every bit as good as the paid antivirus solutions. Go with that. It's easy to setup.

Prior to discovering MSE some years back, I used and liked Eset's NOD32. Haven't used anything Norton in like 7 years...I dunno if its still the case today but back then I thought Norton was terrible; hardly any better than McAfee. Unnecessarily high memory footprint and a pain to uninstall completely. I like reliable anti-virus software that keeps a low profile.
2009 and newer Norton is a completely different product than earlier versions. It's up there with the rest. Unfortunately, the rest aren't all that high. There really is no one solution that's just the "best". Eset had it's day but it doesn't have an edge anymore.
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:57 AM
 
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MSE for sure
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Wandering.
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Another vote for MSE. I use it or Avast on all of our family and business computers, and all of the computers that I maintain for extended family (Parents, in laws, sisters family, etc).
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Old 03-22-2012, 11:33 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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MSE covers both virus protection and malware protection. It is free. It takes no effort to maintain since that is handled by Windows Updates. There are other good products and there are other good free products. MSE is good, free, and easy to use.

Basic rule I've posted here before: Never pay for antivirus software.

Last edited by mensaguy; 03-22-2012 at 11:34 AM.. Reason: added rule.
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