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Old 02-04-2008, 07:40 PM
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Norton is the worst choice you can make for A/V and security software, it has become a bloated, performance robbing, computer crashing mess, Mcafee isn't far behind. You've been given good advice on the better options.
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Old 02-04-2008, 08:11 PM
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Originally Posted by agreatlife View Post
Thanks to all of you. I am so fed up with the perfomance problems caused by Norton, that I want to switch. I don't care if the software costs money, but I just want to stop the performance issues.

So Kaspersky? Do I need anything else? I only use my computer for email and internet, I'm not networked, but I am wireless (security enabled router)

FYI - I have XP, and use Firefox.
I liked Kaspersky, NOD, and Avast. I have heard good things about AVG as well but I have stuck with AVAST and installed their professional edition.

It is free and after the 30 day trial you have to fill out a registration which will then release a product key at no charge.

Regardless of which AV proggie someone chooses, I would also suggest on occasion running an online scan. Reason being, each brand of AV software uses its own heuristics to scan your computer and it is never a good idea to rely solely on a single piece of software when you have available the means to double check it.

Safe surfin
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Old 02-05-2008, 12:03 PM
Location: Georgia, on the Florida line, right above Tallahassee
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Kapersky rocks. They do hourly updates. AVG doesn't. (BTW I use AVG, but have tried Kapersky...and if I had to pay for either one...go for Kapersky...)
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Old 02-09-2008, 12:48 PM
Location: Raleigh
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You can also go to majorgeeks.com for AV/S software. I have Symantic AV that was a special edition for one of the local universities. I get free updated for life!
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Old 02-09-2008, 02:39 PM
Location: Seattle, WA
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Avast all the way.

If you have multiple PCs, and want a good all-in-one, check out Windows Live OneCare.

Yeah yeah, Microsoft = root of all that is evil.

But, take a look, give it a shot. I use it because I have 2 comps, and I can make sure my mom's is working properly, so I don't get a stupid phonecall at 11pm saying, "I think I have a virus!"
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Old 02-09-2008, 04:04 PM
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Got rid of norton anti-virus and utility completely,now faster never a problen,Use AVG free edition and free blocker panicware.Excellent
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Old 02-09-2008, 05:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Topo View Post
Hi, I downloaded AVG last night and when it was getting ready to install it gave me a security warning that was kind of intimidating so I cancelled it at the last minute. It said if user content was unknown do not download, such thing.......I think.

HELP, are u guys really sure this is safe? I just got a new computer and do not want it messed up already!
This is a scare tactic used by Microsoft. MS wants software developers to pay them big buck to "certify" their software is safe to run on XP. If they don't pay MS gives this warning to scare users into not installing. MS has to be the greediest bunch on the planet, second only to the oil companies.

Download from here and you know you've got the real deal.

AVG Free Advisor - Free antivirus and anti-spyware downloads

I have this loaded on a lot of client computers and it catches everything thrown at it. Older versions used to get false positives, but I haven't seen a single one in the new version. Highly recommended.
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Old 02-09-2008, 05:41 PM
Location: Bordeaux, France
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kaspersky or nod32
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Old 02-12-2008, 09:05 PM
Location: Hillsborough, NJ
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BitDefender or Kaspersky.

Kaspersky is an excellent program and not really geared toward the novice user.

BitDefender is just as good and very easy to configure. Plus you can find a 2 yr license for 3 pc's for about $50 shipped
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Old 02-20-2008, 09:55 AM
Location: St. Augustine FL
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I want to thank you all for your help. My Norton expired and they auto-renewed much to my dismay, so I uninstalled it, and loaded AVG. Now my computer is fast, and I've had no problems. Norton did agree to credit my bank card, so all is well.
Thanks again!
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