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Old 03-19-2009, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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OK folks who know things... ;-)

My Norton Antivirus is down to its last few days before expiration. They send me a daily popup begging me for the renewal.

Do I need Norton Antivirus, or should I dump it in favor of AVG or something free like that?

Opinions, please???
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Old 03-19-2009, 08:26 PM
 
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should I dump it in favor of AVG
^^ This

And be sure to get the free one, not the bloated "Internet Security" version at free.avg.com.
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Old 03-19-2009, 08:30 PM
 
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Unless it has drastically changed, Norton often causes more problems than it solves and is a real resource hog that significantly slows down your PC.

Unfortunately, as programs become more popular they often become more bloated with unnecessary stuff. So, the best free antivirus software is a moving target.

I have gone from preferring AVG to Avast and now to Avira as the plus and minus of effectiveness vs sluggishness/naggyness change.

http://www.free-av.com/
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Old 03-19-2009, 08:49 PM
 
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I had no problems with norton's new production but mu IP quite it for the new mcAfee;again no problems. I used the free AVG for awhile but got several viuses.My impression was that ABG was behid on thier anti-virus definitons, But it is free but i prefer the other my IP give fopr free.
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Old 03-20-2009, 12:22 AM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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Kasperski is an excellent anti-virus product.

Norton's used to be good, but it got too resource intensive, or as others mentioned "bloated", and it made older computers run a lot slower. I have 3 computers (2 desktops and one laptop) with Windows XP Home and Professional, and one with Red Hat Linux, which doesn't need any anti-virus programs. I bought Norton's 2008 last year and I noticed some improvement. I decided to replace Norton's with Kasperski AV, as the Norton's subscription on each of my Windows machines expire. I already installed Kasperski on one of my computers and I was really impressed with the results.
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Old 03-20-2009, 06:29 AM
 
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DO NOT renew Norton or switch to Mcafee, the risk of problems with them is high, I recommend Kaspersky or Nod32, or one of the decent free AV apps.
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Old 03-20-2009, 07:25 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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I prefer the FREE version of AVG. I've had it on several computers for many e=years and have never had a virus get through and infect a machine.
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Old 03-20-2009, 08:46 AM
 
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The 2009 version of Norton is an entirely different beast than the older ones.

I have installed Norton Internet Security 2009 on two laptops and a desktop at home and I am impressed! It doesn't bog down the computers at start up. When it scans in the background I don't even notice a change (no slow down). Updates are done without me noticing.

The spam filtering does not work with Windows Mail in Vista. Only downside I've found.

As a tech who used to warn others to stay away from Norton I have to now reverse myself and recommend it highly.
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Old 03-21-2009, 12:32 AM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Unless it has drastically changed, Norton often causes more problems than it solves and is a real resource hog that significantly slows down your PC.
Actually folks, do some searching for the newest reviews. Tek Freek is right. Look up Norton Internet Security 2009. They completely redid the program to specifically not be hard on system resources, and according to many of the reviews, they actually got it right for once.

They've always used Norton at work and on our older machines the old versions did indeed make me want to yank out my eyeballs sometimes. Crawllllllll. This time when we updated, we did a fresh install via disk to 2009, and wow - much speedier and easier to use. For the first time, I'd recommend Norton (this version only, though).

Note - if you belong to Costco, you can get the 3-PC pack for something like $50 (or less if they have a Costco coupon out). Updating online directly with Norton always costs more.
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Old 03-21-2009, 07:04 AM
 
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Actually folks, do some searching for the newest reviews. Tek Freek is right. Look up Norton Internet Security 2009. They completely redid the program to specifically not be hard on system resources, and according to many of the reviews, they actually got it right for once.

They've always used Norton at work and on our older machines the old versions did indeed make me want to yank out my eyeballs sometimes. Crawllllllll. This time when we updated, we did a fresh install via disk to 2009, and wow - much speedier and easier to use. For the first time, I'd recommend Norton (this version only, though).

Note - if you belong to Costco, you can get the 3-PC pack for something like $50 (or less if they have a Costco coupon out). Updating online directly with Norton always costs more.
Too little too late IMHO, I still will not touch it nor recommend it.
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