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Time to renew my Symantec NIS, or Not?

Postby dpnaugle » Sat Jan 31, 2009 8:21 am

Hi All,

I have used Norton Internet Security in various past versions for the last 6-7 years with no complaints. However this year, it seems to be much more of a resource hog then it ever was before. Specifically, boot up times are way up.

I have never had a virus or spyware problem with NIS, so that definatley makes changing tough. Having never used anything else I don't know what else there is, and it is just about time to renew.


What are peoples thoughts on NIS verses McAfee and others.

Are there good free antivirus out there? Who?

Would a simple quality antivirus + Spybot S&D, and CCleaner be

sufficient protection tools in place of NIS.

Thanks
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Postby Spark » Sat Feb 07, 2009 4:48 am

Everybody has their own idea on what works best for them.

I for one found that a good anti virus, a few good anti spy-ware/anti malware utilities and a good firewall will do the job. Oh! they can all be free.

Using them will not guarantee that the PC will be completely save but along with reasonable good user habits should keep one pretty safe.

I pay for zip and have not had any pc issue since I switched.
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Postby Karlsweldt » Sat Feb 07, 2009 5:40 pm

Check out AVG.. www.avg.com/homepage-app for one of the best combo programs. Anti-virus, Firewall, Email filter, Anti-Rootkit, Link Scanner and more. Has less 'overhead' than other brands. And may be less expensive than McAfee or Norton!
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Postby dpnaugle » Thu Feb 12, 2009 3:18 pm

I will check out AVG. Any thoughts on BitDefender?
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Postby pbailey » Thu Feb 12, 2009 4:19 pm

I would go AVG all the way and set it up auto update and scan on a every night basis.

Also a really great spy ware protection is PC tools spy ware Dr.

To get a version that will scan and let you clean is only through Google pack.

You will need to uncheck everything other than the spy ware program and then install.

http://pack.google.com/intl/en/pack_installer.html

I have been using this setup for over 3 years virus free!
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Postby mr newbie » Sun Feb 15, 2009 8:02 am

I've been using AVG for years without issue. In the latest version I run with the Linkscanner disabled though.......
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Postby pbailey » Sun Feb 15, 2009 8:09 am

Yes I agree on that link scanner being disabled.

If you are searching the web for a intel driver and think mrduds.com is the place for it, then you may need it!
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Postby Comp_parter » Sat Mar 07, 2009 6:20 am

My 2 pennies.

I have used Avast Antivirus for the past two years and have not had any infections.

I also use spybot and malwarebytes anti-malware.

There are a lot of good quality tools out there that are free. :wink:
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