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Need a new anti-virus and Internet protection

by lablover / February 16, 2007 9:32 AM PST

I'm running Norton Internet Security, anti virus and anti spam 2006 and it's coming up for renewal.

While it's worked fine for me I continue to hear horror stories about Norton as a whole and thought it might be worthwhile to try something else for a change.

But I have not kept up with what's available in these areas?

Can anyone offer suggestions, please? Foe Windows XP SP2.

THANKS

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Norton AV--BEWARE!!
by john satterfield / February 16, 2007 10:25 AM PST

I used the Norton/Symantec product for two years, and I religiously brought up the control panel as my first task after booting up each day to check that the application was functioning and to manually download any updates. I was never happy with the Norton product because it seemed clunky to use and could be unpredictable, and then I begin reading posts to this forum and elsewhere questioning how effective the product was.

I switched to ZoneLabs (www.zonelabs.com) ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite when my subscription came up for renewal, and the first ZoneAlarm scan revealed 17 viruses and one piece of spyware that Norton had failed to detect. More important, my HP LaserJet 2550L had stopped working before I acquired ZoneAlarm, and since all of the HP-recommended troubleshooting I had tried had failed, I had resigned myself to paying for service. After the first ZoneAlarm scan, the printer was completely resurrected--apparently some of the malware that Norton had failed to protect me from had targeted my printer.

Do yourself a favor and buy ZoneAlarm--the Norton product is not only a waste of money, but it is dangerous because you think you are getting protection that is really not there. I'm not alone in my recommendation of ZoneAlarm; it was one of the top two recommended anti-virus products in the September, 2006, edition of Consumer Reports and it has won a bushel of awards from top industry trade publications.
Rgds/John

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Personally, I'm Using....
by tobeach / February 16, 2007 3:59 PM PST

AVG 7.5 Free AV (Avast is ok too), AVG Anti-Spy 7.5 (formerly Ewido) (free trial), Adaware SE 1.06, Spybot S&D 1.4,C(rap)Cleaner SLIM (!) . All free & all play nicely with each other with no squabbles!

Not free but important: A D-Link Wired router Dl-604 (several other brands also in inexpensive range <$50 include Syslink(preferred), Netgear & others). This will leave your firewall(you should have: perhaps Zone Alarm Free Firewall) with little to do.

Also recommend NOT using IE. Better to use Mozilla Firefox w/SunMicro's Java(or other non IE based browser) except for MS Updates.

I also have available (already downloaded & saved to machine & 1 copy of each off machine( on USB storage drive)) various tools: Stinger, Hijack This(saved several reports when clean for reference/comparison if I get trouble), AVG Anti-Spy (formerly Ewido) (free trial), Trojan Hunter,Cool Web Shredder(CWS) & many repair tools like IE Fix, LSP Fix, Deleted file recover tool, etc.

Also commendable & free are tools Like SpywareBlaster & SpywareGuard by Javacool. Links for everything named above are in C-Net's files accessed via (advanced)Search usually along with instructions how to set up/use them.

At some point: How much is too much? Only 100% safe bet is to cut plug from the cord! Enjoy!!! Grin

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Norton 2007 or?
by JonathanCase / February 16, 2007 4:02 PM PST

Some people swear by Norton, others at it. I uninstalled mine (and if you choose to, use the removal tool available at the Symantec site to finish off the uninstall.) But overall, if you like it, and are happy using it, and (most crucially) it behaves (plays well with) your other programs, you might elect to keep it. All AV's (and antispywares) will sometimes pick up stuff the others have missed. Ones I've used are Norton, AVG, Avira, WinClam, Avast, and DrWeb Cureit. Currently using Avast. It's free, and offers pretty good protection, IMO. See no reason to change. In the pay-for-it playing field, NOD32 and Kaspersky get consistently good reviews, though I've never tried them. NOD particularly, has a reputation for excellent protection without slowing down the system.
If you get stand alone applications, rather than a suite, I've found that a combo of Avast, Comodo Firewall, and SpywareTerminator plus a couple of immunisers and monitors has kept me malware free for a year+. All free.

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AVG Free no longer Free
by sibermike7 / February 16, 2007 5:12 PM PST

Am I missing something here? My AVG Free has been warning me for about a month that it was going to stop being free, but nobody has mentioned that. I switched to Zone Alarm. I figured that if I was going to pay, I wasn't going to pay for AVG. It is good, but not the best, IMO. I have read recent reviews on other sites and AVG had been close to the top, but hasn't been the best. Maybe I'm just being petty, but I don't like having to pay for AVG.
Mike

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AVG is free
by Donna Buenaventura / February 16, 2007 5:25 PM PST
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Still Free
by Damispyderbyte / February 19, 2007 2:00 AM PST
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