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Free versus paid spyware, virus, & security software

I am in the process of updating my securtity software and considering buying Norton 360.

I have seen alot of posts and blogs on cnet that recommend different free and paid software and I am wondering if it's better to cobble together a bunch of free software or just shell out the bucks for Norton (which claims to do it all, I think). This would primarily be for a home use but I do use my laptop for telecommuting to work periodically.

Any suggestions?


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Free vs Paid

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I use free security software on my laptop. If Your money is tight then I would recommend that you use free security programs. Also, I do not like to depend on one program to 'do it all'. I think that you are just as secure with free security software as you are with the paid.

I think that you can get a 60 day free trial of Norton 360 that you can try to see if you still want to get it.

Out of the free ware I have used (and using):

Anti-virus: AVG free 8.5 (my current one), Avast, and Avira. You can have only one on your PC at any one time.

Anti-spy: Spy-bot, Superantispyware, Malwarebytes', and spywareblaster ( A preventive program not a scanner like the others).

Firewall: Comodo (My current one), and Zone alarm. You can only have one firewall on at a time.

Out of the paid I have used:

Mcafee and Norton 'all-in-one-box'; The last time I have use them was about eight years ago.


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Free vs. paid

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Thanks for the information on the free securtity softward, I may in fact go that route. Has anyone else had any positive or negative experiences with Norton?

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I'm Biased Against It But If...

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you enter Norton + problems into advanced search above, I'd be surprised at less than 500 posts asking for help cause of it. JMHO. Your mileage may vary depending on how monstrous your machine specs are. LOL! Happy

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I had Norton Internet Security 2009

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It's fast, it's light to use. The installation took less than a minute and has good improvement over earlier editions.

If you want suite instead of free and standalone, you might want to try that Norton but we warn that there's Ask.com search in the installer that cannot be removed by disable only. Or you can try:

ESET Smart Security
Avira Premium Security

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