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#1 Nov 29 2010 at 7:14 PM Rating: Decent
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Hi All you computer savory people. I need an opinion. My Internet provider give me a free subscription to there internet security. I also heard AVG is one of the best out there. I turned off Norton and downloaded the free trail for AVG.

It seems it has a lot more option. scans faster. But do not know if it be worth the 54 dollars a year. Just wondering what you thought on it.
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#2 Nov 29 2010 at 9:01 PM Rating: Excellent
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Actually, if they're offering Norton, I'd take it over AVG Pro. AVG free edition is the best free antivirus, but Norton 2011 is winning in the non-free category this year in terms of preventing infections and cleaning them up.
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#3 Nov 29 2010 at 11:24 PM Rating: Default
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I would go for AVG, Norton's popularity means it's also the one most malware is designed to get around.

AVG runs faster because it takes up significantly less resources to run, something important if you're looking at software that will be constantly running in the background, like an anti-virus.

While I can't comment on Norton's features, as I havn't had an in depth look at it myself for many years now, I have used AVG many times and the free version is not lacking for features.

Norton will probably provide customer support however, which judging by your question you may need in the long run. How long is the Norton subscription for anyway? The last PC I bought retail came with only a free 2 months.

Also keep in mind that if you choose to stick with AVG, you'll need to download a special tool to remove Norton in it's entirety from your system.

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Actually, if they're offering Norton, I'd take it over AVG Pro. AVG free edition is the best free antivirus, but Norton 2011 is winning in the non-free category this year in terms of preventing infections and cleaning them up.


Source? I've known companies to claim similar things despite often being in the bottom rung of quality, and I would be suprised if this was actually true.
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Norton. I run Internet security 2011, never had a problem with norton.
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#5 Nov 30 2010 at 8:43 AM Rating: Decent
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Norton takes more resources, but it's worth it if you can spare the bit of power. I've found it unparalleled in keeping a computer safe.
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Source was PC Magazine.

Oh look, it's in a front page story now.

PC Magazine wrote:

Some users blithely bumble along without protection until they get hit by a visible malware attack. They dash out in a frenzy to buy and install a security solution, expecting a quick end to the problem. After that the emphasis changes to preventing further infestations, but a product that flubs the initial cleanup will get returned pronto.

Remember, the malware moved in first, and sometimes it actively fights installation of security software. When I ran into a problem installing Norton its built-in support notified me, then fixed itself; nice! A similar occurrence with Ad-Aware yielded to the company's boot-time rescue CD. However, rescue CDs and extra-powered cleanup tools weren't enough to get F-Secure Internet Security 2011 and PC Tools installed on all my test systems. Those two required substantial interaction with tech support, more than a consumer would have endured.

Kaspersky, F-Secure and Norton generally score high with the independent testing labs; PC Tools and Panda too. Trend Micro's performance in my own malware removal tests was unexpectedly awful, saved only by its inclusion of Trend Micro's Housecall cleanup tool. F-Secure users have a choice of automatic cleanup (which ignores lower-risk threats) or a convoluted multi-phase manual process.

In my own malware removal tests Norton took the overall top score, with PC Tools close behind. Webroot did a nice job removing keyloggers, rootkits, and scareware but didn't score quite as high overall.


My office, an IT shop, uses Norton 2011 on our "cleanup" computer. We drop in the sick computer's main drive as a secondary drive on the cleanup PC, and run a full deep scan on it to heal the infections. If Norton fails, we pronounce the drive dead and format it.

I run AVG at home, but I'm also security paranoid and avoid most infections. The biggest source of viruses in the last six months has been Facebook apps.
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#7 Dec 03 2010 at 3:09 AM Rating: Good
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If you want to go with a free antivirus, Toms recommended Antivir last year. I tried it out for a while, but the popup ads were annoying me.

I never pay too much interest to paid antivirus as I never do get a sub. My uncle had McAffee which was a resource hog on his 512MB RAM and killing his machine. I have my corporations McAffee licence installed now and don't notice much slow down, but my PC is considerably better than his. It has also been finding trojans due to the dodgy nature of things I am downloading.

If you want to check the result of Toms tests either google it or I can link it later. I believe norton actually scored rather high on it.
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#8 Dec 03 2010 at 9:56 AM Rating: Good
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Here's a nice, relevant piece of news.

AVG Update Cripples Users' Windows 7, Vista Computers
http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=20310

Seriously, buy Norton. I've never had a problem with it.
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#9 Dec 03 2010 at 9:11 PM Rating: Decent
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Honestly, I've been a Norton user and had no problem with it. I will however add that from time to time I've seen post bashing it, but with no real substance to them. AVG on the other hand, I've heard bad things about.
Take that with a grain of salt since it is just IMO, I will add tho that AVG is prolly better then nothing at all.
#10 Dec 03 2010 at 9:23 PM Rating: Good
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I used to use Norton, then there were a few builds that were incredible resource hogs. When I bought this PC it came with a McAfee trial, and I've used that since, adding a PC to my service every couple of years. The best anti-virus/malware scanner is to not click stupid links, visit stupid sites, and the like. I'd be willing to bet that I could go AV free and still be fine. Not that I'm going to take that chance, just sayin...
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#11 Dec 22 2010 at 6:19 PM Rating: Decent
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Go buy avast antivirus , and you will never go back.

I have personally found all others , aside from Kaspersky to be weak , pitiful little jokes compared to it.
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