Software suites or individual programs

@dld999 (118)
United States
August 31, 2009 2:22am CST
For anti-virus protection, firewalls, and spyware protection, do you like to use software suites like Norton or McAfee, or do you like to use separate programs to perform each function? I have more than one computer so it's easier and cheaper for me to buy a software suite that comes with multiple licenses. But I wonder if some individual products, like a firewall, might perform better if that company specializes in firewalls rather than a software suite that tries to do it all. What do you think?
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5 responses
• India
31 Aug 09
I would prefer software security suites over using individual products. This is because if you use only one product then it will take care of all the security issues of the pc whereas if you use more than one program chances are there that the might conflict with each other.
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@rosdimy (3936)
• Malaysia
31 Aug 09
A firewall alone is never sufficient, so you are going to need at least an antivirus software. There are software which no not work well together. This can create further problems. Software suites work better because there is better integration between the two. Theoretically this can make the software suite works better. Practically there are bloated suites, using a lot of memory resources, thus slowing the system down. Currently I am using Comodo Internet Security. It has a free and pro versions. It can work together with several other antivirus program like Avast.
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@etavasi (739)
• Malaysia
31 Aug 09
Hello, long time ago i was thinking to install separate program but my computer run so slow. Then after i find out avast anti-virus nicely i just use it because my computer not slow to perform and also it got many function like firewall and more. Also for free edition i just choose home edition.
@EliteUser (3971)
• Australia
8 Sep 09
Hey, Yea we use the Kaspersky 3 user license since we have more then one computer in the house, and it doesn't cost that much too. It costs less than $80 to get your hands on it. Make sure you have a good day, Happy Lotting!!
@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
31 Aug 09
A complete all-in-one do-it-all protection is not yet available from freeware security tools. If only there is one then I would have use it. Having this suite means smooth interoperability, eliminate redundancy and managing them is easy because you only need to call one application. So for me, I'm stuck at individual program security tools.