ANti virus..really?

India
July 28, 2007 8:57am CST
Companies have stopped manufacturing anti virus prgrammes as stand alone softwares. NOw they have security suites-of whihc the latest and supposedly the best is the norton securtiy suite 2007. and it's the fastest suite among all the security suites of all time! cool isnt it?..
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@santuccie (3382)
• United States
29 Jul 07
Norton is not the best. It's one of the oldest, best known, and consequently, the most widely used. This is actually a disadvantage for the users. Whether directly or indirectly resultant of this success, Symantec has become complacent. They are one of the very slowest vendors to release a signature update, leaving their customers wide open to attack for 3 to 4 days after an outbreak has already reached its peak. To make matters much worse, the most widely used antivirus also tends to be the first one that malware developers will test their new samples against, to make sure they get past it. :( Another ongoing issue with Norton is its unreasonable consumption of resources. Only a machine as new as the latest release of Norton itself can handle it. Symantec doesn't seem to grasp this concept. Not everyone has the money to buy a new computer or upgrade every time a new version of Norton comes out. And then if you wish to uninstall Norton, you may run into a conflict of interest. Symantec doesn't want you to switch, and their products are the hardest to uninstall. Sometimes not even the Norton Removal Tool will work, and you could wind up having to manually remove files, registry keys, and scheduled tasks. The only "removal" technique I've never seen fail is to overwrite Norton with a newer version of Norton. :( McAfee is the second-most widely used security product, but they seem to care a good deal more than Symantec. Even for users of free McAfee products, live chatting is available 24/7 in case you have a problem. I have contacted them on three separate occasions, and all three times someone has been there to chat with me. McAfee isn't the lightest on resources, but it won't drive your system straight into the ground like Norton will. And if you want to remove it, you won't have to fight with it in order to do so. McAfee proved their concern for security in my eyes when they added network-level IDS to all their firewalls after the botnet worm outbreak last fall. They were one of the first vendors to say SPI wouldn't cut it anymore; we need inline protocol filters to catch exploits before they hijack our machines, not after. McAfee is not the best in terms of signature detection, but it's definitely not the worst in terms of proactive blocking. And it's even better if you can get a full McAfee suite for free. AOL is making this possible. All you have to do is sign up for a free e-mail account with AOL, and McAfee SecurityCenter is all yours. It includes antivirus, antispyware, and PC firewall. It also has the IDS, script scanning, IP tracing, and much more! Get it here: http://safety.aol.com/isc/index.adp? Hope this helps!
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• India
29 Jul 07
same prob happened to me when i tried to remove nortin, wonder why they do that though, it's a really stinking little trick
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@santuccie (3382)
• United States
29 Jul 07
Yes, it certainly is. I couldn't say why. One might be able to argue that it has to do with the fact that Norton hooks so deep into the core that problems arise. But then, it's been this way for years, and they still haven't figured it out? They also have the NRT, which is interesting, and also interesting that installing the latest version works every time (of course, you're not really uninstalling). I wouldn't expect them to admit to it, but I strongly suspect foul play, and I'm not alone.
@badpenny (741)
• Seagoville, Texas
29 Jul 07
I lost faith with both. They are both difficult to uninstall from your system, and I have had to eradicate viruses they both missed from my system on separate occasions. This is why I started using Comodo when my subscription to McAfee expired. I haven't had any problems since
@vivienna (583)
• Venezuela
28 Jul 07
Yes, and one of the more expensive, too. I use to read Cnet and PCMag reviews and I see that my FREE AVG suite from grisoft, often beats the commercially sold antivirus software. If you are a private user and want to try, you'll get a licensed version and daily security updates for AntiVirus, AntiSpyware and AntiRootkit. I installed it years ago, updated always and live totally protected. http://free.grisoft.com
• India
29 Jul 07
hey is it really that good man? i had used it once, but didnt think it did anything.mainly because my norton used to continously show u hav been attacked banners every now and then, while AVG was silent
• India
28 Jul 07
yes now-a-days we find most of the anti-viruses security suite i was using norton anti-virus a year before my subscription ended and then after my computer was attacked by numerous viruses and anti-spyware what a luck ehhh..... so i asked some of them and now use Zone-Alarm internet security suite it's for advanced user as it alerts even for suspicion any nice question........
• India
29 Jul 07
i really doubt whether norton does this thing so that it can get back it's customers. even me when i had discontinued my norton subscripion i was at the recieving end of a lot of attacks. but it didnt happen to my other computer which was used in the same ome but running on an old version of pc-cillin
@badpenny (741)
• Seagoville, Texas
28 Jul 07
I use Comodo. It 's 100% Free, and what I like a bout it is that the system is comprised of several stand alone products, so that I can use only what I need. For instance, I use a dial up connection, so a firewall is really unnecessary for me. To be honest, i have had problems with both McAfee and Norton in the past. They don't always protect your system. If I ever go back to a paid Anti Virus system, it will probably be Kaspersky Labs.
• India
29 Jul 07
Yea, i heard kapersky lab has a really great anti-virus system, but the thing is their updates r rather slow sometime,