What are your preferences in relation computer security software and why? (antivirus (norton kind of stuff)?

Just wandering what kind of antivirus, computer security software to get.. My Norton security is going to expire soon, and i would like to hear your thoughts.. please say why you prefer them..

3 replies
  1. rktiger says:

    Norton is absolutely pathetic. AVG works wonders, I have never had a problem with computer crashes due to viruses since having AVG, and I’ve had it for 3 years now.

  2. jar23d says:

    avg anti-virus is the best i have found. Been using avg for 2 years now and never had a virus(knock on wood). I think avg actually uses up less computer resources than avast but both are good anti virus software. Way better than awfull Nortan

  3. cyber_toltec_cat says:

    Stay away from AVG ( In my long time at helping others, I have found it more defective than helpful ), it may be free but it has hiccups like too many false positives (good programs treated as virus).

    Two errors even made the news recently on CNET, the first time it said that Zone Alarm (a firewall) was a virus and the second time, it advised to remove a key component of Windows causing those who did to lose their Windows system (they had to issue apologies publicly for this one).

    Instead go with COMODO Internet Security found at this link: http://www.personalfirewall.comodo.com/ , on the page, take the one on the left (the free version), I have been using it for a while now and I have no complaints.

    Over at Matousec (a security testing site), COMODO Internet Security (Antivirus/Firewall) came out in second place (but was first if you only consider the free ones): http://www.matousec.com/projects/firewall-challenge/results.php

    Do not use more than one Antivirus on active mode (it is OK to have one active and others in passive (manual scan) mode), one Firewall (no options there as war between them will shut down your communication system if you have more than one), one good cleaner and two or three Anti spyware/Malware (they each detect something that the others have not seen) but have at least one of each (for security). There is no excuse to leave yourself wide open.

    Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware Free version ( http://www.download.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html?part=dl-10804572&subj=dl&tag=button ) is a good choice and has gotten many people out of jams. Spybot is also a good choice if you use it regularly.

    So to round out the selection with a cleaner, I suggest a free cleaner called Glary Utilities ( http://www.glaryutilities.com/gu.html ) to remove junk files or remnants of installs (there is always some).

    ( A word of caution, with programs this powerful, be sure to read all instructions and help files completely so that you can apply fixes right the first time ! )

    So here we have it, I hope this will help guide you to a better protected machine


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