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    Feb 10, 2012 11:10 PM GMT
    I took my laptop in to a small independent repair shop for a new hard disk drive install. The guy that runs the place laughed pretty hard when he found out I use Norton Antivirus 2012. He tried to sell me Kerpasky for another $40. Honestly, I've never had a problem with Norton, and it's provided free with my internet service. I researched online, and Norton looks prettty decent. What do you guys use?icon_confused.gif
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    Feb 10, 2012 11:21 PM GMT
    The guy needs to keep up with the times.

    Norton has been a joke in the past. Really really horrible. But in 2011 and onward, they whipped their product into shape. It's pretty much the best there is now.

    I will still never give them my business because of all the grief they gave me and the computer world in general in the past. But you can shrug off the smug ass at the repair shop.
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    Feb 10, 2012 11:33 PM GMT
    I use Avast. It's free. You can also buy a pro version or an internet security version, although the free version is effective at blocking viruses and spyware.
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    Feb 11, 2012 1:22 AM GMT
    I have used Norton faithfully for about 12 years now. Not one virus and no meltdowns. Amount of times Norton's stopped a virus dead, about 10 times. Either from pulling me away from a website or stopping me from doing something stupid. Norton's 360 also includes an account manager that verifies the site first. One password to sign in and Norton's signs you into the rest. Times Norton's site stopped me from signing into a false site, one. Amount saved from being robbed, over 10,000. Sounds like you have the anti virus only though. That makes as much sense as a trip to the bathhouse with only half a condom. Whoever you choose, you need the firewall as well.
  • omatix

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    Feb 11, 2012 1:27 AM GMT
    Five minutes before you walked in, he'd probably laughed the same laugh at the guy who was using Kaspersky while he sold *him* Norton 2012.

    Salespeople who laugh at you deserve a punch in the groin.
  • mynyun

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    Feb 11, 2012 1:33 AM GMT
    I'm not a big fan of Norton, but to each his own. I once downloaded Kaspersky and then later on tried to remove it and it was really difficult.
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    Feb 11, 2012 1:54 AM GMT
    I've used Norton for several years, and I'm happy with it.

    I've also used Avast and AVG (both free) at home. I have McAfee at work (I think). All have their good and bad points.

    To be honest, the BEST antivirus software is YOU. Always be mindful when going onto websites and downloading files, including email attachments (even from friends or coworkers).
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    Feb 11, 2012 1:57 AM GMT
    happytomd saidI have used Norton faithfully for about 12 years now. Not one virus and no meltdowns.


    That just means you don't download enough porn.
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    Feb 11, 2012 3:16 AM GMT
    Avast... Its free and i've never had a problem.
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    Feb 11, 2012 4:23 AM GMT
    We use Kaspersky at work. It seems more intrusive than Norton. But at home, I use MS Security Essentials and common sense. No issues so far. When browsing questionable sites, I have the NoScript and AdBlock extensions for Firefox.

    But really, there's no perfect anti-virus. Kaspersky will detect some while Norton will miss them, and vice versa. Like I said, common sense goes a long way. Safe browsing!
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    Feb 11, 2012 8:00 AM GMT
    I've used Norton for years and never had a problem, but I'm careful about what sites I visit and what I download. I use Norton 360 now. It's easy to use and has all of the protection I need in one package.

    The ratings for antivirus software that I've seen change every year. No software is perfect. I think that as long as you use one of the consistently good companies and take reasonable precautions against downloading malware, you should be fine.
  • RHUK

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    Feb 11, 2012 1:32 PM GMT
    Saw thread name, thought...

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    Feb 11, 2012 4:59 PM GMT
    most people who have used Norton have used it because it came preloaded on their computer. Same with McAfee, the two most notorious AV softwares.

    The problem wasn't that it didn't protect against viruses. The problems were that it broke everything else on the computer, was bloated and slow, and that it was extremely difficult to uninstall (much like a virus).

    I haven't heard that McAfee is any better than it has been, but Norton has apparently turned over a new leaf.
  • NerdLifter

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    Feb 11, 2012 5:00 PM GMT
    Maybe I should start charging; I perform computer hardware repair and construction for people for free icon_confused.gif
  • a303guy

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    Feb 11, 2012 5:11 PM GMT
    SkinnyBitch saidmost people who have used Norton have used it because it came preloaded on their computer. Same with McAfee, the two most notorious AV softwares.

    The problem wasn't that it didn't protect against viruses. The problems were that it broke everything else on the computer, was bloated and slow, and that it was extremely difficult to uninstall (much like a virus).

    I haven't heard that McAfee is any better than it has been, but Norton has apparently turned over a new leaf.


    Agreed on this - i was a Norton-hater, until the most recent versions. I'm using Norton 360 on my home PC, and Norton corporate (Symantec Endpoint Protection) on my company server and PCs/Notebooks, without a hitch. The gripe I always had with earlier Norton versions was that the user interface was written in 'geek' - and i had no idea how in the hell to manage it. The current interfaces are very clear, and I think that's why it works better - simply because you have a clue on what your doing / not doing with it.
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    Feb 11, 2012 5:24 PM GMT
    Huge fan of Norton 360. While I was selling my house, I upgraded my agent's machines to Norton as well.

    She can't write offers without her machine and agents are sometimes a virus/trojan bug fest.
  • NerdLifter

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    Feb 11, 2012 5:27 PM GMT
    RobertF64 saidHuge fan of Norton 360. While I was selling my house, I upgraded my agent's machines to Norton as well.

    She can't write offers without her machine and agents are sometimes a virus/trojan bug fest.

    It does amaze me how people don't use common sense and manage to open every obvious trojan and virus infested email attachment/executable.

    Most, not all, but most infections can be avoided by using a little bit of common sense while on the internet.

    Be sure to play safe while surfing the interwebz my friends.
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    Feb 11, 2012 5:31 PM GMT
    Studinprogress saidMaybe I should start charging; I perform computer hardware repair and construction for people for free icon_confused.gif


    Me too. I try to not tell people that I'm good with computer now, because they think of you as a resource once they find that out.
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    Feb 11, 2012 11:06 PM GMT
    He's prob reffering to the news story a week or so ago that someone had stolen the Norton source code but Norton made it clear they mostly stole old code that's no longer in use.
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    Feb 11, 2012 11:19 PM GMT
    adam228 saidHe's prob reffering to the news story a week or so ago that someone had stolen the Norton source code but Norton made it clear they mostly stole old code that's no longer in use.
    Source code is not useful until hackers study it and find vulnerabilities that haven't been fixed already.

    I have to convince my friends that worthwhile antivirus is never a one-time purchase. If you read the back story behind reverse-engineering the Stuxnet worm, Norton, Kaspersky, et al, rely on software engineers located around the globe.

    Worth the $75 a year to cover three machines for Norton 360. Plus, you get cloud data storage with some packages.
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    Feb 12, 2012 2:18 AM GMT
    Maximum PC magazine rated the latest Norton Antivirus a 9 and gave it a Kick-Ass award.
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    Feb 12, 2012 2:34 AM GMT
    Thanks you guys. I'm sure Norton is better than most. I know no antivirus is 100%, but I was glad to get some validation from you all. icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 12, 2012 2:40 AM GMT
    we used to avoid Norton like the plague because it was a massive resource hog. Good to hear they've improved!

    AVG Free is pretty decent, and I also use MS Forefront Endpoint. been pretty good so far.
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    Feb 12, 2012 3:42 AM GMT
    Microsoft Security Essentials. Got viruses all the time with the PAID version of AVG. Even got some with Kaspersky. Microsoft Security Essentials is free and I think is by far better than anything you pay for. Not one spot of trouble with MSE for almost 2 years. (and that includes going to adult sites)
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    Feb 14, 2012 3:03 AM GMT
    I've been using Norton 360 for the past 5 years and haven't had issues. It has saved me from viruses quite a few times. I use this machine to browse porn sites or other dark corners of the web.

    My system doesn't seem to slow down from it but it is probably because I have 16 GB of RAM and Quad Core i7.

    Norton can be quite expensive but if you wait around boxing week, it's usually massively discounted at Best Buy.