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Andy Leung Mar 28, 2008, 11:21pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I have been using norton internet security for a long time and my subscription is about to be due now. I find norton is good, so far for 2 years my computer had never been under any virus or worm attack (fingers cross). However, I do found that will norton, my computer slow down a lot.

I found some positive review on other two internet security program: KASPERSKY and McAfee.

Can someone recommend a better one for me please? thanks in advance.



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Gerritt Mar 28, 2008, 11:58pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: INTERNET SECURITY question: KASPERSKY vs Norton vs McAfee
Andy,
To ME it seems a personal choice. On systems that are under my indirect control, I still recommend Norton Internet Security or the McAffe or Trend Micro equivelents.
I've also used Microsoft Live OneCare and ESETs NOD32.
Overall impact on performace vs. reliability, my preference is NOD32 for XP64. The others not being Vista 64 certified, I've gone with MS LOC, but I can watch the systems running that each and every day.
Some of the security suites out there, like Norton, do drag down system performance, but catch most of the stuff that can happen, but this is at a cost.
Any good anti-virus, along with Adaware or Spybot Search and Destroy, run on a regular basis can actually meet or exceed the capabilities of some of the more expensive packages.
Today, with botnets and other malicious code running around, you can't skimp on a firewall, anti-virus and call home type software, but you will still be suseptible even if you have these products installed if you select to allow this information to flow into and out of your system. Education as well as software is needed.

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john albrich Mar 29, 2008, 12:20am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: INTERNET SECURITY question: KASPERSKY vs Norton vs McAfee
Andy Leung said:
...I found some positive review on other two internet security program: KASPERSKY and McAfee....


I definitely recommend NOT using McAfee under any circumstances. Experience over the years (personal and supporting others) is McAfee support is inadequate, updates are problematic, and compatibility issues never seem to go away. Problems eradicating all vestiges when you want to get rid of it, too.

Supreet Virdi Mar 29, 2008, 06:31am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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A_Pickle Mar 29, 2008, 08:16am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: INTERNET SECURITY question: KASPERSKY vs Norton vs McAfee
I've found that Norton and McAfee are... among the worst of the bunch. Go with free AVG, Avast, Kaspersky, Nod32, or Windows Live OneCare before you touch Norton...

Meats_Of_Evil Mar 29, 2008, 06:13pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: INTERNET SECURITY question: KASPERSKY vs Norton vs McAfee
I use the free version of Zone Alarm Firewall and nothing has ever breached unless of course I gave it permission. And for the anti-virus I use AVG free edition which updates the definition files almost every day, giving you protection comparable to the pay for subscription Anti-virus and add an scanning engine which is on by default and shields you from active viruses. You can also download Avg anti-spyware free, I've found it to be an ok anti-spyware.

If you still wanna pay I guess that the best Anti-virus would have to be Nod32 as it doesn't degrade the performance of your Pc like norton does and has an incredible scanning engine and real and unmatched real time protection. Follow up will have to be McAfee.

Links:
Zone Alarm free edition: http://tinyurl.com/296pwe
Avg anti-virus free: http://free.grisoft.com/
AVG anti-spyware: http://free.grisoft.com/

Nod 32: http://www.eset.com/
Mc Afee: http://www.mcafee.com/us/

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edward feliciano Mar 29, 2008, 07:06pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: INTERNET SECURITY question: KASPERSKY vs Norton vs McAfee
i used kaspersky on my pc..its good compared to norton..kaspersky is giving updates every hour. kaspersky does not consume more resources than norton do ..




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Gerritt Mar 31, 2008, 09:37pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: INTERNET SECURITY question: KASPERSKY vs Norton vs McAfee
Andy,
As you can see, theres fanboys (gals), for just about all of them.
My personal favorite for XP64 is ESET NOD32, but very few individuals use it.
In my personal experience Panda has failed on a couple of occasions, but previous posters have not had any issues with it. Kaspersky, while good, can miss on it's lack of good heuristics, as can others.
McKafee, and TrendMicro are big in large enterprises, that also utilize AV/AM front ends, so I'd have to agree that they may not be the best for a single user. Norton/Symantec is an absolute resource hog, but you can bring that down through the tuning of the applications (many processes running), but it is still good for a SOHO, where you have a small number of systems in your network.
ANYTHING is better than NOTHING! So load up the cheapest thing you can find vs. nothing. Just keep in mind that if it is FREE, how does the provider actually respond to new threats and algorithms quickly without charging?
I'll be flammed for this, but my Vista system is running One Live Care antivirus/fw...but it's behind a corporate level FW, and the systems used by my children and spouse are running NIS2008. I don't care if it's slow, it's good enough for them, and updates almost every day, without my input.

Gerritt

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slyinith Mar 31, 2008, 11:50pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: INTERNET SECURITY question: KASPERSKY vs Norton vs McAfee
If you want a good Anti-Virus / Anti-Spyware / Firewall Suite, Zonealarm PRO is always good (especially the firewall). But if you are just looking for just a good AV, in my opinion, AVG would be the way to go. First of all, it's free, unless you want to pay for a few more features. Also, AVG (including the free version) allows a choice between doing a full-blown, all-out, memory-hogging scan or a background one which will allow you to use your computer at nearly 75% its origional power (of couse, it will take ALOT longer). Also (included in the free version) it acts as sort of a monitor for bad objects that enter your computer (like saved webpages). It will pop up alerts if something suspicious enters your computer when you visit a webpage and prompts you to heal.
The only downside of AVG is teh crappy GUI. It looks "Windows 98"-ish, but really it makes up for it in other areas.
I've heard Avast is very good too, though I have not used it much.
You shouldn't go with giants (well, AVG is a giant, but its a small giant) because normally thier software is cumbersome and VERY conflicting with other programs of teh same type.

If you want a bunch of freebies that will help your computer out alot, the check out these:

Anti Virus:
-AVG Free Edition
-Avast Home Edition
-Avira PersonalEdition Classic

Anti Spyware / Adware:
-Ad Aware SE
-Spybot S&D

Firewall:
-ZoneAlarm Free (the only one worth while)

Utilities:
-Spyware Blaster - Ever heard "prevention is better than cure"? This useful utility bases it's entire software after that philosophy.
-Spyware Guard - Browser hijacker prevention
-EULA Analyzer - Scans End User License Agreements for hidden threats so you dont have to
-HijackThis - EVERYONE should have this. One of THE most failsafe utilities out there. Do a 15 second scan when you think you have a problem, save a logfile, post on a forum, and get help
-GiPo Move-On-Boot - Have a file you can't get rid of? Tried everything? Use this.
-AutoRuns - A improved msconfig, and allows you to save a file. Will prove useful when infected.
-ZonedOut - This free tool used with IESPYAD (google it) adds thousands of bad webpages to your restriced sites list. Don't want to mess with the Hosts file? Use this.



Hope this helps!!
See waht you cna learn from a 13 year old!! lol



*recon415 out.


Gerritt Apr 01, 2008, 09:12pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: INTERNET SECURITY question: KASPERSKY vs Norton vs McAfee
Recon415,
The problem I had with ZoneAlarm, and this is old information (you were 7 or 8 the last time I used it :)), is that it does not check outbound connections. This is to say that if you get a malicious link in email, or actually succumb to a trojan and load a bot agent, ZoneAlarm will not block the outbound traffic, thus leaving you more open to being botted or releasing personal information. I believe that I had mentioned ESeTs NOD32 in a earlier post about AV software. It has low memory and CPU overhead, and is reasonably priced, and is very effective.

One of the reasons for McAffee/Norton et al, having a higher footprint is that they are attempting to accomplish several fuctions through a single application (though this is debatable if you look at the riduculous number of processes run by either), that are otherwise only avialable through the use of several individual freeware, or inexpensive applications, each of which requires it's own front-end. Additionally, it can be argued that the CPU overhead is due to the "deeper" analysis given files and packets.

All in all, some sort of AV,AM,and FW are necessary on any internet connected computer, so the freeware is better than noware. The bundled packages reduce the requirement for due dilligence in protecting yourself, though they do not do away with it all together. An allegory that I like to use is backing up your computer. Most OSs have some reasonable way of backing up your data, but require a lot more effort on your part to keep them up to date, and viable for a restore. Several rather pricey replacements permit better media selection, catalogging, and generational backups with less user intervention, but may not be necessary for all users, on all computers. I think the same applies to computer security.

Gerritt

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john albrich Apr 02, 2008, 02:00am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: INTERNET SECURITY question: KASPERSKY vs Norton vs McAfee
Here are some other helpful resources:

First 9 entries at:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best_46_free_utilities.htm

http://www.av-comparatives.org/


Sammey Apr 10, 2008, 02:18pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: INTERNET SECURITY question: KASPERSKY vs Norton vs McAfee
Ive been using Eset Nod32 for a couple of months along side XP's Firewall. I have had no problems but i just recommend you do windows update and eset update regularly.

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