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Old February 26th, 2006, 03:57 PM
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My home PC just went in to the geek-fix-it store again to have a virus removed. I have had Norton's AntiVirus on there for two years and have now been infected 3 times, while my laptop, which has McAfee, has never been infected. The technician at the geek-fix-it store told me if we had McAfee on it we would not have gotten this virus. It's actually 5 viruse bundled together and once it's on your machine the antivirus programs can't detect it.

In my former job, the IT people wouldn't use anything but McAfee.

So my recommendation is to not waste your money on Norton.

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Old February 26th, 2006, 04:42 PM
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Hi Thomas:
I can not comment on Norton as I have never run it.
I do use McAfee and the anti virus has worked flawlessly.

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Old February 26th, 2006, 06:27 PM
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For commercial, in-home use McAffee rates higher than Norton in almost all areas. I personally have not used Norton since 2000 when their corporate product allowed our network to become completely disabled by a very simple attack.

McAffee also updates on a more regular basis.

I do suggest not running McAffee'sr Personal Firewall product. I would run Zone Alarm instead. Their Spam Killer is worthless if you have Outlook 2003. It also does not allow you to bounce spam back to the sender.

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Mike.. what do you like/use for anti spam? I get a ton, and its seperated, but I hate going in and having to delete it.
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I have never used McAfee. I had Norton but it used to freeze my PC all the time. I got a free one on the internet. It updates automatically and I have never had a virus since installing it. I will not post the website but if anyone wants it email or PM me. It is free but I do not want to violate the TOS on this site.

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Old February 26th, 2006, 07:31 PM
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I use AVG-- it seems to work well, and it was free!
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AVG let some pretty major stuff thru on my computer.

OUr local cable company has a deal that if you are a customer, you get McAfee for free. I've been very happy so far.

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Old February 26th, 2006, 11:01 PM
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I also was displeased with Norton. Macfee was pretty good. My son built a computer and runs AVG for free and it has been fine. I personally now use anti spam and firewall, anti virus all from my internet provder, cheaper than buying software, it updates several times a day, and it is the one I have had the least amount of trouble with, it also protects up to three computers in the home without having to buy another activation key or making you buy a more expensive one. ( for one computer, it is less than the one for three) . In Canada, where I live both Videotron and Sympatico offer very good services at very reasonable rates.

Kuki, I dont know what internet company you are with, but if it is with bell, you can turn on a feature with them to filter out your mail before it ever gets to you. It is still recomended though to go onto the server to check if some of the junk email is in fact, not junk!!
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At one time I had the AVG but it would not pick out all the virus when I did a scan. I got rid of it and got Avast. I have had this a loong time now and it seems to work well. It updates very frequently and so faf so good!

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Old February 27th, 2006, 07:34 AM
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There is NOTHING that will filter out all SPAM. There are a number of things that are provided by many ISPs that do filter out a number of things such as; email addresses that are not associated with an actual domain, some keyword filtering, known SPAM sites.

I use a product called Broadvision that is actually a firewall product that filters a number of things but I also use my own filters to weed out SPAM.

Kuki: We are in a "special" situation because of our email so we must rely on our own filtering to get rid of junk mail. I use Outlook 2003, SPAM ASSASSIN and Broadvision to weed out the 300 + junk emails I get per day. About 3 or four make it to my in-box. The problem is that I do have to check my suspect file before deleting to make sure something real isn't in there.

SPAM ASSASSIN is a very good product but is complex to install and run than the average tool. I don't recommend anyone running it unless you are familiar with using Windows and updating and editing the registry or VERY good at following directions.

Oft times people will send me a picture and not a put subject in email that will send it to the suspect file, or there will HTML pictures in the email that track usage. This also puts emails into the suspect file.

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My computer is getting old-about 4/5 years and it came with Norton AntiVirus. It was fine. But last summer when I needed to pay again, I got the more complete/uptodate Norton Internet Security pkg. It is a pain in the you-know-where. It seems to slow down my computer-taking forever to load when I turn it on in the morning,etc.
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I find that Norton does nothing but slowwwwww my puter down wayyyyyy too much!


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One thing to note is that most computers that are five or six years old:

Pentium II 300 MHz or so will probably be slow when running most of today's antivirus and anti-spyware software, especially if they are running in active mode. (there is a task running at all times.) Also most websites are not friendly to older computers. Throw something like AOL on top of it and you will really be slow.

If you are running one of those systems and/or you are still running Windows 95 and even Windows 98 you may want to seriously think about upgrading.

One of my systems is an old IBM ThinkPad, 300 Mhz Pentium II, that runs Windows 98 and while it works fine for basic browsing I have to do some real minimizing of the tasks that are running to receive fair performance with it while using it online.

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I consider myself a Dr. Seuss computer literate--which is enough to be the go-to guy in my home when most problems arise. I never liked Norton, because it seemed to require too much interaction to use it effectively. McAfee, in my experience, does what it does in the background and only bothers me when it has to. It updates itself, gives me a notice when it does, and let's me go on doing what I'm doing without disruptive dialog. That's a huge plus for me.
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I got my computer back yesterday and the tech said there were over 100 suspected virus files on it. Thanks for nothing Norton! I suspect a lot of them were adware stuff, but still ! ! !

Now I can't connect to the internet. Called up Comcast and customer-no-service said the signal is very weak and not complete so they are sending out a technician tomorrow.

I think I might have damaged a cable when I yanked that sucker out the other day........ <shrugging shoulder>

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Does anyone have Spybot ? A computer tech that I used installed it on my computer 3 years ago.He also suggested that I buy Norton which I have had .However,my feeling is that Norton may not be "on the up and up " ,that they may cause the virus .
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McAfee has worked very well for me.

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I am using AVAST. Seems to be working fine. And its free.
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We get our antivirus with BT included with out (expensive) package, it used t be Norton now it is McAffee, I have no trouble at all on the laptop but on the PC upstairs we have had an infiltration by "Windows Security suite" which is nothing to do with "Windows" but a scam that jams up your PC, we also had a very worrying thing that asked us for full details everytime we logged on to any sort of banking, luckily I sussed it & downloaded free Malwarebytes which killed it. BT were not interested...polite, but not interested, didn't really believe me.
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We had McAfee on our first computer 11 years ago and it was not good .We had Trend-Micro when we bought this computer and it was terrible .

Is anyone familiar with LYNEX (SP) ,I was told that if you have that you do not use Microsoft and Microsoft messes up the computer
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I've used Mcaffee , Norton , AVG and Avast. They over time have become so big that they slowed my computer(x5) that they took forever to do anything.Small home network.
My son who is an IT manger suggested that I use "Microsoft Security Essentials " ( not for MAC or Linux) . The speed increase was awesome.
Just a note neither my DS or myself work for Microsoft.
If you used AVG or Avast make to also install SpyBot as well .
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Have used them all at one time.
What I realized over time it depends on your computer setup, your ISP provider software, your firewall.
Norton I think has always had a processor load issue and space even though they started a good product.
Spybot was good as a safety check.
Zonealarm was good until it conflicted with my ISP's firewall.
McAfee just pooped on my computer.

My mix today is Windows 7, Windows Firewall, Windows Defender and AVG on a 64 bit quad computer.
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Have used them all at one time.
What I realized over time it depends on your computer setup, your ISP provider software, your firewall.
Norton I think has always had a processor load issue and space even though they started a good product.
Spybot was good as a safety check.
Zonealarm was good until it conflicted with my ISP's firewall.
McAfee just pooped on my computer.

My mix today is Windows 7, Windows Firewall, Windows Defender and AVG on a 64 bit quad computer.
I have a similar machine with heaps of power and use Norton.

I have had no problem with any viruses ever on my machines as I constantly update all my software and scan every other day.

I've used AVG in the past with no problems. (even paid for it)

McAfee was problematic in the past and since they had that huge screw up on their part earlier this year I wouldn't touch them with a barge pole.

I also don't visit dodgy sites (Norton will tell you if it is).
I don't download software I don't trust.
I don't use file sharing software. Limewire is a huge source of virus's for those that use it.

In the end its all about personal choice and the actions you do and do not take while on the internet.
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Its so very frustrating .I have friends ,several ,in fact who do not own a computer and never have ,amazing but true .
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I have a similar machine with heaps of power and use Norton.

I have had no problem with any viruses ever on my machines as I constantly update all my software and scan every other day.

I've used AVG in the past with no problems. (even paid for it)

McAfee was problematic in the past and since they had that huge screw up on their part earlier this year I wouldn't touch them with a barge pole.

I also don't visit dodgy sites (Norton will tell you if it is).
I don't download software I don't trust.
I don't use file sharing software. Limewire is a huge source of virus's for those that use it.

In the end its all about personal choice and the actions you do and do not take while on the internet.
You seem to do all the things I do and AVG which I pay for, now checks out untrustable web sites. Norton I stayed away only from all the utilties I do not use . Forgot to add I also use a software called IOLO System Mechanic which checks out the registry and conflicts for me.

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Its so very frustrating .I have friends ,several ,in fact who do not own a computer and never have ,amazing but true .
Guess in todays world they use their TA to input their passport info and print out all the cruise documents
As a friend of mine said to the bank teller who asked why he did not use the ATM, well do you want a job or not.
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Guess in todays world they use their TA to input their passport info and print out all the cruise documents
As a friend of mine said to the bank teller who asked why he did not use the ATM, well do you want a job or not.
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