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My computer recently got overhauled due to some bad stuff that Norton did to it. Well they guy that fixed it, took Norton OFF (thank God cause it was jacking everything up) and didn't put IN any other kind of Virus protection. Well I'm not a real tech-minded guy, so it didn't occur to me to ask all that. So anyway, my computer now has more viruses than the free clinic on Monday Morning.


I'm getting a new computer here pretty soon, and I was wondering if anybody knew of any kind of GOOD anti-virus products that I might try? Norton was, without a doubt, the WORST thing ever put on a Computer, and I've done research of websites but of course each website is gonna say their stuff is the best. Anybody got anything?

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AVG... download the free version.  And MalwareBytes (anti-spam and malware that gets hooked onto your computer by browsing).  I have been using both for over a year (an ex-Norton user here).  They work great.  You can still get a virus if someone sends you a new one that these programs haven't been able to incorporate into their program.


Good luck to you.  Oh that was funny  -- "my computer now has more viruses than the free clinic on Monday Morning"

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McAfee Anti-virus has always worked well for me. It comes with my ISP which is a plus. Norton is horrible and has a lot of issues as you can see. I'd rather have no anti-virus software than to use Norton.


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IowaNinersFan says ...



McAfee Anti-virus has always worked well for me. It comes with my ISP which is a plus. Norton is horrible and has a lot of issues as you can see. I'd rather have no anti-virus software than to use Norton.



Well, that's exactly what I have now, and you see the fix I'm in.

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AVG... download the free version.  And MalwareBytes (anti-spam and malware that gets hooked onto your computer by browsing).  I have been using both for over a year (an ex-Norton user here).  They work great.  You can still get a virus if someone sends you a new one that these programs haven't been able to incorporate into their program.


Good luck to you.  Oh that was funny  -- "my computer now has more viruses than the free clinic on Monday Morning"



AVG as stated above and also Avast, make sure it is the free download. I have avast on my computer at work and have AVG on my laptop and home computer...free is good. If you want to pay for a good program then try Kapersky, it's a very good program and recommended by one of the techs at BestBuy.


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Kaspersky Internet Security is the best I've ever used. It updates it's database every hour and has caught every attempted attack.

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I agree that Symantec's consumer-grade offering (Norton Antivirus) is a POS. For years, even before Symantec bought them out, I railed against Norton. That said, having been exposed to their business/enterprise/education products I have somewhat softened my stance. I am still puzzled why they unload such a load of crap to home users and give outstanding products and services to institutions. Quite often, institutions have blanket license agreements that include the legal right to install antivirus on staff's personal home computers. I use the antivirus component of Symantec Endpoint Protection and have had no issues.


Any of the suggestions offered by others are fine, but keep in mind that Symantec's (Norton) offerings are the gold standard for detection, prevention, protection. If you're soured on Norton, I would go with Kaspersky and also educate yourself on ways you can personally reduce your risk. Ironically, some of the best, easiest to digest for mass consumption, information is available for free on Symantec's site:


Secure Your Email


Browse the Web Safely


Safeguard your Instant Messenger


File Sharing Protection


Each of those links has a table of risks with tips on how to identify the risks and what to do to prevent them. Naturally, ignore the occasional plug for Norton's own offerings mixed into the "what to do" column.




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 I haven't heard of Kapersky, but, will look into it.



www.kaspersky.com/kaspersky_internet_security

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Texas2step says ...


Thanks GTS, I will research it.......sounds great!

I'm sure there are better programs out there, but this beats Norton, Macafee, etc.... Definitely the best one I've used.

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Texas2step says ...


Thanks GTS, I will research it.......sounds great!

I'm sure there are better programs out there, but this beats Norton, Macafee, etc.... Definitely the best one I've used.



As I said before, a lot of techs say this is about the best.


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A super huge thumb down on Norton.


AVG and Kaspersky are both great.


Another great free one, though not quite as popular, is Super Anti Spyware. It's been able to remove stuff the others couldn't.


http://www.superantispyware.com/


I suggest only installing one Antivirus on your machine.


 


 


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As far as Anti-Virus Software goes, The best that I have seen with great User interface (look and feel for you the user and navigation of the program) Is Kaspersky Pure this is Kaspersky's top of the line program covering Internet Security, anti-intrustion software, password vault, virtual key board, even protection against people installing other programs on a usb flash drive (thumb drive, pen drive)


I'll define a little bit of what each do, obviously Anti-Virus, They update this virus data base multiple times per day so their BOLO of Viruses is second to non as far as I am aware of. 


It is simple to use this program, and to et up security for your childrens account.  You can also install the program on upto 3 computers so for $59.99 it's a great buy.


Password Vault is another great one, the Prgram can actually remember certain websites and programs that use passwords, can store these passwords in a vault and when you access that program it goes ahead and prompts you for a master password and fills in the info for you digitally.  so you don't forget your passwords, and only need to remember one master password.


Virtual Keyboard, Now this is my personal favorite, once you get used to it, it's your best friend.  No a days we must all becareful of keystroke loggers, and so forth, so what a virtual keyboard does is you open the keyboard templet and click what you want to type in for instance.  You are going to access your bank information, or input a social security number, then what you do is, you use the virtual keyboard click in the information, and you have just by passed your physical keyboard and avoided a potential hidden keystroke logger.


I know other programs do this as well but worth mentioning, now a days it's common to see thumb drives usb drives, pen drives call it what you may, and for people just to plug them in and get the info they need, but did you know second to emails it's thumbs drives that distribute viruses. So you can set the program to automatically scan a usb device before being allowed to open it to insure that no hidden threats are on board.  Same for automatically launching a device plugged in via the usb.


 


Also, there are a few free Anti-virus programs out there, but the problem is, you just don't get the protection you want.  It's like being offered a stab vest in place of your bullet resistant vest, sure it may stop something, but it won't stop a serious attack.  Kaspersky Pure DOES!

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Rate This | Posted about 3 years ago

 

 I used to have Norton once, and then it let a Trojan destroy my computer.  Now I have AVG-free for virus scan and Zone Alarm for a firewall and that works perfectly.  I've heard Avast is pretty good too.  Now if I can only get windows to stop updating my computer with useless stuff that fails to dowload anyways, my computer would be working like new.

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I am also a former Norton user. No virus problems here, but it is one heck of a memory hog.  I now use Avast! (free version) and have had no problems. BTW my wife used to be a computer consultant, so I always use what ever she recommends. She always researches a program before she uses it.


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