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donald
19-01-2011, 11:46 AM
Have just bought a new conputer running windows 7 premium and have activated the 60 days free trial of norton. When this trial expires do you reccomend I pay to continue with this or trust the built in protection of windows 7 or use some other protection? I only use the computer for internet and downloading my photos.

Speedy Gonzales
19-01-2011, 11:48 AM
No install something else / something thats free. Windows only comes with a firewall, not an AV program

pcuser42
19-01-2011, 11:49 AM
Don't even bother with the trial, it's the worst piece of software ever created by anyone. :yuck:

gary67
19-01-2011, 11:50 AM
No definitely not, uninstall Norton as soon as the trial finishes or earlier and instal something like Microsoft security essentials which is free or if you want the best pay for Eset Nod32

Chilling_Silence
19-01-2011, 11:51 AM
If you want *the* best in the biz, you want NOD32. It's paid, but it's definitely the best!

If you don't wanna pay, then Security Essentials is still pretty good, not quite as good, but still good enough for the better part of it ... and it's free, by far the best of all the freebies too, and still infinitely better than Nortons ;)

Agent_24
19-01-2011, 11:55 AM
Yeah, dump Norton ASAP and get something else

nedkelly
19-01-2011, 12:09 PM
NOD32 is the best

pctek
19-01-2011, 12:17 PM
You want NOD32 for a pay antivirus.
In addition you should have 2 anti-spywares, Spybot + either Superantispyware or Malware bytes.

Mr_Olympia
19-01-2011, 12:49 PM
Depends what version. I Like NOD32 but i dont like how resource hungry it is, Norton uses piss all resources. Only problem i had was that i could not turn the bugger off. at all. No such thing as "turn off auto protect for 15mins". I would keep it if i realy truly cared about viruses, however i don't. il back up.

wainuitech
19-01-2011, 12:58 PM
Nod32 uses less resources than Norton. Its also a lot better antivirus.

If a person is using Nod32 & XP you may find in the event viewer, under system a lot of " Side by Side" errors, which can give the impression of resource hungry app. This is caused by a update from MS quite a while back - but its very easy to fix as well.

Agent_24
19-01-2011, 12:59 PM
Norton uses piss all resources.

:lol: That's funny! you should post it on the next Monday laughs thread...

1101
19-01-2011, 02:00 PM
'Some' cough cough, AV companies cant be trusted with your Credit Card details & despite being fined in the US for their dodgy practices just keep on doing it. Really no better than the scammers they claim to protect you against

-not the ones recommend here ie NOD

Chilling_Silence
19-01-2011, 02:40 PM
Yeah what wainuitech & Agent_24 said ... :D

Mr_Olympia
19-01-2011, 03:20 PM
i have only just (after hardrive crash a month or so ago) stoped using nrton. i know, iknow sounds far fetched, but the pc didn't take as long to boot as Nod32, and when sacanning i didnt get the humungus freeze you normaly get when scanning. this is norton IS 2010, and only nod i had was the 9 version. persnal preference i spose, has anyone here used the new NIS or just the old 08-09 sh!tter versions?

Agent_24
19-01-2011, 03:28 PM
I think the last version I used was 2005 or something, It ran pretty badly but that wasn't the only problem.

Several times, NAV screwed up, wouldn't detect a thing, updates would fail to work, couldn't uninstall, couldn't reinstall, the removal tool only worked half the time - reinstalled Windows about four times because of Norton.

I tried NOD32 for a while after recommended it on here, I liked it but I got sick of paying for Antivirus, think I used Avast! for a bit, probably tried other things like AVG etc, then AntiVir Free for a while, now I use Comodo.

I have ClamAV installed on Ubuntu also, it's very useful.

wainuitech
19-01-2011, 03:47 PM
only nod i had was the 9 version. Just curious-- Where did you get that version number from -- The latest is version 4.2.67.10 :confused:

To answer your Question about the latest NIS -- tested it, and while it is a vast improvement on previous versions, it still gives troubles (see it on customers PC's) , and there is still a noticeable speed drop over Nod32, and it doesn't detect as many infections compared to nod.

Agent_24
19-01-2011, 04:07 PM
Maybe he meant the 2009 version

pctek
19-01-2011, 04:39 PM
pc didn't take as long to boot as Nod32, and when sacanning i didnt get the humungus freeze you normaly get when scanning. this is norton IS 2010,

Right. I have used NOD32 for years, installed it on loads of customers PCs too.
Never seenany freeze or slower boot times.

As for Nortons the MAIN reason we hate it is it doesn't detect much at all.

Rather a severe problem in an antivirus.

Paul.Cov
19-01-2011, 06:07 PM
Oh, popular misconception... the 60 day trial is actually 60 days for you to try to get their software completely off your system. If you haven't succeeded after 60 days you'll likely be stuck with whatever bits remain for the life of the computer.

pcuser42
19-01-2011, 07:06 PM
Oh, popular misconception... the 60 day trial is actually 60 days for you to try to get their software completely off your system. If you haven't succeeded after 60 days you'll likely be stuck with whatever bits remain for the life of the computer.

Surely it doesn't take 60 days to format and reinstall Windows? :D

Chilling_Silence
19-01-2011, 08:33 PM
Surely it doesn't take 60 days to format and reinstall Windows? :D

That's why they put Nortons in the install image, so clever buggers just end up having to start over again with trying to uninstall it :p

pcuser42
20-01-2011, 06:40 AM
That's why they put Nortons in the install image, so clever buggers just end up having to start over again with trying to uninstall it :p

And the REALLY clever ones just use their own Windows DVD :p