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Recommendations for an excellent A/V program

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Lord Vader, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. Lord Vader

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    My Norton Security stuff is expiring and I'm debating whether to renew it or try something else. It DOES seem like a system hog, that's for sure. I've tried others in the past. Does anyone have a recommendation for a reputable one? It doesn't have to be free; just not expensive, I guess.
     
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  3. Lord Vader

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    Comcast was providing Norton for me, but when I moved 11 months ago, I went to AT&T UVerse because Comcast wasn't allowed here. I can always check to see what AT&T may offer its Internet customers.

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  4. inkahauts

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    Mse. And gun glary utilities every once in a while and then rip it back off. Spy sweeper is good to. I run it then rip it back off my computer every so often. MSG is all I leave on in general. Everything else sucks power.
     
  5. dennisj00

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    Microsoft Security Essentials is free and as un-intrusive as any. I also recommend scanning with Malwarebytes every couple of weeks.
     
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    Another vote for MSE and Malwarebytes.
     
  7. FHSPSU67

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    And another vote for MSE and Malwarebytes, which have been great and unobtrusive for me.
     
  8. Lord Vader

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    Malwarebytes I do use to run periodic scans, but it sounds like MSE is popular.
     
  9. Rich

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    I dumped my Norton and went to MSE and have had no problems.

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  10. Lord Vader

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    I've never really been a big fan of Norton, because whenever I've used it, it always seems to be a system hog.
     
  11. Rich

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    MSE seems to be pretty innocuous, I've never had any real problems with Norton, but free is good.

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  12. heathramos

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    I use MSE as well

    be sure to schedule full scans once in awhile, though

    you can still get stuff in your java cache that only the full scan will pick up

    I use Malwarebytes if I suspect I already have virus/malware
     
  13. dpeters11

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    Of course AV is only one component, and not a failsafe. Keep everything updated, especially Java and anything Adobe, Windows.

    MSE is the best free option. I've also been a fan of ESET and Kaspersky for paid. I avoid all "security suites", just go with the basic product.
     
  14. Lord Vader

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    Thanks
     
  15. djlong

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    Another vote for MSE from a former Norton evangelist. Norton just became such a hog when dual-core CPUs came out. It was like they felt they had a right to one of your two CPUs. And don't get me started on how many times I contacted support to have them say "uninstall and reinstall" when their uninstall process ALWAYS left traces behind. The arrogance and loss of focus in that company came as a disheartening shock to me as they HAD been the premier vendors in that category.
     
  16. dpeters11

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    The best stuff from Norton was when he was involved with the company. He was actually quite good.
     
  17. dennisj00

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    Same for McAfee . . . and they both went to hell! Did John ever land in jail? He was in the news for a while. . . then faded again.
     
  18. Cholly

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    I would add Webroot and AVG to the previously mentioned highly recommended A/V software. MSE is good, but reviewers say it misses a fair number of viruses/malware.
     
  19. dpeters11

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    I don't know that McAfee was ever that good of a programmer, viruses were much simpler back then.

    He's not in jail, he actually got a bit more press with a very bizarre video on how to uninstall McAfee AV. I won't post it here as it's NSFW and probably violates a few rules of the forum. I think he's in Portland Oregon now.
     
  20. dmspen

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    I had Norton (freebie from Comacst) for a while. My boot times on my PC were in the 7 minute range. After troubleshooting all sorts of other issues, I used Soluto to categorize my boot programs and times. Guess who the hog was? Yep, Norton. I dunped it and went to MSE and never looked back.

    Malwarebytes saved my butt PC a few years ago when a nasty 'you have a virus buy this now' type of program lodged in my PC. Malwarebytes was the only program that remedied the situation. I was running Norton at the time. Since then, Malwarebytes is part of my aresenal.
     

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