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Posted: 8/14/2007 10:09:23 PM EDT
Got a Dell Vostro and it came with the Norton stuff pre-installed with a 30 day subscription. So what do I need. Is Norton that is already on here good stuff, or is there a better product out there? And what about a spy sweeper, what do I need to do there or are they integrated? I'm a student, so price is a factor but I don't mind paying a little more for something that will keep my machine functional. Thanks for any input.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 10:10:53 PM EDT
AVG

AVAST



NO NORTON
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 10:13:39 PM EDT
I second AVAST.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 10:32:53 PM EDT
The above posters have it pretty much nailed, either AVG or AVAST will take care of you very well.

That said, Avoid Norton/Symantec! The wholesale collapse of quality that they have suffered over the past 5 years is pitiable.

Just as an alternative, I have found InoculateIT to work just fine, but I've only used it in LARGE Corporate installations. AVG or AVAST are far better suited to individual user's needs.

FYI, you should also have anti-Spyware to go with the Anti-Virus. There are several that work, I usually default to Ad-Aware AND Spybot Search & Destroy for coverage.

And, as always, use Firefox, NOT Internet Explorer. Eliminates 98% of problems right there.

FluxPrism
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 10:36:59 PM EDT
I converted to Firefox about a year ago after IE pretty much led to the demise of my PC. I found it instantly solved my problems with pop ups and other related virus/spy-ware. I appreciate the advice on the Avast and I'll get on some spyware stuff yall have mentioned too.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 11:00:24 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/14/2007 11:01:26 PM EDT by Atencio]
I am not sure why everyone is always recommending AVG. It is not VB100% 2007 Certified. It only has a 34% rating in proactive detection. Avast is not much better at 37%. I run Nod 32. It has a 79% proactive rating and that is the name of the game. Everybody can give you signature updates for viruses that have been identified. Proactive detection protects you from viruses that haven't been identified yet. Only other ones I would consider running would be Kaspersky and maybe Bitdefender
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 11:15:13 PM EDT
Oh, and fuck McAfee. That securityCenter shit slows the fuck out of my computer (well, it ain't exactly new, but that's beside the point).

The best part is, if I feel like turning it off to temporarily improve performance, I can't. There is no "off". I had to completely uninstall it.

Ironically, I've nad this computer for 5 years without virus scan. I fidured it might be a good idea just to check. Bought McAfee, installed it, and ran it. Not a single virus. What a fucking waste.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 11:18:21 PM EDT
AVG FTW
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 11:25:36 PM EDT
I use AVG on all my computers, without fail
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 11:43:47 PM EDT
the best protection is not clicking on every damn thing that shows up in your inbox, coupled with safe browsing.

There are programs that offer some technical assistance, but really, not getting owned is a mindset, not a technology.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 11:48:12 PM EDT

Originally Posted By sixgunsblazing:
I use AVG on all my computers, without fail


+1 to AVG or Avast. Both of which are free.

AVG

AVAST
Link Posted: 8/15/2007 12:46:00 AM EDT
You want to use Firefox with an add on called "No Script",
allows you to specify trusted websites and prevents
harmful scripts from executing. If you use a good
firewall, anti-virus program, and Mozilla with No Script,
you'll be covered. You can also turn No Script off if necessary,
and then back on.
Link Posted: 8/15/2007 12:48:52 AM EDT
avg
Link Posted: 8/15/2007 12:54:11 AM EDT
abstinence
Link Posted: 8/15/2007 1:08:57 AM EDT
I've been running AVAST. Most of my friends have now switched to it also.
Link Posted: 8/15/2007 1:24:07 AM EDT
COMODO have a good AV and firewall, both are free for home users.
Link Posted: 8/15/2007 1:45:41 AM EDT
1) Don't run Windoze.

2) Don't power up.


Link Posted: 8/15/2007 2:12:15 AM EDT
avast and avg are worth about what you pay for them.

Nod32 if you actually want to catch the virii.
Link Posted: 8/15/2007 2:13:13 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Atencio:
I am not sure why everyone is always recommending AVG. It is not VB100% 2007 Certified. It only has a 34% rating in proactive detection. Avast is not much better at 37%. I run Nod 32. It has a 79% proactive rating and that is the name of the game. Everybody can give you signature updates for viruses that have been identified. Proactive detection protects you from viruses that haven't been identified yet. Only other ones I would consider running would be Kaspersky and maybe Bitdefender


Cause it's free and ignorance is bliss.
Link Posted: 8/15/2007 2:21:18 AM EDT
Trend Micro PC-cillin. And piss on McAfee.
Link Posted: 8/15/2007 2:31:42 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/15/2007 2:47:13 AM EDT by monkeybusiness]
Kaparsky

You did as for THE BEST, right?


Link Posted: 8/15/2007 3:43:20 AM EDT
Put a big glowing Apple on the lid. Folks who have one of those on their computer never seem to have virus problems.
Link Posted: 8/15/2007 4:01:56 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Itchy:
Trend Micro PC-cillin.


+1

I like this program too. Norton was good a few years

back, still OK for some things. McAfee sucks a$$!
Link Posted: 8/15/2007 4:08:20 AM EDT
Trash the Norton and use any of the other top anti-virus software. I have been using McAfee for years and no viruses.
Link Posted: 8/15/2007 4:18:44 AM EDT
Ubuntu, Debian, Slackware, Mandrake ...
Link Posted: 8/15/2007 4:24:42 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Dr-G:

Originally Posted By Itchy:
Trend Micro PC-cillin.


+1

I like this program too. Norton was good a few years

back, still OK for some things. McAfee sucks a$$!


After I rebuilt my wife's laptop when the HD seized up, I wiped out the Norton IS offered on the Sony recovery disk. I loaded up Trend Micro Internet Security and am very happy with it so far.
Link Posted: 8/15/2007 4:26:50 AM EDT
The best virus protection is buying a Mac.
Link Posted: 8/15/2007 4:27:48 AM EDT
.
Link Posted: 8/15/2007 10:23:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By voilsb:
Ubuntu, Debian, Slackware, Mandrake ...

+1
Link Posted: 8/16/2007 12:18:51 AM EDT

Originally Posted By triburst1:
The best virus protection is buying a Mac.


Ah yes: Low market share is a blessing and a curse...
Link Posted: 8/16/2007 3:25:23 AM EDT

Originally Posted By rmstrjim:


Nod32 if you actually want to catch the virii.


Was wondering about Nod32. How is it on XP? I use it on my new laptop, but have been running naked on my desktop recently after I had to disable Norton. Want to install it on my desktop, but have not found that much info about this program (when I do a search, it seems that McAfee and Norton rule the search engines).
Link Posted: 8/16/2007 3:38:21 AM EDT
Do a search for consumer reprots and see what the reports are.
PLUS
Stay clear of known virus sites, IE: Screen saver sites, web page sites for myspace, etc
Link Posted: 8/16/2007 10:02:33 AM EDT
If you use the computer to surf for local hookers, I would say go with a condom for virus protection.
Link Posted: 8/16/2007 10:30:03 AM EDT
Buy a Mac
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