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Need Low Priced Alternative to Norton AV

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by daredwit, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. daredwit

    daredwit

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    What are my options for free or low priced Anti-Virus software? Need an alternative to Norton

    I have used Norton's subscription service for the past 3 years but it is continually getting more expensive as the price continues to go up every year. Can anyone suggest a free or reasonably priced Anti-Virus program that is just as good?

    Thanks in Advance.
     
  2. Dalton Wayne

    Dalton Wayne Epic mustache Millennium Member

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    AVG better then norton and free
     

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    avast, ranked pretty high by most of the publications. use it on all my pc's as well as friend's pc's
     
  4. IndyGunFreak

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    I have Avast and Avg on two different machines.

    The newest version of Avast, is very slick.

    That said, I don't have a problem with either one, and the price is right. :)

    IGF
     
  5. mitchshrader

    mitchshrader Deceased

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    If you're going to pay, Nod32 is the slickest, fastest, lightest footprint, program I know of. It seriously rocks. Otherwise, I'd pick Avast over AVG, on points, but both work.

    Do I need to explain why doing a FULL BACKUP is necessary? Or that it matters a LOT that you do the backup BEFORE YOU ATTEMPT TO INSTALL YOUR ANTI VIRUS PROGRAM.

    repeat, BEFORE you install, FULL backup. it's a long way down, and a long climb back up the hill if your OS crashes, and it CAN happen to you.
     
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    RDW BTDT

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    Dreaded Claymore Evil Witch

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    I recommend AVG Anti-Virus. It's thorough and powerful, and it won't slow your system way down. You can get the free version here.
     
  8. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

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    :agree:
     
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    Yup, Nod32 seems to be about the best subscription anti-virus. Kaspersky used to be really good to, not sure how its faired the last few years though...

    IGF
     
  13. RTmarc

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    You're kidding right? SE is built off of the ForeFront platform which is one of - if not - the best server security products available.
     
  14. IndyGunFreak

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    No, I'm not kidding at all..

    IGF
     
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    You might want to looking into a bit further.
     
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    Naaa... It's got "Microsoft" in the name.... It won't be even halfway decent till around SP2-3.

    IGF
     
  17. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

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    Kaspersky had a great security suite (the best) until 2009. It became a resource hog (think of Norton back a number of years ago).
     
  18. Pierre!

    Pierre! NRA Life Member

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    Personally I have given up on the "Suite" concept of system protection. They typically have to big of a footprint on the system and rob it of performance more than they protect it.

    Vista gave us a very reasonable firewall, and Windows 7 continues to ge solid in that area.

    I use the AV product to alert me should an intrusion attempt begin, and MalwareBytes to clean it up after it happens... I have AVG, Avast, and MS Security essentials running in FREE mode. Avira failed miserably FOR ME... might work for others, but it failed to update with any regularity.

    I haven't had this issue with MS Security Essentials. It's caught 2 intrusion attempts and stopped em cold with zero issues.

    I can say that I am pretty happy with AVG and MS Security Essentials. SpyBot and MalwareBytes scan on the weekends... and I run pretty clean most of the time...

    HTH!
     
  19. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

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    That's why I mentioned ESET Smart Security (Nod32 Antivirus), it's got great protection and a very light foot print (Anti-virus/Firewall/Antispam).

    A good suite pulls less on your system than having all those things covered by software from different manufacturers.