reply to post by Matrix1111
Free software that works better than Norton. But who knows?
Through the years I have wasted alot of money on software that claimed to be good products, and got burned by later finding free software that was
much better. Several years ago I use to send myself bad viruses and trojan horses and tried as many premium and free software apps that I could to
judge for myself which "truly" worked and what didn't. I don't condone this, but I use to download and crack premium programs so that I could
thoroughly test them myself. Most got uninstalled within the 30 days due to not working worth crap.
I could have just downloaded trials as you usually get 30 days anyway, but I wanted the full blown working version so as to test them. Number 1, I
learned to not trust very many software reviews because the reviewers were paid off alot of the time by the creators of these products to give them
good reviews. And 2, I found out that on the download websites for these products that the "user" reviews were just people that worked for the
software company so of course they would get good reviews.
What I learned as far as Antivirus apps is that Norton and Mcafee not only are no better than some FREE applications, but most of the time are
Norton is an extreme resource hog and slows computers down drastically, and charges an annual fee on top of it being trash.
To get to the point, as far as free av's, I have found that AVG, Avast, Antivir, and Clamwin are ALL better than Mcafee or Norton. And they update
automatically daily without any user intervention, so they are always up to date for new threats. As far as the paid Av's my personal favorite is by
far Nod32 by ESET. Not just due to how well it protects and performs, but it hardly takes any resources at all, you don't even know it's there
unless you see the update notification, or it warns you of a virus at which point it blocks it and lets you choose what you wanna do with a
Also, Kasperky is decent, and so is Trend Micro's PCcillin, but neither are as good as Nod32 in my opinion. I would suggest anyone who is a Windows
user that if there is one product worth buying, it is Eset's Nod32.
Also, you can't just rely on an antivirus app to protect you, there definitely needs to be a firewall installed "cause windows firewall is
useless", and also a good Spyware program. I have a dual boot system since I run Linux and XP. I need to keep XP since being a tech I need to keep up
to date on new software as it is always changing, and unfortunately 90% of the world uses Windows so that is where the money is for me. But in my
Windows installation I personally have Nod32 as my AV application, Comodo as my firewall "which is free and among the best", and SEVERAL Spyware
utilities since there is no single one that protects against everything.
And of the Spyware utilities, I have found that there are free versions of those that work just fine. Spyware Terminator, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware,
Vundo fix, and Smitfraud fix are all great apps and are free.
Anyway, I hope this is of help to those of you who might not be too familiar with these products, and once again I cant stress enough how important it
is to have a firewall running also, since most Pc's I work on seem to not have any thinking that the Windows firewall is doing the job which it