is Norton even worth it anymore?

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asuss06

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im getting the feeling in here, and based upon some recent problems im having on my computer, that Norton antivirus is just alot of bells & whistles but not really worth it anymore. i had AVG antivirus recommended to me in here - should i just go with somethnig like that and get rid of norton?
 

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In my opinion, it has been surpassed a long time ago. And who needs those huge resource hogs anyway? Check out NOD32 and Kaspersky instead.
 
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No.....it protects your computer.......but at what price? I'm letting mine expire in 6 months and switching over to AVG Grisoft which is much less of a resource hog.
 
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i think its hopeless...always had problems with it, some people swear by it...but then ask me if i can come and remove it a few weeks later...
 
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norton was great back in the 2003 but now its just a resource hog. if u want a free prog go avast or if u dont mind paying go kaspersky or nod32. (kaspersky has better detection rates but nod32 uses less resources.)
 
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I used Norton for 2-3 years and never really had a problem. Then Norton started using more and more of the system memory and I decided to try others as a "test"

I found AVG to be "ok" but I did not feel confident in it's ability (personally, based on look and feel) I am now (and have been for 3 years) using NOD32 and I have had 0 infections in 3 years and 1 warning (when accessing a friend's external HD)

Personally I think Norton is a waste of resource.
 
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I ran AVG for 2 years...my system never crashed or gave me problems...but i installed
kaspersky and i couldnt believe how much it found...

and nortons...i dont know what to say... i never liked it...i just dont understand why
everybody buys it...

which brings me to question...is it really bad to have unwanted software...if its not
affecting your pc's performance...

i read about zombie pc's ...would av software stop this...or is that more to do with
network security (firewalls etc)
 

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I switched from Norton to AVG 2 years ago & found much improved performance. Recently however, I upgraded to AVG 8 & noticed my performance has slowed. I'll probably give them some time to optimize 8 before I switch, but it'd be a shame if AVG goes the way of Norton.

PK-Her0, if you're talking about viruses that Norton missed then you had a problem. Norton's problems are being a resource hog, not lack of protection. OTOH there's lots of misconception about the protection various programs provide. Can't comment on Kaspersky, Avast, or NOD32 (yet-I'll probably give them a look in the future) but neither NAV or AVG-AV protects against spyware, and it's questionable how much protection they provide against trojans. Neither spyware nor trojans fall into the traditional category of 'virus'. They're both definitely malware, but not virus.

AVG, by the way, has a specific Anti-Malware version that should protect against those. Not sure about Norton but I'd think their Internet Security version would-but am not surprised if their AV version does not. And that, I think, pretty much answers your question about zombie PC's too. Any product advertised as 'Internet Security' should include a firewall. Whether it's a good firewall or not is another question. A product advertised as 'anti-virus' generally would not include a firewall.
 
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the antimalware of avg used to be "ewido anti-malware" but its called AVG antispyware now. i have it and so far it doesnt really block malware but only detects and remove them.
 
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No, Norton is not worth it. If you want to PAY for your protection, get Kaspersky. If you don't, get AVG.
 
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Nope. AVG is the most popular and the best free virus protection software out there.
famous?yes best free av? no avg free just doesnt even come close to being compared with avast free and avira nor bitdefender free edition
 
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AVG is certainly not up to the standards Avast is, avast has a much higher detection rate and a much easier interface, it doesn't nag you to update if you choose it not to and has a bit of realtime protection
 
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