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Beany

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Hi,

I have recently downloaded the free version of Norton Security Suite which is free to me as a Comcast customer. It seems to make my computer run so slow that I can hardly stand it, and as I use it for business, it results in a lot of wasted time. Before that I was paying for Norton Anti-virus 10 which also made my computer run slow, but not quite as slow. I am guessing these programs are the problem that I am having. Does anyone know of a good antivirus program that doesn't hog everything on the computer? Something free maybe?

Thanks in advance for your advice.
 

dotty999

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Avira and Avast seem to be popular though after trying both,I prefer Microsoft Security Essentials
 

dotty999

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if you check out different test sites you'll find a big difference in their results,some biased others not, it's best to test them out yourself as I did and found MSE worked best for me
 

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Norton Internet Security is a full, complete suite of applications. Avira, MS Security Essentials, and Avast are only anti-virus applications.
 

Beany

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Thanks so much everyone for your replies. I will look into some of these.
 

DoubleHelix

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Yes, but it doesn't have a firewall. It's not at all the same level of protection as a security suite like Norton Internet Security.
 

dotty999

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I may be wrong but I think the original poster was asking for advice merely on anti virus programmes but in passing mentioned he'd originally had Norton suite :)
 
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I soured on anything Norton years ago simply because their programs tend to be resource hogs. I've found building a suite of the various free programs available to have firewall, anti-virus and spyware protection much more efficient and use less resources than any security suite available, free or pay. My current configuration includes MSE for AV and spyware and Comodo firewall supported by Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware scanners.

Raybro
 

dotty999

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I agree with you, I too have the same progs as you apart from I'm now using Zone Alarm again, it works well for me, I tried Comodo but it caused conflict with some of my other programmes.
 

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I soured on anything Norton years ago simply because their programs tend to be resource hogs. I've found building a suite of the various free programs available to have firewall, anti-virus and spyware protection much more efficient and use less resources than any security suite available, free or pay. My current configuration includes MSE for AV and spyware and Comodo firewall supported by Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware scanners.

Raybro
There's the rub. Norton has greatly improved their applications, and tech professionals and reviewers have been rating Norton Internet Security software as one of the best suites available since 2009. Companies change. Software changes.
 
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