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Hi, i'm currently a Norton Antivirus 2006 user, on alot of forum 99.99% of the users say bad stuff about norton and that it's absolete compared to NOD32 and Kaspersky. I was just wondering is norton really not what it's used to ? Should i switch to another AV. Almost every user that says bad stuff about norton includes something like this, "big resource hog for nothing ". Is it true ?

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Theres nothing wrong with Norton. It has good detection ratios and a decent scanning engine. It has some very good virus analysists working in its ranks. The 2006 version of the product has improved resource usage dramatically.

My advice: Like it... stick to it.

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Yes Kaspersky and NOD32 use less resources and also find more viruses.I used Norton 2003 few years ago, aftet that i used AVG and it found 9 viruses that Norton never did.Now i use NOD 32 and so far so good (for a week i used Kaspersky just to see if NOD 32 is effective and it found nothing).

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Resources are not everything. System "drag" is much more important.

AVG's detection ratios vs Nortons are not comparable... Norton is much better.

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Resources are not everything. System "drag" is much more important.

AVG's detection ratios vs Nortons are not comparable... Norton is much better.

I know that Norton is better ,but AVG did find viruses that Norton didn't.

Don't get me wrong,i am not a fan of AVG.

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i use Kaspersky.

Kaspersky is the best antivirus for detection

now if u want a antivirus that has less detection than go for Nod32.

but i would go for Kaspersky as 6.0 is coming very soon. and it will have less resources usage and it will have the best detection by far.http://forum.kaspersky.com/index.php?showforum=16

here is a link of the beta.

now its not recomened to use beta version if u are not very clever with computers.

but the final release will come out soon.

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If you want a slow system then use Norton even the latest version still drags down your system. I tried it.

The ones that I have tried and like are Kaspersky, NOD32, Trend Micro PC-cillion and avast!

My favorite so far is avast! doesn't slow down your system, has 8 on-access scanners one is just for P2P programs. Recieved a 100% VB award from Virus Bulletin for detecting all know viruses without any false positives. I have use it for a year and never got a virus even when I visited crack websites it blocks connection to the viruses before they can install. I got 3 viruses when using Norton and it couldn't even remove them without downloading a virus removal tool from the Norton website. avast!, NOD32, Kaspersky, and PC-cillion can remove viruses without having to download any tools. Although I have got some false positives with PC-cillion before.

Thanks. ;)

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What you mean is that Avast! detected all malware on the wild list, not all known malware.

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What you mean is that Avast! detected all malware on the wild list, not all known malware.

Go to http://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/index it will explain. You have to register at this site to view the 100%VB awards. Registeration is free. You can see if your AntiVirus software passed the tests. Many didn't pass the test but AVG Free & avast! Free did pass. Makes you wonder why anyone would pay for something that is less effected.

Thanks. ;)

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I know how VB tests work ;) .

A VB 100 award means all malware in the wildlist was detected with no false positives. It doesn't mean all the known malware however. Some scanners detect everything but produce false positives (in the VB test set).

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What you mean is that Avast! detected all malware on the wild list, not all known malware.

Go to http://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/index it will explain. You have to register at this site to view the 100%VB awards. Registeration is free. You can see if your AntiVirus software passed the tests. Many didn't pass the test but AVG Free & avast! Free did pass. Makes you wonder why anyone would pay for something that is less effected.

Thanks. ;)

We know about these sites already :x

Aside from the fact that they're not 100% accurate, no website could claim to be... it doesn't look too good when I logged on and checked out your claims...

VB100% Results Overview: Symantec

31 Success / 6 Failure / 7 No Entry

VB100% Results Overview: Grisoft

11 Success / 21 Failure / 12 No Entry

VB100% Results Overview: ALWIL

16 Success / 19 Failure / 9 No Entry

VB100% Results Overview: Kaspersky

31 Success / 13 Failure / 0 No Entry

If this site is so good, why are you directing us towards it for me to be shown that the AV's you pointed out actually did worse than Symantec? :frusty:

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I know how VB tests work ;) .

A VB 100 award means all malware in the wildlist was detected with no false positives. It doesn't mean all the known malware however. Some scanners detect everything but produce false positives (in the VB test set).

Ok, I get what you mean. But new malware comes out everyday, so no software can detect everything even if the database is updated with the latest definations. It still posible to get a virus or malware with any software you use whether it is known or unknown. avast! just has worked better for me than any other program because I like to go the crack websites. avast! is the only one that I used so far that will block a connection to the malware before it installs into my temp files. All of the rest let the malware into my temp files before they give me a notice about the malware. Another good thing about avast! is that it talks to you when it updates or finds malware or blocks a connection.

Thanks. :)

What you mean is that Avast! detected all malware on the wild list, not all known malware.

Go to http://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/index it will explain. You have to register at this site to view the 100%VB awards. Registeration is free. You can see if your AntiVirus software passed the tests. Many didn't pass the test but AVG Free & avast! Free did pass. Makes you wonder why anyone would pay for something that is less effected.

Thanks. :)

We know about these sites already ^_^

Aside from the fact that they're not 100% accurate, no website could claim to be... it doesn't look too good when I logged on and checked out your claims...

VB100% Results Overview: Symantec

31 Success / 6 Failure / 7 No Entry

VB100% Results Overview: Grisoft

11 Success / 21 Failure / 12 No Entry

VB100% Results Overview: ALWIL

16 Success / 19 Failure / 9 No Entry

VB100% Results Overview: Kaspersky

31 Success / 13 Failure / 0 No Entry

If this site is so good, why are you directing us towards it for me to be shown that the AV's you pointed out actually did worse than Symantec? :mellow:

avast! farely new compared to Norton which is one of the oldest AntiVirus software.

It not uncommon for Norton to have more success than avast! when Norton was entered into the test long before avast! was developed.

Thanks. :)

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http://www.scawards.com/sponsors_global.asp

Charges

"The Nominee agrees to pay such administration fee per nomination as is indicated on the nomination form. All companies will be invoiced after the voting has begun. Nominations must be paid before the voting ends

No refund of the administration fee shall be made in respect of the suspension or disqualification of a nomination as a result of a breach of these terms and conditions or of the nominee's failure to comply with any rules of the Awards or of an instruction of the Organizer or the Judges."

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Look at this- http://www.scawards.com/sponsors.asp

It appears that avast! is not one of their sponsors, but look who is McAfee, Symantec(Norton), and CA(Computer Associates) makers of PestPatrol. Strange that the sponsors didn't recive any 2006 awards. Because I don't believe there was any bias in the selections of the awards.

Thanks. :)

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Look at this- http://www.scawards.com/sponsors.asp

It appears that avast! is not one of their sponsors, but look who is McAfee, Symantec(Norton), and CA(Computer Associates) makers of PestPatrol. Strange that the sponsors didn't recive any 2006 awards. Because I don't believe there was any bias in the selections of the awards.

Thanks. :)

an online website is always bias of some kind. including this one. those top award listings are done by money. this site doesnt have that money bias. i put a lot more trust in what lite says about software then some website listing. and when he says something is crap or bad then you should take note.

al 3 software you noted above are sold in stores unlike the online only ones.

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How is McAfee Enterprise Edition v8.0i (patch release 10)?

I installed it recently, and it seems to be very good. I get this one free from where I work, the Co. uses McAfee AV Enterprise.

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