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Kaspersky Internet Security Suite
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Norton - some flavor, I don't know what's available
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Do you consider Windows Built-in Firewall Adequate?
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Anti-Virus Question and Poll

Old 05-20-06, 11:24 PM
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Anti-Virus Question and Poll

I'm tired of McAfee and going to another company - probably either Trend Micro or else Kaspersky. So, I'd first like to ask a general question.

Do most of you use the full internet security suites of the company you buy from, or is Windows Firewall an adequate firewall system? For McAfee I never installed the Privacy Service or Spam Killer applications (well, installed them for a short time and they were such resource hogs and created so many headaches for me that I un-installed them). What I want is virus protection and a firewall - and that's really all I want.

I have searched this forum and read most of the threads relating to Anti-Virus, but have not found the answer to my questions listed above.

The poll - when you answer it - could you give a reason please?

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Old 05-20-06, 11:40 PM
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was using trend micro. after trial expired switched to zone alarm for firewall. for antivirus i use avast.
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Old 05-21-06, 04:20 PM
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I use Norton because it came on my computer. Yeah, I know, great reason for using it. Anyway, I don't use the firewall on it though. I just use the Windows firewall because I use a lot of torrents and have the Windows firewall set up for that. I don't want to go through the headache of trying to configure the one on Norton.
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Old 05-21-06, 06:14 PM
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I voted McAfee but don't have the entire package. Get the firewall and anti-virus free with Comcast. I buy the anti-spyware myself. Never had a problem.
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Old 05-21-06, 07:39 PM
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I use Norton 2006 for my AV. The constant yearly rebates that make the next release free is one way to keep my business. I use Counterspy for Anti-Spyware software, and the free version of Zone Alarm as my Firewall.

I agree with clckworang, configuring NIS is a bit too difficult; especially if you use it on a laptop and change networks frequently.
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Old 05-22-06, 09:40 AM
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McAfee Enterprise 8 for AV with Zone Alarm for firewall (even though there are hardware firewall/routers where I use the computers).
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I personally use Norton Internet Security (i.e. their Anti-V, Firewall and Anti-Spyware bundled). Anti-spam is in there too but I've had problems with all spam killers being to willing to kill emails I want to see.

I agree that Norton can be a pig to setup but once running I've had no problems and every so often it does wake up and warn me of issues its blocked.

I've no real opinions as to whether Windows Firewall is acceptable on its own, I've got the Norton package so never worried about using the Windows firewall.

In addition to AV and Firewall you really should run some sort of anti-spyware software. Spying programs are becoming more prevalent. Spyware doesn't always get trapped by AV programs as it doesn't take any virus like action e.g. it doesn't attempt to damage your system. However spyware can allow people to hijack your machine to run their own software, and if you ever enter any financial details e.g. credit cards on your computer, then it could send those out to anywhere on the web.

To the one person who answered the poll that they don't run any AV software. I'd seriously suggest you rethink that decision unless you don't care about anything on the PC, including its ability to even boot up.
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Old 05-23-06, 08:23 AM
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Just McAfee home
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McAfee Enterprise 8.0i for antivirus. I get it free from work, and have been administering McAfee AV there for over 5 years so I'm used to it. I have a hardware firewall (SOHO router) and one built-in to my motherboard. I used ZoneAlarm for years, but recently dropped it. For spyware, I recently switched from a Spybot/AdAware approach to just Microsoft Defender, as it seems to be less resource intensive on my system. We'll see how good it is as time goes by.
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Old 05-23-06, 09:13 AM
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symantec corp version
while i dont like the home product, the corp version is good for me
i was anti symantec/norton until somewhere around corp v7 or 8
and i used kaspersky/avp/avg for years.. but switched, because i like symantec corp much better.

dont use a software firewall. router protects inbound, and antivirus/adaware take care of my outbound. its not a 100% guarantee, but Ive never had an issue and dont see the point in wasting resources.
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Avast! It's free and works great.
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Old 05-23-06, 01:51 PM
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AVG is pretty good as well
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Old 05-23-06, 09:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Fok
AVG is pretty good as well
I agree--the current Version 7.1.394 (just available today) of AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition is an excellent program.
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Old 05-23-06, 10:59 PM
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I use Zonealarm Security Suite and really like it.

Also have Windows Defender, Ad Aware and Spybot search and destroy to check for spybots etc
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Old 05-24-06, 01:20 AM
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I use McAfee, virus and firewall. It's worked great since I installed it, so I have no reason to change.
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symantec corp (10.0.2)

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Old 05-24-06, 04:50 AM
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I want to take the time to THANK those people who voted and made some comments. I appreciate your taking the time. Yeah, I agree with davidoflondon with his advice to the (now) 2 people who say they use no virus protection at all, I'd be re-thinking that decision. A friend recently had his HDD destroyed by a virus!!!

By the way, I DO use spybot AND AdAware, but those are both free and I was just wanting to know which AV/Firewall software seems to be most popular as far as PURCHASING. I have no confidence in free AV software, sorry! Some people may think it's great, but I am a firm believer in "you get exactly what you pay for" - I'm 58 years old and I have found this axim to be generally true in my lifetime


By the way, I went ahead and renewed my McAfee Internet Security Suite for another year.

Thanks again,
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Quite simply the best antivirus out there. Often get multiple updates per day!
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AntiVir is what I use.
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