McAfee Security vs. Norton Internet Security. Which is better? Others?

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  1. ultimate_pda

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    I am going to be upgrading my internet security software very soon. (today?). Anyway, I have been using Norton for the past few years and it has done a good job, from what I can tell. My question(s) is should I stick with them or try McAfee? Has anybody used both? What are the pros and cons? Are there any others that are just as good?
     
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    ZoneAlarm is pretty good on internet security, and regarding virus scanners, AVG is the best (by far!!), and there's a free version.

    -arebelspy
     
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    I really like Norton. I have the 2004 version on one of my computers, and it just automatically does all updating for me. I've never had a virus on any computer, and I've used Norton from the beginning. Of course, I'm very cautious, too. :)
     
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    I just purchased McAfee internet security suite (2004, 6.0). It has a little more features than Norton Internet Security 2003.

    What it has that Norton does not (the 2003 version, anyway)

    -Pop-up blocker
    -Kills web bugs
    -Remove Spyware
    -Removes/filters cookies
    -Block access to specified drives/folders/files--encrypt/decrypt
    -Password Mannager-mannage stored passwords
    -Automatically removes records of where you surfed
    -and more that a probably forgot :D
     
  5. jtice_2

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    DO NOT use Mcaffee !!!

    I have had it RUIN 3 computers.
    Had to completely reformat them.

    Once, it saw ITSELF as a virus !!!

    Norton is great.
    Only complaint I ever had was it is very slow and a resource HOG.

    I am using AVG anti virus now.
    Its FREE !
    Udates very often.
    Uses very little resources, except when running a full scan.
     
  6. ultimate_pda

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    What version of McAfee were you using when it thought itself was a virus? It seems like they would have fixed that in an updated version.

    Norton is a big resource hog. :rolleyes:

    Also, the first time I did a spyware scan it found 3 programs that AdAware 6.0 AND Spybot - Search & Destroy did not find at all. That is one plus.
     
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    McAfee gets my vote. In fact, the company I work for purchased a huge site license for all of our computers. Auto updates once a week at a time you specify (e.g. over the lunch hour). It has never failed me yet. Highly recommend!
     
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    I cant remember what version it was.
    Its been a few years, so I suppose it might be better now.
    But I just cant bring myself to get near it again.

    Like I said, AVG works great,,,, and its FREE! :)
     
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    I've thrown away norton which came pre-installed on my 2.66 Mhz notebook and have opted for AVG free version instead. Why? Beacause Norton made my machine sluggish and delayed bootup time significantly, etc. Before AVG I also tried Avast! which is free too. I just didn't like Avast's interface, though it performs very well.
     
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    Trendmicro PC-cillin for A/V (it's light, it's quick, and you won't know it's even running)

    Spybot and Adaware for spyware.

    Desktop firewalls...sad to say they all sux. Tiny Personal firewall was the closest to a commercial firewall (PIX, Raptor, Check Point, NetScreen, etc.) until they futzed with in in version 3-to-current.

    Stay away from ISS BlackICE. The software was good when NetICE owned it, but now it's crapola.

    ZoneAlarm...eh, it's ok.

    If you're needing a firewall, buy a network firewall. For home broadband, try NetScreen, Sofaware, Nokia 110, or a Linksys/Cisco firewall appliance.

    Remember 4 steps to home network security:
    1- Update OS patches (aka Windowsupdate and don't forget OfficeUpdate)
    2- Firewall
    3- A/V
    4- Spyware removal

    HTH
     
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