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Windows 7: Why do my parents like Norton so much?

20 Dec 2011   #11
djl47

Windows Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Your parents have been been taken in by the sirens song of marketing and the implication that MSE is inferior because it doesn't cost anything. I dumped Mcafee, Norton and Trend a long time ago. I use MSE and it works great. So far it has detected an infected file on a USB stick and a hostile drive by download. Microsoft could integrate MSE into Windows but it would start a new round of antitrust litigation. So they give it away instead.
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21 Dec 2011   #12
pincushion

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by djl47 View Post
Your parents have been been taken in by the sirens song of marketing and the implication that MSE is inferior because it doesn't cost anything. I dumped Mcafee, Norton and Trend a long time ago. I use MSE and it works great. So far it has detected an infected file on a USB stick and a hostile drive by download. Microsoft could integrate MSE into Windows but it would start a new round of antitrust litigation. So they give it away instead.
Or perhaps they know as many of us do that it is effective and is not the bloated ogre depicted by those who don't use it. Try running as admin and with UAC disabled as I do (not recommended) and see how effective your anti-malware is - I have done so for many years and haven't seen any malware infections - and this is mostly down to Norton.
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21 Dec 2011   #13
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

Do what my teenagers do and tell your parents they are idiots,

warning   Warning
Warning, this can lead to facebook not being accessable at all occasionally. ( due to siteblock add on in firefox )



who's the idiot, they haven't worked out to use ie9 to get round this issue.


(shhhhh!)
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21 Dec 2011   #14
vStone1K

Windows 10 Home 64-bit
 
 

Oh yes, I asked my parents if they were going to buy Norton 2012 and guess what? They said yes?! I told them that there are freebies that work just as good OR an antivirus that costs $50, instead of $100 a year. They said that that antivirus would not be as good as Norton, so I don't think I can do anything. I tried everything, and it hasn't worked.
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21 Dec 2011   #15
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

direct them to this thread , i use MSE and switched from macafee which comes free with my isp ( BT)
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21 Dec 2011   #16
vStone1K

Windows 10 Home 64-bit
 
 

@boohbah Um, I can't do that... I think I'd get in trouble.
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21 Dec 2011   #17
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

i doubt it, your parents would see you are a responsible chap, who is getting information to be able to make an informed decision.
a good life skill.
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21 Dec 2011   #18
metalmania31

Windows 7 Pro 64bit build 7601 SP1
 
 

My whole family uses Norton and we don't have any issues. All win 7. My pc I have on Win7 Pro and Win XP pro and both run fine. How do you know OP that Norton is the memory hog? Here's a screen shot Running norton and various other applications and streaming video. That's my memory usage 1.6-1.9G. And I only have 4G of RAM.

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21 Dec 2011   #19
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gln2d3 View Post
Oh yes, I asked my parents if they were going to buy Norton 2012 and guess what? They said yes?! I told them that there are freebies that work just as good OR an antivirus that costs $50, instead of $100 a year. They said that that antivirus would not be as good as Norton, so I don't think I can do anything. I tried everything, and it hasn't worked.
Who bought this computer? If it was your money then you have every right to decide what programs are going to be on it. IMHO.
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21 Dec 2011   #20
niemiro

Vista Home Premium x86 SP2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boohbah View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gln2d3 View Post
@boohbah Um, I can't do that... I think I'd get in trouble.
i doubt it, your parents would see you are a responsible chap, who is getting information to be able to make an informed decision.
a good life skill.
He would get in trouble. I am a teenager, so I understand completely Chatting to people on the Internet is seen as dangerous in parents eyes, and results in harsh sanctions! No matter how nice this forum is, how moderated, how public, and therefore safe (unlike Facebook private chat), it is still seen as "dangerous".

I have over 5,000 posts (not a huge amount, but enough to fit around school), work on many, many different forums, write programs for people on the Internet, specialise in Windows Update errors, and am learning advanced techniques to employ on Kernal Memory dumps, and there is no way I can tell me parents! lol.

In responce to your first question, despite Norton having many die hard haters, and me using MSE because it is free, and good, I do not hate Norton. It is not that bad. Many call it bloated. It has many features. Sometimes you will find them useful over the minimalistic MSE. If I were you, I wouldn't worry too much about Norton.

To set the cat amongts the chickens, a view held by many, including huge names such as jcgriff2 (I hope I get this right!) is that MSE is the best (remember, this is only an opinion, and so it is fine to use the word "the" here) free AV, and the best overall is ESET (better than Norton). If John pops in, no doubt we will hear all about the BSoD side of things, which I think boils down to MSE and ESET being great, and everything else not so great! (oh, how it had better be ESET he likes!)

Richard
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