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Windows 7: Which DNS service you prefer and why?

03 Sep 2011   #11
gautam7

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DBone View Post
Norton DNS is the best of both worlds. Fast and secure. To me, I really don't pay attention to the benchmark tests, because like was already mentioned, the time of day can influence those tests, and I can't feel or see any difference in the "fastest" to the "slowest" anyway. So to me, the security of Norton DNS outweighs any speed differences.
@ DBone have you seen norton DNS in action? I am currently using this and tried to test it. I sandboxed firefox and started to go to some (around 15) random website listed in malware domain list. To my surprise around 80% of them are either blocked by avast network shield or firefox itself. Other times neither blocked the website. Norton DNS never warned about anything. I could be possible norton DNS have not blacklisted those domain at that time, but still those website are reported malicious by around half the scanner of VT.


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03 Sep 2011   #12
MaxPayne

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gautam7 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DBone View Post
Norton DNS is the best of both worlds. Fast and secure. To me, I really don't pay attention to the benchmark tests, because like was already mentioned, the time of day can influence those tests, and I can't feel or see any difference in the "fastest" to the "slowest" anyway. So to me, the security of Norton DNS outweighs any speed differences.
@ DBone have you seen norton DNS in action? I am currently using this and tried to test it. I sandboxed firefox and started to go to some (around 15) random website listed in malware domain list. To my surprise around 80% of them are either blocked by avast network shield or firefox itself. Other times neither blocked the website. Norton DNS never warned about anything. I could be possible norton DNS have not blacklisted those domain at that time, but still those website are reported malicious by around half the scanner of VT.
So which dns in your tests bloacked the most malicious sites?

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03 Sep 2011   #13
DBone

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gautam7 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DBone View Post
Norton DNS is the best of both worlds. Fast and secure. To me, I really don't pay attention to the benchmark tests, because like was already mentioned, the time of day can influence those tests, and I can't feel or see any difference in the "fastest" to the "slowest" anyway. So to me, the security of Norton DNS outweighs any speed differences.
@ DBone have you seen norton DNS in action? I am currently using this and tried to test it. I sandboxed firefox and started to go to some (around 15) random website listed in malware domain list. To my surprise around 80% of them are either blocked by avast network shield or firefox itself. Other times neither blocked the website. Norton DNS never warned about anything. I could be possible norton DNS have not blacklisted those domain at that time, but still those website are reported malicious by around half the scanner of VT.
I have not tested it myself, so I can only go by the tests that I have seen around the web. It has never popped up for me, but that being said, avast! has never popped up for me either, as I don't practice unsafe browsing habits and I have been lucky enough not to stumble upon a hijacked site distributing drive-by infections.............. Still, it's nice to know it's there and blocking what it can, with no downside.
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03 Sep 2011   #14
gautam7

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Thanks DBone for confirming Norton DNS have not poped up for you either. I also believe in safe browsing. If norton have worked today atleast for one time i would be very happy and satisfied because it would have compliment avast nicely and increased the security level. Ok i started a topic in norton forum lets see what they have to say about this
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03 Sep 2011   #15
MaxPayne

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

i am also currently using norton dns, and it has not pooped up for me either.. but i dont go to malicious sites so i dont know
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03 Sep 2011   #16
gautam7

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MaxPayne View Post
i am also currently using norton dns, and it has not pooped up for me either.. but i dont go to malicious sites so i dont know
I also dont go to malicious website on a regular basis. Its just today i had nothing important to do so thought about testing Norton DNS. I dont expect it to block everything but a ocassional warning would have suggested it is working perfectly. Right now I am waiting for some reply from norton forum.
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03 Sep 2011   #17
MaxPayne

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Please, let us know what they say at the Norton Forums, I am curious to know what they will say
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03 Sep 2011   #18
MaxPayne

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I heard Clearcloud is really good at blocking malicious sites even better than norton, maybe you should test that one and let us know the results.
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03 Sep 2011   #19
DBone

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MaxPayne View Post
I heard Clearcloud is really good at blocking malicious sites even better than norton, maybe you should test that one and let us know the results.

ClearCloud has been discontinued:


Effective September 1, 2011, GFI's ClearCloud DNS service will be discontinued and no longer available for consumer use. While we have many loyal ClearCloud DNS users, we have found that most customers prefer the more robust web filtering solution available as a feature in our VIPRE Premium product.

We would like to thank all of the beta testers for their valuable feedback throughout this last 12 month evaluation period.

To discontinue using the ClearCloud DNS service, you will need to reconfigure your network connection. If this is not done prior to September 1, 2011, your Internet connectivity will be interrupted. Learn how to remove ClearCloud DNS from your computer by clicking here.
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03 Sep 2011   #20
MaxPayne

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DBone View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MaxPayne View Post
I heard Clearcloud is really good at blocking malicious sites even better than norton, maybe you should test that one and let us know the results.

ClearCloud has been discontinued:


Effective September 1, 2011, GFI's ClearCloud DNS service will be discontinued and no longer available for consumer use. While we have many loyal ClearCloud DNS users, we have found that most customers prefer the more robust web filtering solution available as a feature in our VIPRE Premium product.

We would like to thank all of the beta testers for their valuable feedback throughout this last 12 month evaluation period.

To discontinue using the ClearCloud DNS service, you will need to reconfigure your network connection. If this is not done prior to September 1, 2011, your Internet connectivity will be interrupted. Learn how to remove ClearCloud DNS from your computer by clicking here.
Oh that sucks, oh well looks like Norton DNS for me so far in all the videos I've seen on youtube, it does a fairly good job
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