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Windows 7: Which DNS service you prefer and why?

03 Sep 2011   #21
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

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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.
I guess the first thing to check is that you are using Norton DNS. Go to this link and it will let you know.

Norton DNS

If it shows you are then go here to check the "bad" websites and see what Norton says. Norton DNS uses the Norton Safe Web data base.

Norton Safe Web, from Symantec

Jim


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03 Sep 2011   #22
gautam7

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Thanks phone man for pointing out about norton sefe web. I am currently using norton. May be i should try with a larger sample size.


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04 Sep 2011   #23
gautam7

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Ok today also tried some testing. This time i carefully selected those url from malwaredomain list which are considered as malicious by Norton Safe web. Out of those 15 url, Norton safe Web detected 4 as dangerous and other 10 as suspicious, 2 or 3 of those suspicious websites are considered as phishing site by Norton Safe Web. 1 website is not detected by Norton Safe Web but that site was considered dangerous by 7 scanner of urlvoid.

This time Norton DNS indeed blocked 3 of those 4 dangerous website. Suspicious websites are not blocked by Norton DNS. Norton DNS also allowed 1 website which is considered as dangerous by Norton Safe Web.

So i guess Norton DNS does give an additional ( not very effective though) layer of protection.


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04 Sep 2011   #24
MaxPayne

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gautam7 View Post
Ok today also tried some testing. This time i carefully selected those url from malwaredomain list which are considered as malicious by Norton Safe web. Out of those 15 url, Norton safe Web detected 4 as dangerous and other 10 as suspicious, 2 or 3 of those suspicious websites are considered as phishing site by Norton Safe Web. 1 website is not detected by Norton Safe Web but that site was considered dangerous by 7 scanner of urlvoid.

This time Norton DNS indeed blocked 3 of those 4 dangerous website. Suspicious websites are not blocked by Norton DNS. Norton DNS also allowed 1 website which is considered as dangerous by Norton Safe Web.

So i guess Norton DNS does give an additional ( not very effective though) layer of protection.
So are you saying Norton Safe Web is better?

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04 Sep 2011   #25
gautam7

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 

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So are you saying Norton Safe Web is better?
I am not comparing anything. I just wanted to know if norton DNS do what it says, because DNSbenchmark showed that for my system and location google DNS is the fastest then come my own ISP's DNS then openDNS. So if i am to use norton above all other it has to be for extra security. For all practical purpose i find all those three DNS service delivers almost same speed for me. So i have not got a problem with norton speedwise. And now it showed it can block website which are considered dangerous by Norton web Safe. ( it blocked 3 out of 4). It did not block the website which are considered as suspicious by Norton Safe Web. Which is actually a good thing because lets face it if Norton DNS block everything from suspicious to dangerous, it would be really inconvenient for use and annoying, isn't it?

At Norton forum they also said these same thing that Norton DNS does use Norton Safe Web blacklist. And Do block website but it is not a replacement for other security measure.

With regards
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04 Sep 2011   #26
DBone

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I set Chrome's default search engine to Norton Safe Search. Some here will hate it because it's powered by ask.com, but I like the ratings when I search, and I don't have to host some app on my machine to get it like WOT.
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04 Sep 2011   #27
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Norton also offers for free Norton Safe Web, from Symantec - Safe Websites | Norton Safe Web Lite which is a toolbar and will give you its ratings no matter what search engine you use. I no longer use WOT as it is based solely on user input while Norton Safe Web sites are tested by Norton and also has user input. Give it a try and see what you think.

Jim
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04 Sep 2011   #28
DBone

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I'm not a toolbar guy, but thanks for the info.
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04 Sep 2011   #29
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

I believe you can hide the toolbar and it will still work in all your search engines.

Jim
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05 Sep 2011   #30
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I use OpenDNS as it provides elementary blocking of websites that my young kids don't have the know how to get around yet (6 and 4).
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