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Windows 7: just installed norton. any good?


20 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 
just installed norton. any good?

I recently installed Norton security suite (got it for free from comcast) as I just installed a clean windows ( I do it every year or so)
Comcast says its a $160 value.. is Norton security suite good?
It cleans temp files automatically. Fixes registry errors automatically. Improves startup time automatically. Fixes errors that slows down computer. Checks for viruses. Id protection. Some kind of firewall. And has a few more features.
Is it good? I want my Pc safe

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20 Apr 2012   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Don't use the registry cleaner portion.

The most recent versions of Norton have a pretty good reputation for anti-virus protection.

You should avoid all registry cleaners if you can stand it. If you just can't help yourself and HAVE to do something about your registry, use CCleaner, but say "yes" when it asks you if you want to back up the registry before it cleans.

You can improve your startup times manually and should probably know how to do that anyway.
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20 Apr 2012   #3
Arc

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

As I have seen the suggestions of our BSoD Squad, Norton is a source of BSoD's , very often.

You can follow this post to obtain a risk free setup .

Good and Free system security combination. .
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20 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Don't use the registry cleaner portion.

The most recent versions of Norton have a pretty good reputation for anti-virus protection.

You should avoid all registry cleaners if you can stand it. If you just can't help yourself and HAVE to do something about your registry, use CCleaner, but say "yes" when it asks you if you want to back up the registry before it cleans.

You can improve your startup times manually and should probably know how to do that anyway.
I cant seem to figure out how to disable the cleaner. Dont make fun of me
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21 Apr 2012   #5

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Don't use the registry cleaner portion.

The most recent versions of Norton have a pretty good reputation for anti-virus protection.

You should avoid all registry cleaners if you can stand it. If you just can't help yourself and HAVE to do something about your registry, use CCleaner, but say "yes" when it asks you if you want to back up the registry before it cleans.

You can improve your startup times manually and should probably know how to do that anyway.
I second that. The registry cleaner caused me problems but everything else works ok.
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21 Apr 2012   #6

Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

i dunno about recent versions of norton but its not been very good in the past. its a resource hog, it gives plenty of false positives. if u want a free one try avast or if u want to pay there are plenty of good av's about. i use nod32 and malwarebytes but as a rule dont use 2 anti virus progs. malwarebytes is an exception as it is made to run alongside ur main av.
it all depends on what u use ur pc for
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21 Apr 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

"Comcast says its a $160 value."

Isn't that what they all say! :-)

From reading posts at community.norton.com, I get the idea Comcast's version and Norton's are always slightly out-of-sync. You'll get your anti-malware updates, but engine upgrades would rest on Comcast catching up. Protection is still there, mind you. But any bug fixes may take a little longer.
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21 Apr 2012   #8

 

As the others have mentioned before, do not use any kind of registry cleaner unless you know exactly what you are doing and are completely familiar with your computer's intestines :-)
Norton used to have a reputation for blue-screening and software which was very heavy on the computer until the 2009 products, which were rebuilt from scratch and made to run silently and light-footedly in the background. Unfortunately, its reputation for being a "resource hog" is still lingering around - although this is actually no longer the case at all. Reading around, every antivirus software -regardless of vendor - seems to have had this reputation at one time or the other.
Example: Norton product versions till and including 2008 had a separate LiveUpdate module. During LiveUpdates, it was common for the computer to slow down or freeze, and if you removed the program, the module had to be uninstalled separately. This is no longer the case, and everything is bundled together very neatly; and as of today, Norton has its own task scheduler (meaning that tasks will no longer get stuck in Windows Task Scheduler). I could write a lot more...but...
...in the end, you will find that choosing your antivirus program is a rather complex business. You will discover people arguing for and against this and that antivirus software ad infinitum et ad nauseam.
For this reason, most antivirus software vendors provide trial versions (but you have to deinstall them thoroughly with the vendor's removal tool if you're dissatisfied and do not want to keep the trial version).
Back to the Comcast version of Norton: you can find a comparison chart between the normal Norton Premier edition and the Comcast edition over here:
Constant Guard - products - constant guard protection suite

By the way, the only difference between the normal Norton Premier and Standard versions is the size of the online backup storage.
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21 Apr 2012   #9

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Norton is a resource hog. As some of the others have said, it wrecks havoc on your system. Use the free Microsoft Security Essentials:Microsoft Security Essentials - Free Antivirus for Windows
Also, run Malwarebytes once a month. Link to download Malwarebytes:Malwarebytes Anti-Malware - Download.com
Also, never EVER use a registry cleaner unless you want problems that are usually caused by those programs. You could render Windows 7 unbootable or make some of your programds refuse to run.
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21 Apr 2012   #10
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

irbullet
Re Norton.

Quote:
1. Is it good?
2. I want my Pc safe
1.The first answer depends on whose opinion you seek at any given time.
As with any AntiVirus program there will be supporters & detractors.

2. From a BSOD perspective Norton is often implicated.
Thus I would be hesitant to recommend it.

To keep you PC safe from the evils of the internet your basic protection should include

*Anti Virus Program [ MSE is popular & is used by many people here]
*Anti Malware Program
*Firewall
*Router / firewall
& most importantly
*A hand on your mouse that can control what it clicks on.

It is important to update programs & scan regularly.
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