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Windows 7: security programs

28 Jun 2012   #1
seven2

Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit
 
 
security programs

Hello
I don't think my question is subjective because I do believe the answer depends upon one's ability and skill with computers.
Firewalls are complicated and so is the functioning of the av system.
All of the combinations I mention below are free to me either because they are just that or because the isp offers it.
>Is the combination of MSE with Win 7 native firewall and MBAM a better idea than Norton's Security Suite?
I am not skilled enouugh to know; I have had Norton before and it is true it is lighter than it used to be - it almost runs your pc.
My amateur reading shows that Norton "catches" more malware than MSE. But that is what I mean by skilled opinions. Some other article might favor MSE.

I guess the question is,"If you wre on line without a router, which would you choose to protect you?"
I hope someone who really knows the facts can advise me as I am on the road under varying circumstances for two weeks and would like to make the right choice.
Thank you


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28 Jun 2012   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

That's like asking which beer is the best. You will get as many different opinions as you get answers. I like Norton NIS2012. Many people recommend MSE with the Windows firewall because it is free and does a reasonable job. But there are some other excellent suites like G-data and Eset - to mention just a couple.
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28 Jun 2012   #3
seven2

Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit
 
 
Security

Thank you for your opinion but I think statistically one is more secure than the other. I will do a litle more research.
My choice is limited between the two as both are free.
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28 Jun 2012   #4
wanchoo

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

I think it is very essential to know your status as a computer user like is your computer for home use, business, government security agencies or what? What do you mostly do when you use the computer like play games, surf the Net including porn sites, play on line games, do on-line shopping etc?

The best suggestion for what security software to use can be made only after parsing your reply on these matters. Then also it would depend a lot on an individual's personal likes and dislikes. However if you are an ordinary home user like I am, who doesn't play on-line games or carries out money transaction on the Net, who surfs the Net for information and very rarely visits a porn site then I think that MSE and Windows Firewall or Avast! Free A-V and Comodo Free Firewall with MalwareBytes Free in both cases is more than adequate security.

But whatever I would do, I would stay as far away from Norton as possible, because it is a resource hog and often slows the computer down to a crawl. Over a decade ago, I used to love Norton and swear by it.
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29 Jun 2012   #5
gigagiggles

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

"But whatever I would do, I would stay as far away from Norton as possible, because it is a resource hog and often slows the computer down to a crawl. Over a decade ago, I used to love Norton and swear by it." -- wanchoo

The OP, seven2, already offered the claim of a lighter demand/load by the product in its current iteration from usage. If you, wanchoo, are still using the product, why? If you are not, how far back did you stop? And can you then really offer a valid claim for the present product?
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29 Jun 2012   #6
Golden

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

If its statistics you are after, then this might be of some help:

http://www.opswat.com/sites/default/...march-2012.pdf

Just bear in mind this phrase, often attributed to Benjamin Disraeli "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."
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29 Jun 2012   #7
seven2

Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit
 
 
statistics

If statistics mean anything it appears that MS is making a more appealing product and their firewall and security seems to be much improved.
I do thank all of you for your comments and am going with my current setup which has yet to fail me. MSE with the native Win 7 firewall along with MBAM all behind a well set router.
Thank you
Peter
P.S. I had Norton and it did have an a lot of extras but was not the old resource hog it was known to be. It caused conflicts such as having to turn off the tamper protecton in order to perform a systen restore. That is only one example. It strayed away into third party areas and confounded some features in the O.S..
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29 Jun 2012   #8
Golden

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seven2 View Post
current setup which has yet to fail me. MSE with the native Win 7 firewall along with MBAM all behind a well set router
Excellent choice
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29 Jun 2012   #9
wanchoo

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

I too agree wholeheartedly. Two thumbs-up.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seven2 View Post
current setup which has yet to fail me. MSE with the native Win 7 firewall along with MBAM all behind a well set router
Excellent choice
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03 Jul 2012   #10
seven2

Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit
 
 
ancillaries?

Woud you complement this with one, none or all of the below;
1-filehippo update checker
2-secunia,
3-patch my pc by major geeks.

Thank you for your help to date -we just got power back from storm in MD.
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