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Windows 7: Is it worth me buying an AV?

05 Mar 2010   #1
sarf321

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Is it worth me buying an AV?

Hello, I just joined SF, and quite recently updated my OS to Windows 7 Pro, and learnt that norton 360 2.0 isn't compatible (I had about 3 months left). Right now I've got the free version of COMODO firewall and AV.

2 questions, should I ever buy an antivirus/360 styled product ever again and a lot of people recommend MSE on here, and I see hardly anybody talking about COMODO, which one should I be using?


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05 Mar 2010   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Welcome!

Personally, I don't see a need to purchase anti-virus software. MSE is a very good AV, and my favorite. Avast is also very good.

Now MSE is not a firewall. Personally, I only use the built-in Windows firewall, but if you have a different opinion, Comodo is a good third-party firewall.

Here is a link for MSE: http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials

Good luck!

~JK
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05 Mar 2010   #3
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sarf321 View Post
Hello, I just joined SF, and quite recently updated my OS to Windows 7 Pro, and learnt that norton 360 2.0 isn't compatible (I had about 3 months left). Right now I've got the free version of COMODO firewall and AV.

2 questions, should I ever buy an antivirus/360 styled product ever again and a lot of people recommend MSE on here, and I see hardly anybody talking about COMODO, which one should I be using?
Hello Welcome to SF,

MSE is a good choice. COMODO is rated No:1 in Proactive security challenge it was a 10 Level test

More read its here Results and comments - www.matousec.com

Hope this helps,
Captain
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05 Mar 2010   #4
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

If you still have a Vailid Norton Licence and were wanting to stick with it:

You can just upgrade.

It doesnt cost anything to upgrade to newer versions with a valid subscription.
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05 Mar 2010   #5
sarf321

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

In your opinion, do you rate the Windows firewall over the Comodo one?
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05 Mar 2010   #6
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

It depends on how you rate it. Performance wise, the Windows firewall takes the cake, because it is built-in to the OS. Third-party programs are extra.

So the Windows firewall will not affect boot times and the like, at least noticeably.

Security wise, I imagine Comodo will be better. I have never used it, but why else would it exist?
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05 Mar 2010   #7
sarf321

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
If you still have a Vailid Norton Licence and were wanting to stick with it:

You can just upgrade.

It doesnt cost anything to upgrade to newer versions with a valid subscription.
How would I be able to do this, looking over the symantec site now it just gives me options I need to pay for.
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05 Mar 2010   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you use a router, the router firewall will be your first defense anyhow. After that, the windows firewall should suffice. And MSE is my favorite too.
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05 Mar 2010   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sarf321 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
If you still have a Vailid Norton Licence and were wanting to stick with it:

You can just upgrade.

It doesnt cost anything to upgrade to newer versions with a valid subscription.
How would I be able to do this, looking over the symantec site now it just gives me options I need to pay for.
Download the trial program from here and put your key in.
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05 Mar 2010   #10
burtie

Vista/Windows 7
 
 

I am toying with the idea of unistalling comodo firewall and just using the built in one from windows 7, i have a router with a firewall. I also just installed MSE too. Will i notice any difference in performance with just using windows firewall? Also is it worth using the extra Windows Firewall control program that can be downloaded to add more functionality to teh firewall?
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