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Windows 7: Why do my parents like Norton so much?

19 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 10 Home 64-bit
What's so great about Norton?

I used to use it, now I've switched to other AV software. I felt it was slowing my computer down a lot. My parents used to use it too, and I convinced them to try another antivirus, and they also agreed that it affected their pc's performance. What do you think is so great about it; it seems to be very popular.
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19 Dec 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

Listen to your parents or leave home..............

Don't be concerned about using too much RAM as Windows 7 loves RAM.

As had been mentioned before, what's the point of more RAM if it's not going to be used?

Just take notice of your parents and chill out.
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19 Dec 2011   #3

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It's been my experience that as people get older they tend to become set in their ways. ( And no disrespect meant to any forum members because I'm 66 and in that "older" category. :) )

Every so often various magazines and independent companies publish their findings as to which AV is "the best". If you search around I'm sure you'll find some comparisons that rate Avast or MSE equal to or better than Norton. Using those comparisons and perhaps throwing in the argument that free can be as good as or better than a paid product, perhaps your folks will change their minds.

But as seavixen said, it's their house so you gotta play by their rules.
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19 Dec 2011   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1

You might leave home while you know more than your parents.

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19 Dec 2011   #5

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1

Long time ago, I use to admire Peter Norton and his Utilities (During MSDOS 3.3 era). He was the first person to create the Undelete utility for MSDOS.

But times have changed and the charm has lessened in Norton products after Symantec has taken over the company. The Norton Antivirus once a lean product has become bloated and fell out of favor with many people.

As marsmimar has mentioned, get some comparisions of AV products (both free and paid ones) and try to convince your parents to let you use your favorite AV product on your laptop.
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19 Dec 2011   #6

Windows 8 Pro

But but but NIS on my laptop works fine with hardly any high RAM usage or slowdowns....why this norton hate
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19 Dec 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

I'm 66 and I totally agree that us older people can become more set in our ways , but I think in this case, you should be pleased your parents are looking out for you.

If you persist, you're in danger of becoming as pedantic as they are!
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19 Dec 2011   #8

Windows 10 Home 64-bit

@seavixen32 Haha, your last sentence made me laugh :). Yeah maybe I'll stick to my parents' ways and maybe there'll be more good than bad. I think I'm over exaggerating on Norton a little bit though, as it really doesn't seem to be that bad. I think it's a friend who hates the guts out of Norton and kind of made me feel the same way too...
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19 Dec 2011   #9

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1

My laptop is also a Toshiba Satellite P775-S7232 an i5 based system with 8GB RAM.

Here is my memory usage with only the browser running. Don't worry! this is normal with Windows 7 x64 and I am using Comodo Internet Security Premium (a free product).

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19 Dec 2011   #10

7 x64 | 7 x64

I remember running Norton on, I think W2k..
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