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Windows 7: Norton Internet Security renewal?

22 Apr 2011   #1
kf9vh

windows 7
 
 
Norton Internet Security renewal?

Need some advice. My NIS is about to expire and Norton wants $60 to renew. I can buy it brand new from Amazon for $35 Shipped. Obviously I am going to buy it from Amazon. So do I wait till it expires and run the new disk (installer) or do I remove (using Norton removal tool) and reinstall it.

Or should I just use (free) Avast or Microsoft Security Essentials?

Thanks


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22 Apr 2011   #2
malexous

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 

What version of Norton Internet Security do you have installed? If it is 2011, you will just need to enter the new key into your current installation (best to wait until the day before expiration).
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22 Apr 2011   #3
Noxiide

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I recommend you get Vipre Premium, it's cheaper and just as good if not better.
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23 Apr 2011   #4
C32C3

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kf9vh View Post
Need some advice. My NIS is about to expire and Norton wants $60 to renew. I can buy it brand new from Amazon for $35 Shipped. Obviously I am going to buy it from Amazon. So do I wait till it expires and run the new disk (installer) or do I remove (using Norton removal tool) and reinstall it.

Or should I just use (free) Avast or Microsoft Security Essentials?

Thanks
I always buy internet security suites from amazon.co.uk which is just the European version of amazon.com.. As you said buying from amazon is less costly than buying from Norton itself.

As for using free security software you probably are aware of positive and negative opinions for using them. These are users speaking from experience so I do not dispute their claims. My personal opinion is this: why would someone spend so much money developing a good security software and then give it away? Updates to softwares are expensive; its a continuous expense, not a one-timer. So, to give it away just doesn't make sense to me.
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23 Apr 2011   #5
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

I find Norton very Resource and Power Hungry and will have a Negative impact on Almost any Machine (Including mine)

I use MSE as it doesn't use much resources - But that will depend on what you use the Internet for

If you are constantly Downloading Files or viewing Unverified Websites and Doing Banking online then I would use Norton , since I don't Use MSE

At the end of the Day the Choice is yours

Hope This Helps,
Josh
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23 Apr 2011   #6
C32C3

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shadowjk View Post
I find Norton very Resource and Power Hungry and will have a Negative impact on Almost any Machine (Including mine)

I use MSE as it doesn't use much resources - But that will depend on what you use the Internet for

If you are constantly Downloading Files or viewing Unverified Websites and Doing Banking online then I would use Norton , since I don't Use MSE

At the end of the Day the Choice is yours

Hope This Helps,
Josh
Norton has reduced the amount of pc resources that it uses and its customer service has improved. I am very impressed with the latter having used it several times. Each time that I have used their customer service I've received a follow-up questionnaire via email asking me about both the service representative and the service I received.

As for constantly downloading files I've never done that but when I do download Norton checks for viruses and malware and warns me if it finds anything. In addition IE9 has a smart screen filter that I always have on enabled, and it also has an option to check a website for safety.

Most websites that I use I trust, based on experience (such as this website) but there have been times that I assumed a website was safe simply because of its use of a known brand name. I once clicked on what was supposed to be a Samsung site and my browser was hijacked!

Banking online is almost a must where I live. The services that banks here supplied in the past are mostly done via their online bank services.

I agree with you, at the end of the day the choice is yours; there are those who dislike Norton and swear by another brand; there are those who prefer free security softwares; and there are those who pay for it.
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23 Apr 2011   #7
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

I can reccomend Microsoft Security Essentials its free and efficient,
also its designed to work with windows seven,
give it a whirl before you spend out on security wares you dont necessarily need.
i once read that security wares are useless for detecting NEW viruses as they can only pick up malwares,viruses etc that it knows about,rendering it useless until the malwares are reported ,obviously we need them to pick up any we may get but common sense seems to be the best thing for security, i recently found some malwares infecting my pc that werent picked up with a previous scan
anyhow go with what makes you happy i have used norton in the past and its a nice bit of software and scans fast also .but pricey , i like free things that do the same job
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23 Apr 2011   #8
scrotiny

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boohbah View Post
I can reccomend Microsoft Security Essentials its free and efficient,
also its designed to work with windows seven,
give it a whirl before you spend out on security wares you dont necessarily need.
i once read that security wares are useless for detecting NEW viruses as they can only pick up malwares,viruses etc that it knows about,rendering it useless until the malwares are reported, obviously we need them to pick up any we may get but common sense seems to be the best thing for security, i recently found some malwares infecting my pc that werent picked up with a previous scan
anyhow go with what makes you happy i have used norton in the past and its a nice bit of software and scans fast also .but pricey , i like free things that do the same job
I think this is where Norton has an advantage in that it tries to interpret the behaviour of possible malware and labels it as such if it appears so. I have used Norton for many years (>12) and have never had any malware, that is basically the test I apply - can users of other protection say likewise? Although perhaps bloated, since about 2008 it has been OK and after controlling its somewhat demonic behaviour and switching off the things I don't use like Web backups and Norton Safe it doesn't intrude too much. Like the OP I find it best to buy a new version rather than pay for a new subscription which is always more expensive. Just enter new product code when prompted as previous poster has said.
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23 Apr 2011   #9
kf9vh

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by malexous View Post
What version of Norton Internet Security do you have installed? If it is 2011, you will just need to enter the new key into your current installation (best to wait until the day before expiration).
If I buy the new Norton will the key be written somewhere or do I have to load the disk find it on the disk?
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23 Apr 2011   #10
yowanvista

Windows 10 Pro x64, Arch Linux
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kf9vh View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by malexous View Post
What version of Norton Internet Security do you have installed? If it is 2011, you will just need to enter the new key into your current installation (best to wait until the day before expiration).
If I buy the new Norton will the key be written somewhere or do I have to load the disk find it on the disk?
The key will be usually located on a leaflet inside the boxed package

I strongly recommend NIS for more protection. Microsoft Security Essentials provides basic protection only. MSE won't protect you against most online threats
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