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Windows 7: Microsoft Essentials vs. Norton's 2010

View Poll Results: Microsoft or Norton 2010
Microsoft Essentials 45 72.58%
Norton 2010 17 27.42%
Voters: 62. You may not vote on this poll

28 Apr 2010   #11
wickedout

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Yes I have. How user friendly is Avast?


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28 Apr 2010   #12
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

In a lot of cases (and I really hate to say it...) a paid for product is better than a free product

It really shouldn't be this way but....money helps everyone at the end of the day make a better product than one doing it for free


That is the nature of our "modern" world....

That being said I am happy Norton reformed itself with 2009 and now with 2010. I have seen it in action personally and thought it was impressive

...though I won't argue jimbo45's sentiments....for the normal, email and internet browsing, average joe computer...Norton 2010 is pretty excessive

In conclusion....if you pay for the best....you get the best....though sometimes the best is more than you will need
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28 Apr 2010   #13
malexous

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wickedout View Post
Yes I have. How user friendly is Avast?
I didn't use it for long but I believe it is very user friendly.
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28 Apr 2010   #14
si8mon

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by malexous View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wickedout View Post
Yes I have. How user friendly is Avast?
I didn't use it for long but I believe it is very user friendly.

It use to have the worst interface but when they released Avast 5.0. they totally overhauled he interface. Now it's incredibly user friendly and you have a lot more control over the AV then MSE (you can choose to install only certain updates).


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28 Apr 2010   #15
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
Have you considered avast?
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28 Apr 2010   #16
Capt.Jack Sparrow

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zidane24 View Post
In a lot of cases (and I really hate to say it...) a paid for product is better than a free product

It really shouldn't be this way but....money helps everyone at the end of the day make a better product than one doing it for free
I like that point !!
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28 Apr 2010   #17
kurahk7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm currently using ESET Smart Security 4. I had Norton Internet Security (OEM 90 day trial from Symantec) and used it for several days, it dramaticly slowed down my boot time and the full system scans lagged my computer (I'm using a quad core o.O), so I switched to MSE, which was pretty decent, but the Full system scam took over 6 hours to complete. Nod32 seems to be the perfect choice for me right now.
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28 Apr 2010   #18
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

If you consider a free Anti-virus such as MSE, there are other free applications to go with it, if you choose to look.

Neither Avast or AVG will be on my systems. I've just seen far too many infected computers with both of these products ... oh, and (also) Norton/Symantec!

You want a script defender for IE 8? ... How about System Downloads : Script Defender /// AnalogX

BTW ... full system scans will take longer because the more files you have, well it takes longer
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28 Apr 2010   #19
kurahk7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
If you consider a free Anti-virus such as MSE, there are other free applications to go with it, if you choose to look.

Neither Avast or AVG will be on my systems. I've just seen far too many infected computers with both of these products ... oh, and (also) Norton/Symantec!

You want a script defender for IE 8? ... How about System Downloads : Script Defender /// AnalogX

BTW ... full system scans will take longer because the more files you have, well it takes longer
True, but those anti-virus companies ought to do what Symantec does: mark which files need to be scanned and which don't. This saves time and resources.
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28 Apr 2010   #20
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

After my initial exitement about MSE, it has cooled off after I caught 1 trojan and 2 Browser highjacker. That has never happened to me in years of Norton usage. I am therefore switching all my systems back to Norton. And in the professional AV tests, MSE does not do that well either. From the latest AV report:

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