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Windows 7: Deciding which Security Suite

23 May 2010   #21
Victek

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by metalmania31 View Post
Well, I have installed trial version on my laptop with Win 7 Pro. So far I've noticed it slowed my boot times. But once it got started it seemed smooth. Surfing the net didn't seem to have too much impact that was noticeable. It did crash once and I had to reboot the laptop. So I'm still on the fence about it. I'll give it a couple weeks of use and see how it goes.
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There are various pros and cons for all security suites. Things I like about NIS 2010 are very fast install without a required reboot, equally fast uninstall, and pulse updates. Norton products used to be very slow to install and worse to uninstall - that's fixed. Many current products are slow to update, but Norton's pulse updates are very fast because they're small and frequent. I think that potentially provides better protection compared with daily or even four hour update intervals common with other products. If NIS slows boot time it's not enough to be noticeable on my system, so it's not an issue for me. I started using NIS in 2009. I run it on three computers and crashes have been very rare.


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23 May 2010   #22
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

I know Mc Afee is not the prefered one but i did bought it (was trial on my machine) for a year till early 2011.
I did reinstall all over from the new files and everything went smooth. It cares about x64 install and reacting as NIS 2010 for the fast and small updates pulsed daily. But as most of those commercial AV it bumps a little during the Weekly/Monthly scan. Therefore i set it to manual instead and run when it needs. Nothing slow appears on boot and it runs straight at start up.
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24 May 2010   #23
eldinv

DOS^
 
 

i would install a virtual machine and test out all the different suites, if i were dead set on paying for a suite, i probably would go with ESET security suite, but personally i believe im using the perfect suite, MSE with windows firewall and for adding security every once in a while do a scan with malwarebytes.

oh yea stay away from Norton, its a virus on its own.

by the way i just notice comodo has a FREE internet security suite, im testing it out now on my virtual machine

http://www.comodo.com/home/internet-...t-security.php


check it out
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24 May 2010   #24
HMonk

Dual boot XP Pro SP3x86 and Win7 Pro x64
 
 

I use the free Comodo Internet Security Suite which you will find here. Many test sites rate it better than Kaspersky, I would add, however, to me it has a fairly steep learning curve.

Monk
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24 May 2010   #25
eldinv

DOS^
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HMonk View Post
I use the free Comodo Internet Security Suite which you will find here. Many test sites rate it better than Kaspersky, I would add, however, to me it has a fairly steep learning curve.

Monk

i think the one i linked is an all in one solution in one program... yours looks like it will have to separate apps, antivirus and firewall.

Internet Security Includes:

  • Firewall: Slam the door shut on hackers and identity thieves.
  • Antivirus: Track down and destroy any existing malware hiding in a PC.
  • Defense+: Protects critical system files and blocks malware before it installs.
  • Memory Firewall: Cutting-edge protection against sophisticated buffer overflow attacks.
  • Anti-Malware Kills malicious processes before they can do harm.

Firewall & Antivirus Software Suite - Internet Security | Comodo
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24 May 2010   #26
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I prefer separate programs; but that is just me. I do not like suites.
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24 May 2010   #27
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6 View Post
I prefer separate programs; but that is just me. I do not like suites.
I like a suite .. MS Office. None the others . Usually a jack of all trade can't be expected to be master of more than one ( Nero, as example )

But my opinion may be wrong . I dont like that doesnot mean that it is really bad
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24 May 2010   #28
seag33k

Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HMonk View Post
I use the free Comodo Internet Security Suite which you will find here. Many test sites rate it better than Kaspersky, I would add, however, to me it has a fairly steep learning curve.

Monk
I second the steep learning curve, but in the end I think it is worth learning about the comodo product so it is used effectively. I've used a number of hardware firewalls for work and home use, so understanding the newer software based firewalls has been a learning experience
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24 May 2010   #29
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6 View Post
I prefer separate programs; but that is just me. I do not like suites.
+1
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24 May 2010   #30
Teerex

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

I like Symantec NIS because it puts those several functions into just two processes with a relatively small footprint.

I don't get all this hoopla about firewalls. In the current landscape, a firewall is (and even that only occasionaly) a very, very late warning that something bad has already happened. Most sophisticated rootkits sucessfully fly under the radar of a software firewall, because they have pwned the network stack. Who probes ports anymore anyway? Windows's got that mainly closed for a long time (you can only get DDoSed and crashed by something weird like that SMB bug Microsoft patched lat month..)

The main thing a good suite/product has to do is to defend the browser. Catch the exploits before they reach Javascript and this or that plugin, beacuse with so many users running as admin once they pwn the browser/plugin you're fried.

Norton and Comodo are good. I ran Comodo a couple of monhs ago, I like the interface and the feeling of control it gives to an advanced user - showing active connections, protection of the registry and such..
Norton was good with footprint and design, while lacking in zero+1 day protection a year ago, but as I wrote before on a neigboring thread, they have done some good work quite recently on browser defense, as well as with catching up with the flood of Windows malware that is plaguing us..
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