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Since: 21.8.03
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Hi All,

In a blatant attempt to avoid doing my own research, I thought I'd consult the oracle that is The W.

I'm in the process of spec'ing up and building a new Windows 7 based PC, and I'm thinking about the anti-virus and software firewall products to be installed.

Currently I have an old Symmantec Corporate AV and Firewall that I'm running. The subscription is still valid, so they're up to date with patterns, etc. It's just that the applications themselves are really old ('01-'02) and I figured something better would probably be around by now. I also have Windows Defender running and I scan with Spybot periodically. I don't historically have too many problems with spyware, viruses, etc.

So, for a new, clean machine, what are people's views on the better products available in the AV and software firewall space?

I'm happy to pay good money for quality products so that isn't a huge issue.

Usage patterns are; I'm the only person who uses this machine (no kids) so I don't need anything with content filtering or Internet access limitations, etc.

Thanks in advance
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I am contractually obligated to encourage you to purchase Norton 2010. Look at our new web spiel! (everyclickmatters.com)

Not convinced?

Let Kimbo Slice convince you!


And then there's Dokken...


OK...all that aside, I really like our new Norton consumer products - even more than the corporate products (which are installed on all work laptops whether you like it or not - years ago, I would jump through all sorts of hoops to disable real-time virus scanning at my peril - it's not that bad today, but still can't touch Norton in my opinion).

We've come a long way towards changing perceptions of Norton as a CPU killer and impossibility to install - with the new product, it should take you MAYBE 45 seconds to get the product installed, and you should NEVER notice that it's running. And DESPITE that...they still WORK.

Lastly, PLEASE do not take my word for this - not only am I regularly paid by Symantec, I am a Mac user who doesn't run ANY antivirus on my home system, despite Symantec GIVING me free antivirus software if I want it. Let instead link you to an (hopefully impartial, yet) extremely positive review from PC Magazine (pcmag.com), who named Norton 2010 an Editor's Choice.

Thus endeth my occasional recurring plug for my employer. :-)

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I think I've mentioned this once before, but lately I've been running the new Microsoft Security Essentials. It's the best Malware I've ever seen in terms of not hogging memory or CPU. As to how well it protects your computer, I have yet to see a review. But it may be worth a try, seeing as it's free.

http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/

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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.00
    Originally posted by CRZ

    We've come a long way towards changing perceptions of Norton as a CPU killer and impossibility to install - with the new product, it should take you MAYBE 45 seconds to get the product installed, and you should NEVER notice that it's running. And DESPITE that...they still WORK.



As one with this very perception about all things Norton. I am slightly intrigued.
45s install sounds promising.
What about, heaven forbid, uninstalling?
Not usually an easy task with some previous Norton based products.
CRZ
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.85
    Originally posted by Merc
      Originally posted by CRZ

      We've come a long way towards changing perceptions of Norton as a CPU killer and impossibility to install - with the new product, it should take you MAYBE 45 seconds to get the product installed, and you should NEVER notice that it's running. And DESPITE that...they still WORK.



    As one with this very perception about all things Norton. I am slightly intrigued.
    45s install sounds promising.
    What about, heaven forbid, uninstalling?
    Not usually an easy task with some previous Norton based products.
Everyone's so deliriously happy with it they have no NEED to uninstall it!

(That's me saying "I don't know, but I bet it's a pain.")

I may have been overly optimistic on the 45 seconds - that was what we were seeing with Norton 2009, but Norton 2010 took the PC Mag guy three minutes to install. Still pretty good, in that it's well under 1 hour. :)












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Ladies and gentlemen, the following public service message is brought to you by your friends from D-Generation X, who would like to remind each and every one of you that if you're not down with that, we've got two words for you...

While I prefer to use free security products (my current cocktail: Avast antivirus, Comodo firewall, Windows Defender and SuperAntiSpyware free edition), I gotta admit that the Norton commercials are pretty funny.



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Since: 21.8.03
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Thanks for your input all.

In Summary, recommended were Norton 2010, Microsoft Essentials and Avast / Comodo.

It looks like the motherboard I've selected comes bundled with Norton Internet OEM, so I'll do some research on how this product compares with the recommended Norton 2010 and make a D from there.

Thanks for the advice all
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