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Norton Internet Security vs. AVG





Tony The Tiger
I had a three-year subscription to Norton Internet Security. The software is not working correctly. However, it seems that the machine is able to currently use software by AVG. Is this as good a protection device. What about Windows Defender? Why can't I use all three simultaneously?
Diablosblizz
Norton and AVG are antivirus products, with a bit of Malware and Spyware protection built in. While Windows Defender is a anti-malware product. It's recommended that you never have two antiviruses installed on the same machine.

In my opinion, I'd stay away from Norton. Most rouge programs are built to bypass Norton, as it is the biggest antivirus software in the world. You can run AVG / Norton (or any other antivirus program) with Windows Defender.
joostvane
Hey,

I use bitdefender total security 2009. Check their website www.bitdefender.com. I never had any problems with the software, and if you do they have 24/24 free live chat support on their site.

They answer their requests always instantly and could fix all my problems/answer all my questions.

Very happy about Bitdefender, try it someday =)
{name here}
Norton Internet Security is quite the resource hog and nearly ineffective due to its ubiquitousness. I would reccomend AVG or Bitdefender or something else to use as an antivirus. While NIS is terrible, Windows Defender is actually pretty decent. Use Windows Defender in combination with an antivirus for a good amount of protection (and if you have a router you have a nice hardware-based firewall to use), but as a user, no antivirus or antimalware program can protect you better than a little common sense while browsing.
Diablosblizz
Actually, name, Norton has improved greatly over the past few years. I've used the newest one (2009) and it's actually extremely good. It ran super fast on a Virtual Machine.

Bitdefender is good and all, yet it couldn't delete one simple .exe file that was infected. I go to the folder, right click and then delete and it's gone. Something so simple baffled BitDefender.

If you want free, go with Avira. 99.7% detection rate, and well that's damn high to me.
silverdown
Neither get Freeav.com , Norton is a resource stealer and AVG just never worked for me.
Tony The Tiger
Norton Upgraded me to 2009 Norton Internet Security yesterday. I am quite satisfied with my performance now.
gilwe
I had a three-year subscription to Norton Internet Security. The software is not working correctly. However, it seems that the machine is able to currently use software by AVG. Is this as good a protection device. What about Windows Defender? Why can't I use all three simultaneously?


After trying quite many different anti virus softwares, I'm quite satisfied with AVG free. So far I couldn't see any virus that Norton could detect which wasn't detected by AVG.
Tony The Tiger
gilwe wrote:
After trying quite many different anti virus softwares, I'm quite satisfied with AVG free. So far I couldn't see any virus that Norton could detect which wasn't detected by AVG.


Are you saying that AVG detects everything Norton does plus more?
carlospro7
I use avast now, but I've used Norton in the past, and, bluntly, I think it sucks, it's a resource hogger and it's not free, and the interface annoys me. One the other hand AVG, the free version, which I've used, is the opposite.
misterXY
between the two, hands down avg.
l don't run much a/v, malware etc... l dont have anything but l am a hacker, that might help too keep my network very clean lol l monitor my ports like it's porn.
thedinh
But when i use AVG, i feel a litte inconvincent. When AVG Internet Security find a virus. it Delete virus and also my system file Sad. it is not good
thedinh
Here is some feutures of AVG free:

AVG Anti-Virus FREE Edition is the well-known anti-virus protection tool. AVG Anti-Virus FREE is available free-of-charge to home users for the life of the product! Rapid virus database updates are available for the lifetime of the product, thereby providing the high-level of detection capability that millions of users around the world trust to protect their computers. AVG Anti-Virus FREE is easy-to-use and will not slow your system down (low system resource requirements).

Highlights include:
• Automatic update functionality
• The AVG Resident Shield, which provides real-time protection as files are opened and programs are run
• The AVG E-mail Scanner, which protects your e-mail
• The AVG On-Demand Scanner, which allows the user to perform scheduled and manual tests
• The AVG heueristic analysing monitor
• Free Virus Database Updates for the lifetime of the product
• AVG Virus Vault for safe handling of infected files
• Great customer satisfaction!
gilwe
I had both Norton and AVG Free antivirus versions installed on the same machine for quite a long time.
All I can say, is that AVG caught more potential viruses and threats than what Norton did.
Tony The Tiger
gilwe wrote:
I had both Norton and AVG Free antivirus versions installed on the same machine for quite a long time.
All I can say, is that AVG caught more potential viruses and threats than what Norton did.

Do you feel that most people agree? Did AVG catch the most serious viruses more often or tracking cookie type stuff?
ddukki
Not only is Norton slow and inefficient, it's very hard to get rid of. I'm not sure about the new releases, but it was near impossible to remove Norton without a reboot. They have a removal tool on their website now, but that only indicates to me that Norton is as much a intrusive app as the spyware it's designed to get rid of.

I haven't tried the new 2009 version, but I know that up to 2008, the issue has remained.
Diablosblizz
It's still like that in the 2009 version, and it leaves half of itself behind. Best to use a uninstaller program like Revo Uninstaller to correctly remove all of the files. Revo searches for what currently is in the system relating to that program, and then afterwards. It'll suggest what to remove, including registry and files, then you can remove them.
ddukki
Well, Norton has their own removal tool on their website. My point was that an anti-virus shouldn't be so invasive as to require a separate uninstaller.
Diablosblizz
And I agree with your point, just suggesting a tip to users that want to remove it. Smile
Tony The Tiger
ddukki wrote:
Well, Norton has their own removal tool on their website. My point was that an anti-virus shouldn't be so invasive as to require a separate uninstaller.


Is Norton really so useless that it is appropriate to uninstall it? It seems to me that both programs serve a legitimate security purpose.
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