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Hi got a new laptop with windows 7and have 30 days free McAfee internet security this runs out soon and not sure what security to put on,i like the idea of a all in one security that covers the lot. Now do i go for a paid one are they better? or a free one just as good? there's so many to chose from?.Norton 360 looks good or is there better out there so need help any computer geeks out there

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I used to always use AVG but swapped to Avast as I found AVG was missing a few things. I did a hunt round the net and the better sites seemed to think AVG was becoming bloated, slow and a bit rubbish. As Mod says though, dont go near Norton, even if they pay you to take it, utter load of resource hungry sh*te. Best bet is to stick Avast on, and have Spybot S&d and SUPERantispyware for scanners. Microsoft Essentials is a decent bit of kit too.

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Swings and roundabouts really, I had changed from Avast to AVG, cause Avast let something through!

Damn those porn sites..

I swap all the time between 3 or 4 different ones, once one starts pissing me off by being slow or sh*t. AVG just seemed to get a bit memory hungry, had my lappy hanging anytime I ran it.

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I know it gets slagged off a lot, but I've never had a problem with McAfee, which I get free with my BT broadband. Not had any nasties in all my years of using it. In work we have Kaspersky, but I've frequently brought my USB home from work, plugged it in at home and McAfee has detectd a trojan.This has never happened the other way, so I trust McAfee more than Kaspersky.

I've never heard anyone say a good word about Norton.

Avira and Avast seem well thought of.

I did try AVG on my laptop a few years ago but found it slow and it caused problems, so I got rid of it.

I also scan with SpyBot and Malwarebytes.

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Funny enough, one of the best ones out there at the moment for general virus protection and malware detection is MSE... Microsoft Security Essentials

It's free, lightweight, and has decent real-time protection.

Stay away from Norton and McAfee.

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Got Avast but isnt the new Microsoft Security Essential the best free one out there? PC doesnt slow down and so with it..

EDIT: Just seen Arq recommend it as well, go with it, best free one out there!

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Hi thanks for the input.I know most say Norton not good but Norton 2011 has got some good reviews people i know have no problem with it and its going cheap on eBay? :happy0034:

DO NOT GO NEAR NORTON.

It may run ok but it will be ridiculously resource hungry, will integrate itself into everything meaning whenever you try to uninstall anything it will be a complete bitch. Uninstalling Norton itself is damn near impossible at times, you usually have to write it out of the registry or it will cause errors. Basically it is a bloated piece of sh*tware, steer well clear.

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DO NOT GO NEAR NORTON.

It may run ok but it will be ridiculously resource hungry, will integrate itself into everything meaning whenever you try to uninstall anything it will be a complete bitch. Uninstalling Norton itself is damn near impossible at times, you usually have to write it out of the registry or it will cause errors. Basically it is a bloated piece of sh*tware, steer well clear.

Actually.. not that I've tried it out, but I did hear some time ago that the latest version of Norton IS is a complete rewrite. Apparently the AV component has been trimmed down and is far less hungry on resources, and the firewall is based on Sygate Pro, which in my opinion was the best firewall out there, until Symantec unforgivably bought it out and threw it on the scrapheap. Symantec have a history of that kind of thing, in much the same way as Tiscali would take over and ruin what were previously very decent ISPs.

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Actually.. not that I've tried it out, but I did hear some time ago that the latest version of Norton IS is a complete rewrite. Apparently the AV component has been trimmed down and is far less hungry on resources, and the firewall is based on Sygate Pro, which in my opinion was the best firewall out there, until Symantec unforgivably bought it out and threw it on the scrapheap. Symantec have a history of that kind of thing, in much the same way as Tiscali would take over and ruin what were previously very decent ISPs.

I used to use sygate all the time, even bought it for a company I worked for. Though even if it is a rewrite Norton will always have that stigma attached to it. so f**k em..... :laugh2:

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AVG is terrible. Norton has got considerably better, but still not the best.

The best is Panda Cloud Antivirus, was rated at 99% effective in a review I read, and the free version at 97%. With Norton in the lower 90s.

If you want complete protection, though. I'd say Panda Cloud, Comodo Firewall, malwarebytes and use Comodo browser with Comodo's secure DNS. It's about as good as is possible these days, with Panda being cloud based, it doesn't slow down your computer at all... does require an internet connection, though.

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See my post (#7) above. Doesn't seem as good as McAfee to me, but it seems pretty well thought of.

Sorry I managed to miss that... all I can say is it seems ok so far. I've never rated McAfee, but each to his own. I've also got Malware-Bytes for added security, but only the free version which doesn't run in the background, only on demand.

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Well got Norton 2011 security on now and while its early days yet it seams ok and its simple to use and understand.as for McAfee tried to uninstall it you have download a tool to make sure you get ride of all McAfee?

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