Norton or McAfee

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My annual renewal for Norton is due in 7 days. I have thought of switching to McAcfee. Is that a good move or not, and why.

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I would recommend looking at Kaspersky as an alternative to both options. McAfee had that major lapse in quality control which brought havoc onto machines with it’s own “update”.

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  • ITKE
    I would say Kaspersky and Norton would be your best bet. I currently use Kaspersky.
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  • Technochic
    That is a highly subjective question. Most have a free trial period, give them a shot and see what YOU like best.
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  • r3boot
    its kinda hard to answer it because it all depends on your need each anti-virus has its own pros and cons, and as technochic is saying have a comparison of each software and find out what suited for your needs.
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  • r3boot
    may add also if your trying to use a freeware..you might try anti-malware from malwarebytes its a good one, and also avira anti-virus and avast anti-virus, or avg anti-virus if your talking about free anti-virus software.
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  • jinteik
    it comes down to preference in the end.
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  • Labnuke99
    I agree. Go with what you and your organization can manage best. I'm most familiar with McAfee - we were spared the havoc due to the most recent quality control lapse because I was able to stop the DAT deployment using the McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator management console. There were only 6 computers out of >2500 computers in our environment that got the bad DAT and it was because they were off the corporate network and "called home" to McAfee for updates.
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  • petkoa
    Why don't look at http://www.av-comparatives.org/ ? There are several kinds of tests rates of detection, false-positives, scan speed, quality of heuristics (based on retrospective test). Pick couple of candidates and check their managment features and prices. Based on latest two tests, I'd not replace Norton with McAfee or ESET. For home use my personal preference is avast! free edition. BR, Petko
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  • petkoa
    P.S. ..."I’d not replace Norton with McAfee or ESET or Kasperski"...
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  • Pjb0222
    There are many available. Look at what your needs are, who uses the system and how much management you want to perform. My opinion is most suites have gone overboard (more does not equal better). Look at AVG, Avast!, Kapersky and the others. See what fits your needs. I am using MS Security Esentials and Windows firewall on Windows 7. So far it has been an enjoyable experience. Unintrusive, light weight and as secure as the others.
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  • Matt Mather
    You have got a lot of good suggestions here so I can be quite safe in saying "just not McAfee". Its awful!!! Stick with Norton or take the suggestion to explore alternative and see what you like best.
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  • Dwiebesick
    I recommend that you also look at Sunbelt's Vipre. We have moved all our customers to their solution. Previously, our customers used Symantec, Trend Micro, Bitdefender and AVG. It’s nice to have one product that works well and their support is in Florida. I really like the changes that they made to their console interface in version v4. But it is such a personal choice, and many things to consider.
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  • mgj
    Seconded; I renew Sunbelt yearly based on their awesome service.
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  • Dee101
    Dwiebesick mentioned Vipre (from Sunbelt Software). It is getting good reviews lately including a "best of" from CNET. I have moved most of my clientelle to Vipre for paid versions or, if they qualify for free editions (at home) AVG. The reasons are: 1) lower resource requirements. There will always be some tradeoff for protection, but a machine needs to be usable. 2) More easily configured firewalls. 3) (distant third, but nice) Multi-machine and renewal discounts.
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  • Stevesz
    I can say that I have seen problems with most of the A/V products in the field. Personally, I'd never use an Symantec A/V product (or a number of their other products they have managed to destroy). There are any number of other good choices out there. Right now I am high on Sunbelt Software's Vipre, and have installed the Enterprise version at a number of sites. Easy setup, easy configuration, will remove most of the current A/V products on the client machines during the install for you, and the price is extremely attractive in the market I service. Look into it at http://www.sunbeltsoftware.com. Oh, and I probably should say that it is highly rated on many of the A/V testing sites.
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  • Labnuke99
    Like this article says... choosing AV sometimes is like Coke vs Pepsi. McAfee vs. Symantec The 'Hatfields and McCoys' of anti-virus have kept their feud alive for decades
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  • mitrum
    for me I like McAfee and microsoft security essential
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  • Derekz101
    I also recommend kaspersky too, especially kaspersky internet security, it has a feature called safe run which allows you to run an executable program in an isolated environment, your existing PC will not get impacted, now aday, you are easy to get virus if you install some applications you get from the internet, after you run, you find out that your machine get infected. if you use the Safe run, you can feel free to try new program, you can check out the Kaspersky internet security functionality from here http://www.dailydeals4you.com/kaspersky-internet-security-2011-review
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  • Stevesz
    You do not say whether this is for corporate use or personal use. However, there is only one conclusion you can make when it comes to A/V protection, and that is, "It depends." For instance, I avoid Symantec (Norton) like the plague. I really do like Sunbelt Software's Vipre right now, both the consumer and corporate editions. I used to like McAfee's corporate edition because of the ePolicy Orchestrator, and we recommended Trend Mirco's product for quite some time as well. I am sure that as time passes, we will recommend something else that seems to be the best product at the time.
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  • IceCubbe
    Yup it all depends on your environment, we have been very happy with Mcafee, i have seen Symantec slowing down machines considerably!I would recommend doing a POC on Mcafee and Microsoft Endpoint Protection which was just recently released as a new version.
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  • Sixball
    Technochic has the best answer IMHO. Don't recommend either McAfee or Symantec, for many of the reasons already listed here.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    No anti virus provides the cent % security. Every one has at least one pitfall. It depends on ur choice and which makes u comfortable at that time.
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  • Pop59
    I would recomend Kaspersky Internet Security 2011, because it has new engine, and everything already said about safe run mode. I am using Kaspersky for 5 years with no problems at all. Before that I had Norton, it was OK but ..., McAfee used on other PC I swap with Kaspersky. At last try them all and choose the one that suits you the best. Good luck!
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  • valmsmith
    Norton and MS have had issues for years, especially in the days of DOS as an OS, of course this had nothing to do with the antivirus products. I have used, over the years a lot of different AV programs, and I have to say that everyone on this site and in the business of repairing PCs has their own idea as to which AV product is "best." Personally, I do NOT care for MacAfee or Norton (Symantec) but each user of these products has different skill levels and different reasons for choosing the products they do. I say, and this is strictly a personal opinon, is to use whatever works for you, and keeps your PCs and networks safe and virus free. No one AV product can catch everything it is asked to protect against, too many variables involved. Consider your client base and what it is they need and are comfortable with, and make you OWN decisions!
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  • CharlieBrowne
    [...] Norton or McAfee [...]
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  • valmsmith
    As an after thought, the best way to stay out of trouble, and know your systems are portected is to go with the AV companies which have earned the trust of folks worldwide and stay away from the Johnny come latelies, or the guys who CLAIM to have something better than everyone else or especially the ones who say they can stop 100% of whats coming at your PCs.
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  • valmsmith
    Before we get into recommending "free" AV from whoever, remember that that is NOT for enterprise or large companies, but basically for personal use. The freeware like from AVG is good, but not if I were to try to protect more than one PC at a time, with the owner/user of the PC being the entitiy to whom the freeware is registered to.
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  • CharlieBrowne
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