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What's beter, Norton or Mcafee

 2:07 pm on Aug 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

What is a better virus scan, Norton or Mcafee, and why?



 4:34 pm on Aug 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

I use Norton now. I have had McAfee in the past but I could never seem to update virus definitions with McAfee. Norton is pretty seemless. I also hear AVG is good.


 1:42 pm on Aug 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the reply. One more question. I've been looking on the Norton site, and I can't seem to find anywhere that it states you get free updates for a year. Do you know if it does? Or if they charge you for the updates? Thanks again.


 2:11 pm on Aug 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Yes, they provide 1 year of virus definition updates.




 2:15 pm on Aug 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

My new notebook came with Norton System Works. It's kept things very happy - Whenever Winders chokes in any way, I run the one button check-up and all is well. And Winders isn't choking very often anymore.

The whole of SystemWorks came with free updates, and they do update rather often.


 2:21 pm on Aug 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

I've got McAfee at home and Norton at work.

Both seem to work well, but McAfee pops up a window and forces you to stop what you are doing, click their link, then sometimes you even need to restart your computer....what a pain in the ***.

Norton updates quietly in the background and lets you know when its done. Pretty sweet.

My choice would be Norton.


 2:38 pm on Aug 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

My choice will be Norton then. I appreciate it very much.


 2:47 pm on Aug 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

At my office, I set up a group to examine Norton, McAfee, Microtrend and a couple of other solutions. Norton was the hands-down favorite by a long shot.

Richard Lowe


 3:24 pm on Aug 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

And can anybody say anything about Sophos?


 5:54 pm on Aug 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

I use McAfee. The last version (6.0) updated in automatic way and you do not need to reboot.

I suggest you to use a firewall too; sometimes it is not so easy to intercept the latest virus, no matter if you have the last virus definition file.


 11:16 pm on Aug 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

I use Norton 2002 as AntiVirus and ZoneAlarm Pro for Firewall. I love the way they work :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)


 7:04 pm on Aug 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

I had McAfee (both antivirus and firewall) for several months and was very happy w/ it. The last automatic firewall update caused my PC to hang everytime I tried to shut down. Customer service was no help, so I gave up on McAfee, and went w/ Norton. Since then, I've had no problems.

NeedScripts, you may have answered a question for me. I have several neighbors looking for antivirus and firewall protection at the cheapest possible cost. So far, I've recommended Zone Alarm and Mailwasher (freebies). I wasn't sure if ZA worked well w/ Norton; I thought I heard someone somewhere say that ZA doesn't work well with ??? And, I can't remember what that other product is (I thought it might have been Mailwasher). I was going to suggest my neighbors plunk down a little bit of money on Norton Antivirus.

Does anyone know if there are any problems w/ AVG6.0 (another freebie) and ZA?


 7:13 pm on Aug 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

I am using Norton antivirus and ZA free version with no problems. Very happy.

I would not hesitate to recommend AVG and ZA free versions. They should work well together.


 7:17 pm on Aug 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

Great thank you! These neighbors are retired folk who email each other quite a bit, and have passed Klez around and around.

Thors Hammer

 7:25 pm on Aug 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

Personally, I like norton. The heuristics in it are nice, and you can customize your level of protection. The live updates are free for the first year. Then you can continue for a fee, or just go to their site manually and get the updates, and apply them manually.

I dont really like system works myself. Just because it allows the user to authorize changes in registry keys, etc... Which can and do cause problems, if you dont know what you are doing and changing.

Just my 2 cents worth.. ;)



 7:29 pm on Aug 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

McAfee Personal Firewall seemed to cause me some system instability. McAfee AntiVirus seems to work fine, although the updates are kind of in your face - they can be a bit confusing for the completely non-technical user. (That kind of user is someone who is rendered helpless when an unexpected window opens, and is incapable of determining whether it is OK to click "OK" ;))

Norton can be set for complete background updating. Good for business networks, too, with ability to set policies, etc.


 7:42 pm on Aug 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

>...and have passed Klez around and around.

Hehe. I have links to AVG, ZA, Eudora and Opera on one of my sites. My little part in the security wars.

I nagged all my friends about antivirus protection months ago and found out about one third of them had no idea if their machines were protected with current antivirus or not. I got all of them protected so they wouldn't infect me. :) Enlightened self-interest!

Every year I tell my newsletter subscribers about all this neat free protection they can download. Honestly, there are a lot of people that do not know that they have to renew definitions.

I'm glad you are getting those folks some help. :)


 8:24 pm on Aug 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

Norton, hands down - for all the reasons above.

Had half Norton and half Mcafee throughout the office when I started here. Changed to all Norton within a year.

Mcafee was 'rude' when it found a virus - "stop what you're doing and deal with ME", and there were problems with updating subscriptions.

Norton is smooth, unobtrusive with updates and virus captures, and their customer service is excellent. I have twice had a problem in the last year where the net connection 'hung' when I was updating subscriptions (after putting in the CC details, waiting for their confirmation and renewal code). Quick email to them. Bang. Apology and FREE updates within hours. I like that.

Brad - you are so right about people not knowing about virus protection. I'm part of a local e-commerce support group here.. we ran a free seminar on viruses last year - had around 60 attendees (all business people, mostly smaller business - 1-20 staff). After the 'lecture' part of the session, I took the Q&A -

started with 'hands up who has AV software on their machines' - about three quarters of the hands went up.

'hands up who knows that their AV subscription and definitions are up to date' - a lot of confused faces and about one-third of the hands stayed up.

They just didn't understand.

It went down very very well, and there have been comments around the community about the reduction in virus transmissions locally - which goes to show what 60 newly clued in people can do in a region of 100,000 people.


 8:56 pm on Aug 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

I am using AVG. I have never had any problems whatsoever. It updates automatically and can be scheduled to run by itself. In the year I have been using it I have yet to get a virus. I use it in conjunction with Zone Alarm and they both work great.


 10:45 pm on Aug 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

i use mcafee. but i know a ton of poeple that complain about it though :)?

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