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However, I had endless problems with NIS 2004, resulting in the software crashing and infecting my machine 6 times in 10 days.
I uninstalled NIS 2004 (which was included as a trial version in my laptop) and installed a copy of NIS 2003 which I had purchased for my desktop - haven't had any problems since.
A step to far in the development of the firewall which seems to be the problem.
Firewall - You won't go far wrong with 'Zone Alarm Pro 4 [zonelabs.com]', also good teacher of the basic principles of firewall security.
AV - Norton is fine.
Regarding McAfee - i've seen it get its knickers in a twist with a new computer and OS, though i own a copy of the latest suite, which i plan to put onto my fileserver (home office).
I am a big Norton Antivirus Fan and Zone Alarm Pro for software firewall.
The best is to have Norton Antivirus then maybe a hardware firewall on a router.
Had Mcafee once it was slow updating, viruses not always cuaght in time.
Norton seems to be more gracefull in handling a virus, just install and leave it to run in the background.
1. Avast Anti-Virus or Trend Micro PC-cillin Anti-Virus
2. Zone Alarm Pro
AVG Anti-Virus is pretty good but lacks some features and on some machines auto update will not work.
I've tried many anti-virus and firewall applications. Those ones seem to be the best overall. There reliable and secure. Not saying there 100% of course.
Don't use either products. Both are a major pain, nothing but issues. McAfee anti-virus is good but not compatible with other programs. I've found this true in Norton as well. Norton over all for anti-virus and a firewall suck in all areas.
Exactly, I get to see a lot of machines with varied hardware and software, some of it very specialised... and both these anti-virus programs cause no end of nuisance.
As to firewall, I have McAfee Personal Firewall on my laptop. No complaints.
Desktops are connected to routers with hardware firewalls. No complaints there either.
Maybe I'm just easy to please. :)
The best products that we have found are the ones that keep it simple. NOD32 from Eset is our favorite - not well known, but faster, lighter and more reliable than either of the two best sellers.
1. Unstable, not compatible with other applications/games.
2. Virus Definitions take to long to come out and don't even apply most of the time properly since the auto update doesn't work (mainly Norton).
3. Both company products in regards to firewalls do not provide adequate security protection. Of course nothing is 100% but ZoneAlarm Pro or even Sygate for that matter are far superior. Ask any security expert.
4. Both company products are extremely bloated and way to many unneeded features to confuse the end user.
End users in general will not complain unless compatibility issues arise or unstability. They think if they just leave it the Anti-virus and firewall will protect them. This is not the case and this is why I say McAfee and Norton do not cut it. ZoneAlarm it good but doesn't provide basic firewall protection like it should. No matter what you use it has to cover all the areas and the product has to be kept up to date.