Best Internet Security Software?

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Up for renewal on Windows XP and Vista (PC and Laptops). So many to choose from! BitDefender, Webroot, Kaspersky, Norton AVG, McAfee, etc.... Who do you recommend and why? Thx!
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  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    Might want to use the search function as this question seems to be asked every week.
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    • Thanks. Your posts there were helpful as well

      Originally Posted by KimW View Post

      Might want to use the search function as this question seems to be asked every week.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pursuit2Success
    Comodo Internet Security! It's FREE! It's so powerful that it blocked my internet connection LOL! Didn't even know haha.
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  • Profile picture of the author vishalduggal
    I recommend AVG Internet security 2011. I have tried almost every Internet Security suite but no one is better then AVG.
    It consumes very less ram has a great firewall and eevry feature you can wish on a great internet security suite.
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  • Profile picture of the author partymonger
    Kaspersky Internet security is pretty good and not hard on the pocket.


    Right now im using Windows security essentials along with windows firewall. Works well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Floyd Fisher
    Since 1996, I have trusted nothing but Norton.

    To me nothing else compares. They invented the stuff, they are the world leader in this field, and I have the peace of mind knowing I have not been infected by anything since.

    Almost everyone I know that has used the competition has come to me at one point or another trying to figure out how to get rid of some virus or trojan off their system. That's when I set 'em straight....right after I spend like 3 days disinfecting their cyber-petrie dishes for 'em.

    Real friends, tell friends use Norton.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Baker
      Originally Posted by Floyd Fisher View Post

      Since 1996, I have trusted nothing but Norton.

      To me nothing else compares. They invented the stuff, they are the world leader in this field, and I have the peace of mind knowing I have not been infected by anything since.

      Almost everyone I know that has used the competition has come to me at one point or another trying to figure out how to get rid of some virus or trojan off their system. That's when I set 'em straight....right after I spend like 3 days disinfecting their cyber-petrie dishes for 'em.

      Real friends, tell friends use Norton.
      Norton is nothing but bloatware. Have you ever tried to un-install the beast? It leaves literally hundreds of other files behind that are just sitting on your computer. You'd think a program that has been around long enough would be able to have an un-installer that cleans up after itself better that it does.
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      • Profile picture of the author Floyd Fisher
        Originally Posted by mikescos View Post

        Norton is nothing but bloatware. Have you ever tried to un-install the beast? It leaves literally hundreds of other files behind that are just sitting on your computer. You'd think a program that has been around long enough would be able to have an un-installer that cleans up after itself better that it does.
        Mike, I love you, but I gotta set the record straight. So don't take this personal, I just take computer security seriously is all.

        First off, the claims of Norton being bloatware are old news. They fixed that years ago. I should know, because I've run every version since 1996.

        I'll be honest with you, at one time, I was in tears over how much it gummed up my system....but since about 2008, it's been fixed (as has been verified by numerous reviews on the product since then).

        I've got Norton in right now (2011 version), and my system is as fast as a cat.

        Tell you what: Pick any benchmark you want. I'll run it and post the scores along with my computer specs. If Norton is gumming up the system, you should be able to compare with similarly equipped systems, and find it's lagging. Prime 95, HD Tach, Sandra, it won't matter. And, no, I haven't tweaked any hardware settings (yet).

        As far as the uninstall....now why would I do that for? So I can put the competition on there and get infected like I had in the past? Or get my system destroyed durring disinfection, and have to reinstall everything to get it running again? No thanks. Been there, done that, got the scars to prove it.

        Please don't confuse me with a fanboy, I have stories about competing antivirus software that would make your ears curl. All from personal experience.
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      • Profile picture of the author cath01ka
        According to me best internet security software is Bit Defender.
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    • Profile picture of the author partymonger
      Originally Posted by Floyd Fisher View Post

      Since 1996, I have trusted nothing but Norton.

      To me nothing else compares. They invented the stuff, they are the world leader in this field, and I have the peace of mind knowing I have not been infected by anything since.

      Almost everyone I know that has used the competition has come to me at one point or another trying to figure out how to get rid of some virus or trojan off their system. That's when I set 'em straight....right after I spend like 3 days disinfecting their cyber-petrie dishes for 'em.

      Real friends, tell friends use Norton.
      Norton isnt bad, but there are several better programmes that take lesser resources, better detection rate and hence much more effective.
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  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    Sorry Floyd, but major disagreement with you on this one. Norton WAS excellent back in the day,but that day has long since passed. I haven't personally used it for years,but I still get machines to fix sometimes that have the latest and still majorly bloated and obtrusive version on them.

    Norton antivirus was a product of Peter Norton,who had several excellent programs back when personal computing was getting started. ANother one of his products was Norton Utilities.

    Norton sold his company to Symantec. NAV has since become a bloated monster that rarely does the job it was orginally created to do.

    Disclaimer: Of course, as I said ,I havent used Norton in years, so maybe they have fixed the problems their software was having.
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  • Profile picture of the author kangen
    I would go for Avira. Safe and sound and easy to use. And most important feature to me, its very very light software, doesn't take too long to load. I'm just loving it.
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  • Profile picture of the author samfrido
    I reccommend you AVG Anti-Virus Free 2011. Best Antivirus is the one that give nice protection without costing anything. In this category of nice free Anti viruses, I feel AVG Anti-Virus Free 2011 at the top. It is quite effective and does not eat up much Memory. And provide Free update fecility.
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  • Profile picture of the author cevin
    I would recomment online armor. I have been using it for 2 years on about 7 computers. I have never had a problem. You can try the free version and if you like it you can buy the full version, which provides you a full internet security on every aspect.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pursuit2Success
    I don't like Norton nor Trend Micro security...
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  • Profile picture of the author akonsant
    Quick Heal Anti Virus is the Best Anti virus for Internet Security and also for Desktop or Laptop Syatem. I had used these Quick Heal Anti Virus since last two Year. Quick Heal Provided Full Security Against the Virus and Unauthorized Activity.
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  • I recommend Kaspersky antivirus. It has the highest virus detection rates
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  • Profile picture of the author KathyK
    I use Kaspersky Internet Security (the one with the firewall). License for 3 computers - but get it on Amazon - it's MUCH cheaper than buying direct.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Baker
    I see some people here using programs that are very suspect to say the least.

    Here is a list of the top 21 Internet Security Suites for 2011. If the program you are using is not in the list, then I highly recommend you change to one on this list.

    *Note. I do not completely agree with this list, but I am using it as a comparison to show you what a good program is and what isn't*

    1: Webroot Internet Security Essentials
    2: BitDefender Internet Security
    3: Kaspersky Internet Security
    4: Norton Internet Security
    5: ESET Smart Security
    6: AVG Internet Security
    7: Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security
    8: eScan Internet Security Suite
    9: ZoneAlarm Internet Security
    10: BullGuard Internet Security
    11: McAfee Internet Security
    12: Lavasoft Ad-Aware
    13: Acronis Internet Security Suite
    14: PC Tools Internet Security
    15: Norman Security Suite
    16: Panda Internet Security
    17: PC Security Shield
    18: G Data Internet Security
    19: F-Secure Internet Security
    20: CA Internet Security Suite
    21: Outpost Security Suite Pro

    The security suites were ranked by their anti-spyware protection, anti-virus protection, firewall protection, other security features, ease of use, and help & support.
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  • Profile picture of the author rickyhyden
    My favourite Security software is

    AVG Free Edition
    BitDefender Online Scan System
    McAfee VirusScan for Windows
    Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal Pro
    avast! Home Edition
    Panda Antivirus Platinum
    Norton AntiVirus
    HandyBits
    HijackThis Software
    ESET NOD32 Antivirus
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
      I hated Norton for a very long time. Mostly because they sucked. They were the worst resource hog, and the most likely AV software to take a system down. And, as Mike and Kim mentioned, it was bloody torture to try and remove. Nasty piece of ....

      Then they brought out the Norton Internet Security Suite. They went from the worst to the best I've seen, in one swell foop. I don't know that they're the best available (haven't tried all the others), but it's a great product in my experience.

      VERY resource friendly. And stops just about everything.


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    • Profile picture of the author statha
      According to my knowledge following five are best Internet Security Software:

      1. BitDefender Internet Security
      2. Kaspersky Internet Security
      3. Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security
      4. AVG Internet Security
      5. ZoneAlarm Internet Security
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  • Profile picture of the author alcymart
    Most people are Overdoing it as far as security goes! I'm not saying it's not important but picture a typical person with Windows 7 install which has it's own firewall, a security suite which installs its own firewall, his router having its own built in firewall, and some with a modem with built in firewall!

    Give me a break folks! This is in most part due to all the hype about we needing so much security, and that's just for a firewall in which nobody will most likely ever even attempt to go through in the first place!

    I think Norton got over-bloated because of greed. "Hey, people are actually buying multiple Firewalls, lets give em even more security and make more moolah"...The hype died a bit, just enough to throw a few versions of Norton into the trash bin

    I agree with a previous poster, they improved their software, but thats because they didn't have a choice! Sales were going down too dramatically! They made a ton of Money prior with their brand name and then sacrificed the brand in exchange for more and more Money!

    They don't make them any greedier than that! Anything wrong with being greedy? Thats not my point and I don't want to comment along this line, but to the expense of consumers? That part troubles me...

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    • Profile picture of the author Floyd Fisher
      Originally Posted by alcymart View Post

      Most people are Overdoing it as far as security goes! I'm not saying it's not important but picture a typical person with Windows 7 install which has it's own firewall, a security suite which installs its own firewall, his router having its own built in firewall, and some with a modem with built in firewall!

      Give me a break folks! This is in most part due to all the hype about we needing so much security, and that's just for a firewall in which nobody will most likely ever even attempt to go through in the first place!

      I think Norton got over-bloated because of greed. "Hey, people are actually buying multiple Firewalls, lets give em even more security and make more moolah"...The hype died a bit, just enough to throw a few versions of Norton into the trash bin

      I agree with a previous poster, they improved their software, but thats because they didn't have a choice! Sales were going down too dramatically! They made a ton of Money prior with their brand name and then sacrificed the brand in exchange for more and more Money!

      They don't make them any greedier than that! Anything wrong with being greedy? Thats not my point and I don't want to comment along this line, but to the expense of consumers? That part troubles me...

      Bernard St-Pierre
      First off, if all you are using is windows security suite, I expect a post in the near future about your system getting borked by some malicious download you didn't see coming.

      About Norton, the real problem was this: They were too busy adding features, and not paying attention to usability. What they ended up with was a product that really stopped malicious code well, but used so many system resources to accomplish this that it's not funny.

      There are many facets to programming. Effectiveness, usability, speed just to name a few. You get one of those out of whack, and you end up with programs no one wants to use.

      Norton was definitely out of whack for awhile. I loved the security, but for example, did they really need to launch 4 instances of live update on each and every reboot of the system? I'm sometimes on a laptop, which turns on and off several times a day. Does any company update their antivirus that often? If they do, then great. Otherwise, it's a total waste.

      No, Norton was not driven by greed, but by a sense of duty to the public to keep their hardware secure. Problem is when you focus on one priority like a lazer beam (trust me they did this), you lose sense of the whole picture.

      Several years ago, MS did the same thing. After being whacked on the head repeatedly for years about lack of security in their products, they put out an OS that focused on that and that only. It's called Vista, and even I thought the programmers who put that together should be shot. I was too secure, to the point of being useless, and I was upset as much as you were.

      Yeah, we like security, but we like other things too....like being able to use our systems without nag screens, auto update functions going crazy, and other not so nice stuff. It's called balance, and if you fail to strike the proper one, nobody likes you. Trust me, I know.
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      • Profile picture of the author Damian G
        I'll also put my vote in for Kaspersky.

        Also be aware that bypassing AV is actually quite trivial. Don't be fooled into thinking that just because you have AV you are safe.

        As for the firewall comments earlier. If you have a firewall at the edge of your network then you really don't need another one on your pc. Having one on your pc in this case is only good for stopping the propagation of malware across your network.

        This being said, most malware is delivered directly onto your computer these days by either you manually downloading and executing it (eg: exe, pdf etc) or by it exploiting a vulnerability in your browser when you browse to a website that delivers malicious content (called a drive by).

        Basically all you can do is layer your security and always remain vigilant. Never think you are 100% safe or clean.
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        • Profile picture of the author cath01ka
          I think best Internet Security Softwares are
          Norton Antivirus
          AVG
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  • Profile picture of the author Rich Lowe
    Hi,

    I've been really happy with Bit Defender.

    Rich
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    • Profile picture of the author nydialouise
      Quick Heal Anti-Virus is the best anti-virus and Internet security as desktop or laptop system. I used these Quick Heal Anti-Virus for the past two years. Quick Heal ensure complete security against viruses and unauthorized activity.
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  • Profile picture of the author rain21
    I use microsoft security essentials + directory mechanic and its fine, in your list Kaspersky is better as i heard.
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  • Profile picture of the author alg
    Eset fast and efficient.
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