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Old 12-15-2011   #1
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Got a notice that Norton 2012 is out. I guess I tried it back in 2009 and they've been bugging me ever since. These antivirus makers trot out a new product every year. Many of them are "subscription based" now, so you have to buy a new one every year. With the free products out like MS Security Essentials, who is still buying antivirus software? What's the point? In this economy there are better things to throw your money at. Like rent.

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Jim, I have tried Norton before and experienced numerous crashes pc slowdowns etc. I am now using free Avast and it has not yet let me down.
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I've used Norton for years and have never had any trouble. I use it both at work and home too.
We had a free one the main IT guy downloaded somewhere, but it caused more problems than it was worth.
I guess its a matter of what makes you feel comfortable. Me? I'll stay with Norton 2012.
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Jim, I have tried Norton before and experienced numerous crashes pc slowdowns etc. I am now using free Avast and it has not yet let me down.
I agree with what Wolf said.
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I agree with Georgepat. Some free downloaded products are good, like Irvanview image viewer and editor. Most are not backed up with the extensive research and experience that Norton has.
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I used to have Norton.. but a few years ago I dropped it because like everyone said, it was nothing but trouble.. and it was a systems HOG! I have since used Avast and it is wonderful, runs in the background, barely uses any resources, does not scream and cry everytime something happens, loads quickly, updates are unnoticeable and provides all kinds of protection (p2p, gaming, etc)
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I use MAC so Norton is a non issue. In my Windows days I quickly dumped Norton and McAfee as resource hogs. Trend Micro made a good product that was not a resource hog as does Kaspersky.

Now I have Sophos on my MAC to keep me from passing on to all you windows users those nasty creepy crawlies that affect your systems and keep the phishing tools out of mine.

Sophos had been great on my MAC, don't have any experience with the Windows version.
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I used to have Norton.. but a few years ago I dropped it because like everyone said, it was nothing but trouble.. and it was a systems HOG! I have since used Avast and it is wonderful, runs in the background, barely uses any resources, does not scream and cry everytime something happens, loads quickly, updates are unnoticeable and provides all kinds of protection (p2p, gaming, etc)
I agree about Avast being an excellent program, Heinz. It uses way less resources that Norton or even AVG (which is also free . I have bought numerous pc's and laptops over the years and a good number of them came preloaded with Norton. The first thing I do when I get home is dump / uninstall Norton and there is usually a noticeable improvement in in the new pc's responsiveness.
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Another dissatisfied Norton user. I switched to AVG for 2 years and now use MS Security Essentials with no ill effects (knocking on wood).
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I used Norton many years ago, and it was a total system hog, although since the 2011 release, I think, it seems they've solved that particular problem, at least on relatively recent systems. I've heard good things about Avast and a few others, but I changed to Kaspersky about 3yrs ago and have been VERY happy with it.


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