Ha, fooled you. Okay, my Norton Internet Security 2006 expired last month and I'm trying to figure out if I should renew it (it got bad reviews from CNET, but good ones from PC Mag) or if I should look somewhere else. I tried the new versions of Trend Micro Internet Security and Zone Alarm Internet Security. Trend Micro is resource hungry, and Zone Alarm slowed down my start up. Should I get another all-in-one program, or look for some freeware to download?
What to choose...
I suggest sticking with Norton, but as punishment for getting bad reviews, renew it illegally.
How can I do that?
Just look online for a software crack.
You could download the Norton Internet Security 2006 with the crack HERE. The only problem is that you have to turn off Live Update and download the definition updates manually.
And if you want to do it legally or illegally, you have a lot of choices.
NOD32 Antivirus System
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NOD32 Antivirus System provides well balanced, state-of-the-art protection against threats endangering your PC and enterprise systems running various platforms from Microsoft Windows 95 / 98 / ME / NT / 2000 / 2003 / XP, through a number of UNIX/Linux, Novell, MS DOS operating systems to Microsoft Exchange Server, Lotus Domino and other mail servers.
Viruses, worms, trojans and other malware are kept out of striking distance of your valuable data. Advanced detection methods implemented in the software even provide protection against the future threats from most of the new worms and viruses.
The fourth generation of the NOD32 Antivirus System features a fully integrated software suite characterized by an unprecedented detection track record, the fastest scanning rates and extremely low utilization of system resources.
NOD32's detection efficiency combined with 2-50 times faster hard disk scanning rate earned the product many international prestigious awards.
NOD32 is the world leader of the Virus Bulletin 100% Awards having won more awards (21) than any competing product. Since its first submission for testing in May 1998, NOD32 was the only tested product that has never missed a single In the Wild virus.
Key Features Include:
* Centralized management of the resident antivirus modules and filters.
* Intuitive directory tree style system for easy access to:
- Automatic, internet/LAN Update module
- Centralized system of log files for all installed modules
- AMON - resident on-access monitor
- NOD32 - on-demand scanner
- IMON - Internet monitor - scans e-mails incoming via the POP3 protocol
- EMON - complementary e-mail scanner module - scans e-mails incoming via MAPI interface (details below)
- Flexible task scheduler and planning module
- Quarantine directory
- Key system information
This latest version of the widely acclaimed NOD32 antivirus system enhances support for a variety of malicious threats including browser-delivered malware, spyware, adware, riskware, and potentially dangerous applications. Version 2.5 also introduces the NOD32 Early Warning System (NEWS), which provides customers with timely alerts to new threats, and also allows for the streamlined submission of new malware or suspicious code to ESET's Threat Lab for analysis.
Homepage - http://www.eset.com
**AVG Anti-Virus Professional Single Edition 7.1.407 **
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AVG Professional Single Edition is perfectly designed to give you the maximum antivirus protection for your single home PC or workstation.
* It is simple to install and operate. No IT expertise is required and it can run in the background, providing uninterrupted protection. All file and e-mail activity is checked automatically, allowing you to get on with your work without worrying about viruses.
* It is extremely fast, reliable and light on resources, so, no matter how demanding a user you are, it will not slow down your performance.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal 18.104.22.1683
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Kaspersky(r) Anti-Virus 6.0 is simple to install and set up, yet offers advanced users a range of versatile settings for fine-tuning the program.The program integrates seamlessly with the Microsoft Windows family of operating systems and is fully compatible with other security programs (for example, firewalls).
Protection for email. Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6.0 scans email traffic for viruses according to the protocol via which it is sent (POP3, IMAP and NNTP for incoming mail and SMTP for outgoing mail) on any mail program, while plug-ins and treatment for viruses in Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Outlook Express mail databases are offered.
Scanning of Internet traffic. All HTTP Internet traffic is scanned for viruses in real-time, ensuring that infected objects are not saved to the computer's hard disk.
Protection for file systems. Individual files, catalogues and disks can be designated for antivirus scanning. Users can limit antivirus scanning to critical areas of the operating system and startup objects to ensure that attention is focused on the most vulnerable areas of the system.
Control over changes in the file system. With Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6.0 it is possible to compile lists of applications, the component structure of which will be controlled, thus helping to prevent malicious programs from undermining the integrity of the application.
Monitors processes in the memory. The product monitors the activity of programs and processes that have been launched in the computer's memory and, at the same time, warns users of any dangerous, suspicious or hidden processes (that is, rootkits), and of unauthorized changes in routine processes.
Monitors changes in the operating system registry. The application controls the status of the system registry and notifies users of any suspicious objects or attempts to create hidden keys in the registry.
Blocks dangerous macros. Proactive protection affords control over the operation of macros based on Visual Basic for Applications in Microsoft Office documents and blocks dangerous macro-commands from being executed.
System restore. The system can be restored after malicious activity. Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6.0 can roll back any changes made to the system by malicious programs.
Fast operating speeds
Technology for accelerated antivirus scanning. iSwift and iChecker technology make it possible to limit scanning to new and modified files, or to limit scanning to potentially dangerous objects only. Antivirus scanning can be suspended during times of increased user activity to ensure that your computer's resources are free for your use.
Reduced update sizes. The size of updates downloaded to users' PC has been reduced almost 10 times (now amounting to several tens of kilobytes) in Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6.0, making our updates virtually instant.
**Trend Micro Pc-Cillin Internet Security 2006 v14.1 **
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Trend Micro PC-cillin Internet Security 2006 combines award- winning antivirus security with a personal firewall to block various kinds of viruses, worms, Trojans, hackers and blended threats. PC-cillin also stops and removes spyware, protects against phishing fraud and blocks spam. Plus, it guards your wireless network by alerting you when an intruder uses your Wi-Fi connection
* Antivirus Security
* Phishing Fraud Defence
* Spam Filtering
* Personal Firewall
* Parental Controls
* Wi-Fi Wireless Protection
* Home Network Control
* Outbreak Warning System
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The most important step you can take is to secure your system. And SpywareBlaster is the most powerful protection program available.
# Prevent the installation of ActiveX-based spyware, adware, browser hijackers, dialers, and other potentially unwanted software.
# Block spyware/tracking cookies in Internet Explorer and Mozilla/Firefox.
# Restrict the actions of potentially unwanted sites in Internet Explorer.
**Lavasoft Ad-aware Professional **
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Ad-Aware SE Professional is designed to provide you with the highest level of protection against malicious spyware and malware including keyloggers, hijackers and downloaders. Lavasoft's CSI technology protects you from both known and emerging threat variants and gives you real-time protection for your computer with our advanced Ad-Watch real-time monitor.
User-controlled spyware removal
Code Sequence Identification (CSI) technology
Extensive Lavasoft Detection Database
Blocks browser hijackers
Executable file protection
Process Watch module
Advanced command line interface
AVG Anti Spyware v22.214.171.124
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Easy to use protection install and forget
- New program versions and updates, for free, throughout the license duration
- Quality proven by all major antivirus certifications (VB100%, ICSA, West Coast Labs Checkmark)
- 24/7 technical support provided at no extra cost
- Resident shield with on-access scanning
- Unique automatic threat-removal anti-spyware engine
- Self-protection at kernel layer guarantees gapless monitoring
- Strong signatures for higher resistance to malware (malicious software) variations
Agnitum Outpost Firewall Pro
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Being online is fraught with dangers: Internet worms, spyware agents, Trojan horses, hijackers and more can wreak havoc, causing anything from slow performance to system crashes to information leaks to full-blown identity theft. To provide you with the kind of protection you need in these days of cyber thieves and online extortionists, your firewall must be able to monitor all inbound and outbound traffic and protect you from any unauthorized intrusion by rendering your PC invisible to anything that you haven't authorized to see it.
Outpost Firewall Pro Benefits
Protection against spyware and identity theft
New anti-spyware capabilities protect your computer against spyware and identity theft. Spyware cannot enter, activate on or transmit information out of computers protected by Outpost 4.0. And the ID Block feature lets you select specific items of personal information, for example bank account numbers, and block that information from ever leaving the PC. Even if you choose to disable spyware protection during PC-intensive tasks, your PC will still be protected --- all new requests for connections must be verified as spyware-free before being allowed to proceed.
ISS BlackICE PC Protection
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BlackICE PC Protection
Windows(r) 98, XP Home, XP Pro, 2000 Pro, Me, NT 4.0 Workstation
BlackICE PC Protection Guards and Secures Against:
Theft of personal identity, passwords or credit card info and more...
Hackers using your PC to launch attacks against other PC users
Computer downtime and system crashes
BlackICE STOPS ATTACKERS COLD
BLOCKS hacker attacks instantly
PREVENTS destructive applications like worms and Trojans from ever starting
REPORTS attempted attacks and identifies intruders
SECURES any Internet connection, including dial-up, DSL, or cable modem
BlackICE PC Protection is Powerful and Easy-to-Use
BlackICE teams a personal firewall with an advanced intrusion detection system to constantly watch your Internet connection for suspicious behavior. BlackICE responds immediately by alerting you to trouble and instantly blocking the threat.
BlackICE PC Protection now features Application Protection, an exciting new feature designed to shield your PCs, laptops and workstations from hijack by an attacker, and protects you from Trojan horse applications, worms and other destructive threats.
BlackICE's Application Protection quickly and invisibly defeats dangerous programs that attackers deliver through instant messaging, email, or even your Web browser! BlackICE stops these destructive programs before they do harm-like damaging your PC or launching email attacks against your friends and co-workers.
BlackICE automatically detects and blocks attacks through a comprehensive inspection of all inbound and outbound information to your computer. And BlackICE PC Protection is constantly working to secure your dial-up, DSL, and cable modem from hackers 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
BlackICE PC Protection offers:
Professional-strength protection from hackers for your home PC
An advanced Intrusion Detection System (IDS) Plus a Firewall!
Easy installation and "out-of-the-box" protection means you're instantly protected
This list is just some of the stuff that you can get for free, but for any kiddies out there, stealing is wrong!
Good lord, that long post must mean that you have something very important to do. Impressive, though.
I installed Virtual PC on my machine and browse the internet using it... I have no security set up on it and viruses, for some reason, don't infect it. I run the freeware of AVG on the non-virtual machine.
My school now gives out the corporate edition of Symantec's Antivirus. I'm using that now. Should I use XP firewall or download one? If I should download one, which one should I choose?
I'm getting a free copy of Vista Home Edition in December, all legal and everything.
This has no relevance to the conversation, but I rule!
AVG free edition has worked well and solidly for me for more 5 years
If you have XP, you should upgrade to SP2. This will give you windows firewall. If you don't want windows firewall to mess with your system, then you can disable it. Same with the pop-up blocker. But SP2 has quite a few patches you may want applied to your system.As far as non-MS firewalls, I personally like McAfee's firewall. EDIT: though, I would be hesitatnt to install McAfee firewall on a machine that is running Norton. The two companies don't like each other.
I've been running Trend Micro PC-cillin on my laptop with XP for the past year and I have never had any issues with viruses or the program acting up. My PC on the other hand was a complete bitch when running Norton 2006 and just really annoying with Zone Alarm.
I wish there was a way to get the 2006 version of PC-cillin. I've tried the 2007 version, and it sucks. Resource hog.
My dad wants to put a new copy of Internet Security(Norton) on my laptop, but I have a bad feeling all that is going to do is slow everything down even more than it already is. Plus, I don't use Windows much anymore, so it really wouldnt be worth it. ZoneAlarm seems to work fine for me at the moment.
The new Norton hasn't gotten good ratings. I wouldn't recommend it.
It's packed full of so much extra stuff it slows down the computer's performance more than is necessary. It has popups every bloody minute for this and that for the first little while. There are other programs that do the same thing and are much more hassle free and don't integrate themselves into absolutely every function of your computer (therefore slowing it down).
What program are you exactly talking about? Norton?
Yes he is.