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Norton Antivirus subscription renewal rip-off?

Discussion in 'Exploring Computers!!' started by ld50, November 27, 2007.

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  1. Charlie

    Charlie Well-Known Member

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    Norton just really slows up the computer.

    If you do really want to keep Norton though, a quick wipe of it, and re-install it, and you have it for another year. That is what I did before I saw the light and totally dumped it.
     
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  3. Brans Freestyle

    Brans Freestyle Active Member

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    i wouldn't trust a free a/v, if you ever get a real virus it is going to completely mess up whatever a/v you have and then you are screwed.

    i would just stick with norton, if you want something different there is an a/v called panda titanium that is kick ass, it slows your system down a little more than norton but it really gets the job done.

    send me a pm if you want a copy of norton corporate, it takes up no resources and is the best version of norton you can get, no subscriptions or anything.
     
  4. Campo

    Campo Elitus Explorus

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    I've been using AVG free for 3 years and have never had a virus.
    They also have anti-spyware. http://free.grisoft.com/

    I don't use the anti-spyware because I use SpyBot and adaware.

    If you would rather use a pay for AV get Trend Micro AntiVirus plus AntiSpyware 2008 http://www.antivirus.com

    I used Trend Micro AV before and it was just awesome. Just don't see a point in paying for AV anymore.

    Norton and McAfee just flat out suck. They take up way to many system resources for what it's supposed to do.

    Avast is good but from past experience it didn't update often enough and was slow during the email scans(not as slow as Norton). But I haven't tried it out in a couple of years. Don't know how it is now.

    I've been an IT Specialist for just over 12 years now. I'm A+, Server+, Security+ and MCSE certified and I'm now working on my CISSP certification.

    Good luck
     
  5. briwayjones

    briwayjones Manual Master

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    It depends on the AV program. As long as there have been Nortons and McAfee there have been free AV programs that are just as good. AVG is a good program. These days Anti-Spyware is the important thing though.
     
  6. briwayjones

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    I would use AVG anti-spyware also. In my experience SpyBot and Adaware miss a lot and are very slow updating to remove newer spyware.
     
  7. Joe Dirt

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    I agree- I use Avast at home, and we use Avast at work as well- works awesome, on the Avast website, they have downloads to allow you to use Avast home for free... It's caught 8 or 9 virused emails and a few websites in the last 2 weeks and updates the virus database every day...

    We used AVG at my old employer- and it worked really well also- can't go wrong with either one, IMHO... :thumbsup:
     
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  8. mcpherson

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    I use AVG personally an on all my clients pc's. Software tends to be a trend when its free it can be the best software ever, but once it goes corporate and they start charging for it, it then becomes useless; just look at ZoneAlarm.

    I also use SpyBot and Adaware together.
     
  9. Millertime1987

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    Well I am a long time user of McAffee. Never had an issue with them in the 6+ years of useing them. Its not free infact its about the same price as Norton but the 8 in 1 set has everything you need except wireless protection.
    But with wireless protection go with a WPA security code and you will be gold.
     
  10. gijoecam

    gijoecam Village Idiot Elite Explorer

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    I'm running Avast on my laptop, and I've been running it on my wife's PC. So far, so good... I'm still running Norton Interent Security on my desktop, but it's running well, and has been for years, and I've got a subscription hack that's got me good until 2026, so I can't see dumping it until the OS takes a dive and needs a clean install.

    -Joe
     
  11. Flounder

    Flounder Owns 10,000 Marbles Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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    Just throwing in my .02:

    I ran Norton AV and then Internet Security for about four years. It absolutely dogs systems. When NIS '05 expired, I switched to AVG Free for virus protection, ZoneAlarm Free for firewall protection and Ad-Aware for spy-junk (I usually run the free version, but I took advantage of the $9.95 for Pro that Lavasoft ran a while back). I haven't had any problems since the switch over, and my task manager shows about 8 fewer running processes. In the end, considering the price of Symantec's stuff, the decision was a great one.

    I do, however, use the firewall on my router as well as secured wireless (code + no broadcast + connections limited by MAC address) in my apartment.
     
  12. ld50

    ld50 Oh, the money you`ll blow Elite Explorer

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    I trid both those free programs and figure I`ll just stick with AVG for now, and run adaware once in a while.

    As for why Norton has not adjusted for currencey rates:

    Norton did responsd to my e-mail with a form letter directed at subscription renewal, with an addition that told me that Norton did not directly run the website, and did not oversee how prices were set.

    hmmph

    I responded by saying that maybe management at Norton should be a little more involved with these matters, since ultimately, they make their money off people like me, and were not the only provider of anti-virus software. Then I added that any further response was unnecessary, since I was no longer a customer, and had just deleted all my Norton/Symantec software, and would be using software from one of the many other companies out there.

    but they did respond...

    I got an apology letter from a "supervisor" who offered me a free month of subscription to make up for price discrepancies. Screw that though, they can continue to overcharge any unsuspecting Canadians that way. I wonder how many have re-newed without looking a little closer like I did?

    -Thanks guys
     
  13. ld50

    ld50 Oh, the money you`ll blow Elite Explorer

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    Here`s my response to the supervisor:





    You don`t understand. Symantec is ripping off Canadians by not adjusting their exchange rate. Not only is this unethical, it seems to me that it should also be illegal.



    You want to throw me a bone by giving me a free month subscription while your website STILL continues to overcharge my Countrymen?

    That would be pretty selfish of me. My condemnation of your company and it`s products is based on how you are operating at this time, I cannot deal with an organization that is dishonest.



    Until I see that you are charging fees properly FOR EVERYONE, I will not even consider using your products, and will of course pass on my concerns to friends, family, and all internet forums I participate in.
     

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