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Old 01-29-2011, 01:32 PM   #1
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Default Norton vs Microsoft Security Essentials

So I have Norton Anti-Virus on 3 of my computers and it has worked pretty well so far! I came across a couple of posts regarding how Norton is like 'bloatware' and hogs up resources on the PC.

I'm running Windows 7 x64 and have Norton 2011.

Microsoft Security Essentials, apparently, is claimed to perform better than Norton (?)!

Is this true? What do you guys think of Norton? Do you use it? Or do you prefer MSE? If so, why?

Do you guys think I should uninstall Norton and switch to MSE, which is FREE btw!? LOL...
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Old 01-29-2011, 01:43 PM   #2
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<--- MSE user (on Win 7 x64 as well)

Maybe I have more common sense than the average Internet user but I don't honestly remember the last time I had an issue with viruses or malware. The best thing about MSE is it doesn't slow your system to a crawl, even when accessing large folders. The newer editions of Norton are also supposedly good at this. I remember a time when accessing something like the system32 folder with most real-time monitoring engines would cause Explorer to slow down to nearly a halt.
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Old 01-29-2011, 02:17 PM   #3
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<--- MSE user (on Win 7 x64 as well)

Maybe I have more common sense than the average Internet user but I don't honestly remember the last time I had an issue with viruses or malware. The best thing about MSE is it doesn't slow your system to a crawl, even when accessing large folders. The newer editions of Norton are also supposedly good at this. I remember a time when accessing something like the system32 folder with most real-time monitoring engines would cause Explorer to slow down to nearly a halt.
This. Also there are many freeware programs out there, it's not like you're limited to Norton or Microsoft. I run a Spybot scan once in a while, usually it only finds a cookie here and there.
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Old 01-29-2011, 02:26 PM   #4
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<--- MSE user (on Win 7 x64 as well)

Maybe I have more common sense than the average Internet user but I don't honestly remember the last time I had an issue with viruses or malware. The best thing about MSE is it doesn't slow your system to a crawl, even when accessing large folders. The newer editions of Norton are also supposedly good at this. I remember a time when accessing something like the system32 folder with most real-time monitoring engines would cause Explorer to slow down to nearly a halt.

The problem is Joe Computer visits infected sites and don't even realize they are hit with a drive by virus. Not really their fault, they just aren't computer savvy users.

Norton was so bloated for so long that I've quit using it. MSE is arguably as good as Norton or any commercial anti-virus app. It has a relatively light footprint. It doesn't install crap into 50 different locations which you'll have to hunt down to uninstall. And the best part, it does this at a guaranteed to appeal price. Free.

I also run Trend Micro's Hijackthis on occasion. Great tool to see what the heck might have inadvertently got installed and is in the startup list.
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Old 01-29-2011, 02:30 PM   #5
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The problem is Joe Computer visits infected sites and don't even realize they are hit with a drive by virus. Not really their fault, they just aren't computer savvy users.

Norton was so bloated for so long that I've quit using it. MSE is arguably as good as Norton or any commercial anti-virus app. It has a relatively light footprint. It doesn't install crap into 50 different locations which you'll have to hunt down to uninstall. And the best part, it does this at a guaranteed to appeal price. Free.

I also run Trend Micro's Hijackthis on occasion. Great tool to see what the heck might have inadvertently got installed and is in the startup list.
Probably the best feature of MSE that you didn't mention is the fact that it is easy to uninstall. Nortan and Mcaffee are worse than some spyware to uninstall.
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Old 01-29-2011, 02:59 PM   #6
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mse is the largest footprint software. Malicious software removal has been on your pc for years already
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Old 01-29-2011, 03:16 PM   #7
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Norton just feels like a system resource hog, MSE doesn't. Even on an old P4 rig with 1gig of ram, MSE was just easy to deal with.
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One thing I rfeally like about MSE is how quickly it downloads and installs updates. This was important when I was linked to the Internet via expensive satellite. The new 2.0+ version is faster than the original.
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I also prefer MSE. It seems to be less resource intensive to me.
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Old 01-29-2011, 07:16 PM   #10
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Anyone who is basing there experience with Norton off of old versions should really try out 2011. It's awesome. At the moment the two processes that it runs are taking a grand total of 11MBs of memory.
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One thing I rfeally like about MSE is how quickly it downloads and installs updates. This was important when I was linked to the Internet via expensive satellite. The new 2.0+ version is faster than the original.
I agree. MSE is the fastest install & setup I've ever done with a security app (and I've tried lots of 'em). And according to A-V Comparatives' most recent tests, it's right up there with the other top-tier security apps in the important areas.
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Probably the best feature of MSE that you didn't mention is the fact that it is easy to uninstall. Nortan and Mcaffee are worse than some spyware to uninstall.
Agreed, although I've heard Norton is easier than it used to be to uninstall. McAfee, however, is still the proverbial hell in a bucket to get rid of IMHO. It drops about a zillion keys into the Windows Registry, so even after "uninstalling" (ha!) the program via Add/Remove Programs or an official "removal tool," you still have to go into the Registry and manually remove a slew of McAfee entries. And some of them will not let you delete them (even under an Administrator acct.) -- they're locked or something. So basically, it's impossible to get rid of it entirely w/o reformatting & doing a fresh Windows installation (or, I suppose, using System Restore if that's practical).

Combined with the fact its proactive detection sucks, and their customer service sucks more, I absolutely hate McAfee. I have friends/acquaintances who ask me to remove it from their new computers, and it's always an annoying task.
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Old 01-30-2011, 01:12 PM   #13
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MSE is decent. I had problem with my mom's PC being infected with one of rogue antiviruses. It didn't detected it. She has limited user account, so malware was limited to her account only. Scanning the executable with MSE did not yield detection.

This is the last "in" in malware world, list of this rogue AVs is huge:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...urity_software
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