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    I was Amazon.com and read comments from users about the Norton 2004 Antivirus. Seems like a LOT of problems. It has activation and slows down your system.

    Ever notice any bugs in your copy of 2004??
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    imo Norton AV has always been a resource hog, although this activation is news to me.

    just makes me all the more glad i use free AVG

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    I asked my boss at the winery to pick up 2 copies of 2004 when he went to Holland, to the printers. Now I'm kind of hoping he doesn't get that job done. I think the 2003 would be a better choice and just purchse the annual virus updates for the 2 computers at the winery.

    Also this evening, when I opened up my e-mail, Outlook Express Norton found 10 new viruses (worms) that are the latest threat. Since yesterday I have received 21 worms in email.
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    There has been quite a bit of uproar over Norton's activation scheme shortcomings.
    A sample;
    http://www.extremetech.com/article2/...1398390,00.asp

    It looks like those having problems have big ones!

    As minibubba mentioned, the Free AVG is a great product. For the price, it would surely be worth giving it a chance, don't you think?

    http://www.grisoft.com/

    I for one am quite pleased with the protection and low system overhead:thumb:
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    And just to give you another option for free AntiVirus I've been running Avast! Home Edition on my computer and anyone elses computer that had McAfee/Norton that I came across. Its free, only requires some info for registration, and can be updated for free for life.

    www.avast.com

    And right now with all its protections running its only taking up 10 mbs of RAM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fatguy3
    And right now with all its protections running its only taking up 10 mbs of RAM.
    compared to what AVG uses that is 9 times more ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by minibubba
    imo Norton AV has always been a resource hog, although this activation is news to me.
    Now maybe Norton has been a resource hog in the past but that has ended. I am running the new Norton Corporate 8.1, and in my system has been up for 3 days straight... task manager reports that Rtvscan.exe (real time virus scan) has used a whole THREE seconds of CPU time, and used a peak memory of 14.3 megs (that was during a virus definition update)

    Thats not what you call resource hog, IMO...

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    AVG is free however, so I can't argue with that, but claiming that Norton is bad or inefficient is just plain untrue.

    And I can't speak for Norton 2004, but my hunch is that there are 'uproars' over every major software release. Remember the rumors about XP that none of which came true? :D LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by zeradul
    claiming that Norton is bad or inefficient is just plain untrue
    perhaps, it's been years since I used a retail AV of any kind, about 4 years since Norton. However, I recently changed an old PIII from Norton AV '02 to free AVG and there was definately a noticable change in performace.

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    Over the last 3 1/2 years, I've pretty much tried out as many different virus scanner as I can to see what's most effective. In the end, as it caters for my needs, I ended up with the enterprise version of McAfee. However, in the case of Norton, I'm never going to install that on any machine of mine again. Too many issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beefy
    However, in the case of Norton, I'm never going to install that on any machine of mine again. Too many issues.
    This is the orignial point I started the thread about. Was Norton 2004 sent out before the bugs were out of it? Were there activation issues and slowing down of the computer? I'm not talking corporate edition 8.1 or any corporate software. I know it's nice to get new virus defenitions from the Symantec web site as updates for the newest threats. Norton has always been keen about that. In fact some businesses INSIST on Norton over McAfee.. but, the things I read at www.amazon.com (check link to Norton 2004) was that there were people that had some real issues with it and what I am more intersted in is are those issues resolved? In other words, we don't mind buying 3 copies of the same software for the winery as long as we don't 3 buggy copies of a software that like Norton that will create more headaches than the newer virus that's been spreading around like crazy.

    BTW, my boss was reading or listening to the radio, and the latest worm, the W32.Novarg.A@mm worm, may be linked to a lawsuit or person P.O. at SCO Unix for suing Linux for software copyright infringement. Something about a date and time bomb creating a Denial of Servie to SCO/Unix web site on a certain date and then later on, the same DOS to Microsoft.

    As far as free... free is nice, if free works, but if a free software lets a virus intigrate your machine, then it's the most expensive software that you have allowed to be put on your system.
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