Mcafee live safe or Norton Security Deluxe?

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April 21, 2019 at 21:44:50
Specs: Vista Ultimate, SP2, 3.0Ghz/2Ghz
I just purchased a new 2 In 1 that comes with a trail subscription to Mcafee live safe. I currently have an active subscription with Norton for Internet Security. Would you go with Mcafee or upgrade Norton to security deluxe? Thanks.

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#1
April 22, 2019 at 01:36:29
If you go to any malware forum, you will find that no matter what AV they have installed, they got infected.
In other words, it is up to the user to be vigilant.
So, if you have a lot of different users, probably Norton is your best option.
If you are the only user, I use the Microsoft product.

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#2
April 22, 2019 at 05:05:26
I wouldn't use either. Try Bitdefender Free or Kaspersky Free.

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#3
April 22, 2019 at 14:29:55
McAfee and Norton are both system hogs and are not especially great. In fact, many free AV programs are better. I prefer Webroot Secure Anywhere (not free) and have used them for years on many machines. I find that it is light on system resources, free of most pop up warnings, and works. I keep a copy of Malwarebytes Free version on the desktop for occasional scans (manual) if I suspect anything.
Nothing can protect against 100% or threats 100% of the time so be vigilant.
Look at indipendant reviews and decide for yourself.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#4
April 22, 2019 at 14:54:59
You'll likely get as many opinions on "best security/antivirus" as there are forum-members, but few (if any) would recommend McAfee or Norton. As mentioned above, there are many free ones available that are just as good (without all the resource-drain), but nothing works as good as some diligence on your part.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#5
April 28, 2019 at 20:09:34
Everyone recommends diligence and vigilance. Do you mean making sure you get the latest Windows updates and system device drivers as well as virus updates?

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#6
April 28, 2019 at 20:19:39
"Do you mean making sure you get the latest Windows updates and system device drivers as well as virus updates?"
Yes & more.

When a User gets a warning or a pop-up, they proceed.

You have to slow down & research the message, google everything you don't know.


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#7
April 28, 2019 at 20:25:49
"Do you mean making sure you get the latest Windows updates and system device drivers as well as virus updates?"

That's only part of the story. Don't visit sites you know are risky (porn/warez/untrusted downloads). Don't open emails (especially attachments) from anyone you don't recognize (and attachments from those you do recognize should still be scanned). Routinely change passwords for sites that require them. You can't rely solely on any security package to protect you unless you still abide by some common-sense procedures on your own behalf.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#8
April 28, 2019 at 21:11:58
And when anything is suddenly acting strange, do a manual scan with antivirus and then with Malwarebytes and even ADWCleaner by Malwarebytes to verify nothing snuck (sneaked?) in on you.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#9
May 20, 2019 at 06:47:07
To all:

Thanks for all your responses. Yes, I do all of those things. I decided to upgrade the Norton I already had. It was only a few dollars more with my current subscription and it includes identity theft protection also.


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