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  • 1.0 stars

    "Norton/Symantec/Trend Micro are Garbage Programs"

    February 22, 2012  |   By samlaunch

    Version: Norton AntiVirus 2012 19.5

    Pros

    I've tried those three anti-virus software programs. They all slow the computers down to 70-percent and less of the speed a computer should run. With Trend Micro, it works great for a couple of months and then the computer slows down to a crawl. One virus made it's way through my Trend Micro program and blanked out my computer. What popped up on the screen was a statement to pay $70 to some Windows 7 website to get everything up and running again. After deleting Trend Micro, my computer runs like the wind. As for Norton and Symantec, they have so many holes in them that the backdoors are wideopen and leave the unsuspecting consumer to be violated repeatedly. Their usual excuse is that someone got the code and gave it away; so some hacker broke in and stole some information. I don't go for those lame excuses and lackadaisacal computer performance throught their own incompetence. I would like an anti-virus software that maintains computer speed as it should be, in consumer hands.

    Cons

    Trash and I don't mean TRS-80 from Radio Shack.

    Summary

    Still looking for an anti-virus software. Trend Micro used to offer keystroke encryption. The more things change the more they stay the same: lackluster performance and the usual suspects that sugarcoat the obvious. I've read some reviews that offer rotten cabbage remarks such as, "Oh, Norton is so lovely. It smells like roses in my cow pasture."

    "Symantec, beautiful Symantec. Wherefore art thou Symantec? Yes, wherefore are thou when Anonymous attacks and some schmuck steals your codes and hacks in."

    "Trend Micro. I give it five stars for the punches I've received into the face of my computer with lowered performance and viruses that somehow workthrough your so-called protection."

    It's seems as if all anti-virus software is purposefully leaving backdoors open for some odd reason. We know Microsoft and their Windows systems have so many holes in them that they require constant patches (finger-in-the-**** scenarios). Close one opening and leave a hundred open. I hear that Linux is a pretty good system but I'm still searching for an anti-virus software that can't be hacked by some person living in his mother's basement, like Anonymous.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I think its very good"

    February 20, 2012  |   By frozintime

    Version: Norton AntiVirus 2012 19.5

    Pros

    Fast for me, catches bugs

    Cons

    can take a long time for a full system scan

    Summary

    I have used several anti virus' over time. But I seem to come back to Norton. I have no problem using it as my computer has 12G of ram, but I also have it running on my laptop that has only 4 and it runs 64 Vista and has no problems. So I tend to read all of the negatives with a grain of salt since they all seem to say the same thing...."trust me", "slow", etc etc. Norton used to be slow about 4 years ago....but it has much improved. All I know is that I havent had a virus in a long time. I do also run another free anti malware, but they work together. My wifes computer has 8G or ram and it works fine there too....so I dont think the new version is that slow at all. It is thorough and you may not entirely be able to remove it anymore? I havent tried, but I dont have to. Ive been using it here on this computer for 3 years and have not had a virus....enough said.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Stay AWAY from Norton/Symantec"

    February 18, 2012  |   By Drifter1769

    Version: Norton AntiVirus 2012 19.5

    Pros

    I really can't think of any?

    Cons

    Where to start...
    1. Horribly bloated program.
    2. Incredibly resource intensive - Make sure you have ample resources if you plan on using ANY Symantec problem err I mean program.
    3. You really need to have at least 4Gig of RAM and a dual core processor not to drop your system to the speed of a snail.
    4. The only way to get rid of this program (completely) once you have installed it is to reformat a hard drive. It is that invasive.
    5. Incredibly slow scan time.
    6. Routinely horrible customer service and tech support.
    7. Horribly expensive for what you get.
    8. Constant compatibility issues with even the most simple of other programs.

    Summary

    Symantec is as always a worthless product. I can not prove it but I would guess they bribe places like Best Buy, CNET, and PCWorld to push them on unsuspecting barely computer literate people. These people buy it from name recognition. Horrible mistake.

    I cannot express to you enough to stay away from Norton/Symantec. Their programs are some of the absolute worst.

    I strongly recommend you stay away from McAffee, Norton/Symantec, and PCTools in terms of antivirus/antimalware and System Security.

    Stick to security suites such as AVG, Avast, Comodo, Avira, or ESET NOD 32. These are all very good programs. Norton/Symantec and PCTools by affiliation because it is owned by Symantec are JUNK!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Buyer BEWARE!"

    February 17, 2012  |   By cnetKennedy

    Version: Norton AntiVirus 2012 19.5

    Pros

    As with Norton's competition it offers "almost" maximum protection.

    Cons

    Buyer Beware! Your new "must have" is 8GB+ of memory. Norton's Zeus Background System Scan will paralyze, lock up, white screen and shut down your system guaranteed or your money back!

    Summary

    Dear Norton and Friends,

    I agree it's not about the money. It's about productivity, work productivity that is. In case you are unaware, high-level users who elect this software should simply forget about being efficient or completing multi-screen projects at a PRE-Norton Indy 500 pace.

    Yes, it is a sad day indeed my friends when common non-desktop folk such as myself who are functioning with a paltry 4GB must explore purchasing a new XPS laptop with double++ memory capacity simply to run a scanning feature in the background. Please tell me it hasn't already come to this?!

    Signed,

    Security Solemn in Seattle :(

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Listen to a professional--best bang for the buck."

    January 28, 2012  |   By DesertCowComputers

    Version: Norton AntiVirus 2012 19.5

    Pros

    There's only one thing that matters. Will it give you the maximum possible protection from malicious threats? Norton AV does the best job possible by warning you when things don't seem right. There's really not much more it can do to protect you.

    Cons

    Nothing is perfect. The resource monitor needs some work as it gives too many false alarms when a process starts using too many resources.

    Summary

    It's not even about the money. It's about the level of protection you're getting and the ability to identify threats. The weakest link in your computer's security is YOU. An anti-virus app can only warn you that you're about to do something you shouldn't. If you go ahead and "Allow" anyway, you're giving the malware permission to do what it wants. You're the problem. Norton is the best possible solution at the moment.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "WHOA MOMA!"

    January 23, 2012  |   By Itriedthis

    Version: Norton AntiVirus 2012 19.5

    Pros

    It good, it good.

    Cons

    It not bad.

    Summary

    Whoa!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "As always great protection"

    January 21, 2012  |   By jines24

    Version: Norton AntiVirus 2012 19.5

    Pros

    Protects in all major areas.

    Cons

    Too much load on cpu.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Couldn't find the Vista Home Security 2012 virus..."

    January 12, 2012  |   By hellotheremrt

    Version: Norton AntiVirus 2012 19.5

    Pros

    Interface seems good.

    Cons

    I had to download malwarebytes and thankfully, it found all the components of the virus.
    When I scanned the .exe file, that was the virus, directly with Norton, it said that there was nothing found. Hilarious.
    Also, what's with the constant updates with Norton. Every time I boot up, Norton has to update again.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "NORTON SUCKS!!!! I could not define it any better"

    January 9, 2012  |   By arindam-roy

    Version: Norton AntiVirus 2012 19.5

    Pros

    PROs??? In NORTON??? You want Pros?????

    Cons

    Norton is the worst worst worst worst worst security software out there. they must have paid the editors a great share of their fraud money to get a 5 on 5 rating.

    Summary

    trust me on this, and don't waste your time and money on norton.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "The worst security out there!!"

    January 2, 2012  |   By ThatGuy90

    Version: Norton AntiVirus 2012 19.5

    Pros

    Nothing that i can see.

    Cons

    slow and bloated, poor detection rates, they need to work on that.

    Summary

    If you like slow computers, long start up times, computer crashes/freezes, and much much more, this is the program for you, you won't regret it.

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