I just purchased Norton Antifast Premier because it's what I've used in the past with no problems, and I needed GoBack & Ghost.
I think Norton is fine so long as your system can handle it. It should have an easier ON/OFF toggle, though.
I absolutely agree that it's the new AOL 4.0!
And the way they market their "packages" of products so that you cannot EVER ****ing
purchase the ones you want without buying the ones you don't want to pay for, -or if you want them all, you have to double up on one or two, and pay for them....Really makes me want to go postal at their marketing division headquarters!
I really hate feeling like I'm being completely and utterly ****ed by a company when I purchase something.
Anyway, Norton can be configured to behave a bit, but it really does suck on the system resource nipple. MacCafree's just as bad, from what I hear.
Now...I have a laptop downstairs in my shop that I use for surfing porn & the like, and it has NO antivirus or firewall protection. Completely unprotected internet intercourse, and I clean up the adware with Spybot S&D, HijackThis, and a handful of other freewares. It's been that way for over a year, on hispeed (cable), and aside of the "EliteBar" adware bug, I've never had to hunt down any viruses.
I have to question these tests where unprotected systems were infested with viruses after 20 minutes on the net. I mean, they must've gone right to **** my system .com!
I'm not suggesting that AV isn't necessary by any means, but I think that the masses need to buy crap like Norton because those same people can't seem to tell that they shouldn't click on an advertisement offering to scan their system for problems "FREE!
", or open an email with an attachment or link that will instruct them on how to recieve their "FREE!
Big name, high cost AV programs are designed for the ignorant masses. That combined with their cornholing marketing strategies makes me feel really low about having purchased it.