New to Vista, worried about security

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by joseph_m_ross, Mar 20, 2007.

  1. Hi Everyone!
    I will soon be a new vista user, and I'm wondering if the new (2007)
    Norton AntiVirus and Internet Security software programs will be an
    adequate security arsenal. Also, would these render the "Defender"
    thing obsolete, or should I continue to use the security options that
    come originally with Vista along with my fancy and expensive Norton

    Thank you for your help!!

    Computeristically Illiterate in Wisconsin
    joseph_m_ross, Mar 20, 2007
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  2. Oh, here is some background info if you need it.

    I will be using an HP Notebook, 1.80 something-herz, 80GB. I don't
    look at porn, I rarely download/steal music or movies - basically just
    email, chatting, and general surfing stuff.
    joseph_m_ross, Mar 20, 2007
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    Charlie Guest

    Try enjoying some'll thank me later...
    Charlie, Mar 20, 2007
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    Kirk Guest

    You should peruse this newsgroup and see what others are saying. If it has
    needed saying, it's been said here.
    Kirk, Mar 20, 2007
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    B. Nice Guest

    I would personally never screw up my system with a Norton product.

    If you are worried about security you should start learning about it.
    Understand the risks and how to mitigate them. It does'nt have to be
    too difficult. Then you will realise that computer security is'nt
    about installing as many security products as possible.

    You could start by stating what worries you and what you want to
    protect yourself from. Then we can take it from there.
    B. Nice, Mar 20, 2007
  6. Hi
    i have to agree with B.Nice norton products are really bloated for what
    they do, best use nod32 from eset for anti-virus

    Regards Robert
    Robert Johnson, Mar 20, 2007
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    varuna21 Guest

    Thank you for your prompt responses!

    What I'm afraid of is what has happened to a PC that many people in my
    family use (and regretfully neglect). It has been infected with God
    knows what, runs really slow, etc. At one point we even had to
    completely re-install our OS, because I guess some asshole hackers
    were using our computer to send out tons of shitty emails. So...

    (By the way, don't these fat bastards have anything better to do than
    **** with other people's computers and potentially really mess
    someone's life up? Geez. Get laid man.
    varuna21, Mar 20, 2007
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    sntholiday Guest

    I would consider using one of the free anti-virus programs available and drop
    the Norton idea. My Vista computer came with a 90 day free trial of McAfee
    Security suite and I noticed a remarkable increase in the speed of my PC once
    it was removed. Use Windows Defender and maybe Ad-Aware for spyware
    sntholiday, Mar 21, 2007
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    Carl G Guest

    Hey Joe
    I live across the river from you.
    Forget Norton and go with AVG Free edition.
    Works great on XP and Vista,I have used it for years now.
    Carl G, Mar 21, 2007

  10. My view is that Norton products are the worst available. "Fancy and
    expensive" or not, I recommend dumping them entirely and using some of the
    better products out there, many of which are freeware.

    Besides Windows Defender, I use

    Avast! Antivirus
    Spybot Search and Destroy
    Spyware Blaster.

    All of the above are feeware.
    Ken Blake, MVP, Mar 21, 2007
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    Terence Guest

    My Vista computer came with an unasked for Norton free trial, nortons a
    problem prog which remains on your computer even after it's been uninstalled!
    I'd like to know how to remove it completely and do I really need anything
    except Ad-Aware and Spybot with windows defender??
    Terence, May 24, 2007
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    Neil Harley Guest

    Try the removal tool:

    You need Anti Virus such as AVG freeware and depending on how you use
    your PC and what you access you might/will need Ad-Aware and Spybot-type
    apps. I don't use anything other than Defender and haven't had any problems.
    Neil Harley, May 24, 2007
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    Terence Guest

    Thanks for the info, I've removed Norton and downloaded AVG freeware. I
    think that with Ad-Aware and Spybot and Defender I should be and feel secure
    Terence, May 25, 2007
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    Terence Guest

    Just a follow on about removing Norton. Does the uninstall tool fully remove
    all files symantec and/or Norton from the computer? I know Symantec was left
    in the registry on 98 and xp which effected the computer when least expected.
    How do I check Vista to make sure it's fully removed??
    Terence, May 27, 2007
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    Neil Harley Guest

    I can't answer this because I dropped NAV some years ago.

    You could search the registry for Norton entries or use a registry
    scanner to see if there are redundant entries (but I don't use reg
    scanners so don't know how effective they are).
    Neil Harley, May 27, 2007
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