View Full Version : OT: Which Internet Security Suite?

07-29-2004, 04:22 AM

Just wondered which you trusted the most for both anti-virus and anti-hacker protection:

- McAfee
- Symantec
- ZoneLabs

I need to buy a suite and I'd like to go with one that has a good, up-to-date development and easy update facilities.

Preferably with a nice logical interface too! ;)

Thanks in advance for recommendations.


07-29-2004, 07:29 AM
Here at work it's not a problem, but we still use MacAfee to scan for viruses that get through the new email server we have with anti-virus protection built-in, and it's not bad, but I wouldn't pay for it myself. At home, I used to use Norton Anti-Virus, but it really slowed the machine down and was annoying when you did receive a virus-laden email (unlike MacAfee). However, I now use Anti-Vir, which is free to individuals. It's a German anti-virus software that is as regularly updated as MacAfee and is quite nice to use (and doesn't slow the machine down). You can get it from: http://www.antivir.de/en/?id=40&L=2&X_x=8&X_y=6&L=2&X_x=8&X_y=6

For Firewall, I use ZoneAlarm, which is nice, but the free version doesn't allow for ICS or any of that nice stuff and it might be cheaper to get a router at that point...


07-29-2004, 08:44 AM
I use


as I experienced no end of problems with the most recent release of Zonealarm (home lan not working, sharezaa not working etc) but sygate has given me no porblems so far..

I use Norton AV for virus protection, but I've experienced the slow down too..

07-29-2004, 08:46 AM
I like using symantec antivirus corporate edition. Unlike home editions of norton antivirus, it does not include all those performance degrading additions, whatever they are. And virus update functionality never expires. It deals only with viruses (no spam, spyware,adware protection) which is good or bad, depending how you look at it. The performance hit is minimal.
The downside: a bit more expensive than norton.

I dont use any firewall software (only the one that's built in into xp).

And for spyware (which has become quite a problem these days and is related to being hacked) I use:

Spybot S&D for scanning (it has an option to immunize IE from common threats as well.) New version provides optional real-time protection from suspicious registry changes. Its free.

Ad-aware: for scanning. Most finds overlap with Spybot, not all though. Its free

SpywareBlaster: blocks all known bad activex from running (IE only). Its free. Does not need to run in background

SpywareGuard: I dont use it, but for those who are concerned it provides real-time protection (runs in the background) from browser hijacks.

I used all of the above and consider them safe (unlike some other spyware "removal" tools)

07-29-2004, 10:01 AM
We use Norton because it's got the most resources to combat those deadbeat hackers, IMHO.
I haven't seen a hit in performance to worry about.