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  1. #1
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    internet security

    my Norton was up for renewal but just been procrastinating. Had not gone unprotected yet. I would on Jan 1st. I was on a long drive service call Saturday and caught a show on AM radio about internet security. Kim Komando. Komando.com .

    She was talking about free security software and how good they are versus the paid for ones like Macafee and Norton. SO. I indulged her and went to her site and downloaded her free recommended firewall, antivirus and spyware.

    Man alive. These three all found things that Norton was not taking care of. I am glad I listened to her.

    She was saying the paid for software is nothing superior and that the only real thing it truly can offer the average computer user is the fact that it's a convenience to have all the security in one neatly packaged place. If your savvy enough to have all three separate things doing there thing and can manage it like that, there is absolutely no need to pay for security software, IF your an average user. And if you were going to pay for it, your going to go get top of the line very expensive. The average paid for software is no better and often less secure than what is available for free.

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    I'm able to catch Kim once in a while. She is a nationally syndicated host out of Phoenix. Her husband is a radio guy, too.

    I use the AVG Antivirus Free product, and the ZoneAlarm software firewall free product.

    For malware, I use Spybot Search and Destroy, and Ad-Aware. They are also free.

    In the past 8 years, I only had one glitch with AVG, when a new release update inadvertently identified a system file as a virus. AVG fixed it the same day, and it only took a few minutes to correct the problem.

    On the whole, when I compare the protection of the free products to Norton, I will take the Free ones every time.
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    Free...sound good.

    Uuh...How do they make money?. surely they need computer nerd to catch all the nasty stuff coming out. Whats the catch?
    Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work." H.L. Hunt

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    Quote Originally Posted by timebuilder View Post
    I'm able to catch Kim once in a while. She is a nationally syndicated host out of Phoenix. Her husband is a radio guy, too.

    I use the AVG Antivirus Free product, and the ZoneAlarm software firewall free product.

    For malware, I use Spybot Search and Destroy, and Ad-Aware. They are also free.

    In the past 8 years, I only had one glitch with AVG, when a new release update inadvertently identified a system file as a virus. AVG fixed it the same day, and it only took a few minutes to correct the problem.

    On the whole, when I compare the protection of the free products to Norton, I will take the Free ones every time.
    i run the same set up

    just gotta becarefull the settings. go overkill and alot of things won't show up on a web page
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    Quote Originally Posted by dan wong View Post
    Free...sound good.

    Uuh...How do they make money?. surely they need computer nerd to catch all the nasty stuff coming out. Whats the catch?
    They market their "pay" product to you, which offers special features not available with the free product.

    No obligation to buy those things, though.
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