February 04, 2011

Antivirus

Our current antivirus will expire soon so we need to decide if we want to renew our subscription or get a new one/go back to our original antivirus. When we purchased our new PC, it comes with a free six (6) months subscription of Trend Micro Titanum antivirus (uninstalled). I installed the new PC then with our original Norton 360 with few more weeks before expiration. Then after it expired,  I installed Titanum and six month onwards, I need to renew. I checked the price of Titanum vs. Norton 360, they are the same because the latter is on promo for a certain period. I browsed the net to get some feedback regarding the performance of Titanum Antivirus + 2011 


Pros
Fast, easy install. Well-designed, easy-to-use interface. Scans quickly. Requires little user interaction. Updates itself automatically. Schedules full scans automatically.
Cons
Scored poorly in hands-on tests of malware blocking and removal. Because it focuses solely on up-to-the-minute threats, it simply won't clean up existing malware infestations. Threats blocked at the Web level may be missed completely if they arrive via other routes or via URLs that aren't blacklisted.
Bottom Line
Trend Micro's AV is lightweight, attractive, and unobtrusive, but the "does its job" part fell by the wayside. It won't clean up already-infested systems, and its protection for clean systems makes too many assumptions.

versus:


Pros
Very good at removing and blocking malware. Accurate spam filtering. Effective Web-based parental control. Blocks phishing sites, manages passwords and private data. Excellent firewall. Feature-rich local and online backup. Works during idle time.
Cons
Slightly more performance impact than Norton Internet Security. Details lacking in Registry cleaner.
Bottom Line
Norton 360 offers all the protection of the powerful Norton Internet Security suite. For $10 more, Norton 360 adds PC tuneup and a feature-rich local and online backup system, now with remote access and file sharing. Either version of the suite will be a fine choice for overall system protection.

Obviously, we got the Norton 360 which is our original antivirus way back then. Also, this is to remind others to be aware of SCAREWARE, those warning messages that appears in your screen that tells you that your computer has a virus and needs urgent attention. It offers a free downloadn of fake antivirus. This will ruin your operating system and eventually cause personal identity theft because it will ask for your credit cards and other details sortie. 

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