birdoprey5 wrote:Is this a joke? Pay YOU for Norton? People have paid ME to uninstall Norton.
RUN AWAY from this "Deal" as fast as you can!
Microsoft Security Essentials does the job for free. If you really want to spend money the paid versions of Avira or Avast will be far superior to anything Norton puts out.
Since Langa is a pay column I referenced above from last fall, I'll just quote snippets:
"Test finds MS Security Essentials inadequate
In its September/October malware test report, AV-TEST gave Microsoft’s free anti-malware utility low AV protection scores and revoked its certification of MSE. It’s not the first time MSE has fared poorly in independent antivirus tests — and probably won’t be the last.
Although I’ve recommended MSE in several stories, I’ve also written about past failures....
If these failures make you not trust MSE, then by all means switch to another tool! No software is ideally suited for every configuration, every situation, and every user. In fact, in that Nov. 8 story, I wrote:
“MSE is probably not the best choice for novice users and those who rarely think about PC security — users who click any link that interests them and who ignore security warnings. Those users need lots of protection — mostly from themselves!”....
The most important point: Viruses and malware don’t teleport into your PC — they’re let in....
With a modicum of common sense, you can avoid these all-too-common infection vectors. Include basic browser-level protection against bad links, bad sites, and phishing (all the major browsers now have that protection built in and turned on by default), add in real-time/full-time anti-malware tools, and you’re pretty well protected.
Not without some consideration, I’ve been using MSE on all 14 (four physical systems and 10 virtual PCs) of my Windows systems for several years now. I use MSE alone on 13 of the systems but add Malwarebytes (site) as a backstop on my primary system — just to be extra safe.
Some of these systems are online 24/7; all are used heavily. Yet not one of these 14 systems has ever succumbed to malware of any kind (with the exception of that deliberate, manually induced LizaM**n infection).
How do I know my systems are safe? I do regular, periodic verification scans with independent, standalone security tools such as ESET’s Online Scanner (site), Microsoft’s Safety Scanner (site), or Trend Micro’s House Call (site).
I don’t dispute the lab-test findings, but I also know that in real-life conditions, MSE has worked fine for me.
It’s also worth noting that malware testing is a snapshot in time.... No matter which AV tool you use, there are no guarantees.
That’s why good security begins with good Internet habits.
Bottom line: I’m still comfortable using MSE. It’s proven reliable on my systems, and it’s easy to use. If you’re not comfortable with MSE, then pick another tool! There are many other good products available, both free and paid. I list six products in the Feb. 16 Top Story, “Is your free AV tool a ‘resource pig’?”
You should always weigh any recommendations — pro and con, from me or anyone else — against your criteria, experience, and operational needs."
The other 4 above referenced sites (Maximum PC, PC World, PC Magazine, and www.av-comparatives.org) have been around for years and well respected (from what I've read/seen). If nothing else, if you are looking for something else than Norton, pick something from those FREE guides.