Intenet Security Suite for Windows 7

Posted on 2009-12-24
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
Hello Experts,

Which Internet Security Suite would you recommend for Windows 7. please base recommendations upon:

1. efficiency in detecting, preventing and removing threats
2. easy on computer resources
3. easy to uninstall (doesn't leave traces when uninstalled
4. customizable
Question by:hello_everybody
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    It depends on whether you can get it. I just installed the newest version of Corporate Symantec Endpoint Protection on my Windows 7 Pro machine. Easily meets your criteria 1, 2 and 4. I never have to completely uninstall, but Symantec offers NoNav that will. Biggest issue is that you cannot get it quantities of 1. Otherwise very good. ... Thinkpads_User
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    If you're not a newbie, and I guess you're not, I would definitely suggest Microsoft Security Essentials for AV protection and Windows 7 integrated firewall.

    If you're using a router, you can also have 'additional' protection with a hardware firewall.

    I was using NOD32, but I had some memory glitches on Vista and 7, so I switched to Microsoft.

    This combination covers 3. of your requirements, but don't know if Microsoft Security Essentials will be customizable for your needs.

    But, you can surely check it out.

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    by:John Hurst
    I have Security Essentials running on an XP Pro Virtual Machine and agree it is a decent AV tool. It is a bit light-weight compared to the flexibility of Corporate Symantec. ... Thinkpads_User
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    by:John Griffith
    I agree with the use of MS Security Essentials, but under no circumstance would I advise the installation of Symantec Endpoint nor any other Internet Security product on a Windows 7 system (or Vista system, either).  The end result will be BSODs -
    Windows Firewall + Sec Essentials or NOD32.
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    by:John Hurst
    ....  but under no circumstance would I advise the installation of Symantec Endpoint nor any other Internet Security product on a Windows 7 system (or Vista system, either). The end result will be BSODs -  ...

    Don't use it if you don't wish to, but the statement above is simply wrong.

    ... Thinkpads_User
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    by:John Griffith
    Check out WERCON/ Problem Reports and Solutions sometime for the presence of app hangs, app crashes involving  0xc0000005 exceptions, ntdll.dll, etc...
    The classic app hang - Windows Explorer, Internet Explorer screen w/ fading white background, the spinning blue circle and the "Not Responding..." message top-right of screen - that then becomes an app crash after 30000 ms, are almost always tied to an Internet Security product's firewall interfering with Vista/ Windows 7 system services.
    The 3rd party firewall has a great tendency to block Windows Updates, especially service packs.
    Once the buildup of errors becomes great enough, then BSODs typically ensue.  I have removed these Internet Security products from brand new Vista and Windows 7 laptops whose new users could not utilize them properly from day 1.
    I stand by my statement based on the >> 100,000 memory dumps that I have processed during the last 2+ years.

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