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norton and mcafee comparison

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what is price of norton, mcaffee antivirus on a windows personal computer

how long does this product last (months, years).

If there is an old version: what is the difference (just the interface or does product not find the new viruses)
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jerseysam earned 112 total points
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Details:

http://us.norton.com/internet-security/

http://home.mcafee.com/store/internet-security

Norton you can buy license for 1, 2 or 3 years.

New version may have new features but old product will get new virus definitions via its updates.
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by:Nick Rhode
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I am not a fan of either.  Typically you buy them yearly and that provides updated versions and updated definitions for viruses.

I for home systems stick with free anti-virus.  My favorites are Avast! and MSC (Microsoft security Essentials).

Here is a list you can see the comparision.  This is a site that tests a majority of the AVs out there and ranks them accordingly for security, performance, etc.

http://www.av-test.org/en/tests/home-user/windows-7/julaug-2013/
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by:aadih
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[Opinion]: Both are about the same, i.e., not much significant difference.

If a home user, why not use a free antivirus program, such as: starting from a: Avast, AVG, and avira. I recommend Avira.

[Note: Nick Rhode has provided a link for you to look at some objective comparisons. The choice for a security software generally is a matter of subjective opinion, experience, and preference.]
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by:rgb192
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I will open another question about free antivirus avast and now I am looking for a norton/mcafee answer.
I still do not understand the time frame.  When will norton/McAfee stop providing definitions/interface updates?
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by:aadih
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What product versions do you have? Without knowing that your question is unanswerable.

General answer: They continue to provide definitions as long they continue to support a particular version of their product.

Call them and ask them for your particular product version (or look for information at their web sites).
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
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I am not only not a fan of either, I feel they are both the bottom of the barrel.  Remember you get what you pay for.  I HIGHLY suggest buying the pro version of MalwareBytes AntiMalware (www.malwarebytes.org).

You don't say what OS you are using - this does make a difference.  Windows 8 has much more builtin security (Microsoft Security Essentials is built into win8).

The best is a debatable term.  As always I suggest doing some of your own research before asking - check out the AV comparative sites:

http://www.one-tab.com/page/nLkJaOJBR6CnumppVcNyEA
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by:aadih
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Windows Defender (better than Security Essentials) is an integral part of Windows 8/8.1.

[MSE and WD provide a baseline protection. With safe browsing habits, they may suffice.]

Better to install a free antivirus program, however.
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
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Free is fine, depending on use and the system.  I will definitely stick to MBAM Pro combined with WinPatrol Plus and the MVPS hosts file on my windows 7 box.  I have installed and am using Comodo at work, and after some configuration and tech support (excellent) I am very happy with it.
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by:rgb192
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windows 7
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by:aadih
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Microsoft Security Essentials works on Windows 7.

I'd still recommend a free third-party antivirus program such as Avira. That and keeping Malwarebytes Antimalware (free) installed and updated for scanning in case an infection is suspected.  This combination should provide you with sufficient protection and cleaning powers.
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by:jerseysam
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Avast free is very good. Just got great review in pc pro mag.

Malware bytes is also great product
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by:rgb192
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First was most about norton. Thanks
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