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Symantec Campaigns Against Free Antivirus

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Free is... bad?

As we reported earlier today, Microsoft today released its final version of anti-malware software Security Essentials. It's free for Windows users and it'll take care of most of your viruses and spyware headaches.

At the price of nothing, it's an offer that’s hard to refuse. Of course, there are other free alternatives, such as Avast and AVG.

Symantec isn't such a fan of free alternatives, naturally, and has created a video that hopes to convey the virtues of the paid Norton – in as few spoken words as possible. Is it convincing? We'll let you be the judge of that.

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    overdose_86 , 30 September 2009 06:05
    Anyones who's watched that video and knows a bit will likely agree with me, freeware can do all the things that are listed in the video (you just might need more than one application depending on your tastes)! I call propoganda on thy'...
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    overdose_86 , 30 September 2009 06:09
    And since my previous post disappeared, I work in IT repairing pc's, Norton has a bad track record in our shop, we simply refuse to sell it because we know it's not really up to scratch, even though it would be profitable to do so since it's such a well known name.

    I've seen machine after machine running norton with a healthy payload of virii sitting on the hard drive. The firewall also leaves much to be desired. The only good thing norton have done is release the "norton removal tool" !
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    Clintonio , 30 September 2009 06:26
    "Freeware" AVs are the best from my experience. Avast for instance does it all, and I need no firewall with a hardware firewall + windows firewall combo.

    Whenever I do tech support, I FORCE people to uninstall Norton before I touch their PCs. I refuse to spread that infection.
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    Anonymous , 30 September 2009 07:34
    video removed by user
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    tinnerdxp , 30 September 2009 20:38
    Symantec should be banned from making software...
    Internet Security Suite and Antivirus are the worse things that could happen to your computer. Pretty much every user I know who used one or the other - had issues with either viruses / blocked connections / some software not working / being unable to install some soft and so on... Symantec is BAD - FULL STOP.
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    Anonymous , 1 October 2009 06:33
    Look i tried symentecs norton and mcafee i remember from years ago, but i tell you, they were so rubbish i removed them both and used tuneup to clean any rubbish they left behind.

    What i'm saying is AGV + windows firewall AND netlimiter pro (firewall) does everything i need. And begars can't be choosers, still, i don't want their rubbish even for free... they always include it on motherboard driver disc and other things.

    Reminds me of when i read somewhere about pirates are not bothered with windows vista that's how rubbish it was - they couldn't even give it away for free!