Webroot vs Norton

Ok. Not really firearm related but it is security and I dont use social media so… which do you all prefer, webroot or Norton. I’m just trying to see if the higher price for norton is actually much of a difference in performance. Thanks.


@Victor6… and no other option? :grimacing:

OK… just kidding. As network professional (so kind of personal IT as well) I would suggest TREND MICRO, however if I would have to choose between two above - WEBROOT for sure !
Norton takes more PC resources than Webroot running in the background.

And about

Not really firearm related

… you are going to use these tools to prevent threat, maybe not deadly, but still threat. :wink:


Thanks. I only asked about norton vs webroot since I have norton now but webroot is part of the geek squad service plan. No sense paying for norton if webroot will do a decent job

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Correct :+1:

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When my computer’s Hard Drive crashed. The place that I took it they installed TREND MICRO on it. And I also have a service contract with them as well. And internet provider offers McAfee for free. But I like the way that TREND MICRO work and it has stopped problems from happening.

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Eset’s NOD 32 hands down. It uses very little resources and does an awesome job.

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I’ve used Webroot for more than 18 years. Only had one problem and it took them one 5 minute phone call. Plus Webroot’s parent company Carbonite has been acquired by OpenText.

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<== Windows Defender

Windows what? :thinking:

I’ve heard McAfee called the “Virus Antivirus”. Once installed it’s almost impossible to get rid of it. Any comments @Jerzy?

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Yes, my comment: do not use McAfee and Kaspersky at all :point_up_2:
But seriously, I’m not fan of McAfee. I think everybody gets his/her favorite software and it’s hard to change the mind if something works great for you.
I’d say 50% of antivirus softwares get “uninstall” problem, because such program sits very deep in Windows OS (yes… :joy: Windows… only). McAfee is one of them :wink:
However every software (even crashed) can be completely removed (manually)


This video was a spoof. but it was still funny. And I’m glad that I don’t have McAfee any more. Because it did slow my computer way down and made it useless everytime it updated.

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it’s worth while running Malware Bytes in addition.

McAfee is garbage.

Over the years I have run a few different ones, including AVG (free and paid versions). The paid versions have become a bit expensive of late…

I had never heard of Webroot, so thanks for that information. I will take a deeper look, but it appears that it may be a good switch.

I have resurrected more than a few PC’s with Malwarebytes. Mostly kids systems, and one elderly lady that follows every single darn link under the sun. Gosh it was a mess.

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@RocketPak… after your first post about Windows Defender… I thought you were joking… :grimacing:
…but like I mentioned already, we used what we liked. As long as the software works.

Be careful with “independent research institutes” … If I would have enough money to invest, probably my work would be ranked at “Best 10” in USA :yum:

@Sneezy is right - Windows Defender is worth while running with Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes is also worth running alone :+1:

That’s true. I’ve been using Malwarebytes (free version) to fix “unfix-able” Windows issues for few years.

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I’m going to take this a step farther because I can. Many people I know (including myself) allow friends to connect to your own wifi with cell phones. I run an expensive albeit very worth while Asus router. It has multiple wifi connections and also a guest network. I only give out a password to my guest network. The guest is separated from my regular network, which I run my company off of. So security, Av and malware software is top priority. I also use open dns to block sites I don’t want accessed from here which also helps with malware.

No setup is perfect, but you do what you can.

Backstory just for fun. I work for governments, banks, schools…
My local County at the time was a short 8 minute walk from my office (work from home now) so I used to go over and do updates on 17 computers (thank you IT) manually. Mostly for face time as I changed the software (I bill for that). Anyway, I borrowed a flash drive from one of the guys in IT (why he still works there is beyond me) and I used it to update said systems after downloading my software from my website. Half way back to my office my cell phone rang and I got chewed out by the County IT head for introducing a virus and taking down the ENTIRE county network, off site included. I told them to check with R in IT because it was his flash drive. Turns out he had a virus on it. He gave me his personal one, not his work one which means his home system was compromised. It took hours for them to get it back and running.

They never did apologize to me either.

THIS is why it’s so important to run security software! And know whose flash drive you use.

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Actually this is one of the easiest and less expensive options to keep your home network safe !!! :+1:
Most of home wifi routers have “guest network”, so using this and “OpenDNS Family Shield” servers for your guests you can consider this as 95% safe !

I worked 7 years at a certain nationwide PC repair squad as an ARA (advance Repair Agent), and two years at their competitor. 90% of the work was removing infections on peoples PC. There isn’t an AV product out there that I didn’t see on a PC that was heavily infected.

It’s behavioral. If you browse shady sites and download shady things you’re going to get infected. I guarantee it. We even had a term for it. “The pornado”

I myself have never been infected.

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