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LawnSite Senior Member
I getting ready to update my virus protection and was wondering what we all you.Please list pros and cons of each.Thanks.


LawnSite Platinum Member
I recently upgraded my Nortons to the $50 package and had nothing but problems. I should of just kept it basic. I can't even seem to get Nortons off the computer now. When I try opening an existing .xls file or .doc file, it does a virus scan and take about 5 minutes to come up. I am running "eTrust ezAnti Virus" now. It's a free version I found through the MS website. Where I starting to have problems with Nortons is when I went from using Windows ME to Windows XP....well I will say when I started having more problems.

Randy J

LawnSite Bronze Member
Richmond, KY
Stay away from Macafee too. It came on my Dell computer. When it expired I just resubscribed - and had nothing but problems from then on. I searched their website and found many others with the same problem. I finally gave up and bought Staples/Panda. So far it works great.


LawnSite Gold Member
I use the free version of AVG and it seems to do ok. I dont do the email forwards that alot of viruses seem to be attached. I mainly surf a few lawn care forums and equipment sites

Jason Rose

LawnSite Fanatic
I'm suprised to hear the "norton is the worst" comments. My 2 friends that are computer techs both say that norton, which is really Symantec, is the best anti-virus software around. I just the other day updated my Norton Internet Security as my "free trial version" was expiring. I also had the Symantec "corperate" version on my old computer. Worked well there too. Both versions have Firewalls built in.

I also run Zone Alarm Pro. I have heard how it's difficult to run but I like the fact that it alerts me when other programs are trying to access the internet. I was able to actually stop a couple spyware programs on my old computer that way that were not being dectected by any of the other spyware/adware programs.

The only "free" program I have is AdAware. It always finds things on my computer that have found their way in.

I have been advised to never trust a free anti-virus program. You get what you pay for....


LawnSite Bronze Member
Kitty Hawk, NC
Main problem with Norton is the the fact it is a memory hog. Ties up too much in system resources. There are better out there that will not slow your system down.