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Title: Is Norton Anti Virus 2009 better then Avast?
Post by: gate1975mlm on October 28, 2008, 09:15:39 PM
Is Norton Anti Virus 2009 better then Avast?
Title: Re: Is Norton Anti Virus 2009 better then Avast?
Post by: DavidR on October 28, 2008, 11:30:13 PM
You really are asking the wrong people, those on the avast support forums are going to be using avast, unless they are prepared to uninstall their AV to install NAV 2009 and I don't think you are going to find many takers in that regard.

As a similar question on the NAV forums, is avast better than NAV 2009 and you are not only likely to get the post detected as totally unrelated to NAV their response is as likely to be as biased as it is likely to be here.

I certainly won't be installing any NAV on my system regardless of all the marketing hype. I'm of the opinion of if it isn't broke don't fix it school of thinking and avast certainly isn't broken so I'm not looking for a replacement.
Title: Re: Is Norton Anti Virus 2009 better then Avast?
Post by: YoKenny on October 28, 2008, 11:44:25 PM
I would rather sell my Mother into slavery with the Taliban than install anything Norton spit :o
Title: Re: Is Norton Anti Virus 2009 better then Avast?
Post by: Bluesman on October 29, 2008, 12:41:16 AM
These questions, is X better than Y, is always hard to answer! I like avast, and even if NAV2009 would win every test, I would still continue using avast! It is so many things that I like in avast, so even if I get paid to use another av, I would not accept the money. So, for me it's avast all the way! :)

Title: Re: Is Norton Anti Virus 2009 better then Avast?
Post by: drragostea on October 29, 2008, 01:51:05 AM
You really are asking the wrong people, those on the avast support forums are going to be using avast, unless they are prepared to uninstall their AV to install NAV 2009 and I don't think you are going to find many takers in that regard.
I was did like the way David thinks. :D Of course, he is right on the point, you will receive biased responses.

I really don't see how NAV is any way better than avast!. What makes you doubt avast?
I may sound biased, but I'm not. I'm just saying I don't see how any one AV is better than the other.

One aspect I just do not like is Norton's size and bulk. Just to name one.
@YoKenny: That sounds a bit harsh O.O. I rather just trash the PC completely. Haha, I know it was just an expression.[/quote]
Title: Re: Is Norton Anti Virus 2009 better then Avast?
Post by: MiguelAngelXP on October 29, 2008, 03:55:59 AM
I think a software is good if does the task that it was created for... if NAV 2009 performs well , its good, otherwise its bad. To compare both av's , well its another story.

By the way why to pay for something that you can get for free??, but all opinions are valid.

Regards
MiguelAngelXP  ;D
Title: Re: Is Norton Anti Virus 2009 better then Avast?
Post by: Kinder on October 29, 2008, 11:10:39 AM
http://www.av-comparatives.org/

they are comparable, both have strenghts and weaknesses, but yu can use them to protect efficiently your computer ^_^

But I still prefer Avast!, one product for one task :p I don't need a firewall or an antispam, so  Alwil, please never put a firewall or an antispam in your AV !!
Title: Re: Is Norton Anti Virus 2009 better then Avast?
Post by: N@URINE on October 29, 2008, 01:18:18 PM
according to my experience with Norton and Avast, I found out that Norton misses detecting more viruses than Avast. Moreover, the uninstallation of Norton with its removal tool may cause problems, such as a blank screen in the restore system windows...

Is Norton Anti Virus 2009 better then Avast?
Title: Re: Is Norton Anti Virus 2009 better then Avast?
Post by: adi_dmj on October 29, 2008, 04:22:19 PM
i have recently installed avast.(didnot renewed norton this time0

I would say NAv has improved a lot in recent time as NIS2008 was pretty fast but will ask you always to reboot after liveupdate.

sometime your compuer wont boot you have no luck in using LKGC or system restore in safe mode.(hopeless)

I feel so far avst is better as i have sucessfully used system restore operation twice  after uninstalling the two programs

one thing that i would like to suggest is about the appearance of avast on web like if u r hit by a virus and come to avast site ( like mcafee or norton or AVG or panda) you wont find any info on avast web site.

the knowlegebase reading material in my openion is definitly bettr on symantec( a personal view)
avast should improve on this point. cause it creates a impression that avast dont have the real knowledge of virus but by collabrating with industry it has the virus and detection signature to include in VPS

I hope avast will look serously onto these aspects

regards

Adi
Title: Re: Is Norton Anti Virus 2009 better then Avast?
Post by: Maxx_original on October 29, 2008, 05:31:01 PM
we're making last few steps to start an *live* virus report and the descriptions will follow soon.. these functions are dependant on the new Avast version (now in public beta testing)...
Title: Re: Is Norton Anti Virus 2009 better then Avast?
Post by: iisjman07 on October 29, 2008, 05:32:41 PM
It's got worse detection AND slows your PC terribly... can you guess which it is?
Title: Re: Is Norton Anti Virus 2009 better then Avast?
Post by: tsilo on October 29, 2008, 06:39:42 PM
It's got worse detection AND slows your PC terribly... can you guess which it is?

Do u ever even triyd Norton 2009??? have worse detection and slows down computer???  :o ar you joking??? it's lightes AV on earth and have VERY GOOD detection, second after Avira..
Try it and you will never use different AV!!!
Title: Re: Is Norton Anti Virus 2009 better then Avast?
Post by: Lisandro on October 29, 2008, 06:43:33 PM
It's got worse detection AND slows your PC terribly... can you guess which it is?
What is getting worse? Norton?
Title: Re: Is Norton Anti Virus 2009 better then Avast?
Post by: DavidR on October 29, 2008, 07:05:58 PM
Yes, I think that is what he is hinting at ;D
Title: Re: Is Norton Anti Virus 2009 better then Avast?
Post by: iisjman07 on October 30, 2008, 08:26:22 AM
The lightest AV is Nod32 from ESET. This is my favourite after avast
Title: Re: Is Norton Anti Virus 2009 better then Avast?
Post by: Tarq57 on October 30, 2008, 09:35:55 AM
I've read the odd report or review from Norton users to indicate that the 2009 offering (of AV or suite) is a huge improvement on the behemoths that preceded it.
(Well, it would have to be, wouldn't it?)
Apparently system load, scan speed, updating is all improved.
Don't take my word for it, though, because I haven't tried it.
Avast has never given me a reason to want to try anything else.
I'm quite happy with my bias.  ;)
Title: Re: Is Norton Anti Virus 2009 better then Avast?
Post by: nightshade on October 30, 2008, 11:29:12 AM
Is Norton Anti Virus 2009 better then Avast?

In my personal opinion NO.
Title: Re: Is Norton Anti Virus 2009 better then Avast?
Post by: RonE on November 01, 2008, 06:38:21 PM
I run Norton Internet Security 2009, NOD32 and Avast! on different computers for different reasons.  In my experience, all three applications appear to do a reasonable job of protecting against malware and all three are relatively unobtrusive as far as computer resources go.  The Norton product includes a workable two-way firewall, which the other products do not.

However, Avast! has one MAJOR advantage that the other products do not have. That advantage is this forum and the helpfulness of its participants!
Title: Re: Is Norton Anti Virus 2009 better then Avast?
Post by: CharleyO on November 01, 2008, 07:14:22 PM
***

Another major advantage of avast is the availability of a boot-time scan.  :)


***
Title: Re: Is Norton Anti Virus 2009 better then Avast?
Post by: gery on November 01, 2008, 09:55:09 PM
some of the members here are talking about Norton as it was a crap but please do not judge this SUITE because of the previous experiences. If this thread was to be discused a year or two ago i would have agreed but there is little to say about Norton 2009.It is fast and very effective and this year support is fantastic. One of the drawbacks is that it is very expensive yet.Let us not be simple in our judgement but talk realistcly

Pc;i would reather have AVAST. I like it a lot  :P
Title: Re: Is Norton Anti Virus 2009 better then Avast?
Post by: DavidR on November 01, 2008, 10:32:18 PM
There really is no way you are going to get a realistic unbiased answer to this question in the avast forums. The same would be true asking if avast is better than Norton on the Norton forum you are going to get a biased set of answers.

Those who have used it before only have that experience to go on and if you are happy you aren't going to uninstall it, pay for Norton just to try it in its latest incarnation.
Title: Re: Is Norton Anti Virus 2009 better then Avast?
Post by: gery on November 02, 2008, 05:29:12 PM
David!
I personally think there is a way to not be so overwhelmed by euphoria of a certain product and make a rational discussion of another and there are a lot of proofs to not bash NORTON so badly only because we are on AVAST webforum. I am personally using AVAST tho i have a licence for AVG which is really bloated and TREND 2009 which is a total mess and find AVAST  a much better protection choice.
I am sorry to keep this discussion . Hope no offense for you   
Title: Re: Is Norton Anti Virus 2009 better then Avast?
Post by: DavidR on November 02, 2008, 05:44:54 PM
How can you make a rational discussion with zero experience of a product, answer you can't, which is why I said in the first place that the question was flawed in that it is being asked in the wrong place. People who are in the avast forum that you are effectively asking the question or are unlikely to have ever used NAV 2009.

Whilst I don't take any offence, I do think it is a little cheeky to ask this sort of comparison with another AV on the official avast anti-virus support forum, which is after all being paid for by Alwil software. So this really has nothing to do with Norton bashing or the merits of one AV over another.

It is simply not the place to discuss it, as I said I wouldn't expect this reverse question"is avast! better than nav 2009" to be very well received on any official norton forum.
Title: Re: Is Norton Anti Virus 2009 better then Avast?
Post by: onlysomeone on November 02, 2008, 07:29:27 PM
Is Norton Anti Virus 2009 better then Avast?

no  ;)

just my minor opinion!

yours
onlysomeone
Title: Re: Is Norton Anti Virus 2009 better then Avast?
Post by: Lisandro on November 02, 2008, 09:15:00 PM
some of the members here are talking about Norton as it was a crap but please do not judge this SUITE because of the previous experiences.
That's our difficulty... we have just used the old versions.
Seems that the "server" version is quite better than the final PC user one.
But it's difficult for me to say good things about Symantec... Maybe I need to get mature ;D
Title: Re: Is Norton Anti Virus 2009 better then Avast?
Post by: RonE on November 03, 2008, 12:10:06 AM
I am not so sure that price really differentiates the products either.  Although, it is hard to beat Avast's free version, if you want the couple of additional features found in the Pro version, then Avast can get costly.  And, I can buy a 3-user license for Norton 2009 at a price that is nearly zero after rebates.
Title: Re: Is Norton Anti Virus 2009 better then Avast?
Post by: PapaSmurf on November 03, 2008, 01:57:37 AM
Is Norton Anti Virus 2009 better then Avast?

Hmmm, a fair question.
I will not get into the details, but I will try and throw out a couple of reasons here.

Norton, and its' counter part McAfee, for some time now have been the standard for detection and protection software. The trouble is, the script kiddies are well versed in the "standards" and often create new and nastier little bugs to avoid such standards.
To combat this, Norton and McAfee kept adding to their engines, expanding rules, definitions, background detections, ect.
The end result of this little cyber war was that the standards became so over bloated that they started taking over the systems they were on. I have used both Norton and McAfee and in the beginning I was happy with both. As time went on, I found that my system was running slower and slower, that some commands that I had given to my system were being blocked and/or repeatedly scanned to death, and that in some cases, my boot time went from a few seconds to "oh lord, I better get a cup of coffee".
With Norton, my system eventually collapsed. When I noticed McAffee starting down the same road, I killed it to.
So, then I found myself with no AV scanner. For awhile I used online virus scanners, but this became inconvenient and offered no real time protection of course.
I used AVG for some time untill they changed the program in such away as it added to much garbage , (stuff I did NOT want), on to my system that it too became a bloated cow.
Enter !Avast. I found this av scanner to be feature rich, with a lighter profile on my system than any of the others. I also like its "modular" type of assembly, giving the user the choice as to suspend one or more parts of its' services without leaving the user wide open. It has regular updates, and strong protections.
That was reason enough for me. I have been using it ever since, and I have gotten my friends on it as well.
In closing, I guess the term "better" is a personal opinion. If you do not have any trouble with the "bloated cow" than stick with what you know. When you are tired of your system running like a turtle, dump Norton and get !Avast. Soap box has now been vacated :)
P.S. Before you ask, no, I did NOT run Norton and McAfee at the same time. That would be bad :)
Title: Re: Is Norton Anti Virus 2009 better then Avast?
Post by: gery on November 04, 2008, 06:40:47 PM
ok i want to clear my statement again
i do agree with this logic that there is no point of comperison here and the discussion should be closed if everyone here (including myself) is using AVAST and is happy with it so why chat about it?
We all know the answer.
thanks again and good luck

How can you make a rational discussion with zero experience of a product, answer you can't, which is why I said in the first place that the question was flawed in that it is being asked in the wrong place. People who are in the avast forum that you are effectively asking the question or are unlikely to have ever used NAV 2009.

Whilst I don't take any offence, I do think it is a little cheeky to ask this sort of comparison with another AV on the official avast anti-virus support forum, which is after all being paid for by Alwil software. So this really has nothing to do with Norton bashing or the merits of one AV over another.

It is simply not the place to discuss it, as I said I wouldn't expect this reverse question"is avast! better than nav 2009" to be very well received on any official norton forum.
:o
Title: Re: Is Norton Anti Virus 2009 better then Avast?
Post by: sdsurratt on November 04, 2008, 06:58:57 PM
I wish I could cite the source, instead of relying on my feeble recall.

I read a comparison of a bunch of AV programs that showed how much the AV program slowed the computer, Norton (and I believe McAffee) were TREMENDOUS drains on the system, while Avast  was 1 of the best.  Avast appears to be faster on the 1 computer I have it on (as opposed to 7 computers with various Norton products) I have another computer that I had to remove Norton from due to the fact that the essential program on that computer froze frequently with a Norton AV version on it.

So as my norton subscriptions expire, I'm planning on switching to Avast