best security suites?

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Offline kasb

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best security suites?
« on: June 02, 2011, 10:05:45 AM »
I am currently running norton internet security 2011 on my computer.  I was recently sent a file which turned out to be infected.  My Norton did not notice at all (neither did malwarebytes in spite of subsequent quick scans...).  Another person who got the same file and who was running the free version of Avast was notified it was infected immediately after the file was downloaded and spared installing it.  It wasn't until I uninstalled the program that Norton realised I was infected, and even then it missed cleaning up some parts, leaving me infected.  This is not the first infection norton has missed, and I am wondering whether switching to something like avast would be a good idea, even though my norton subscription is far from expiring.   
So my questions are
1) am I right to switch from Norton?
2) if so, what is the best security software (whether it is a suite or a combination of programs from different manufacturers?)
Thanks. 

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Re: best security suites?
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2011, 10:43:37 AM »
1. In my opinion yes.

2. Also in my opinion it is best to "Roll your own".  First we have a list of firewalls, antivirus scanners and other tools here, http://spywarehammer.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?board=108.0. To start with I would get the paid for version of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, that way it updates automatically, and runs in the background just as an AV scanner. Then I would pick one each firewall and AV scanner from the lists. Get the free versions and see if they work for you. Once you are happy with the free versions, if you can afford it, then get the paid for version. That is the best advice I can give you, try each one until you find one that works for you. Everyone is different, and their systems are different. A combination that works good for me may not work for you, but the setup you like may not be to my liking. Even the best protection in the world is no good if you have to keep turning it off to do something.

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Re: best security suites?
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2011, 05:26:45 PM »
Thanks for your reply.  So, in your experience, I would be better off, hypothetically, using avast pro with zone alarm than if I subscribed to avast internet security, which includes a firewall?

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Re: best security suites?
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2011, 05:48:34 PM »
Yes, but watch which version of ZoneAlarm you use, either the pro version or the free version. The security suite uses the Kaspersky Virus scanner, but its not nearly as configurable as the stand alone scanner from Kaspersky is. The best part of using individual programs is if one lets you down, you can replace it, and keep the rest of what you like.

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Re: best security suites?
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2011, 03:46:59 PM »
Any feedback on Kaspersky PURE?