January 18, 2005
Dear CNET members,
When it comes to an antivirus utility, I practically live by the old saying, "If isn't broken, don't fix it." In most of my experience, it's been a good adage. But as of late, with so many utilities running under the hood of my machine, optimizing system resources is a must. Today, I have started to scrutinize every single utility that's running in the background of my computer, including my antivirus app. While my antivirus has done an outstanding job over the years, I have to wonder if it demands too many resources and if I'm getting the best bang for my hard-earned buck. At the end of the day, an antivirus app is an antivirus app as long as it does its job, right? Or am I just dreaming? Tell us why you swear by the antivirus you use and what makes it the best app out there on the market. Make your point convincing because I, for one, am in the mode to switch. TalkBack here.
This week's hot topic:Quick Hits
Norton vs. PC-cillin
In his Security Watch column, Senior Editor Robert Vamosi recently announced Trend Micro PC-cillin Internet Security 2005 as his pick for the best the antivirus software for 2005. Why not Norton? Along with a handful of cool, new features, including wireless network monitoring, PC-cillin catches viruses just as well as Norton but takes up far fewer system resources. His pick kicked off a heated debate, with hundreds of you chiming in on which antivirus software you use and why.
Stick with the leader
Dozens of you declared that you're sticking with Norton, mainly because you trust the brand and because it's the market leader. According to CNET member intak, relying on anything else is just plain frightening.
Read intak's full post in CNET TalkBack
Making the switch
Longtime Norton user morrjr agrees that PC-cillin is the way to go. His main reason for switching antivirus packages? According to morrjr, Norton AntiVirus 2003 is no longer supported on the company's Web site, and he can't get updated virus definitions.
Read morrjr's full post in CNET TalkBack
Covering your bets
CNET member superman227 doesn't leave the job up to just one antivirus program. He uses Norton, AVG, and ZoneAlarm so that they can "back each other up."
Read superman227's post in CNET TalkBack
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