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July 22, 2007

Symantec anti-botnet tool means an extra subscription fee


The news that Symantec was working on a anti-botnet protection tool was fine and dandy except for the fact that they want an additional $29.95 yearly subscription. If you are beginning to wonder how many different security programs Symantec can think up to separate you from your cash, so is Ryan Naraine:

The anti-botnet tool is being marketed as “complementary solution to existing antivirus or security suites,” adding yet another application to the list of security tools needed by PC users to avoid computer takeover attacks.

Here’s a list of the products sitting on your machine, sucking valuable system resources under the guise of protecting you from hacker attacks: Anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-rootkit, anti-spam, drive-by browser protection, etc., etc.

It has to be the biggest con job in IT to convince consumers that they should pay a separate subscription for each of the above “protection” products.

$29.95 here and $29.95 there – sooner or later it adds up to real money.


Posted at 9:57 am. Filed under Brands, Companies, Norton, Security, Software, Symantec, Thumbs Down

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February 13, 2006

Windows Defender disables Norton Antivirus, users cheer!


There are more laughs than one in the news that Microsoft Defender mistakenly classifies Norton AntiVirus as “malware” and offers to let the user delete it. Brian Chin at the Seattle PI:

Microsoft yay! Norton nay!

You don’t normally see the Slashdot crowd raving about how Microsoft has made the world a better place, but that was pretty much the initial reaction to WashingtonPost.com’s news that the Windows AntiSpyware beta flags Norton Anti-Virus as a malicious trojan and promptly urges users to disable it.

The first comment set the tone: “Probably the best thing any user can have happen.”

Things went downhill from there. Hit the article for the links, but the Slashdotters speak very highly of AVG Antivirus from Grisoft which has a very popular free version. I’ve never done a detailed comparison, but in my experience, Norton does have some annoying oddities and the AVG free version seems equivalently capable. If you insist on paying a large company, you might also consider Microsoft’s OneCare which is due later this year, but is now available in beta and offering a special promotion.


Posted at 10:33 am. Filed under Antivirus, AVG, Brands, Companies, Grisoft, Microsoft, Norton, Software, Symantec

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