does anyone have Lavasoft software ?

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  1. zero7404

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    i've currently got NIS 2008 and the subscription is about to expire. I was looking at Ad-Aware on Lavasoft's web site and it looks like they offer more for the money for longer (2-3 year coverage). i was wondering if anyone has the paid version of their a/v software and whether they find it effective or not ?

    what about the firewall ?

    i use ad-aware 2008 free for tracking cookie removals, and it works fairly well. but i don't use the entire suite and i keep the autostarts off, i only run ad-aware scans when i want to.

    any feedback would be much appreciated....thanks
     
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    Why dont you think about extending your NIS? NIS is good.. and the 2009 initial review is out from pcmag... and it looks very promising and good :) :) check out the review link in the NIS 2008 thread :) I suggest you think about it... its on par with other softwares :) Just my opinion..

    Or Here, the link to the review >>>> http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2704,2330018,00.asp
     
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    NIS is expensive to maintain. i like the software and how it doesn't slow my machine much, but they charge a premium for subscription renewals. when i shop around there are better prices out there, so i figured since ad-aware free performs fairly well, why not buy their suite since it's not nearly as expensive as NIS is ?

    this whole subscription thing to keep virus definitions up to date is also over-rated. they charge 50 bucks a year to provide you with virus definitions and software updates....sorry, but imho i think they can extend a better price for current customers, don't you think ?

    microsoft doesn't even sell the bulk of their software for retail prices, but they are dishing out loads of updates & enhancements to it's customers free of charge. how would you feel if you woke up one morning and found that to download the latest windows updates you had to pay per download ?

    this is what apple has started doing with it's ipod software updates, they are charging people and categorizing them as upgrades.

    this has got to end somewhere, and where it ends is where i stop paying premiums for my subscriptions....
     
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    well, you are right probably... hmmm... life is hard, you see.. ;) ;) :D But anyway, then why are you looking for a paid lavasoft thing? when there are quiet a few super good free AV and firewall stuff out here?? *just curious* and you could still use the adaware free for on-demand like you do now..
     
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    i know some folks that use AVG which is the free version, and when scanning for viruses/tracking cookies, the functionality is not as good as a paid version. for example, if viruses/tracking cookies are found they are put into a vault....not deleted. i dunno about anybody else, but if something malicious resided on my machine, i would want it removed, not quarantined.
     
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    Use Avira. It's free and its VERY good.
     
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    I've moved this thread to the Security forum, it fits better there :).
     
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    oh...sorry about the mispost.

    anyway, in my quest to minimize my losses and make a statement, i realized that fonduekid was right: life is hard. it really really sucks that the software industry is capitalizing on this "subscription" notion.

    so i did some research amongst all the paid software suites that include firewall and a/v protection and whatever else is included....

    i also looked at the article posted by fonduekid from pcmag as well as other sites trying to see which suite would be best for me and keep subscription costs low....

    since i already have nis 2008 and the review for 2009 was very good, i looked at the prices. symantec was giving the upgrade for $ 104 for 2 years. so i figured that's about 50 bucks a year, but i also get the latest version of NIS for the same price as renewing my current subscription of 2008 for 2 years. so i took the plunge.

    it is pretty fast, i haven't noticed much of a difference with 2008, but there's added functionality that looks to me like what Ad-Aware 2008 does too, so i might be scrapping Ad-Aware from my machine soon if nis 2009 proves a worthy alternative.
     
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    @ Zero - Glad you digged in deep and learnt for yourself.. Nothing compares to reading around and familiarizing yourself with the technicalities... Self help if sometimes the best help.. and more so in such things, because, one AV / Aspyware might be good for one while it might not be for others.. :) So best thing is to read around..

    And to stress my initial thought again, NIS isn't that bad :) In fact, *these days* NIS is really good :) :) I hardly feel it running in my system and of course I will be going to the latest whenever its released :) Cheers.
     
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    i agree. i used to have some symantec products back in the day (windows 95)....and they weren't that great. i guess vista has given developers a good platform finally. and symantec actually wrote some code that's worth the money.....
     
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