ESET NOD32 (Latest Edition) Vs. Norton Antivirus 2009

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  1. diegom

    diegom Newbie

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    Hi,

    Pardon me for this is my first post....

    I am still pondering about what Anti-Virus Software To Buy. I hear that norton antivirus 2009 has improved a lot. But on the other hand, more people swear upon the reliable protection of NOD32. I want to find a replacement for my present anti virus (Norton Antivirus 2008). My laptop is a sony vaio NR110E running windows vista home premium with 1GB of RAM. Which would be a better buy for me. Oh, and I do Programming, I use microsoft expression studio, but it is mostly for entertainment, typing and websurfing

    Thanks In advance. And Hello From the Philippines.
    :D
     
  2. royk50

    royk50 times being what they are

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    diegom Newbie

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    Thanks for the quick reply royk50. But overall, which is better for my PC's Specs and my needs. And if possible, lenghten my battery life just a tad bit.
     
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    You care about battery life, then you want the lighweight one. NOD32, is what I have. I forget it's here sometimes lol.
     
  5. diegom

    diegom Newbie

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    Thanks I♥RAM. Last Question which offers better protection on both aspects. Heuristics and REal life protection
     
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    I♥RAM Notebook Deity

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    Well, it's hard to say since I rarely ever catch viruses, so I have to speak with other people's testing of course. Using that thread...and you can google it...ESET NOD32 wins.
     
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    diegom Newbie

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    Thanks I♥RAM. Any other opinions, People?
     
  8. John Ratsey

    John Ratsey Moderately inquisitive Super Moderator

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    I'm also using NOD32 and, so far, it has caught all the nasties that people have given me on flash drives. As already indicated above, it is very light on resource requirements.

    Norton AV used to be a resource hog but I read somewhere that NAV 2009 has been rebuilt.

    John
     
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    killeraardvark Notebook Evangelist

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    I have used NOD32 in the past and love it. I just started using Norton Gaming Edition and really like it. Norton uses only 4 megs of ram to run and does not slow the system down at all. Anyhow which ever you go with, you will be happy.
     
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    Baserk Notebook user

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    Like John Ratsey wrote, Norton's newest AV and Security Suite have had a major overhaul and imo a positive one.
    If you still have a valid license for NAV 2008, you can upgrade to NAV 2009 with your current license key.
    Check how much resources it uses (on idle/full scan/during updates) and download a trial version of NOD32 later on to compare them yourself (uninstall NAV before ofcourse).
    In the most recent AV-Comparatives real-time protection test (PDF link), Norton scored third place with 99% detection and NOD32 scored 8th with 96.6%.
    My personal favourite is Avira Antivir, it has the highest detection rate in the linked test (99,6%), it's light on resources and it's free version is enough for my needs. It produces more false positives then NOD32 or NAV though.
    Cheers.
     
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