What is the argument for paying for an antivirus program?

Discussion in 'Security and Anti-Virus Software' started by JWBlue, Jul 27, 2011.

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  1. 3Fees

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    I'd say the main arguement is paid antivir programs detect malware better( not all of them),Norton NIS typically is tops in this,,free ones miss more malware. I did a post on top antivir,,Norton NIS 2011 is rated best overall.

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  2. Hungry Man

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    That may be the argument but it's not true =p
     
  3. ikovac

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    People pay for antivirus so they can blame someone if they go wild on Internet and behave badly. Otherwise they would have to blame browser, Windows or themselves for choosing the "poor" free AV!


    Joking of course. Not trying to insult anyone here :)

    AV companies who charge customers must offer good service in case a customer cannot deal with the threat. That is why I would pay. If you can handle the threat than you are in a much better position since you don't have to pay anything.

    So the price should be the difference in knowledge/information/ability to learn/lack of time etc... between an AV company and an average customer facing a threat. AV companies want the threat to rise, so the difference is bigger and more customers need help/service - thus more income for AV company. Now "the threat" is not necessarily an equally big threat for each user. Even real numbers (virus stats etc...) don't apply for every part of the world with local habits, languages, popular online services or whatever. But the ads and prices are the same for the whole world! I guess many people pay and really they don't need it.
     
  4. Hungry Man

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    Pay software tends to come with support.

    In the case of Comodo that's all you pay for.
     
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    Yes. Comodo has a bit different logic (Melih being praised for that). It is also free for commercial and they offer insurance (money) in case of data loss if I am not mistaken. Perhaps they stopped that?
     
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    Yes, 500 dollar guarantee.
     
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    I paid for Norton 360 Premier because it's 25 GB of online storage that happens to come with a decent AV and firewall. I snagged a copy for $30, which I think is a fair price.
     
  8. JWBlue

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    Do all pay security programs have a yearly fee?
     
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    There is no guarantee or compensation your OS will not get infected by malware.
    Support is only for issue that the software can cost your OS.
    That is why I won't pay for it.
    When Anti-Virus nuke your OS there is no compensation either.
    Only extend subscription i.e giving the AntiVirus more chances of nuking your OS again.
     
  10. Hungry Man

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    Here's the guarantee.
     
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