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Norton Internet Security- what a rip-off!!! Any alternatives??

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  1. 03Sssnake

    03Sssnake TK-421 Established Member Beer Money Bros.

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  2. nxhappy

    nxhappy Well-Known Member Established Member

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    AVG and Malwarebytes ....FREE
     
  3. Fat Boss

    Fat Boss Well-Known Member Established Member

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    I did that with the NFL Sunday Ticket. They took my offer of three payments of $29 about 8 years ago. I think it was usually $300 for the package.
     
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    Blown 89 Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Exactly this. What's the point of running antivirus to keep your computer running well if the antivirus itself causes the operating system itself destruct.
     
  5. Blown 89

    Blown 89 Well-Known Member Established Member

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    That's too much to ask of people. My business partner and COO called me asking for our firewall password. He needed it to, I shit you not, give it to the VoIP tech support from India to solve our phone problems.
     
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    HudsonFalcon Well-Known Member Established Member

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    It works. I tell them straight up they can get some of my money or none at all.
     
  7. CobraBob

    CobraBob Authorized Vendor Premium Member Established Member Single Barrel Sirs

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    Well, so much for my short-lived life with Microsoft Windows Defender. Worked fine for a couple of days, including updates, but now it won't load. So I have zero protection. Tried numerous recommendations but the app still won't load; keeps tell me to try again later. I guess my hate for Microsoft products continues. LOL. For now, I installed the free version of Avast.

    Anyone ever have this issue with Windows Defender?
     
  8. HISSMAN

    HISSMAN The Great Bearded One Staff Member Super Moderator

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    I just use what is built into windows. I've honestly not had a virus that wasn't detected and stopped in the last 10 years since I deemed it good enough. I used to use Avast and AVG. But, stay away from Norton.
     
  9. JAJ

    JAJ Active Member Established Member

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    This might help:

    Automatically diagnose and fix problems with Windows Firewall (microsoft.com)

    My experience with Defender is that it can be a little tricky at the start, and of course every attacker and competitor is aching to switch it off. Download the troubleshooter and give it try.
     
  10. quad

    quad Well-Known Member Established Member

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    I would take Putin over Biden any day!

    Cybersecurity tycoon Natalya Kaspersky claims CIA hackers could be behind US Colonial Pipeline attack blamed on Russian group

    A cyberattack that crippled fuel supplies on the East Coast of the US and sent gas prices soaring could have been an inside job conducted by American spooks, rather than foreign hackers, a prominent Russian IT expert has claimed.

    After a massive systems failure caused the Colonial Pipeline to shut down, Natalya Kaspersky, the co-founder and former CEO of security software firm Kaspersky Lab, who is now the president of cybersecurity company InfoWatch and one of Russia’s wealthiest women, made the explosive suggestions in an interview with RIA Novosti on Friday. She alleges that the US’ top foreign intelligence agency, the CIA, has a crack team of digital warriors who are able to masquerade as overseas hacking groups.

    According to her, the group, known as UMBRAGE, is adept at hiding its online footprints. The existence of the team first came to light in a series of documents published by WikiLeaks in 2017 and subsequently picked up by American media. At the time, USA Today said that the shadowy operatives “may have been cataloguing hacking methods from outside hackers, including in Russia, that would have allowed the agency to mask their identity by employing the method during espionage.”
     
  11. CobraBob

    CobraBob Authorized Vendor Premium Member Established Member Single Barrel Sirs

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    Actually, the Windows Firewall was working fine. Only the Antivirus service was not working. The issue was a recent Windows update done yesterday morning. I uninstalled the update and Defender is working again. For some reason the Service for the Microsoft Defender Antivirus Service was set to Manual and should be Automatic. When set to Manual, you couldn't change it to Automatic, making it act like Malware was preventing the service from starting. By uninstalling the update from yesterday morning, the Service is reset to Automatic. First time I've had this happen. So I am back to using Defender and uninstalled Avast Free.
     
  12. Outlaw99

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    Seems like the only folks getting viruses are the ones using virus protection software.

    Never used a paid software for virus protection since my 1st computer in 1995, never had a virus.

    I do have free version of malwarebytes and run that weekly.

    Sent from my SM-G986U using the svtperformance.com mobile app
     
  13. Mojo88

    Mojo88 "Hammer" Time Established Member

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    I was gonna type something exactly like this ^^^^^^^^^^
     
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    Microsoft seems to be heading back to the good old days when "every update is a fresh shipment of bugs". I had to uninstall the Windows Linux runtime to get an update to install in March, and in April I had to uninstall the VR subsystem.
     
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    Honestly, this is the first time in quite awhile that I've had an issue with a MS update. That doesn't dent my mindset that I dislike Microsoft as a company, and their products.

    I prevent them from doing automatic updates, and I think going forward I'm going to hold off updating for at least a month.
     
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    Total AV.....3 devices $29.00 a year......3 years so far and not a single problem.....(2) Win 7 Pro (me-still) and Win 10 Pro for her!!;):)
     
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    CobraBob Authorized Vendor Premium Member Established Member Single Barrel Sirs

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    Like @helloWorld said, avoid the questionable sites, and be smart about opening up mail and attachments you don't recognize. Common sense goes a long way.
     
  18. JAJ

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    Exactly! There are only two ways to break into a computer or a system. The hard way is to overcome the defenses with complex and powerful attack strategies. The easy way is to pretend to be someone who has access.
     
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    CobraBob Authorized Vendor Premium Member Established Member Single Barrel Sirs

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    Norton's trying hard to gain customers back. :rolleyes:
     

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