Re: Norton or McAfee
From: winged (winged_at_nofollow.com)
Date: 28 Mar 2005 22:41:15 EST
> I wonder if anyone in the group with knowledge of both Norton and
> McAfee firewall/antivirus could help.
> I wish to install either 'Norton Internet Security' or 'McAfee
> Internet Security' onto a computer. Is one better than the other, and
> if so, why?
> Many thanks.
I am familiar with both Symantec and McAfee product.
The answer which is "better" is related to your requirements and
specifically which product you refer to.
Symantec A/V with firewall suite (has several product names and whether
you are using the corporate or retail versions). The Symantec Internet
security suite compares to the McAfee Internet suite.
The A/V tools also compare. The Norton suite has a heavier hand on
system resources. It also can monitor and block more vectors. Downside
is more resources (CPU, memory, and disk). If you are on an older
machine that is close to memory/CPU/Disk maximum, Symantec may cause
noticable performance impact. McAfee might be a better choice for
general use. If your machine is less that 1 GHZ CPU or less than 128MB
RAM you may want to opt for McAfee. It may not defend as well but the
system will be happier. McAfee is a competent product.
I utilize Symantec A/V with firewall product(corporate edition). It
suites my needs and requirements well. My preference may be
familiarity, I have found it remarkably stable.
The Symantec products do not uninstall well. If one decides to go with
a different AV product after Symantec, one will want to scour the
registry to rid Symantecs footprints, or rebuild the system.
I do recommend getting the AV product with firewall. The XP SP2
firewall is better than it was preSP2 but still leaves a bit to be
desired on the management side.
Both products firewall work well with the AV product together.
If you have the resources to spare, personally I recommend the Symantec
product. I have the Symantec, McAfee and the MicroTrend product
available to me for free through my workplace. I prefer the Symantec
product, in MS OS's when all things are considered.
I currently use the McAfee product in LINUX, and have had no problem