The lovely Corey writes:
My Norton Antivirus (For PC…not yet an Apple girl.) is about to expire. It feels like with all the kids going off to college there should be a deal out there for me. I prefer Norton Antivirus (for up to 3 computers) but am willing to try something new, if it is well reviewed and cheaper!
Can you help me find a deal?
I was headed off right from the first line there from suggesting that she simply get a Mac. Isn’t that the most logical solution? Oh, well. I guess I can help you find something else, if you insist on using a PC….
Okay. So. Here’s the thing: You can’t cut corners on virus protection. You can’t. It’s just one of those things you have to consider a necessary expense, end of story. Pick your product based upon performance, and then hope you can find it a few bucks off. Whatever you pay is going to be cheaper than buying a new machine because yours has been irrevocably horked up. (Yes, that’s the technical term.)
That said, I’m not a fan of Norton, and I’ll tell you why: Recently a bunch of my readers started contacting me to say that my site was infected! And I needed to fix it! Because Norton was informing them that my site was dangerous.
Yeah. Um. Guess what! There wasn’t anything wrong with my site. I had my hosting guys run diagnostics to be sure, and absolutely nothing was wrong—we had to file a “false positive” report with Semantec to get it taken care of, and it was a big pain in the rear, and this is not uncommon for that software. Now, yes, because you say it—obviously you’d rather have virus protection that’s too cautious rather than not cautious enough, but still. Annoying.
My hosting folks recommend AVG, which happens to be what I used to run before I switched over to a Mac. If you compare prices between their website and Semantec’s, a one-year license is comparable, but a two-year license is significantly cheaper, for AVG. So it’s already a better deal.
Then, of course, you can shop around, too. If you’re needing licenses for three computers, Corey, I’d recommend you buy through Amazon for the best deal.