Help Me Decide Avast Internet Security vs Norton Security Premium

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Avast Internet Security vs Norton Security Premium

  1. Avast Internet Security

    37 vote(s)
    46.8%
  2. Norton Security Premium

    42 vote(s)
    53.2%
  1. Evjl's Rain

    Evjl's Rain Level 29
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    #21 Evjl's Rain, Feb 9, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2017
    I'm using avast premier (license until 2021) so I don't need AIS :)
    I expressed my experience with paid avast. I found those paid features were not really useful, some were useless (like sandbox, very few apps can run inside avast's sandbox although I tried to changed some settings, no luck) and some potentially useful features but useless for me (Data Shredder) :D
     
  2. HarborFront

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    So are there any additional settings that's required for Avast's firewall besides the default settings? Can share?

    Thanks
     
  3. Evjl's Rain

    Evjl's Rain Level 29
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    honestly I don't change any in avast firewall settings, I left everything default
    I just use avast firewall to block connections of windows telemtry processes (cortana, backgroundtaskhost.exe...) and some apps which I saw continuously connecting to their servers (iTunes's services for example)

    I regularly enter avast firewall -> Application... -> Check Paths -> OK
    to clean up rules for deleted apps

    That's it :)
     
  4. HarborFront

    HarborFront Level 34
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    #24 HarborFront, Feb 9, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2017
    Does Avast firewall pops up alert messages informing you it blocked the incomings/outgoings? If no, how to make such messages show? This will tell me that the firewall is working.

    Thanks
     
  5. spaceoctopus

    spaceoctopus Level 10

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    Avast is a great product. But Norton for me, not many added features like Avast, while Norton offers better protection.
     
  6. Evjl's Rain

    Evjl's Rain Level 29
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    By default, avast will show you a notification for newly created block rule. I have never seen avast firewall blocking any app because I never run malwares in my host PC => I'm not sure
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    In the Application control, you will see avast is doing it job as it automatically changes the rules for some apps. Like the one I circled. I didn't touch it (auto-decide word in it). The default level should be 3/5. This one is 1/5 => restricted
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    you can check if the firewall is blocking something or not by go to Firewall Logs. In my case, it's blocking stuffs without any notification
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  7. jerzy601

    jerzy601 Level 13

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    Well, both programs are good at what they have to do but I think Avast is not what the lighter has a good detection rate, and besides, this new version is good.
    Norton is a little heavier but also is worthy of our attention, but personally I recommend Avast.
    the choice is yours, and what best suits you.:)
     
  8. shmu26

    shmu26 Level 53

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    avast with hardened mode/aggressive is pretty good protection, I would rely on it more than on norton, especially with a couple registry tweaks to plug up holes (Hard_Configurator does the job). Furthermore, you can tweak avast to run super light.

    however, the out-of-the-box protection prize goes to Norton
     
  9. insanity

    insanity Level 4

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    It's a close contest but I would argue that, protection-wise, Norton is better. Avast paid only adds a firewall and minor features, compared to its free version. But Avast allows you to change most of its settings, like sensibility, hardened mode, protection modules etc. That might be interesting for a more advanced user if that is the case.
     
  10. HarborFront

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    Can't find the 'Application Rules' page. Where is it?

    Thanks
     
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  11. Evjl's Rain

    Evjl's Rain Level 29
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    to be honest, I don't like the UI settings of avast. Everything should be able to access via "Settings"
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  12. HarborFront

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    Thanks I found it.

    That damn mouse pointer is not showing up on Avast screens although it's working fine on the desktop. A BIG BUG!!!
     
  13. Evjl's Rain

    Evjl's Rain Level 29
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    there are still many bugs in this initial release. Like in this screenshot. Mismatch rules between the main UI and firewall settings

    moreover, the rules I showed you in the today, now they are gone :eek:
    I don't why avast deleted my rules
     

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  14. Sr. Normal 2.0

    Sr. Normal 2.0 Level 5
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    Well my friends

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    First of all thanks to all for your advices and help :)

    As you can see there is total equality. I have received many very good tips. At the end, with so many good advice to one or the other, I think it all boils down to what our dear friend asked me

    I think I'll keep Norton, because none are clearly superior to the other, both are excellent, so I do not think it's necessary to change.

    You have helped me a lot, thanks :)

    Next time I will ask for help on "Firewall yes or not". Surely the vote would not be equal :p
     
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  15. Giannis

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    What a contest haha, glad you got your thoughts resolved from this helpful community.
     
  16. spaceoctopus

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    Another thing that is quite exceptional with a complete product like Norton, is its very small footprint on the system. Almost in the same category with Panda products. It's lighter than Avast, and another important thing,far less buggy.

    Avast, although a very good product has far more bugs, especially, failing to install, then you need to download the offline installer to make it work.Messing up with windows explorer, making the taskbar icons blink, messing with windows updates is another. Firewall failing to load, which is also present in the latest version. Notice that yesterday after installing the Avast Premier. It's a problem that was present for a very long time, reported countless of times on their forum. So many times i've clicked on Programs and Features, double clicked on the Avast icon and clicked on Repair. Sometimes it fails to repair too. But it's a nice product, with very good detection and protection.

    Also Norton interface is very neat. A very nice and clear description of detected threats. Logs and statistics are easy to understand. Avast interface, is ok, new one a bit too 'flashy' for my taste, but it's fine. I preferred the old one thought.
     
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  17. Rolo

    Rolo Level 18

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    If you're going to pay, Norton. It's far, far lighter and has fewer false positives. I beta tested it a couple years ago and it was provided at no cost to me with my prior ISP, so I used it for several years.

    Contrarily, I had Avast 1-year for free and ditched it after a month.
     
  18. giants8058

    giants8058 Level 4

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    Went with Norton since I have been seeing some impressive results from malware hub and video reviews. Haven't tried it out personally, but it looks promising. Much better than back in the day.
     
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  19. Trickster

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    license to 2021? that smells like an illegal license to me :D ;)
     
  20. Evjl's Rain

    Evjl's Rain Level 29
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    someone gave me the license. Who knows? :D
    I will use until it's blocked
     
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