Help Me Decide Avast Internet Security vs Norton Security Premium

Avast Internet Security vs Norton Security Premium

  • Avast Internet Security

    Votes: 37 46.8%
  • Norton Security Premium

    Votes: 42 53.2%

  • Total voters
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Evjl's Rain

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#21
I thought there's already a Avast IS 2017 for 365 days trial now ongoing in the giveaway section? Didn't you get it?
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
 
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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, ver 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
So are there any additional settings that's required for Avast's firewall besides the default settings? Can share?

Thanks
 

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

Thanks
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 :)
 

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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 :)
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
 
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Evjl's Rain

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Will 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
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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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.:)
 

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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
 
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#29
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.
 

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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

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

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

Thanks
 

Evjl's Rain

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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!!!
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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#34
Well my friends




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

@Sr. Normal 2.0 i will answer to your question with a question.
Do you want to tweak your security software or not?
If you answer that question your dilemma is solved;)
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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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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#37
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.
 
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#39
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
license to 2021? that smells like an illegal license to me :D ;)
 

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