Q&A What unnecessary security software have you bought before?

Dhruv2193

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Norton 2004. It didn't survive a reformat, so I had to purchase it TWICE. I also felt that CA Antivirus was a waste of money, with its slow performance and huge updates over dial-up, so I began using Avast Free 4.x. I've never paid for security software since and, at least according to second-opinion scanners, I've never been infected. (I'm a low-risk user who doesn't download warez or torrents. I usually encourage high-risk users to buy a Kaspersky or Emsisoft product.)
In 2004 times or times near that, the security suites were not that powerful to protect users. For example, only a few solutions like MBAM and Kaspersky detected and removed rogue Security products. Norton was not able to detect and remove the same.
 

South Park

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Jun 23, 2018
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In 2004 times or times near that, the security suites were not that powerful to protect users. For example, only a few solutions like MBAM and Kaspersky detected and removed rogue Security products. Norton was not able to detect and remove the same.
Interestingly, the only confirmed viruses I had occurred while using the paid products Norton AV and CA Antivirus. Their marketing hype was great, but the products, not so much.
 

show-Zi

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Jan 28, 2018
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avira.
I purchased a one-year license, but the only difference was that the definition file was updated more frequently. No pop-up ads will appear. But I started receiving emails.
It was like rain that an umbrella could not prevent.:censored:
 

Bikeman0I17

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Sep 22, 2017
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Microsoft One Care 3 year Subscription in 2007 after testing it in 2005, and severely infecting my first AMD Athlon XP 2500 system, ((figured was my own fault, so went ahead and purchased it for 3 computers once it was fully released

Then they switched to Microsoft Security Essentials, and that was end of that subscription by 2009 lol
 

Arequire

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Feb 10, 2017
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I bought a Panda Dome Essentials license back in 2018:
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I don't know why; a brief bout of insanity maybe?
 

plat1098

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Bought a year's subscription to Sandboxie, and then 8 months into it, it went open source just prior to Sophos' sale to Thoma Bravo. Worked perfectly until very recently, when it reportedly became incompatible with certain chromium browsers. First went Vivaldi, then Google Chrome. Brave may well be next. Opera just updated to 71.0.3770.228, which is Chrome version 85.0.4183.121; therefore, it still works on here. It's chromium version 86.x that will put the nail in the coffin for my fave software.

No one currently seems to be developing the 5.x branch despite earlier promises and the other fork has an unsigned certificate at the moment.

Unless there's a miracle: Bye, SBIE. It was nice knowing ya.
 

mlnevese

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What is wrong with Adguard purchase? I would like to know because I am thinking about lifetime licences for all devices in family.
Nothing as far as I know, i have it on 4 androids and 3 windows machines and never had a problem unless I was using the nightly channel. And an incompatibility with both Kaspersky and ESET a few years ago.
 

Local Host

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Its heavy on resouces and slows down your computer a lot, its pretty pointless aswell,
Something clearly is wrong with your PC, Adguard on my PC uses ~10MB and barely any CPU cycles (0.1%).

Most complains are in terms of Internet speed, but even there I have no issues since I have Fiber (Adguard hasn't affected my speeds whatsoever).

I do have recurring issues with the APP on Android.