My Norton 360 is about to expire and I’ve pretty well decided I don’t want to renew it. I’ve been reading great stuff about a new product, Vipre. I’ll probably go with it, but I’ve read it has no firewall. Is this information currently true? If so, will the firewall in my Windows XP with service pack 2 be sufficient? If it’s not sufficient, any recommendations? Thanks!
I really like Norton Internet Security 2009 But I’m not a big fan of Norton 360. It just does to many things. Backup software and tune up tools. Just uses a little to much ram with all that. Vipre is a new comer, and it’s doing ok in tests but is not there yet. You can spent another 20 and get the firewall that Sunbelt sells. Also make sure you download the free trial and make sure you like it, before buying it and being stuck for a year. It does look like it’s a very lean running anti-virus software. Make sure when you remove Norton that you turn of all protection before you unistall so you get a clean uninstall and won’t have any problems with your new anti-virus program. I would not go with windows firewall, with a unproven anti-virus program. You might want to look at one of the stronger free ones like Comodo or Outpost. They both have strong HIPS protection, which will come in handy if Vipre falls you. But you will miss the Norton firewall, which is the best at telling if a program is good or not. The other ones will always pop-up and ask you to make the call.
by: Ed G
on: 13th June 09