We had been using Norton Internet Security from Symantec for a good 5 years or so. It seemed to do its job; it kept us virus free. But we have recently learned that there is a difference between your virus protection keeping you virus free and your virus protection simply never reporting any issues. It was renewal time and instead of paying blindly for Norton again, we thought we’d do our research. Kaspersky Internet Security is the recommendation we kept receiving, so we thought we’d give it a go. At 5 licenses for the full Kaspersky package for £40, it didn’t exactly break the bank so we were quite pleased before we’d even installed it. It was the first scan after installation where Kaspersky proved itself, and was the moment we lost faith in Norton forever.
This screen shot shows the report that was returned from the Kaspersky scan on one of our machines. How’s that for a total number of malicious items? 343 viruses and trojans, and 2 items of riskware. No-one knows how long they have been there, or what damage they could have caused. Norton, which ran a scheduled scan and was kept fully up-to-date, never found a thing. This was just the tip of the iceberg. 2 other machines reported over 200 items. The rest had no less than 20. Now we aren’t saying that Kaspersky is perfect; no virus protection is. They all have pros and cons and all will detect threats that others miss. But compared to Norton, it’s the best thing since sliced bread in our opinion. People of the world, share your virus experiences and lets rid the world of virus protection that does more harm than good.