Why we switched from Norton Anti-Virus to Kaspersky Internet Security

by Rich on February 9, 2010

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.

Kaspersky at it's finest

5 years of Norton; 1 hour of Kaspersky

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.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Aly February 9, 2010 at 4:10 pm

I would say norton is not that good since years. but I have been using McAfee for 3 years now, and i have faith in it.
I googled a comparison between it and Kaspersky, they both look in the same level
I guess i will stick to my McAfee!

2 Rich February 11, 2010 at 11:40 am

We did look at McAfee but kept hearing that it is an almighty resource hog. Do you have any performance problems with it?

3 Terence Cooper February 12, 2010 at 7:43 pm

I can only agree with you reference Kaspersky. I have used it now for the last 4 years & wont trust anything else. Excellent value in the multi user packs also. Both Norton & McAfee are devils to remove when you no longer want them. As for resource usage, Kaspersky is far less resource hungry, even with all settings maxed, out than any of it’s main competitors.

4 Dan April 13, 2010 at 9:24 pm

how DO you get remove norton when you no longer want it

5 Rich April 16, 2010 at 11:10 am

The method varies depending on which version of Windows you are using but in general: Go into Control Panel then go to Add/Remove Programs. You should be able to remove all Norton software through this menu. Have your new choice of virus scanner ready to install before you remove Norton though…you don’t want to leave yourself without a virus scanner for too long (although as I mentioned in the post, the difference between using Norton and using nothing at all is very small)

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