Are Symantec and McAfee the only choices?

Chris | Live Tech Support | Video Help | Add to iTunes – Users are tired of having Anti-Virus programs that drain their system resources, and cost an arm and a leg. What other alternatives are out there?

Symantec and McAfee have become entirely bloated. They charge you a bunch of money, use up your system resources, then sell you programs to speed up your computer. I call this “selling you the disease and the cure”. I hate this. I think it’s just plain wrong.

There are several alternatives. If you want paid protection, try Kaspersky or nod32. Both are excellent protection programs that are easy on your computer’s resources.

If you want to go the free route… which I always recommend when possible… take a look at one of these:

When suggesting an Anti-Virus, I also must suggest a firewall. There is an excellent free firewall named Comodo. This thing really works well, and has won several awards. Why pay for protection you can get for free?

I want to remind you all that if you run Windows, it really is critical to run these protection programs. Malware isn’t only installed on your system these days by visiting porn sites or opening email attachments. MANY innocent appearing sites can be “drive by downloaders” for Malware. You don’t always have to click something. On a drive by site, you simply open the site… let’s say from Google after searching for something… and bam. You’re infected. That’s all it takes, folks. I don’t care how “smart” of a computer user you are, it just makes sense to protect yourself. Be smart. Know what is going in and out of your computer, protect it, and protect yourself.

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