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  1. #31


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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by edee View Post
    Webroot Secure Anywhere passes 4 out of the 5 tests. The Antiphishing one is the one it would not pass even though it is turned on by default.
    Hi edee,

    Thanks for testing. This is what a successful detection might look like. However, I did notice that Webroot is not listed as a participating member so, if you are concerned, you might want to contact them directly:

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  2. #32


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Harrylowt View Post
    Nice post, Well i tried it on a virtual machine and this is my results...

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    David I just ran your tester, my VM failed 3,4 and 5
    What AV are you running ?
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  3. #33


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Test results using Win 8.1 x64, Avast Free v2014.9.0.2013, Firefox v27.0.1. Results: Passed all 5 tests.

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    Cheers!

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  4. #34


    St. Augustine
    Posts : 388
    windows 8.1 64, LT -Windows 10 Home 64


    I ran the AMTSO test on my desktop and all 5 tests were blocked.

    I am running 8.1 with Norton 360 latest version. From viewing this forum I know that many of you folks, that are much more knowledgeable about computers & software than I am, are not big fans of the Norton Products but I know what works for me. I have been using a Norton Product for Firewall/AV/Malware protection for more than 10 years and I have never had an infection and believe me when I say I surf with Reckless Abandon and I am on the net a lot. I also have Malwarebytes Pro and scan regularly just to be sure. I would not feel comfortable with Windows Defender and one of the free AV solutions but that's just my opinion and I don't mind paying for protection if it really works as long as the cost is reasonable especially when I see the grief some experience after an infection.

    I will run the other tests and report back the results.

    Great Thread
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  5. #35


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by gator2013 View Post
    I ran the AMTSO test on my desktop and all 5 tests were blocked.

    I am running 8.1 with Norton 360 latest version. From viewing this forum I know that many of you folks, that are much more knowledgeable about computers & software than I am, are not big fans of the Norton Products but I know what works for me. I have been using a Norton Product for Firewall/AV/Malware protection for more than 10 years and I have never had an infection and believe me when I say I surf with Reckless Abandon and I am on the net a lot. I also have Malwarebytes Pro and scan regularly just to be sure. I would not feel comfortable with Windows Defender and one of the free AV solutions but that's just my opinion and I don't mind paying for protection if it really works as long as the cost is reasonable especially when I see the grief some experience after an infection.

    I will run the other tests and report back the results.

    Great Thread
    I just started this thread so people would start taking computer protection more seriously.

    People can relate their experiences with whatever AV they are using.

    A lot of shared knowledge like this helps everybody.

    I'm glad Norton has protected your computer so well.

    Getting a virus is no fun at all.
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  6. #36


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by gator2013 View Post
    I ran the AMTSO test on my desktop and all 5 tests were blocked.

    I am running 8.1 with Norton 360 latest version. From viewing this forum I know that many of you folks, that are much more knowledgeable about computers & software than I am, are not big fans of the Norton Products but I know what works for me. I have been using a Norton Product for Firewall/AV/Malware protection for more than 10 years and I have never had an infection and believe me when I say I surf with Reckless Abandon and I am on the net a lot. I also have Malwarebytes Pro and scan regularly just to be sure. I would not feel comfortable with Windows Defender and one of the free AV solutions but that's just my opinion and I don't mind paying for protection if it really works as long as the cost is reasonable especially when I see the grief some experience after an infection.

    I will run the other tests and report back the results.

    Great Thread
    Hi gator2013,

    I alos have tested Norton 360 and I can confirm your findings that it does, in fact, pass all 5 tests! However, I think it all boils down to one's personal choice based on their own surfing habits. Now, in my case, I had a choice to use either the Norton 360 full version (provided free of charge by my ISP) or the Avast Free 2014. My personal reasoning for choosing Avast free over Norton 360 was based on the following experiences:

    The Norton 360 auto updates failed too often (without resolve at that time). Also, it included too many options that I didn't need or want. Specifically, it offers too many total maintenance options that have nothing to do with protection IMHO. Yes, they can all be turned off, but I must admit that I had a bit of trouble getting everything properly set. So, my preference, for a program that only provides AV protection, led me back to the Avast Free offering. And just like you, I have never been infected by malware. Now, don't get me wrong, Avast tries to sell you (or install) some similar maintenance functions (eg, grimefighter, etc) but they all can be denied during the installation process. In summary, Norton 360 is a great product and it works well in protecting your PC; however, just because one pays for protection does not guarantee they are getting any better protection than certain free offerings. In summary, everyone needs to exhibit due dilligence when choosing their protection scheme and part of that (IMHO) is running it through some independent testing.

    Thanks for your feedback,

    my2cents
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  7. #37


    St. Augustine
    Posts : 388
    windows 8.1 64, LT -Windows 10 Home 64


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post

    I just started this thread so people would start taking computer protection more seriously.
    Unfortunately most of the people out there who should be reading this information aren't viewing this forum.

    I dare say that the bulk of the masses, set up their new computer, let whatever trial AV/Firewall subscription expire and sometime later get infected then come to a forum like this one for help.

    "You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink"
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  8. #38


    St. Augustine
    Posts : 388
    windows 8.1 64, LT -Windows 10 Home 64


    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post

    Hi gator2013,


    The Norton 360 auto updates failed too often (without resolve at that time). Also, it included too many options that I didn't need or want. Specifically, it offers too many total maintenance options that have nothing to do with protection IMHO. Yes, they can all be turned off, but I must admit that I had a bit of trouble getting everything properly set.
    my2cents
    I agree with everything you have said especially the additional maintenance features with the Norton Products and they keep adding more. I guess I have such a strong familiarity with Norton Products especially Norton 360 and it has always worked for me and I have never had a failed auto update with Norton unless maybe their server was down. It's like "If it's not broke why try to fix it"

    I should not bad-mouth freeware in general and I don't mean to because there is some good stuff available but if I think something is really good I don't mind paying for it but I never pay the full retail price. I'm a discount hound. I purchased Macrium, Revo Uninstaller Pro and Malwarebytes Pro for at least 50% off retail. I wear Google out searching for discount codes. But I also think that many PC users may not be well informed and go for free stuff without really knowing what they are getting and end up downloading something and find additional things they didn't expect on their devices like Conduit. Heaven Forbid.

    I have nothing but positive comments about AVAST.

    This is an awesome forum and I have learned a lot browsing through all the threads.

    Best To You!
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  9. #39


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I don't mind spending money either.
    That's why I paid $19.99 for Avast.

    I have Revo & Macrium too. {bought}
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  10. #40


    St. Augustine
    Posts : 388
    windows 8.1 64, LT -Windows 10 Home 64


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    I don't mind spending money either.
    That's why I paid $19.99 for Avast.
    Now that's a great deal. Good Job!

    Something I should look at considering my 360 subscription is coming up in about a month.

    Which Avast package are you running? I just looked at their site and I think I would need the Avast Internet Security and for 2 computers.

    Time to start looking for discount codes

    PS: My family is out of Winchester
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