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What’s the best product for internet security? 

by on February 10, 2010

Q: What’s my best option for internet security: Norton, Webroot, or a different product altogether?

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Webroot says I can install the software on three computers but what if I reformat can I install it again? 

by on January 27, 2010

Q: Webroot says I can install it on three different computers but can I install it on those three computers as many times as I need?


Which free antivirus and antispyware protection software should I use to replace webroot? 

by on January 5, 2010

Q: I have Webroot Antivirus and Antispyware but it expires next month and I can’t really afford to pay $40 to renew it. So what I’m wondering is, out of these free antivirus programs which should I use to replace it? Avira Anti-vir? Avast? Panda Cloud? Microsoft Security Essentials? Threatfire?

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Just use one spyware package to speed up your computer 

by on December 21, 2009

Q: I had webroot and Trend Micro Antivirus & Spyware installed on my computer. A power outage while upgrading webroot caused me to have to uninstall webroot and now I notice that my computer runs faster than ever without Webroot. Do I need to have Webroot and Trend Micro Antivirus & Spyware installed or can I just get away with Trend Micro Antivirus & Spyware?

A: You do not need webroot if you are using Trend Micro Antivirus & Spyware package. The reason for this is that webroot is a spyware package so if you have both webroot and Trend Micro Antivirus & Spyware then you will have two pieces of software running to protect you from spyware and this means more programs taking up the resources you have on your computer. Read the rest of this entry »

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Do I need both webroot spysweeper and Norton Internet Security? 

by on August 10, 2009

Q: I have webroot spysweeper and my subscription to Norton Internet security is about to expire. Do I need both? I am getting all these “world is coming to an end” messages from Norton. Also there are 2 products: NIS 2009 and Norton Antivirus 2009 – what is the difference and do I need either one?


The Best Antivirus Program as of Today 

by on June 10, 2009

Q: I have Webroot Antivirus and Norton installed on my computer. Norton expired and I tried to renew it but as I was doing that Norton told me that I would have to uninstall Webroot. Webroot is also about to expire so I am wondering which antivirus program I should keep. Which antivirus program is the best right now?

A: Since antivirus programs stay running all the time to check files as you use them you only want to have one installed and running at a time. When you have more than one running at a time they could seriously degrade the performance of your computer. Read the rest of this entry »

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Should I use Webroot AntiVirus or Norton? 

by on April 18, 2009

Q: I have both Webroot AntiVirus and Norton installed on my computer. Norton expired and I tried to renew, but it told me that I would have to uninstall Webroot. Webroot is also about to expire. Which antivirus program should I keep? In other word, is one better than the other?

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Is it safe to uninstall Norton now that I am using Webroot Spy Sweeper? 

by on March 27, 2009

Q: I had Norton antivirus installed on my computer when I bought it. I recently just bought Webroot Spy Sweeper because Norton’s subscription expired. Can I delete Norton now then?


Should I keep Norton AntiVirus or Webroot Spy Sweeper? 

by on September 15, 2008

Q: I have an HP PC and am using Norton AntiVirus. When I had some work done they installed Webroot Spy Sweeper, so now I have both. Don’t they do the same thing? If I only need one which one should I get rid of?

A: Norton AntiVirus (2006 and newer) has built-in antispyware tools. But according to my research, Spy Sweeper does not include antivirus tools by default. Also, it seems like Spy Sweeper was installed on your computer without your permission. So I recommend that you uninstall Spy Sweeper from your computer while keeping Norton AntiVirus.

TIP: You may wish to replace Norton AntiVirus with a program like Kaspersky Internet Security 2009, which combines antivirus, antispyware, firewall, and other advanced capabilities into a single program.


Installing Norton Antivirus 2007 And Webroot Software On Multiple Computers 

by on December 21, 2007

Q: I have Norton Antivirus 2007 and Webroot Spy Sweeper 2007 installed on my home desktop computer, which uses Windows XP. I recently purchased a Dell XPS laptop for use while I am on assignment away from home. Can I use my Norton and Webroot software that I have on my home computer on my new laptop? Or do I have to purchase new software?

A: I can definitely answer your question. But first let me advise you that there is a superior alternative to Norton Antivirus. It is called Avast! Antivirus. I encourage you to take a look. Moving now to your question, the legal use of a computer program is governed by something known as a EULA (End User License Agreement). Each program has its own EULA. Sometimes, it is legal to use the same program on multiple computers. Other times, it is not.

For home and home office users, there are two different versions of Norton Antivirus 2007. There is the kind that can only be installed and used on one computer at any given time. Click here for an example of the single-user version. Then there is the kind that allows you to install the software on as many as three different computers. Click this to view the multi-user version. If your copy of Norton Antivirus 2007 was included with your desktop, chances are almost 100% that it is the single-user version. If you downloaded the program instead of purchasing it on CD, contact Symantec (the company that makes Norton software). As you can see from the previous two links, there is a large number 3 on the box of the multi-user version, while no such number appears on the single-user version.

The EULA for Webroot software is more obvious. Webroot provides a customer support article entitles Installing Webroot products on multiple computers. According to the information contained on that webpage, no purchasable Webroot software may be installed on more than one computer at any given time. In other words, you will need to purchase an additional software license for your Spy Sweeper software.

It is worth mentioning that Apple’s Mac OS X and Linux-based computers are currently immune to computer viruses, etc. You may wish to consider switching to one of those operating systems the next time you are in the market for a new computer.

Hopefully you have found this answer to be informative and helpful.