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Virus Protection - Which Software?

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There's several antivirus software products available, but which should you use?

This How-To Article is a guide to help you choose the right antivirus software for you.

Virus Protection - Which Software?

The two major products

The two products we will be reviewing in this article are:

McAfee VirusScan

Norton AntiVirus

Each product is very similar, but do offer some different features.

McAfee VirusScan

McAfee VirusScan isn't as easy to use as other products, and is also slower than other products, but we recommend it for people who use the Internet often. McAfee VirusScan has been shown to be very reliable in catching viruses in Internet downloads, but misses some file and E-mail based viruses.

Another disadvantage to McAfee VirusScan is that E-mail attachments won't be checked for viruses until you try to save the file.

Overall, McAfee VirusScan is a solid performer when it comes to Internet download virus protection. If you use your computer for the Internet more than anything else, you may find McAfee VirusScan the product for you.

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Norton AntiVirus

Norton AntiVirus is a very reliable and easy-to-use anti-virus product. It's the best anti-virus product for catching viruses in downloaded files and E-mail. However, it doesn't provide the protection for Internet based viruses as McAfee VirusScan does. Norton AntiVirus is also more expensive than McAfee VirusScan.

Norton AntiVirus includes many tools that can be run in the background, including watching suspicious PC activity and automatically checking downloaded files for viruses. Norton AntiVirus can also automatically configure itself to handle E-mail virus scanning.

Norton AntiVirus is a great product and we highly recommend it over McAfee VirusScan.

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Our recommendation is Norton AntiVirus.

Norton AntiVirus offers solid and easy-to-use virus protection, and doesn't slow your system down. McAfee VirusScan does have better Internet download protection, but Norton AntiVirus provides better, all-around virus protection.

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