Windows 10: Norton Utilities and Norton Security useful or not ?

  1.    21 Sep 2016 #1

    Norton Utilities and Norton Security useful or not ?


    Just finished a reinstall of Windows 10, and I was wondering what the peanut gallery thought of these two programs.

    I uninstalled the Norton Security about a month ago while chasing my OS crashing issues. (Norton Security wasn't my problem), but I read good reports, and have relied on Windows defender in the mean time.

    Norton Utilities almost always seemed to find registry issues, and I bet if I install Norton Utilities it will find a boat load of issues in the registry, and change things. So I am leery about reinstalling what had been my favorite programs for a lot of years.

    Any thoughts?
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       21 Sep 2016 #2

    smalltown said: View Post
    Just finished a reinstall of Windows 10, and I was wondering what the peanut gallery thought of these two programs.

    I uninstalled the Norton Security about a month ago while chasing my OS crashing issues. (Norton Security wasn't my problem), but I read good reports, and have relied on Windows defender in the mean time.

    Norton Utilities almost always seemed to find registry issues, and I bet if I install Norton Utilities it will find a boat load of issues in the registry, and change things. So I am leery about reinstalling what had been my favorite programs for a lot of years.

    Any thoughts?
    Interesting, as I've been running Nortons for about the last 8 years now. It has NEVER found a registry error on the 2 computers I'm running it on. I do use CCleaner thou, and let it check for registry errors manually.
    I only run Norton Security thou. I do NOT run Norton's Utilities. So maybe you could just run your Norton Security, and not install there Utilities program.
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  3.    22 Sep 2016 #3

    OldMike65 do you find that Norton Security slows down your computer.
    I was wondering if running Windows Defender that Norton Security is redundant?
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       22 Sep 2016 #4

    smalltown said: View Post
    OldMike65 do you find that Norton Security slows down your computer.
    I was wondering if running Windows Defender that Norton Security is redundant?
    My Windows Defender is OFF. I only run Norton Security, along with MalwareBytes Pro, and SuperAntiSpyware Pro. My Windows OS is installed on a Samsung SSD, so my boot up times are very fast, (23 secs) and all my programs run just fine.
    I am surprised to hear that your Defender is on, installing my Norton Security turned Defender off automatically.
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  5.    22 Sep 2016 #5

    IMHO, you don't need Norton or any other third party antimalware. Windows Defender does a fine job.
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  6.    22 Sep 2016 #6

    OldMike in previous versions of Windows Norton's turned off Windows Defender, but with the Win 10 anniversary update they can, both run.

    Elizabeth lately I have been running just Windows Defender !
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       22 Sep 2016 #7

    smalltown said: View Post
    OldMike in previous versions of Windows Norton's turned off Windows Defender, but with the Win 10 anniversary update they can, both run.

    Elizabeth lately I have been running just Windows Defender !
    Thats fine, its always the users choice.
    Take Care, Mike.
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       22 Sep 2016 #8

    There are dedicated antimalware product test labs that provide indicators of the capabilities of different products [see the forum thread Indexing Options removed]

    Windows Defender always comes out very poorly in these tests. There have been some recent improvements and it is now only awful whereas it used to be abysmal. Here is a decent summary view of test results from a few months ago - https://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus...ws/windows-10/

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