Is NOD ok for a novice?

Discussion in 'NOD32 version 2 Forum' started by pvsurfer, May 5, 2006.

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  1. pvsurfer

    pvsurfer Registered Member

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    My wife uses her PC for surfing the net and email only. She has an older PC (P3 with 256MB RAM). and it has McAfee Security Suite on it, which really drains her limited resources! Since McAfee expires end of this month, I'm considering getting her NOD32 (along with a lightweight FW).

    As she is on her own all day long, I'm wondering if NOD's gui, alerts, and updating process are simple enough for a completely non-technical person?
     
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    Definitely! In fact, I believe NOD is so effective it should be used by novices. Follow the link in webyourbusiness' post and you'll be all set. ;)
     
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    If my customers can use it, ANYONE can :blink: ;) :D

    Cheers :D
     
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    Yes of course in fact it is a lot easier to use than nortons, or one or two I could name.
     
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    It seems that all who know about this are happy with the extra settings. I wonder why ESET just does not set the install to default to most of those setting.

    Can anyone see any disadvantae to not doing that?
     
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    for compatibility sakes. at least when IMON is concerned. if every app was in higher effeciency, download managers and any streaming video (WMP) would act erratically.

    also, enabling detection of "Potentially dangerous applications" can be bad if u use any remote administration tools.
     
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  8. ASpace

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    Well , I think NOD32 is not the easiest AV software to use (personal opinion)

    But if you configure it correctly once it is installed and then if you enable the silent mode+password protection , your wife will be OK . It would be grate if once in two weeks you have a look at NOD32 log files to make sure it is OK.

    Make sure you read carefully how to configure NOD32 here :
    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=37509


    If your wife's computer has Windows XP , I recommend you use only Windows Firewall which is really good and it always works automatically.
    Windows XP SP2
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/security/internet/sp2_wfintro.mspx

    Windows XP SP1 or noSP
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/learnmore/icf.mspx

    If the computer is non-XP , I recommend ZoneAlarm free
    http://www.zonelabs.com


    Nice day !
     
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    Thanks for all of your advice- I'll d/l the trial and see how it goes on her system.
     
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    Yup....honestly the default settings are quite fine IMO. All those extra settings in there don't have to scare you...they're there to use if you wish, or leave as they are. By default, it's quite self supporting....and will hold your hand when it comes across something. I do my own custom settings for clients....making it perform all it's automatically delete actions if it ever finds anything, without prompting the user for any action.
     
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    Thanks, but I have no problem setting it up on my wife's system using Blackspear's suggestions. However, as she does get lots of email with attachments, I just hope Nod is good enough to protect her completely! :doubt:
     
  12. ASpace

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    NOD32 is one of the best products all over the world and sure it is good enough to protect her . If she is not so computer savvy , you just need to turn on silent mode (so she will see no alarms and NOD32 will work automatically) . You just configure NOD32 correctly , just once , and everything will be fine .

    Read these:
    http://www.eset.com/products/index.php
    http://www.eset.com/products/windows.php
    http://www.eset.com/products/compare.php
    http://www.eset.com/products/compare_heuristic_detection.php
    http://www.eset.com/products/compare-NOD32-vs-competition.php
    http://www.eset.com/threat-center/index.php
    http://www.eset.com/support/index.php

    Also
    http://www.microsoft.com/protect
     
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    The one file example is not a good example. I like my NOD very much and for the time being I would not change it for any other AV. Starting the thread you linked in your post, I wanted ESET to know about undetected virus to let them fix it quickly. For sure someone can give you a lot of examples of the files detected by NOD and missed by McAfee. No AV is 100% perfect.
     
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    No issues whatsoever, I receive lots of attachments as well and Nod32 handles them nicely.

    Cheers :D
     
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    NOD32 is fine for novices. I really don't believe that you need to take the extra steps listed above, NOD32 is just fine "out of the box".

    As far as it missing something that McAfee detected, there will always be malware that one detects and another does not. This is the case for every anti-malware out there. NOD32 freqently catches things by heuristics that nobody else detects, though. If you're really worried about it, you can always add some supplemental protection :)
     
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    Ok, I've got the NOD32 trial up and running on her system and all seems well. I guess the next few weeks should tell the tale!

    Thanks to all, pv
     
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    Why worry..when you're moving to one of the best?
     
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    Don't forget to set her up with a Firewall too. If she is a novice, I'd suggest Zone Alarm Free version. That's what I use.

    NOD32 + ZA Free has worked great for me. I've only been using it for 6 months but love it.
     
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    Unless, of course, that "one file example" is one in which NOD32's heuristics caught the malware prior to signature availability. In those cases, it's OK to rave ceaselessly about how superior NOD32 is.
     
  21. Blackspear

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    I can second this, every client that has Nod32 also has ZoneAlarm free, you do have to remember to tell it to "remember this setting" when it flags a known program attempting to access the internet, or prepare to be bugged with flagging until the cows come home.

    Cheers :D
     
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