Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by Howard Kaikow, Feb 6, 2006.
What do folkes think about McAfee VirusScan 2006 10.0 vs. NAV 2005/2006?
tough question but i will go for norton
i would go with norton 2006 i also own mcafee v10 and i always have problems with it updating.
Norton here also.
My motive for asking this question was the following.
My main system is a multiboot system, with 4 OS, each of which has a different version of Office.
My main OS has NAV 2005. This has 3 system license, but I want to use the other two licenses on other systems. So I get virus definition updates ONLY on the main OS. I also have NAV 2006 (3 system license) waiting to be installed when the NAV 2005 subscriptions runs out.
The other 3 OS have either NAV 2003 or NAV 2004, with expired subscriptions. in general, I have no reason for these other 3 OS to connect to the internet, other than when running Windows/Office update.
But it may be useful to replace at least one of the older NAVs with McAfee. Will result in more up to date virus definitions.
I'm doing this because, currently, yoiu can get a 3 user McAfee VirusScan 2006 10.0 for $0 AFTER rebates at www.buy.com.
IMO I have trialled both MIS 2006 and NIS 2006 updating is a pain with both (esp. if like me you have PG). $0 even after the rebate? hmm personally wouldn't be worth the hassle although they are both good AV's.
Given the choice I would personally go with NIS 2006 reason being I dig the firewall!!!
According to AV-comparitives.org, in the testing done in November of '05, McAfee blew Norton (Symantec) away. You can check out the results here:
I used Norton just over a year ago, and it was truly a horrible experience. I'm glad that others have had success with it and find it to be a good product for them, but after the experience that I went through (in only two short weeks), I decided that it was not for me.
Such comparisons do not impress me as each vendor will take efforts to catch up and the results can be different next time.
I use NAV as my main AV merely because I write Office macros and I want to see how they work with NAV.
As a company, Symantec offers very poor support.
From what I've heard McAfee may not be any better.
Symantec no longer has support forums. Does McAfee have support forums?
Has McAfee support moved outside of the USA yet?
I'm taking the opportunity to get a 0 cost McAfee just to see how it does, tho I likely will still use NAV on my next system
Yes mcafee has support forums Here and Here
I did have update problems with Mcafee AV 2005, but as of yet havn't Experienced any problems with 2006 with the daily updates. You could always manually update; http://ts.mcafeehelp.com/displaydoc.asp?frames=1&docid=278321&CategoryId=243
I can only go by my own experience but Mcafee did pick up things that Norton just didnt find on my system as it has heuristic scanning. One thing I do recommend is to try before buying and not to go with Mcafee Firewall Plus Version 7.1.113 as it has lots of problems;
hope this helps
Provided I find no major problems with McAfee VirusSCan 10, the existence of the forums will cause me to switch to McAFee from NAV.
I expect such problems with any of the AV products.
One question, do I have to use IE to download the updates, or can I use Firefox?
So does NAV.
I purchased only the 3 user VirusScan 10, $0 AFTER rebates from http://www.buy.com/.
Yes you need to have Internet Explorer set to your default browser as it uses ActiveX to update. But if you want to manually update McAfee I think they released a Plug-in for firefox, not sure might have to look!
Yes they have, it seems to open internet explorer in the firefox window.
I program using ActiveX often and IE is NOT my default browser.
I believe the issue really is that mcAfee decided to use the browser for downloads, and IE supports ActiveX, but Firefox does not. So they may have added an extension to allow Firefox to use ActiveX.
I downloaded the user's guide and saw no mention of this issue.
Currently, I'm planning on installing McAfee on a system that has only IE, but I may add Firefox, that's why I am concerned.
do you have a link for the add-on?
It is my understanding that MSFT has made available an extension for Firefox to allow use of Windows Update via Firefox, perhaps it's the same critter?
Hi Howard, (I'm running NIS 2006 at the moment)
If Firefox is set as your default browser, when you do your first (manual) update the McAfee site will recognise your browser (it recognised FF as Netscape) and automatically download the extension (firefox will notify you)
It is my understanding that MSFT has made available an extension for Firefox to allow use of Windows Update via Firefox, perhaps it's the same critter?[/QUOTE]
I don't know as I've never used it, sorry
To me it looks like the extension just opens up IE in FF browser.
The only evidence I have is using right click on the screen, when doing so the options are as IE's not FF's
You should def. be a better judge than me, but do let us know.
Ive been searching and found this;
To enable McAfee VS to update regardless of the default browser
setting, I did the following:
1. Create an Administrator level account. This a temporary account that
will be deleted.
2. Log in to the newly created temporary account.
3. Set the default internet browser to MSIE.
4. Open MSIE.
5. Disable the popup blocker. Also disable any third-party IE toolbars.
6. Set the cookie and security settings to those you suggested.
7. Run the Update process once. This will also set up the ActiveX
component for MSIE.
8. Close MSIE.
9. Change the default browser setting back to Netscape, Opera, Firefox,
etc., as desired.
10. Restore the cookie and security settings to those that are desired,
but make sure the McAfee ActiveX component can still run.
11. Download and install the McAfee Netscape plugin. Also, manually copy
this plugin to any other browsers that use Netscape plugins.
12. Log out of this temporary account.
13. Delete the temporary account.
14. Future updates will invoke the default internet browser. An MSIE
window will pop up to do the actual .DAT file download and update.
The above process should need to be done only once. I have verified this
process using MSIE 6 SP2, Opera 7.54, Netscape 7.02, Netscape 4.80, and
Firefox 1. It should work similarly on other browsers that support
http://groups.google.co.uk/group/ne...e using Firefox&rnum=4&hl=en#e7e3d3ebc936d5d1
I don't know as I've never used it, sorry
I was referring to http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/downloads/InstallPlugin.aspx?displaylang=en&sGuid=f87510e2-b622-4755-b8d1-a7773e82fa2c,
but I do not believe that is the same critter. I see no reason to use such a plug-in. It is cleaner to use IE to do Windows Update.
I think Mcafee will better than norton
also, it use less resources than norton
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