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    Default Norton and Avast are merging into an $8 billion antivirus empire

    NortonLifeLock and Avast are merging in a deal worth more than $8 billion. The deal will see NortonLifelock acquire all of Avast’s shares, and create a much larger cyber security firm. “With this combination, we can strengthen our cyber safety platform and make it available to more than 500 million users,” says Vincent Pilette, NortonLifeLock CEO. “We will also have the ability to further accelerate innovation to transform cyber safety.”
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    Avast purchased AVG. Now Norton is buying Avast. Interesting.

    I use an AV (Norton) since it has family controls that I use for kids. Most of their products now come with dark web monitoring - and I've gotten alerts about old passwords and leaks.

    The average user NEEDS an AV. They go on torrent sites and other questionable sites looking for content - and usually find stuff they're not looking for. Part of it is being cheap - part of it is they don't want to be left behind in the technology scene - and part is they underestimate what it takes for persons to actually find the software and provide it to them.

    Linux/Mac users don't need an AV. Windows average users do. Microsoft Defender does a basic job, but something more robust is required - especially with ransomware.

    If you know how to handle infected files - you don't need an AV. You can sandbox stuff and get it sorted. You can isolate it on Linux/Mac. You can use a live environment. There are options.

    The main question I'd have is - will Norton be keeping a free AV available?
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    Average users go on torrent sites? Wow. I must have been the real old school average user. I only knew about torrents thought IT colleagues who were pirates. Then I start seeing it popup on gaming sites to download their large games.

    But I agree with you, the average user needs an AV.

    Norton has to keep the free AV. I would think protection of PC's worldwide from viruses and malware is something more paramount than making a buck on selling AV.
    But we'll see what their plans are now that they dominate the AV scene.
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    So Norton Grows..


    I use AVG from the days of it being named Ewido Antispyware.. and for persons not interested in premium I drop on AVG free, adjusting it based on user expertise. I occasionally get a few thumb drives so and with ransomware etc, gotta have something looking when I am not
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arch_Angel View Post
    Average users go on torrent sites? Wow. I must have been the real old school average user. I only knew about torrents thought IT colleagues who were pirates. Then I start seeing it popup on gaming sites to download their large games.
    Trust me. "There is no knowledge that is not power." And "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing."

    I see users that have no idea how to access their email or remember their passwords install uTorrent or BitLord or some other thing - jump on the current free torrent sites - not even the good ones - and infect their systems. Many times they do get what they want, but the popups and other hoops to jump through usually gets them.

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    So Norton Grows..


    I use AVG from the days of it being named Ewido Antispyware.. and for persons not interested in premium I drop on AVG free, adjusting it based on user expertise. I occasionally get a few thumb drives so and with ransomware etc, gotta have something looking when I am not
    That was millions of years ago. Norton and McAfee are the two giants from back in the day. I still have an old Windows 95 Norton Utilities CD that I had purchased. Good times. Good stuff.
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    I use AVG free on my Win10 laptop ... just because. No AV on my MacBook.
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    I never knew Avast purchased AVG. Anyway I hope whichever one a user uses they have a good experience. I have never used Avast but I have used AVG back in the day until they were so good any more but apparently they are back to being very good protection. I hear that Norton is good now as well, less Mcafee like in recent years.
    I hope the AV companies continue to improve.
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