Symantec Antivirus (and Jetico personal firewall)
Symantec antivirus… Don't install this. Ever. Even at gun point.
(and yes, this is the AV software recommended to you by ITS)
I have tried to avoid heavily computing based blog entries so far but this has annoyed me enough to write something public on it. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be a reviews section for software.
I have just installed it, and very rapidly decided to uninstall it. My reasons for hating it were:
- It doesnt ask you where to install it, it just puts in in 'Program Files' which is on the wrong drive on my system.
- It installs 7 services, all for virus protection, 2 is excessive for any one piece of software.
- It makes the system horrifically slow. This is usual for Anti-virus programs with resident protection mechanisms but in this case it was unusable even with everything disabled.
- It crashes if the firewall denies it internet access after saying 'your network is not correctly configured'.
- 5 of the 7 processes remained running after disabling everything, and were in the top 7 in the list processes sorted by CPU usage.
- It keeps givnig those stupid baloon pop-ups which irritate me. Especially when it is just to say "you have just disabled resident protection" YES I KNOW, I JUST CLICKED IT.
- Having decided within a few minutes to uninstall it, it took me a good ten minutes to regain enough control of my system (which has been stable for 2 years now) to remove it.
- When you uninstall it, it doesnt actually uninstall everything, you have to go and clean up after it (Find LiveUpdate and remove)
ITS used to use and give a license for Kaspersky AV, which is must better though still not perfect. I wish they still did.
To balance this out, if you know what you're doing and you want a firewall program get Jetico Personal Firewall . This is the most rigidly and sensibly built piece of software I've seen in ages. It has every feature you could possibly want in a firewall and is infinitely configurable, it is just out right brilliance, a credit to Jetico and to the computing industry as a whole.