Norton does take up a lot of room and can slow a system down but if one's system is reasonably robust this isn't a problem. There are arguably better virus protection softwares around but I've never had anything bad happen with Norton so I stick to it. Superstitious? Not me!
Of course, no anti-virus software is going to protect you if you download dodgey files or respond to phishing emails.
Im working as an independent Malware Researcher and Reverse Engineer. I see the dark site of the web everyday and trust me, until nobody finds a "perfect" solution no cyber-criminal will stop trying to get your money.
There is no "best" antivirus solution out there. The "best" way to stay safe in the web for a normal consumer is not to trust anyone as yourself.
I personally don't use av stuff. Only an anti-executable and deep freeze on my home computers. But I absolutely recommend an av solution for non-professional IT users.
I would suggest you one of the av's with highest detection in combination with an alternative scanner like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. To prevent Exploits like java-driveby's, flash or browser attacks for example take a look at Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit.
Here are some interesting sites for different perspectives of detection
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False positive rates are a major issue with trainers due to the way they function in that they:
1. Activate on keypresses
2. Modify the game exe file while in memory
Both actions are enough to trigger many false positives.
If you want a second layer of protection you could run the trainer in an isolated environment and take a look at it's internals like code- and behaviour analysis. If you dont have such a setup/knowledge you can use free online-sandboxes like
It ends in:
false positive -> deactivate av to use trainer (malware?!)
false positive -> block trainer, but unable to cheat (save)
no detection -> trainers run smoothy (malware?!)
If you are targeted by dedicated malware nothing helps so far. Stolen certificates etc. make malware looking absolute legal for a normal user and even the most professional users
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