Utilties and must have software

Hey guys, I finished building out a new desktop for my home computer, a nice core-7 930 beast. I'm very happy this puppy but being an old mac user I'm at a bit of a loss for what utilities I may need.

I have some on my shortlist but any advice/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Here's what I'm considering.
Backup: Norton 360
Antivirus/security Norton 360
defrag - either norton utilities or disk keeper
snagit for screen printing
beyond compare
drop box (already have it on my mac ;) )

Anyways I've been out of the windows market for so long, I'm not sure if my software list is accurate/relevant and/or advisable at least with regard to the first few lines. I use snagit, beyond compare and ultraedit at work and dropbox on my other computers

One thing I do seem to miss is the one touch everything is setup for you on Macs, but then that's why I moved away. Less options for customizations and less software.

Given the Mac had a backup program called time machine that automated the backups, I'm interested in something similar because I like to backup to multiple external drives.

Thanks in advance
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  1. Which 32/64 bit OS do you have?
  2. win7 64bit
  3. Norton is a big resource hog. You can download Microsoft security essential for free, but if you're going to buy a security suite I would go with bit-defender.
  4. I have had the best success with avast for close to a decade now. i have yet to approve of a norton install, a huge and a conflict in other apps when witness computer problem out in the field. bitdefender is great stuff.. myself i been using commodo and been very happy with it.
  5. I've been reading reviews regarding norton, both for the utilities, i.e., defrag and also for the antivrus. I believe Megamanx00 is correct with his resource hog assessment.

    It seems the people posting reviews on amazon, are complaining about norton 360, at least with win7

    I have MS security essentials loaded on now, because I cannot connect to my company w/o an antivirus application but I was looking to see what alternatives there are
  6. Norton 360 is not that great!
  7. Panda cloud and its a free antivirus!

    BEST free defrag utility!

    free windows and registry cleaner and everyone will agree it's a great free app.

    nice rig you built!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. Thanks, I'm very happy with it. Much faster then my core2duo laptop I've had for the last two years :)
  9. install a SSD drive... then ur goin to be really happy!!
  10. If I had the $$$ I would but right now the cost per gigabyte is prohibitive. I'll wait until the prices come down out of the stratosphere.
  11. megamanx00 said:
    Norton is a big resource hog. You can download Microsoft security essential for free, but if you're going to buy a security suite I would go with bit-defender.

    The latest version of Norton 360 is not a big resource hog. Stop living in 2006. Symantec has cleaned up their act across the board with the product's resource usage. Some are better than others, but it's not nearly as hungry as it was a few years ago.

    That being said, I think there are better programs out there, but if you're still loyal to Symantec, Norton 360 is not as bad of a choice as some people may believe.
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