Pros There are none
Cons No tech support. Many bugs. Crashed internet connectivity on two computers after "upgrade".
Summary This was my third install of the CA security suite. The first was a rebranded Zone Alarm Suite - no problem. The second was their first "home grown" suite 2007 - ok. The third, "2008" crashed two computers at home. I have no internet.
If you look up a problem on their website, you frequently get the response that Tech Support is aware of the problem and will provide a solution in a future update. Well I can't access the internet anymore, so how the **** can I get the update.
Do yourself a favor, by a different security solution.
Pros I think it works on one of my PCs
Cons Can't install anti-spyware portion of the software.
Summary It asks me to be logged as administrator, and I am. I was told by online automated help to uninstall and reinstall the software. Unfortuneately, it won't let me uninstall from the control panel. I tried their option as well with no success. I now have a permanent reminder of how sorry this CA product is staring back at me from the tray. It also makes the PC startup time slower. Luckily most people that know about CNET are more savvy than myself and will see that this product has terrible reviews. O and their live tech support costs $20 per incident, even after their online support fails you. But if you like endless frustration and hanging the PC out the window by its power cord while screaming profanities and threats at it to restore itself to its original mediocraty then this is the right product for you. ok im done. thanks for reading.
Pros Free product
Cons Slows computer down
Poor customer service
Summary Do not purchase this software. It may be free with rebate, but it slows your system down. Customer support is as poor as this product.
Pros didn't kill the computer, was able to uninstall
Cons extremely slow, killed sound and video.
Summary I got the CA anti-virus and anti-spyware 2008 for free about a year ago. I generally run Linux so the CD was just chilling on my desk. Last night, I found a virus on my USB key drive so I figured it wouldn't kill me to protect my Vista partition. Bad idea!
1) computer was extremely slow. I installed in on a machine with a Turion 64 X2 2GHz; both cores were used to almost 100%. I have Avast on my home machine (single core 1.8GHz) and I can barely tell it's there.
2) no more sound
3) no more video output to projector
I rebooted a few times to no use. Everything worked fine again after I uninstalled the software though. So it wasn't too painful. But yeah, since I won't even use it after I got it for free, I really wouldn't pay money for this software.
Pros Company logo is cute. Price is competitive.
Cons Extremely instrusive. Slows machine to a crawl. Can't uninstall. Customer Support is useless.
Summary Bought 3-user license. Installed on my son't XP machine, none of his web-based games would run any more. On my Windows 2000 Pro machine it corrupted Internet Explorer. Customer service sent me a link to a third party site offering to help me make my computer run faster. POP-ups appeared almost with every key depression. Tried to uninstall it - got all kinds of errors. Had to reinstall IE. Still can't do site searches on CNN, ATT, and so on. Can't run videos on CNN or YouTube. Am wiping my disk and reinstalling Windows and all my applications this weekend. I won't be reinstalling CA, thank you very much. Pay your money, take your chances, no support, no refunds.