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      02.10.2009 13:55
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      Meets my needs of being there incase i need it without slowing me down

      I have been very critical of Norton in the past but recently i have decided to give them another go.

      In June i brought a new Dell laptop which came with a free 30 day trial of Mcafee which i activate and used for the 30 days. I found that it did slow down my laptop quite a bit and especially when updating as it would make everything stop responding. I decided not to go with it and tried the free trial of Norton Internet Security 2009. I found it did make my laptop more responsive and it did actually work faster then when i was using Mcafee.

      My main problem in the past with Norton used to be the speed of it. I saw that 2009 had major improvements in speed which was one of the main factors i decided to try it again. Installation was really fast and it installed with no problems whatsoever. It did install alot faster then alot of other software of a similar size which surprised me.

      The interface is much better then previous versions i have used and it offers alot more as well. It has regular updates every 5-15 minutes in order to ensure you are up to date and doesn't freeze your laptop for 5-10 seconds like Mcafee did. Norton also offers "Norton Insight"which increases the computers performance by marking some files as trusted so it doesn't keep scanning them while it can concentrate on the non trusted files and file which are likely to be bad. This does make it faster as it stops repeating scans. There was a slight issue with Norton Insight when i upgraded to Vista SP2 as hardly any files were marked as trusted but soon enough it was sorted and now 63% if my files are now trusted.

      In terms of stopping virus etc, i can't really say how good it is. I only tend to visit the same sites each time i log in and i haven't had any warnings or anything and i haven't had a virus on any computer or any virus warnings for about a year+. I just have Norton just as a bit of peace of mind just in case i should ever get anything but so far i haven't needed it.

      Overall it is good but when you buy it, it might be a good idea to remove the extended download service as that isn't really necessary in my opinion and Norton seem to just secretly add it onto the order page without warning you hoping to get a bit more money out of you for something they could (and some may argue "should) offer for free.

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    • Product Details

      PRODUCT FEATURES:

      Proven fastest, lightest security suite available

      Intelligence-driven Norton Insight technology targets only those files at risk for faster, fewer, shorter scans

      Installs in under one minute on average requires less than 7 MB of memory

      Delivers up-to-the-minute protection with rapid pulse updates every 5 to 15 minutes

      The Norton Protection System provides multilayered protection technologies that work in concert to stop threats before they impact you

      Real-time SONAR (Symantec Online Network for Advanced Response) helps prevent bots from taking control of your PC

      Prevents threats from entering your firewall

      Detects and automatically removes online threats

      Defends against Web-based attacks with patent-pending technology

      Automatically detects and removes spyware, viruses, Trojans, bots and Internet worms

      Boots and repairs badly infected PCs

      Keeps your online identity safer than ever when you buy, bank, browse, and game online

      Stores and encrypts your passwords and other confidential data

      Fills in online forms at your request to save time and protect you from keystroke loggers

      Puts every element of your security at your fingertips

      Schedules resource intensive tasks for when you're not using your PC

      Review the security status of every process on your PC

      Silent mode suspends alerts and updates to avoid interrupting or slowing games and movies

      Smart two-way firewall automatically makes security decisions for you

      Helps you secure your home network

      Conceals and secures your PC on public Wi-Fi networks

      Create individual user profiles with enhanced parental controls

      Filters spam better than ever

      Technical Data

      Product Description: Norton Internet Security 2009 - complete package
      Category: Security applications
      Subcategory: Security - security suite
      Licence Type: Complete package
      Licence Qty: 3 PC in one household
      Licence Pricing: Standard
      Platform: Windows
      Distribution Media: CD-ROM
      Package Type: Retail
      OS Required: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP2, Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition SP2, Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic, Microsoft Windows Vista Business, Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
      Service & Support: New releases update
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