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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.
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
|Product Description:||Norton Internet Security 2009 - complete package|
|Subcategory:||Security - security suite|
|Licence Type:||Complete package|
|Licence Qty:||3 PC in one household|
|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|