Pros Pretty Much the best for catching viruses and really good firewall.
Cons It is pretty heavy, so if your computer can barely run Windows, this isn't for you
Summary I've seen this program prevent people from hacking their computer, to blocking trojans and a new folder virus. It offers really good protection, and personally I like the black and orange theme. The Cnet review isn't very accurate on some points though. For example, it doesn't support the newer Yahoo IM's because Yahoo already has a server anti virus that checks the files for viruses before you download them. If the editor would have taken the time to check the help file, he would have realized that. The firewall is really good for "setting and forgetting" it. It found 3 viruses that Kaspersky didn't. and it has protected me from around 4-5 viruses in just 1 week. This program is one of the heaviest anti viruses how ever, this shouldn't be a problem for the newer computers that run XP (around 1-3 years old) but could cause problems for the computers that run the MUCH heavier Vista. Over all I am really pleased with this product, and would recommend it if you want a very solid protection.
Pros The words I read were correctly spelled
Cons slows system to a crawl, lacking in every way regarding ip blocking
Summary After download system shut, and had to reboot to finish install. Useless Help menu! Poor tech support from "Madhu" who couldn't figure out how to add IP address and/or range to block computer access to my computer! Each time you want to use a program you have to manually set up a firewall setting (prior versions this was done automatically) to get it to work. Poor interface. This version is a total disappointment! I've been a solid Symantec customer since aaah what was that version before Win92! Mcaffee here I come. I gave it an abysmal rating because it's totally lacking in the features I used in previous versions!!!!!!!!
Pros customer service is nice
Cons less features for parental control multiple reinstall
Summary Well I }upgraded"from internet security 2005. Bad choice on my part from a interface point of view. I can no longer just block individual users on xp its all or nothing on the parental control. Tonight will be the 4th time in 3 months to reinstall the program. 2nd time this week. First NIS stateded blocking downloads (all of them). Talked to customer service and they suggested reload. Worked ok for a couple weeks then get the indication the program needs fixing. The default seems to be ninstall and reinstlaa. Does it bolc he viruses etc. I guess it does when it doesnt need a reinstall. Macaffe better? doubt it still the all or nothing as far a parental control is concerned from what little I saw. Bought my daughter a macbook. not all plug and play but another reason to abandon the windows platfrom for me a long time apple hater.
"Goodbye Norton"on by Karl
Pros Known and trusted for years
Cons No simple support solutions, troublesome installs
Summary After more years with Norton than I can remember I had intended to renew my subscritpiton for Internet Security and System Works. When I read how a company with notoriously bad customer service would now immediately enroll me and my credit card in their automatic renewal program that was the end for me.
Goodbye Norton, hello AVG
Pros easy to install, low on CPU, non-intrusive
Cons interface graphics are still rudimentary
Summary I never thought I would see the day where I would be writing a positive review about a Norton product, but admittedly NIS 2008 is a vast improvement over previous versions (esp. NIS 2006). It is no longer the CPU-killer it once was, and the usability issue is much improved, as well. I must say, the folks at Symantec finally did something right. Of course, this is only one year and one product. It will take many more like this to rebuild much of the goodwill and trust the Norton name lost in the last few years.