Pros Very quick to install. Very good price from the Norton site. PC runs very fast. Looks great. Caught and removed umpteen bugs missed by my last product recommended by CNET.
Cons It's so automatic, and can't find anything I dislike so far.
Summary This new version of Norton Internet Security is nothing like the one that came with my HP laptop (2007 version). It is very fast, never intrudes, and looks great with the new styling. It found 17 bugs sitting on my PC that a well known Russian product missed and could not remove. My system seems much quicker and more responsive now as well.
I emailed Symantec about a Firewall question, and they answered in two hours with advice - for free. Perhaps the CNET reviewer should reconsider his stingy score. Still, it is the readers and users of this excellent product that really matter, and not CNET staff.
Pros Superb graphical interface. Extremely fast surfing and scanning speeds. Great Firewall protection. Seems to catch every bug out there so far. Very light footprint and RAM usage.
Cons Windows Mail on Vista won't integrate with the Antispam module. Updating can be a little slow at certain times.
Summary We have been looking for a serious Internet Security program for our R&D facility here for months now. Many promised excellent performance and features. However, we found spyyare and slow website browsing to occur on many we tried. I was quite hesitant trying the new Norton 2009 application as previous versions were huge in size, and slowed even the fastest PCs down.
However, I am more than happy with this version. Norton have really hit the jackpot this time. It is remarkably fast at scanning and web surfing. The footprint is very small, and takes up little RAM. Protection against viruses and malware appears to be superb. Ram. I can only suggest to readers to give it a try. You may well end up purchasing it online. I sure did, and we couldn't be happier.
Pros Install was a breeze.
The UI is neat. Navigation is simplified
Scan and live update run so much faster than the previous versions.
Awesome protection against threats and viruses. I
Cons I did not see any so far. And I agee with JGWentworth -- Vamosi has criticized Norton for something that is of not much relevance. This product is stellar.
Summary Read the PC Magazine review for the specifics.
Pros minimally invasive, very thorough protection, fastest of i/s suites
Summary i have some sour memories from back in the day using symantec's products. i really don't know if it was a combination of badly written ms software, symantec software, or both. since the release of vista (primarily x64) i found my most stable OS of choice. it's also been a while that symantec's been making software for the windows platforms, and i recently have been using NIS 2008. i liked it a lot, didn't have any issues with it at all, so since it was time to renew, i found it to be a better deal to upgrade to NIS 2009 (for 2 years coverage) rather than just renew my subscription. based on the review i saw on pcmag about this suite, i decided to go for it.
after running for 1 week now: it is fast (faster running than any other i/s package i've used) and it's a very thorough i/s package. you'll find all the tools you need for a/v, firewall, antiphishing, antispyware, etc.
i used to use bitdefender (ironically, based on a cnet review)....what a pile of garbage that was (even the 2008 version, it slows things down a lot in xp and vista). also used mcafee, but not long enough to make a judgement call.
overall, i haven't seen any issues with this 2009 version and no issues is better than the opposite....so i'll stick with it.
Pros Faster than previous version. Intelligently avoids rescanning files that haven't changed.
Cons Deceptive charge and billing practices.
Summary If you order your software directly from Symantec and choose the "download" option (and probably the package option also) you will be automatically enrolled in the "automatical renewal program" by which your credit card will be automatically charged again when your subscription expires. If this is explained before the purchase, it is done so in fine print that you will overlook (I didn't see any mention of it, and if I had I would've declined to purchase). Even after you've purchased, you have to look HARD to find the fine print that explains what you've agreed to.
If you want to opt out, there is an online form you must fill out, including your order number, serial number etc. But when you submit the form...GUESS WHAT? Symantec is "unable to process the form at this time".
Now THAT is SLEAZY. In my opinion, it's as malicious as a virus.