"solid, stable and lightweight...very good i/s package"4.0 starson by thesplintercell
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.