"Wrecked my computer. I hate it!"1.5 starson by Barker C
Pros: Uses less system resources
Cons: Uninstall locked me out of my administrator account and left me with a $200 mess.
Summary: For many years, I have used CNET reviews as one of my resources before making a software upgrade or a major hardware buying decision. I relied on the CNET reviews of Norton Internet Security 2010 and made the decision to purchase the product. I feel the editors were way off base on the recommendation of this product. True, it uses fewer system resources as stated in the review. However, this Norton product wants to take over your entire PC life. It wants to control web surfing, passwords, web site selection, searching tools, and just about everything else on your computer. To further complicate matters, Norton 2010 does not give you an option of High, Medium, or Low security. You have the option to turn on or off the security features of each component, but the feature leaves you with very little control over the sub-sets of those components. After trying Norton Internet Security 2010 for one month, I hated it and tried an uninstall. Instead of Using Norton?s Uninstall feature, I used Perfect Uninstaller, because I did not want to have to deal with all the ?junk? Norton leaves behind, after an uninstall. After I rebooted, I found that Norton had removed or ?reset? my administrator account in Win XP, and I could only log on as a guest. As a guest, I could not do a system restore, access the files on my admin account, nor do a Norton Ghost recovery. I tried the Windows recovery CD, but it is looking for the admin account and a password. I had never set a password on the admin account, so Norton fixed that for me too. I took my notebook to a computer repair shop and $200 later, even they cannot recover my system. I would not recommend this product to my worst enemy, and I am truly sorry I followed CNET?s recommendation.