Symantec’s Internet Security programs have had issues in the past,
depending on your computer configuration and this included
slowdowns, resource exploitation and crashes. We have acknowledged
the past and it’s time for everyone to move on because Symantec have
created something quite unique with Norton AntiVirus 2009 with
AntiSpyware which raises the standard of all anti virus software. It
still offers users almost total protection of their computers,
however where the software does shine is with its installation,
scanning speed and update speed.
to Symantec’s new install engine which no longer use the Microsoft
installer, the installation of Norton Antivirus 2009 (now known as
NAV2009 for this review) took just under a minute to successfully
install on our AMD Phenom 9600. We tested it on another test machine
(Intel E7200) which still took just under a minute to install.
Symantec have done the impossible and have created one of the
fastest installations of their anti virus software packages.
fair for users already running Symantec products, we also tested the
install with pre-existing software which included Norton 360 2.0 and
Norton Internet Security 2008 that took around 10 minutes to remove
the pre-existing software and install the new software which is
still quite impressive. Another great feature of NAV2009 is that it
only uses 8MB of system memory which is definitely not resource
hungry and offers a smoother and pain free computing experience.
have also been revamped by Symantec and although the initial update
did take a little longer to update, the new rapid pulse technology
now installs updates in increments which means less resource hogging
of your internet bandwidth.
laymen's terms, this means that rather than waiting for
the next big update from your anti virus software developers, the
updates have been specifically designed for size, so in theory it
could be a 200K update which may only take 20 seconds to download as
opposed to 20 minutes.
the installation was completed, we were greeted to an almost Spartan
graphical user interface which is perfect for all users. It contains
the Symantec stethoscope log on the top left with a green tick
through it which means your system is secure and directly below this
logo is the CPU usage monitor for your system and Norton.
Engineered for Speed
NEW! Scans only files and processes
at risk using Norton™ Insight.
NEW! Installs in under one minute
on average, requires less than 8 MB of memory.**
NEW! Delivers up-to-the-minute
protection with rapid pulse updates every 5 to 15 minutes.
IMPROVED! Provides multilayered
security through the Norton™ Protection System.
NEW! Prevents bots from taking
control of your PC.
Detects and automatically removes
IMPROVED! Defends against Web-based
Automatically detects and removes
spyware, viruses, Trojans, bots and Internet worms.
NEW! Recovery tool boots and
repairs badly infected PCs.*
NEW! Delivers our most complete,
deep cleaning scan possible.
Norton Ongoing Protection provides
continuous protection updates and new product features as they
become available throughout your product subscription period,
helping to keep your computer protected against the latest
Internet threats and risks.
Norton Automatic Renewal Service
helps to ensure that you’re protected by automatically renewing
your product subscription before it expires.
Control without disruptions
NEW! Automatically schedules scans
and updates to occur while PC is idle.
NEW! Review the security status of
every process on your PC.
NEW! Silent mode helps ensures
movies and games are never interrupted.
Maps your wireless home network.
Free Technical Support
NEW! Tech support without charge
from Symantec delivers help however you need it.***
of the interface has three icons for “Leave Feedback”, “Norton
Account” and “Help & Support” and directly below this are the anti
virus options such as whether your protection is turned on or off
and allows you to manually scan, run live update or view your home
There is also a “settings” option for advanced users but
for the majority of users, they will be blissfully unaware that
Norton is silently running in the background thanks to Symantec’s
new control without disruptions.
This means that NAS2009
will not annoy the users with
constant alerts or annoying
questions. It also works with games and movies so you won't be
annoyed with slowdowns as the program knows you are playing a game
or watching a movie so it will not disturb you.
The program even automatically scans
your PC and checks for updates while the PC is idle and another new
feature is the ability to review the status of every PC on your
network. Scanning has also been revamped thanks to the Symantec
community network which white lists common files that do not need to
be scanned. In turn, this means faster scanning times.
The ability to create a recovery CD is
also available and a rather large download will give you the option
of creating this CD should a doomsday scenario occur. Definitely
worth the download. Of course, the CD protects you from all known
and unknown viruses to an extent but it's definitely one of the
better antivirus programs available.
In conclusion, Symantec and Norton have
created the most impressive antivirus program available and offers
users some of the best possible protection available. Brilliant!