Why Norton Internet Security 2010 is back on our A-list

Rating
Overall:

A highly effective security suite that bristles with features, without being a resource hog

Performance:
5
Features & Design:
6
Value for money:
5
Price
Price: $80
> Pricing info

When we first reviewed Norton Internet Security 2010 back in September, we praised its extensive feature set and its inoffensive footprint. Pitted against this month's rivals, it once more acquitted itself admirably.

For starters, with a malware detection rate of 98%, it shared first place. Moreover, its scanning component is complemented by three discrete technologies (Insight, Sonar and Quorum), which analyse the origin, behaviour and reputation of unknown files with a view to protecting your PC even from unknown threats.

We were also reassured to see the firewall completely cloak our test PC, so our attacking machine couldn't confirm its presence. And the package integrated neatly with Windows Mail, removing infected attachments and tagging spam.

Web protection is more of a grey area, but Norton warned us when test sites tried to install malware, and blocked a few others.

It allowed us to visit more than 50 sites that other suites had blacklisted, but none appeared dangerous. The Safe Surfing browser plugin shows details of sites' financial reputations and privacy policies.

If there's a downside to Norton it's the complexity that all these features inevitably bring. The front-end exposes no fewer than 32 controls, many of which open new windows.

And, on launching our browser, we were interrupted by Norton wanting to introduce Norton Safe Search, which helps you locate bona fide websites, and the Identity Safe, which can protect website login details from keyloggers and screen sniffers.

It isn't the lightest package, either. Its RAM footprint of 83MB and startup time of 14 seconds aren't too high, but others are far better. We also don't like the way it occasionally nags you to restart your PC after downloading an update.

Those seeking the simplest and most low-key security package should look elsewhere, and if you have only one PC the price may not make sense. Overall, though, Norton Internet Security 2010 simply crams in more effective stuff than any other package this month and that makes it a winner.

 
 

This Review appeared in the April, 2010 issue of PC & Tech Authority Magazine

Source: Copyright © PC Pro, Dennis Publishing

See more about:  norton  |  internet  |  2010  |  security  |  antivirus  |  malware  |  software
 
 

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Comments: 7
petergaskin
24 March 2010
What a joke!
Norton 2010 has a huge impact on pc performance. Dont even look at it without at least 1 gb of memory - and thats with xp.
Finally, norton on my pc has decided that many of my old emails - in an even older email client, contain a very old group of viruses. Norton can not fix the problem - as there is no problem. Now I cant trust Norton, as it identifies these many viruses every time it runs and advises me that it cant fix the viruses!
Not A list material at all!


Comment made about the PC Authority article:
Why Norton Internet Security 2010 is back on our A-list?
A highly effective security suite that bristles with features, without being a resource hog

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mattrich
25 March 2010
How come Zone Alarm hasn't been included in your review? It used to be A listed.
Longerhim
17 April 2010
Avira Premium Security Suite
Just wondering why the previously A-Listed Avira Premium Security Suite was not included in the security software tests in PCA Mag/Apr 10 (p69).

I would have thought it appropriate to include the current PCA A-Listed software in the 15 application test.

It was A-Listed in ~ Aug 2009 from the PCA website.
http://www.pcauthority.com.au/Review/153156,avira-premium-security-suite-9-why-its-the-best-alternative-to-norton.aspx

Only the free version of Avira AntiVir Personal was tested.

Any reasons why?

I'm wondering how it compares to Norton IS 2010? - apart from the comments by GDS in the Aug 2009 web article.

PS. I do not have any links to Avira - I switched to them from Kaspersky - both based on advice from PCA and appreciated the advice.
Longerhim
17 April 2010
Do not buy Norton Internet Security 2010

I'm used a trial version of NIS 2010 and it v.v slow (on both XP and Win 7 PC).

Had to be removed - see the user reviews for details
on-internet-security-2010-is-back-on-our-a-list,userreviews.aspx
Ann
22 April 2010
What a joke!!!

@PC Authority: Please comment the sense of testing paid AV solutions vs free versions.
Will we see Norton adds in the next twelve issues? :lol:

I keep my good old Avira! =d>
Slatts
22 April 2010
Ann wrote:
What a joke!!!

@PC Authority: Please comment the sense of testing paid AV solutions vs free versions.
Will we see Norton adds in the next twelve issues? :lol:

I keep my good old Avira! =d>


running the free AV software against the paid for versions gives the user a reasonable indication of how secure they are for their money or lack there of.

With this info they can make an informed decision as to weather to fork out for the paid up version or stick with the free stuff.

My personal AV of choice is Avira Premium security suit and I find it meats my needs.

hacker16
29 April 2010
Norton Internet Security 2010 runs fine on my computer and dosent get in my way....and i jst got 703mb ram and a AMD sempron......y u whining about all that...NORTON IS BACK ON TOP...Avira cant match norton's UI.....and detection....its a very good suite........
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