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Unbiased opinions: Norton 2009?

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#1 Mike T

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Posted 27 January 2009 - 10:35 AM

I know NAV/NIS has had a bad reputation in the past, but am curious if the 2009 version is better?

In the past, I ran NIS - up through their 2006 version. It started out ok back in 2000, but was bloated beyond belief by the time I ditched it in 2006 - a real system hog. Since then I've ran McAfee for a year and Trend Micro for 2 years.

A month or so ago, MaximumPC had a comparison article on AV app's. They commented NIS had been re-vamped and was no longer a resource hog. They also gave it the best score for catching viruses/malware. Abeit they only compared it against 5 or 6 other applications.

My Trend subsription ran out, so I purchased a 3-license copy of of NIS 2009. I have installed 1 copy on my daughters computer (she is visually impaired and usually doesn't find her way to too many "unsafe" sites). So far I can state it doesn't take up much memory - Task Manager indicates 2 instances of ccSvcHst.exe present totaling around 8 Mb. It also located 3 suspicious files in the Java cache that Trend and 3 other online scanners (BitDefender, F-Secure & Kaspersky) missed. Thought that was a good thing in its favor.

I just reformatted the HDD's on my main machine, and am in the process of reinstalling XP, updating drivers, etc. I haven't installed NIS yet on the other 2 machines, and was curious if anyone with first hand knowledge/use can provide an unbiased comparision of 2009 Norton/Symantec products, and on whether I screwed up buying it? Thanks!

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Posted 27 January 2009 - 02:59 PM

Mike T
I have NIS 2009 and have also had the 2007 and 2008 versions. I have found 2009 to be a tremendous improvement over the
previous ones. As an experiment I uninstalled NIS 2009 and tried some of the free ones and I couldn't see any difference in the
performance of my machine. To the question of whether you screwed up, I don't think so. I think it's worth the $5 or so a month.
Besides, you already paid for it, but I don't think you will be disappointed.

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