Norton Internet Security Suite 2009
Norton surprises everyone with an uncharacteristically fast, useful, pain-free security solution for your computer. Really.
Most people, me included, have an in-built aversion to the words Norton Antivirus. Norton was like the referee who wanted to share the spotlight with the superstars, instead of doing his job quietly in the background. It had a remarkable habit of being a slow, invasive cancerous cell on your system more annoying than some viruses.
The updates weren’t a hassle either. They’re quite small, so they naturally update quickly. Don’t think that they’re lacking, however. I had NOD32 installed, updating every day, before I put on Norton, and straight away Norton picked up a couple of viruses and malware programs that even NOD32 and Spybot S&D failed to notice on my machine. I thought they might have been false positives, as Norton has been known to do in the past, but lo and behold, a quick bit of research confirmed they were viruses. Ignoring the anti-virus for a second, you’ve got the Internet Security Suite’s great features as well, like protection from browser hijacking, worm protection, a recovery tool and intrusion safeguards. Unfortunately, you’ll still need to turn things off occasionally if firewalls cause you problems, but that’s a small price to pay for the vast amount of security that Symantec’s latest offering to the domestic security market provides. A lot of gamers I know don’t use anti-viruses. They think that if they don’t browse certain websites they’ll be fine, and that AV programs lag and make your entire system slower from start up to shutdown. They’re wrong. And for $40, which gets you protection for a whole year, you’d be stupid not to safeguard your system. Norton is the best product to do that.