Symantec Corp. has announced the availability of Norton Internet Security 2009 and Norton AntiVirus 2009 - and saying the new software sett an industry standard for speed and performance.
The Norton 2009 products were designed with a “zero-impact” performance goal, supported by more than 300 improvements that span nearly every aspect of the product, from the scanning engines to the user interface.
Norton 2009 includes hundreds of performance enhancements and introduces new technologies such as the community intelligence-driven Norton Insight technology, that removes the need to scan common files, thus greatly reducing the number of files that have to be scanned regularly.
The software is also constantly being updated, thanks to the Pulse Updates technology, that delivers protections updates every 5 to 15 minutes.
According to an independent 3rd party test lab, PassMark Software, the new Norton Internet Security 2009 installs in only 52 seconds, uses less than 7MB memory.
Norton 2009 includes the Norton Protection System, a multilayered system of technologies that work together to stop threats before they impact the user.
The Norton Protection System includes browser protection for both Firefox and IE, safeguarding users from Web-based attacks, an enhanced Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) engine for multimedia attacks, SONAR advanced protection for real-time protection from unknown threats and an Antibot protection.
Also included is a System recovery tool for deep infections.
Symantec says security firm AV-Test recently released results of their malware protection analysis of the 2009 security suites, and even in its beta form, Norton Internet Security 2009 beta ranked well at the top of the results list, detecting 98 percent of malware, detecting 95 percent of spyware, while producing no false positives.
Symantec now delivers free support to customers across all available channels – via the web, email, chat or phone.
In addition to free support, Symantec now hosts a Norton Users Forum beta which is open to the public.
“Today’s Norton is now proven to be faster and stronger than ever before,” said Rowan Trollope senior vice president, Consumer Business, Symantec. “The products run light on the system, install in less than a minute and include industry first features like Norton Insight, which dramatically reduces the number of files that have to be scanned.”
“This is the highest quality consumer product we’ve ever shipped,” Trollope continued. “We’re especially pleased to be able to offer free support via web, email, chat or phone to every 2009 customer.”