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Topic # 57336 10-Feb-2010 09:46
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Hello folks

We managed to get a 10% discount code on a 3 PCs license for Symantec Norton Internet Security 2010.

You can visit http://www.norton.com/anz/geekzone to get the software with the discounted price.




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  Reply # 297793 10-Feb-2010 21:43
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Nice work - however the link appears to be broken?



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  Reply # 297857 11-Feb-2010 08:27
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Is this stuff as bad as the bloatware that they have produced in the past??




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Reply # 297883 11-Feb-2010 10:29
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old3eyes: Is this stuff as bad as the bloatware that they have produced in the past??


*sigh* Why did I know that some people wouldn't be able to spot the offer without coming with comments like this *sigh*

Reality is Symantec Norton 2009 was a very much needed improvement, and Symantec Norton 2010 is light enough that I have it running on my HP Mini. On my laptop I use Microsoft Security Essentials, but that's because I have a "perpetual beta" copy (meaning I am always running a couple of versions ahead of the released version).

If it was bad I wouldn't have asked for a discount for you, would I? So, perhaps instead of perpetuating some "knowledge" people should go and test it themselves?





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  Reply # 297891 11-Feb-2010 10:58
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+1 for running it on a laptop

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  Reply # 297915 11-Feb-2010 12:42
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can I get a 30 day trial version??

OK found it.  Will try it on a "average" PC..




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  Reply # 297920 11-Feb-2010 12:49
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It may run better now but still misses a lot of viruses that NOD32 picks up.
Had heaps of machines in the workshop that have been infected and Norton is up to date and a full scan finds nothing.
Remove it and install NOD32 and it finds the virus/trojan that is causing problems with the machine.
I've also had a lot of machines in the workshop that won't boot until Norton Whatever 2010 is removed.






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  Reply # 302463 26-Feb-2010 13:23
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I removed it on the "Average PC" as it made it run like a dog for the first 5 ~ 10 minutes after power on. Ok I guess for a modern PC. Interface was quite good..




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  Reply # 302539 26-Feb-2010 17:40
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They have improved it HEAPS from the old versions. But the reason why i avoid it is because its still quite aggressive in terms of subscriptions which i dislike.

For example if you download the trial through their website, the main trial links take you to an 'opt-out' trial where you give credit card details, and if you dont opt-out at the end they automatically charge your card. I had to go out of my way to find a trial which had no catch.

When your subscription expires, its not a simple popup message in the corner like nod32 has. It fills the screen and the window cannot be closed without selecting an option for it. When they average computer user sees something along the lines of "You are unprotected from security threats!" on their screen, they will immediately renew it. Yes Symantec is a business (which of course is meant to make money) but they create a sense of urgency and necessity, something that doesnt go well with me personally.

I hate the concept of installing 'toolbars' so i'd be bias in my opinion of the norton toolbar.

And lastly, it will pick up things like 'tracking cookies' as a threat which i think gives your average user the artificial sense they are being protected from something that they don't really need protecting from (well not very significant anyway). To me this seems like it saying "hey look im actually protecting you here, you uneed me".

I prefer nod32, i dont notice any system footprint, its very non intrusive and it simply hides in the system tray till i call upon it. If the subscription is running out, a small popup appears reminding me to renew. I have it on every PC including my netbook, and have never noticed a performance drop (though i do disable the startup scan feature). This works out well because i can count the number of times ive encountered viruses on my own PC's on one hand.

So yes, technically its improved but i dislike the user interface and their approach to the subscription model. This is of course my opinion, feel free to correct me if i've gone wrong somewhere in criticism, but thats my experience with 2009/2010.

But i suppose for your average user, i'd now say its rather adequate.

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