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Norton AntiVirus 2010

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Symantec has been listening to its users, and this year the company delivers a slimmed-down and faster Norton AntiVirus 2009. Almost all the security vendors this year have recognized the changing threat landscape and have rethought traditional protection. Norton Antivirus 2009 is available as a full-function download, free for 15 days.

We especially like the Insight feature, which identifies "trusted" files and applications and doesn't waste time rescanning them unless there's been a change. No other product does this. The redesigned logic behind Norton AntiVirus 2009 clearly shows in CNET performance testing: it is faster and considerably lighter than last year's version. Norton continues to win awards in third-party effectiveness testing. Lagging behind, though, is Symantec's technical support. While Norton users now have free telephone support, Symantec still doesn't provide enough of a knowledge base, or even an adequate user's manual.

Once again, this year it emphasizes its premium services a bit too much. That said, Norton AntiVirus 2009 presents a remarkable transformation of a product and is worth a second look.

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    out of 682 votes

    • 5 star: 175
    • 4 star: 62
    • 3 star: 46
    • 2 star: 72
    • 1 star: 327
  • Current version:

    2.7 stars

    out of 257 votes

    • 5 star: 77
    • 4 star: 25
    • 3 star: 10
    • 2 star: 27
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Norton allows infection and then sells repiar for 99.00"

    March 11, 2011  |   By Nortonantivirusworthless

    Version: Norton AntiVirus 2010 17.0

    Pros

    Norton slows down your computer substantially and allows trojan horses, spyware and viruses through.

    Cons

    You have to pay 99.00 to have Noton remove the problems they let in.

    Summary

    Norton is a rip off through and through. I have tried this virus infection program twice in five years. A big profit center oftheir business is selling tech service to ripped off customers. I wish a district attorney's office would get involved.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This is crap!"

    July 13, 2010  |   By Pcramedic

    Version: Norton AntiVirus 2010 17.0

    Pros

    None at all

    Cons

    Poor detection rates, slower performance.

    Summary

    If you want to do anything on your PC again, don't use this stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Overall exellence"

    July 11, 2010  |   By justinolsen88

    Version: Norton AntiVirus 2010 17.0

    Pros

    I have had it for 3 years and i didnt renew becasue it is 60 a year and i didnt want to pay for it again. So i didnt and crap went bad and i reinstalled the 2010 trial version and made my computer awesome again when AVG wouldnt cut it. so thanks!

    Cons

    costs too much to renew everyear

    Summary

    Had a virus that made the internet non-excessable with on full scan everything was back to normal. Also you can clean the malwasre while its still scanning which is an awesome new feature on top of the dramastic awesome upgrade in visual quality!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Crashed my computer!"

    July 7, 2010  |   By mysuns

    Version: Norton AntiVirus 2010 17.0

    Pros

    Caught all threats coming in

    Cons

    Crashed my computer.

    Summary

    I downloaded the trial version (thankfully) and within a few days my computer just stopped working. Had a computer guy fix it and he said there were multiple conflicts with Norton and Microsoft's updates which in turn, crashed the computer. My husband had downloaded the trial version also and his computer crashed today. So, while it did a great job with blocking/detecting anything harmful from the internet itself, its not worth the program taking my computer down.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Norton is worthless."

    July 6, 2010  |   By mrglock27

    Version: Norton AntiVirus 2010 17.0

    Pros

    None I can think of....

    Cons

    Did not stop any virus attacks. Scans did not detect virsus on computer. Customer service is handled through email and is fine if you have days to solve your problem.

    Summary

    Doing complete system scans and Norton came back computer clean and protected. Computer stopped running and used Kaspersky to find 29 virsus. Had to reformat and reinstall windows. Used Nortons for years....never again will I purchase a product from Symantec.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Just what I needed."

    July 6, 2010  |   By angnasiak101

    Version: Norton AntiVirus 2010 17.0

    Pros

    The feeling of protection is satisfying.

    Cons

    i don't know yet.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Warning! Stay Away!"

    July 5, 2010  |   By bjdeeler77

    Version: Norton AntiVirus 2010 17.0

    Pros

    I had Norton a few years ago. I picked up some kind of virus. It destroyed 9 out of ten parts of my Norton program. I had to throw away my hard drive and buy a new computer.

    Cons

    The CONs is worse than the PROs.

    Summary

    Beware.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Horrible AntiVirus"

    July 2, 2010  |   By Jerenator69

    Version: Norton AntiVirus 2010 17.0

    Pros

    There are no pros at all.

    Cons

    It bloats down your machine so much it takes 10 minutes to load something, it slows down your start up time, it didn't see a trojan when even i saw it. The trojan wasnt even zero day, it was three days old with norton fully up to date and couldnt see

    Summary

    Also the full version burns holes in your pocket and fills them with a piece of crap product. Don't get this.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "No Control over which Applications are Allowed"

    June 25, 2010  |   By tsmth_47201

    Version: Norton AntiVirus 2010 17.0

    Pros

    The people selling it like it.

    Cons

    The last version I tried would ask me is I wanted a specific file to be included, if I said Yes, 50 other files I had not OK-ed would go through with no option to accept or deny.

    Summary

    Do not install this piece of crap. It will not uninstall completely. You will be stuck with its' services running in the background consuming resources and causing incompatibilities. You have to reformat your HD to get rid of its' traces.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works Well on Dual Core and Above."

    June 24, 2010  |   By ecotony

    Version: Norton AntiVirus 2010 17.0

    Pros

    Not a resource hog like the older Norton AV. Runs great on my quad core PC, and not really noticeable on the dual core laptop. It does, at times, bog down my office PC. Effective Virus protection.

    Cons

    Needs to load a bit faster.

    Summary

    You can pick this up for next to nothing after the rebates. Worth it when you don't pay full retail.

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