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  • 2.0 stars

    "BE CAREFUL!"

    August 5, 2010  |   By rbuch66

    Pros

    1. Superior comprehensive protection.
    2. Reasonably easy to use - many options.

    Cons

    1. Slows computer and network. In some cases, copying large files or number of files will hang system.
    2. Terribly slow backup solution.
    3. Can't completely disable without uninstall.
    4. Tech support treats you like an infant.

    Summary

    IMHO, avoid this program! However, if you want great individual computer protection from viruses, malware, spyware, websites, etc., and don't mind minor computer performance degradation and MAJOR network (intranet) slow downs, then this may be the program for you. The problem is particularly bad when copying over small home office networks (P2P) and performing similar network operations. In some cases, large file copying or backing up over a network using conventional copy techniques (xcopy robocopy, etc.) will hang the computer. If you have NIS and wonder what the heck is wrong, don't waste your time manipulating windows or router settings - IT'S NIS and Norton will not acknowledge it. All of the reviews by the major computer websites sing it's praises, but they did not test it thoroughly enough. I performed many tests over my home network with different OS's, computers, settings, etc. and the problems did not resolve until I removed the program completely (it's unique security features will not allow you to completely disable or terminate the processes. Even manipulation by msconfig or services.msc will not do it.).

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