Although Symantec provides users with a full-function 15-day trail of its Norton Internet Security 2008 program, which is good, there are a few gotchas along the way.
One, to download, you must provide your name and e-mail address to Symantec. Two, you will be asked to provide name, address, and phone number before continuing (although we found that by hitting Next three times, we were finally offered a Skip option).
Once installed, the protection provided by Norton is quite good, even excellent, removing viruses, spyware, and rootkits alike while blocking malware from the Internet. We could do without the thick, oppressive interface, and we wish there were more configuration options beyond enable or disable, and more documentation to explain these options.
We found that if you turn off the antiphishing protection, you may be prompted to use Identity Safe personal information on fraudulent Web sites--not good. And we experienced some performance issues, with LiveUpdate slowing our machine to a crawl.
Finally, beware of the premium services being offered in the technical support section; for example, having an expert remotely repair your compute could cost you $69. There is an uninstall option within the Norton Internet Security 2008 trial, although after our 15-day trial period ended, we needed to use the Norton Removal Tool to completely remove all traces. While companies leave some data behind to prevent serial-trial users, Norton leaves behind more registry changes and files than most.
Stay protected from the latest online threats when connecting to the Web. Norton Internet Security 2007 is always running in the background to detect and block spyware, viruses, worms, phishing Web sites, and hackers before they can cause harm. Now you can browse online, download software, or exchange emails knowing you're protected from viruses and spyware. Norton Internet Security also provides advanced phishing protection, two-way firewall protection, and optimized network security so you can safely log on at home, at a cafe, or on the road. In addition to protection updates, Norton Internet Security provides new product features as available throughout your service subscription. Version 2008 improves performance.
Note: The Download Now link will direct you to the developer's site where you'll be asked to provide your e-mail address to download a file.
What's new in this version:
Version 2008 improves performance.