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Norton 360 version 4.0 Insight Optimiser


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Have you tried the Insight Optimiser, and if you have, what were your impressions?

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D@ve

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90% of files trusted, 10% not.

First impressions were great - now I can scan all potentially dangerous files, while leaving, for example, those massive program files folders from trustworthy applications such as games etc. (mostly) alone, which would undoubtedly reduce the scan time substantially.

I then decided to do a test using the eicar test file. I download the .zip version of it which downloaded quite happily undetected. I then performed a Quick Scan, assuming it would scan everything apart from those files that are trusted. The result however was 'No viruses or spyware detected'. This really leads me to question the usefulness of the whole concept!

I have now left another copy of the file on the computer. Perhaps if Norton has time to index the files first, it might find it in the next quick scan?


N.B. Performing a manual scan of the file in question does detect it as a virus, so it is actually in the signature database.

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raziel08

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I find it a good little feature and if it really works as it says (by not having to re-scan trusted files) and cuts down on the scanning time then it is a feature worth having. Thus far it has found 88% trusted files.

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hansa

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86% trusted - 14% not. is this good or bad?
seems to be about the middle of the pack looking at others results

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Taff™

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It`s about right. Insight basically sets the Antivirus scanner level and tells it what to ignore. Most AV products have this feature. Norton has simply added a graphic interface that shows you the extent of the scan depth. If you set Insight to "All Files" for example you`ll get a 0% - 100% untrusted or a thorough scan.

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BRYNIT

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Checked out the Insight Optimiser after installing. It showed the trusted files as 77% but I could not decide if it increased performance as I had nothing to compare it with.

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D@ve

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This is an update to my post on Monday 02/11/09 @ 23:50, where I left 2 test virus files in my 'Downloads' folder, which had so far been undetected.

I have never manually ran a full system scan, however my security history shows that they were picked by Norton 4 days later, on the 06/11/09. I'm not sure whether it was a quick scan or a full scan that detected them. Regardless, they were picked up without any intervention from me, albeit 4 days later.

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