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Norton Internet Security 2009 beta review

Free while in beta

Manufacturer: Symantec

User Rating: Our users rate this 3 out of 10

Symantec is working on the next iteration of Norton Internet Security, NIS 2009, with the mantra of what it's calling Zero Impact Performance: "Security so light and fast you never even know it's there - until you need it."

Symantec is working on the next iteration of Norton Internet Security, NIS 2009, with the mantra of what it's calling Zero Impact Performance: "Security so light and fast you never even know it's there - until you need it."

Stellar support

Searching for the CPU Meter prompted me to try NIS 2009's One-Click Support, a free support service that connected me almost instantly to live chat with a service technician. Before we could chat, however, we needed a Flash update, which was automatically fetched and downloaded without sending us off to a separate site to get it - a smart play when you're talking about supporting an ever-more-unsophisticated user group.

Symantec offers one-click, in-product support for its software, featuring free email and chat support besides its paid phone support. These support channels are open as needed to customers both during installation and beyond.

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  1. Symantec NIS 2009
  2. Ready, set, go
  3. Getting performance up to speed
  4. Analyzing and fixing risks
  5. Stellar support
  6. Home network help
  7. Identity Safe
  8. Phishing phun

Norton Internet Security 2009 Expert Verdict »


There are currently no technical specifications recorded for this product.

The beta of NIS 2009 shows that Symantec is on track to vastly improve performance in Norton. The UI is clear and uncluttered, putting front and centre only the elements most users need to see, while allowing for easy drill-down for those who want more. Having said that, we'd like the CPU usage meter to be easier to access. It would match the product's one-click ease of use in other areas. Still, with so much performance enhancement, such quibbles get left in the dust of this speedy, smooth new suite.

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