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Symantec Norton Internet Security 2010 review

£49 inc VAT for 3-PC licence

Manufacturer: Symantec

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

Symantec's Norton Internet Security 2010 has a comprehensive set of features, top-notch malware detection, and reasonable speed. Updated, 9 April 2010.

The just-released beta of Symantec's Norton Internet Security 2010 is more notable for what's under the hood than what you actually see.

Symantec Norton Internet Security 2010: other new stuff

Besides Norton's new reputation-based security strategy, there are some new features. One is what Symantec calls "Autopsy," which gives more information about threats on your system than previous versions.

The anti-spam component has a new engine from Brightmail, which powers many large enterprises' anti-spam efforts. Symantec claims that this significantly increases the efficiency of its spam killing.

In addition, Norton Internet Security 2010 users get a free subscription to OnlineFamily.Norton, a Web-based service that lets parents control what their kids do on the web. However, that subscription offer is good only from when the product is released until December 2009.

There are other minor changes as well, not all of them good. For example, there is a new Vulnerability Protection link on the main screen, but the link just takes you to another screen that doesn't appear to do anything - at least, not in this beta. It merely lists programs that Norton has found to have vulnerabilities and which you are protected against, whether or not you have those applications on your PC. It feels like a bit of marketing thrown into the middle of the program.

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Symantec Norton Internet Security 2010 Expert Verdict »
300MHz or faster processor
256MB of RAM (512 MB RAM required for the Recovery Tool)
300MB of available hard disk space
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic/Home Premium/Business/Ultimate, Supports 32-bit and 64-bit platforms, Must meet the minimum Windows Vista operating system requirements
Microsoft Windows 7 Starter/Basic/Premium/Professional/Ultimate, Supports 32-bit and 64-bit platforms, Must meet the minimum Windows 7 operating system requirements
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

If you're a user of Norton Internet Security 2009, it's certainly worth going to the newer version, because Quorum will most likely make you safer, and the new features are worthy additions. Not only that, but the upgrade is free. As for whether to switch to NIS 2010 from a different internet protection program, that's a tougher call. The interface is certainly simple and straightforward, and also lets you dig into security details. There's no way to evaluate yet whether the new tools will be more effective than the old ones; only widespread use and exposure to many malware threats will tell.

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