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Norton Internet Security 2003

by Symantec See the Amazon Page for this brand
Windows NT / 98 / 2000 / Me / XP / 95
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)

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  • Platform:   Windows NT / 98 / 2000 / Me / XP / 95
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00006FI0N
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 15, 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,135 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description


Symantec's Norton Internet Security 2003 provides essential protection from viruses, hackers, and privacy threats. This easy-to-use, integrated suite includes full versions of Norton AntiVirus and Norton Personal Firewall to defend your PC against the most common Internet dangers. Norton AntiVirus, a trusted antivirus solution, removes infections automatically, without interrupting your work. Now it scans and cleans instant-message attachments as well as e-mail messages. Norton Personal Firewall keeps hackers out and personal data in. The Norton Intrusion Detection feature adds an extra layer of protection by automatically intercepting suspicious connections. And Norton Privacy Control prevents confidential information from being sent out accidentally via Web forms, e-mail messages, instant messages, and Microsoft Office attachments.

Norton Internet Security also includes Norton Spam Alert, which helps you detect and filter unwanted e-mail. And Norton Parental Control keeps your children safe online by letting you block objectionable Web sites and set up separate Internet access privileges for each member of your household. Automatic downloads keep Norton Internet Security updated against new security threats.

Product Description

Clean out Internet buildup with Norton CleanSweep¿ from Symantec. Its powerful tools improve your PC¿s performance by removing unwanted programs and other files that waste disk space. Internet Sweep cleans away the clutter accumulated by Web surfing, including cookies that track your Internet activities. Fast & Safe Cleanup automatically removes files you no longer need, while Safety Sweep¿ prevents the accidental deletion of critical files. The Uninstall Wizard guides you safely step by step through removing old programs. Now Windows¿ XP users can also enjoy the benefits of this award-winning program. Trust Norton CleanSweep 2002 for safe, easy, complete hard drive cleanup.¿¿¿¿¿

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 2003 edition: not ready for prime time October 2, 2002
By A Customer
Ealier this year I downloaded the 30-day trial package for the 2002 edition of Norton anti-virus and later Norton Internet Security. Had no problems whatsoever.
So today I finally purchased the 2003 edition (of the full Internet Security bundle), and I feel like Norton just stole a wad of cash out of my pocket. This after 3 installation attempts and 3 removals of the product.
On the first attempt, the installer offered the option of including "Accounts and Parental Controls", or not. I opted not to include. Big mistake. It later turns out that nothing works if you don't have a supervisor account created, but the installer never mentions this.
Then when you try to remove the product, it won't let you because you have to be logged in as supervisor to make any changes!!! This after the installer completes (so to speak) the installation without creating *any* accounts.
I finally got arount this by going into the Windows 2000 Services dialog and shutting down the Norton Internet Security Accounts Manager service.
After installing again, this time opting not to have the installer scan my hard drives looking for Internet-enabled apps (so the program would just ask me in real time as needed), I had to remove the program because it was blocking all Internet access.
So I installed it a third time, and again, as in the other two attempts, the entire Internet Security feature showed shows up as disabled in the configuration utility, and clicking the command to enable it had no effect. In addition, I could not access any secure Web sites (https://...) so finally I had to remove the package, again.
And Norton expects you to pay if you want tech support from a live human. So, no thanks.
My advice ? If you can get a copy of the 2002 edition, great. Otherwise, consider another product, such as McAfee or even a hardware firewall (Netgear, Linksys, etc). Good luck.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product December 29, 2002
I purchased this item with trepidation due to all the bad reviews I had read prior to purchasing it. I decided to purchase it anyway due to expiration of my Norton NIS 2002. I installed the product on my Windows XP system without any trouble whatsoever-except that I forgot to remove the Norton Internet Security 2002 and Norton Antivirus 2002 prior to loading this program. The program will not load if it finds a previous version of the programs already installed. I removed the two products by going into the add/remove programs from the control panel tab. After this was done, the software loaded flawlessly. I have been using it for almost a week and it is working fine. I have not noticed any slowdown when searching the net. It has caught several intrusion attempts and some that were not intrusive so I added the one I knew not to be intrusive to the list of computers not to warn me about. The add blocker is working great blocking both pop-up ads and banner adds on web-sites. I have noticed occasionally some pictures will not load correctly, so I turn the add blocker off and then back on after the page loads, but this is rare. I recommend it if you need a software firewall and antivirus protection.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Being a long time user of Norton products on other PC's, when my new PC, running XP Pro, arrived with Norton AV pre-installed with a free 30-day subscription, I was quite pleased. When the subscription ran out, I decided upon NIS 2003 product, as I was also running Zonelabs as my firewall. My first install attempt was a disaster, almost everything locked up and no applications would launch. Finally, after about 2-3 hours of fiddling and research, thankfully, a safe mode reboot and the usage of the XP System Restore facility (run msconfig), I was able to back out my system to prior to the install. Then it took another 3 reboots to fully get rid of the NAV 2003 install, including having to go into the Services function to stop the system portion of the product. After that, the re-install of the NIS product went fine.
The Firewall configuration was a breeze as well.
So, if you are running any Norton product at all, be sure to uninstall EVERYTHING and check your task lists that everything is really uninstalled. If you don't, your will run into problems --- which will be very daunting to a novice user.
All in all, a good product --- just be very careful if you are currently running ANY anti-virus or firewall product.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disaster Waiting to Happen December 17, 2002
By A Customer
While Norton products were generally good in the past, the overall quality has continued a steep decline in recent years. Norton Internet Security is certainly no exception and has proven to be an extremely fragile collection of applications. The new "tamper detection" system attempts to determine if either Norton Internet Security or Norton AntiVirus files or settings have been altered by external applications and immediately shuts down when "tampering" has been detected.
Unfortunately this "tamper detection" can be triggered by the most common of operations, such as defragmenting the registry or certain "key" files. After puzzling over why neither Norton Internet Security or Norton AntiVirus are no longer operational, you might decide to reboot your computer only to be greeted with error 1001,5 alerting you that its files have been tampered by an external application and that it will now restore the original settings. This is immediately followed by error 1003, 5 alerting you that the restore operation failed and that you should uninstall Norton Internet Security and reinstall again. This is where your nightmare begins.
After performing an uninstall of Norton Internet Security and rebooting the computer, a quick inspection reveals that Norton AntiVirus is not uninstalled and there is no option in Add/Remove programs to uninstall it. Reinstalling Norton Internet Security at this point is an exercise in futility. Not only does it not install Norton AntiVirus (because it thinks it is already properly installed), it does not install "clean" settings so both Norton Internet Security and Norton AntiVirus continue finding the "tampered" data.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars it was ok
If you are looking up a review on this product, you need to walk, no run back to your time machine and come back to the present. We're talking about a 11 year old product.
Published 8 months ago by Jeff S.
3.0 out of 5 stars Will I ever get it uninstalled?
I used NIS 2003 on a couple of computers until 2007 and got tired of Anti-Virus getting corrupted and decided to try something else. Read more
Published on August 18, 2007 by A. Price
1.0 out of 5 stars not as good
Ever since I installed the my 2007 Norton Internet Security, I have received more pop-ups than ever. I never had problems with pop ups until I installed Norton. Read more
Published on March 15, 2007 by E. Tam
4.0 out of 5 stars Stops the nasty Pop-ups and removes all Spam
Recently purchased this for the office and it removed all nasty Pop-Ups that would constantly pop up on my screen. It also removed all spam emails - ALL! Read more
Published on May 12, 2006 by NKatie
2.0 out of 5 stars Could Be Better - Slows PC's Big Time
I had the Norton 2002 edition pre-installed on my Compaq 6350 computer and kept getting updates since. Read more
Published on December 10, 2005 by TomAzon
4.0 out of 5 stars HIGHLY PLEASED TECHIE
Ok , granted nothing in this world is perfect. But this program has never done me wrong until I let my subscription lapse. Read more
Published on April 14, 2005 by Angel
2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to par
I've always heard about the integrity of Symantec/Norton products to take care of my pc issues. However I have been greatly disappointed. Read more
Published on November 14, 2004 by D Larry B
1.0 out of 5 stars Invasion of Space
I am a web developer who has been having to deal with this software. Symantec doesn't tell you, but this program actually reads *all* incoming HTML pages and then just decides... Read more
Published on October 18, 2004 by Aaron N. Prenot
1.0 out of 5 stars Norton Internet Security 2003 Thumbs down
I was extremely disappointed with Norton Internet Security 2003. I expected better from Norton, their products are usually decent. Read more
Published on September 15, 2004 by Mitchd 123
2.0 out of 5 stars Customer Service a Big Minus
Symantec does not offer much in the way of customer support. The website is difficult to navigate; there is no on-line support other than a "virtual" assistant--no live... Read more
Published on July 30, 2004 by Lizzie 2
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