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Less cluttered interface and fairly faster than 2011,
This review is from: Norton Internet Security 2012 - 1 User / 3 PC [Old Version] (Software)Norton woke-up in 2009/10 making the interface user-friendly and its signature updates running in the background making the software less resource-hogging. It's continuing the same trend this year (NIS2012) with a little less cluttered interface - meaning most features automated for the novice user, but you have to dig in deep to make advanced changes. It works well with Windows7 as well as Win XP if you care (I don't have Vista - so cannot comment about that).
1. Installation: As in the recent versions of NIS, installation was a snap. It took under 2 minutes, but needed a restart. If you have existing license for NIS, download the update from support -> check for new version menu item from within NIS. You can update the license number from the disk later when your license is about to expire. In previous version(s), NIS overwrote existing license period if you upgraded from disk. I havent checked it on this version (I still have about 90 days left, too risky!!).
2. Interface: The main interface is less cluttered, but a new addition is a big status window (floating gadget) on the upper right corner of your screen with large buttons for different menus. Most buttons on these menus are for other Norton products unrelated to NIS (annoying). For example button for on-line back-up (costs extra!) or mobile protection for android (free), parental control (free) etc. I havent found an easy way to get rid of this yet! (Alright! It's easy. There is a close button next to it and if you close it, it does not reappear after a restart).
3. Setting up: Most of the settings are done by default and should be fine for the average user. For example how often to scan your computer, what time of the day, which files to allow to connect to the internet etc. If you need advanced settings, most of those are just a couple of clicks away and mostly easy to find. There are some menu items that could have been done better. If you had existing trusted network information from previous NIS, those are retained which is good.
4. Security: As in previous versions, NIS was good at detecting most of the commonly bothering cookies and adware. Everytime you download a file, it is checked for viruses and if it is from a trusted website and there is a pop-up saying it is clean. Similarly, like previous versions, Norton safe search marks results from google searches as safe or not. you can check website security by looking for norton trusted symbol e.g. bank sites or amazon.com - that way you wont enter your password in a phising site.
5. What's new? Like mentioned above the annoying floating gadget is new. The primary interface is less cluttered but at the same time advanced settings are easily accessible from different menus. The new version does appear to be a little faster than 2011. might be significant on older systems.
Overall, very good protection with minimal resource usage.
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Initial post: Sep 14, 2011 6:54:57 PM PDT
Nicholas J. Hubbuch says:
I updated to the new version for 2012 and have found it to be significantly faster than 2011. I have trusted Norton since it first came out and have never had one virus. Symantec does as good a job as their competion and is price competitive although price shouldn't be the reason for choosing your security software.
Posted on Nov 5, 2011 12:56:37 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 5, 2011 12:57:29 PM PDT
FYI - The "big status window (floating gadget)" is not new. It existed in 2011 and pretty much serves the same purpose as before. With this and other add-ons, just look for the little 'X' to close it (just as in 2011 & 2010.) For me 2012 is neither faster nor slower than 2011 - it is just the same as always. I've never encountered a virus as long as I've used Norton. I know very experienced users have tried going with McAfee, Kapersky or with something really cheap (if not free). Most of them have had real complaints (i.e. too many ads, too slow) and only Kapersky came close to Norton's protection.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2011 5:52:52 AM PST
@EEN! I remember only a pop-up status bar window and not a floating gadget in NIS2011. It was equally useless anyway.
Posted on Nov 26, 2011 3:58:27 AM PST
P. Labrecque says:
Why do some reviews sound more like a sales pitch than an actual review? It almost appears like a canned presentation from a factory rep.
Posted on Nov 27, 2011 10:19:45 PM PST
John Doe says:
I'll buy b/c it's an American company. Kaspersky, which is quite popular, is russian
Posted on Jan 6, 2012 7:37:06 AM PST
Any experience with the Norton Onlne Family portion and blocking of inappropriate websites?? What if your kid simply uninstalls the software --- do they then bypass the blocking, etc ?
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2012 7:54:20 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 9, 2012 4:38:41 PM PST
@Dean! Depends on if you give administrator access to your kids account in Windows. If they dont have admin access they wont be able to uninstall online family protection. If they are geek enough to overcome that not sure if there is anything that can stop them :)
However, the parental control in NIS is primitive. It doesn't do a very good job in my experience.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2012 9:45:22 PM PST
K. Hassan says:
What does 1 user 3 pc mean exactly? I have a desktop and laptop
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2012 5:43:37 AM PST
@Hassan, that means you can install it only in three different computers.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2012 7:11:23 AM PST
That is because many people are paid to make positive reviews for products and companies.So, if there are too many positive reviews don't believe them.