A Nurse with a Gun

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Norton Internet Security 2009

I subscribed to Norton Internet Security 2009 this morning. It's been nine days since the trial version was installed on my computer, and I'm impressed. Click to enlargeThe actual installation was performed remotely and tweaked by a Symantec technician.

I initially ran a full system scan, and found malware including Vundo. I then disabled system restore, and I ran the scan again, and destroyed it. Finally, I went to Safe Mode and rescanned to wipe trojan blood off the walls.

Over the past nine days, it has run quietly in the background of my computer. It updates every five minutes or so, or on demand. I have it set to run a full system scan each night. The time spent running a full system scan is of course dependent on the amount of data that must be scanned, but NIS2009 manages to get mine done in 28 minutes. Work continues uninterrupted as Norton scans or downloads updates. I forget it's happening. If you are already at the brink of memory overload, you may have difficulties, but NIS2009 uses very little resources to get the job done.

Boot time for my computer is increased by approximately 30-45 seconds. Norton Internet Security 2009 also allows me to run Spybot Search & Destroy, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Click to enlargeAdvanced System Care Free 3.0.0, and AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition. I like to have multiple tools in my toolbox.

Now I know everyone has their favorites and their prejudices, and I'm sure to get a couple of "Get a Mac" comments. Cries of "Get a Mac" are little more than cries to get a Glock. In computer software, what meets one person's needs may not necessarily meet the needs of another. I am not a computer geek, although I do know my way around the guts of Windows. I use my computer as a tool, not as a toy. Norton Internet Security 2009 is meeting my needs. It continually monitors my system, staying in the background, and it doesn't impede me one bit. If you have avoided Norton products in the past because they were resource hogs, I don't blame you. They were. You might want to take a look at what Norton has accomplished with this package though. It might not be right for you, but then again, how will you know if you don't take a look? In short, Norton Internet Security 2009 works for me.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that is an unfair comparison!

It is more like telling a glock guy to get a 1911.

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You could avoid 99% of the problems this solves by using firefox with the NoScript addon.

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hahaha! Mac users are like glock users. They both worship at the altar of their chosen idols.

12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hahaha! Windows users are like 1911 users. They both spend way too much time trying to fix the things.

12:07 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...


Do you try to use Vista ? I use them and i saw they very good to protect from Virus / Spyware !


12:17 PM  
Blogger Thernlund said...

I feel compelled to point out that running that many scanners at once is a huge no-no. Performance will suffer and you will have issues later.

That many scanner running is very much not recommended.


12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

get a glock

2:07 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

The scanners do not all run at the same time. All but one run on demand only.

2:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


2:37 PM  
Blogger Tam said...


Don'tcha just love fanboys, of whatever stripe? ;)

3:28 PM  
Blogger Jerry The Geek said...

I've been running Norton Antivirus since 2003, teamed it with Norton Internet Security and Norton GoBack in 2005.

The only problems I've had were with a bad Windows update in 2007 (solved with GoBack) and an unfortunate power-spike in 2007 where a bluebird immolated itself in the local power grid, frying the entire computer.

I added a UPS with my new computer and re-installed all Norton software (no cost for downloading free replacement copies) in less than an hour.

Norton Security software combines the reliability and ease-of-use of the apocryphal Glock with the ability to customize of the 1911.

I've tried the Glock, and I've tried other security software. I will stay with what I've found to work for me.

3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to hear your success.
I have been running Norton
products for 10 years, currently running 2007 Internet Security, & have updated each year..but may buy the 2009.
Lafayette La.

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Norton 2009 is the first Norton version in awhile that has not been a huge resource hog. As others have already said, running that many scanners is a bad idea and is very likely to cause issues. Oh and get a Mac. if you equate simple, reliable, and fast with excellent multi-tasking and no virus issues with a computer being a toy then you are not paying attention. Every high level IT person I know (as in six-figure salaries), including me, uses Macs at home and at work if they can. Plus everyone should have at least one Glock.

8:57 AM  

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