Review: Norton Internet Security 2011

No longer the bloated, slow, and crash-prone monstrosity of yore, Symantec's security suite is now a streamlined and extremely effective antimalware application that continues to update and advance its interface and its detection rates incrementally.

NameSecurity software: Norton Internet Security 2011
At a glance:98.7% signature-based malware detection,96.0% real-world malware blocking: Fully blocked attacks,4.0% real-world malware blocking: Partially blocked attacks,80% successful cleanup of active malware components
Summary:Norton’s nicely designed suite does an excellent job of fully blocking and cleaning up active malware.
Rating:4.5/5
RRP:$100 (one year/three PCs)
Contact:symantec.co.nz

No longer the bloated, slow, and crash-prone monstrosity of yore, Symantec’s security suite ($100 for a one-year, three-PC license) is now a streamlined and extremely effective antimalware application that continues to update and advance its interface and its detection rates incrementally.

The NIS 2011 interface can initially be overwhelming, but you can ignore much of it. Almost everything is switched on by default, and under those default settings it was one of the most secure and effective antimalware apps we tested in our 2011 roundup.

Norton Internet Security 2011’s numbers were solid across the board: It fully blocked 24 of 25 real-world attacks – tying for the best mark in the pack – and it detected 98.7% of samples of known malware, another excellent result. False positives were near zero, and the suite’s overall speed, while not exemplary, was acceptable. It tied for the top score in removing active malware components (at 80%), and its combined rating for security and performance put it in first place.

An especially impressive add-on we should mention is the Norton Identity Safe password manager, part of the suite’s web browser toolbar, installed by default. It’s one of those utilities that you soon can’t live without.

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