Norton Internet Security 2010 1-User/3PC

  • Norton Internet Security 2010 delivers fast and light comprehensive online threat protection, guarding your PC, network, and your identity without slowing you down
  • Gives you greater insight into downloaded applications and files by telling you where they came from, if they can be trusted, and how they may impact your PC’s resources and performance
  • Warns you of dangerous web sites and suspicious sellers so you can surf and shop online with confidence
  • Stops online identity theft, viruses, spyware, bots and more–guard your PC, online activities, and your identity against all types of Internet threats
  • Proactively blocks hackers and prevents dangerous software from downloading to your computer when you surf the web Product Description
Norton Internet Security 2010 delivers fast and light comprehensive online threat protection. It guards your PC, network, online activities and your identity with innovative, intelligent detection technologies optimized to combat today’s aggressive, rapid-fire attacks. Improved Norton Safe Web technology blocks Internet threats before they can infect your PC. So you can browse, buy and bank online with confidence. It even warns you of unsafe web sites rig… More >>

Norton Internet Security 2010 1-User/3PC


  1. This is my fifth year of using NIS to protect my home computer and laptop. With the noticeable improvements last version, Norton came back with a bang. While NIS2010 still has some flaws, the good trend seems to continue this year as well.

    Installation: Installation was very quick similar to NIS2009. It does require a restart which seems to be the case for most virus protection software. Norton for some reason wants us to download and install parental control separately. just a hazel. If you are an existing NIS user you can upgrade from Norton’s upgrade website before deciding to purchase the new version. The upgrade will retain your 2009 subscription and your license will be retained as well. NOTE: If you install from CD, your old license will be over written.

    Performance: I don’t think NIS2010 is a resource hog. Norton also has performance meters where you can check how much of the system resources are being used by Norton. It seems NIS 2010 uses most system resources only during a complete scan. NIS2010 upgrade virus signatures on the background during idle time just like NIS2009. So you dont feel that it exists. Quick scans during idle times also seem to be pretty quick. I havent noticed any loss of performance in the one week that I have been using NIs2010.

    Virus protection: Based on tests by PC world and CNET Norton is only behind the not well known G-DATA internet security in virus detection. I havent used G-DATA so I cant compare them. However, NIS has gotten better at malware detection. It did detect a number of malware that adaware and other security software that I use (e.g. Advanced system care). NIS2009 missed a number of these malware.

    Network protection: Although NIS claims that when NIS is installed in all PCs on your network, it can detect and keep a trusted network, it has not worked for me. NIS detected my skype phone (ofcourse didn’t protect it), but didn’t detect my other PC on the network that also has NIS2010 installed. I am not sure if this ‘trust’ is of any use to me anyway.

    Internet security: Norton identified websites that you visit (amazon, bank and ccard websites for example) as trusted ones based on IP address and other data. so you can be safe you are not entering your password on a phishing website. It is very handy for me. I always look for the ‘trusted’ sign from both Firefox and NIS before entering my passwords.

    Password manager: I dont know if I will trust NIS to be my password manager. You need just one password for Norton and it can manage your other passwords and form filling information. However, it seems to be easy to break in to NIS to obtain the password manager’s password list. Although the hacker needs physical access to your computer to do this, it is a concern if your laptop gets stolen for example. NIS2010 offers to have the password manager’s list reside on removable media which is a somewhat safer alternative. Norton safe search which identifies safe websites on your serach list is also helpful, but google can do this as well.

    Over all, it is a good virus protection for your PC, checks files on the fly, can scan emails and attachemnts, IM text and links. Not very good for password management and parental control.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  2. While most of Symantec’s competitors seem to be struggling with software “bloat”, it’s good to see one of the big guys heading back to more of a streamlined approach.

    I installed the software on two PCs so far…one a Vista Ultimate having no existing security software, and the other a Windows XP with McAffee’s product. The installer suggested removing the McAffee product (which I did) and the installation was similarly uneventful on both of my systems from there on. It does force a reboot, and between the initial install plus downloading any updates, it took longer than I expected – about half an hour end to end.

    As for performance, there is a slight (but noticeable) increase in the reboot time when Norton starts up – perhaps an extra 30 seconds total. And if you’re sensitive to performance, you can also tell when the product is updating virus signatures in the background, or performing one of its quick virus scans.

    The basic anti-virus protection seemed fine. Not too obtrusive, although it’s difficult to really assess the quality of the virus scanning, since I’ve yet to actually encounter a virus. I tend to be careful, but still, being one of the better known products, Norton gives you a sense of security in case you do something silly and let an infected file in.

    I didn’t activate the network protection features that come with the product. I tend to rely instead on a router with a strong firewall capability, and then I keep my “internal” network fairly open. The product did detect a number of networked apps I use, stopping to ask my permission before letting them open whatever ports they were using. Would have been nice to set this sort of policy globally, rather than having to bump into applications one at a time.

    One feature I would have liked to see is the ability to designate one of my PCs as the “master” for policy decisions and updates, with my other PCs driven from the master. For instance, on kids PCs, I’d like to set a strict policy, record any unusual activity, and know that my policies can only be changed from my central master computer. Big corporate AV systems do this – would be nice to have the same capability at home.

    Like the network protection, I also didn’t find myself using the password management features of the product. My PC is a ThinkPad with the built-in fingerprint scanner, and I prefer to use the IBM security software, which provides this same function. The biometric device (fingerprint reader) seems more secure, and it would be nice if Norton provided integrated support for these types of authentication devices.

    The internet security feature is sort of helpful, but if you know what you’re doing, you can do this on your own by looking at a sites digital certificates. Norton automates this, telling you that it’s okay to trust a particular site. Not sure I’d buy the product just for this capability, but it’s a nice add-on feature.

    Overall, I was also glad to see that the product seemed to be fairly stable and to operate without all that much overhead. Compared to a few of the others I’ve tried, Norton is about the best mix of usability, capability and efficiency.

    It’s sort of sad that we need this type of software in today’s world…I’d rather be spending my money on software to make me more productive or entertained. But, if you accept that you need protection, Norton is as good a choice as any.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  3. I first bought the new Norton Internet Security 2009 this spring and installed it on one computer (notebook)that had been using CA Internet Security and one (server) that was using Trend Micro IS 2007. The performance difference between Norton IS 2009 and the CA product was dramatic, not as much so with Trend Micro. With Norton IS 2009 my computers ran much faster and had far fewer “issues” with security software on both systems. I received an upgrade to Norton IS 2010 as an IS 2009 user at no charge and the installation on two machines went flawlessly. I am very impressed with the smaller footprint of IS 2009/10 and the tools it offers. One complaint is the long (1 week)interval between full scans if you choose to use automatic settings. It does quick scans every day but needs the ability to schedule full scan intervals as part of the automatic settings. A novice choosing manual scans could inadvertently leave their computer at a greater risk if not configured properly.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  4. I would not recommend this software to anyone with a home network who wants to share files among computers.

    I used to be a big fan of Norton security products but stopped using them due to finding that later Norton versions slowed down my computer too much. I bought Norton Internet Security 2010 because of the favorable reviews and reports that it no longer slowed down the computer.

    Installation on my 3 computers went smoothly and everything looked good until I accessed the community network feature, which supposedly allows you to customize access on your own local network. At that point I could no longer access shared folders among the three computers–not at all. I tried everything obvious like setting all computers to “full trust.” Nothing worked.

    I found nothing on the FAQs on the Symantec website and nothing when I searched in various ways for solutions. The only way to talk to a real person at Symantec is to pay a lot for the privilege.

    I joined the Norton Community to search the forums for possible solutions. I found a number of people who had similar problems with local network access after installing NIS 2010. None of them, apparently, were able to solve the problem and Symantec “experts” who tried to help them were similarly clueless. If there is a way to configure the NIS software, it is not obvious and, in any case, should be

    I finally uninstalled NIS 2010 and went back to my previous security software that I know is probably not as effective, but doesn’t interfere with my network.

    Rating: 3 / 5

  5. I’ve been running Norton Internet Security 2010, Avast! Antivirus, and Microsoft Security Essentials on different machines running Windows 7. Of the three, Avast! (including the free product) is the best balance of features, ease of use, and price.

    One thing to note, I have no idea if this uses the same technology as Symantec Antivirus (usually found in business environments), but NIS seems to take far fewer resources than SAV.

    NIS offers a huge number of features, including some that aren’t offered with many competitors. One excellent feature is web browser integration that integrates with Bing and Google search results to show you whether a site is known to be unsafe by way of a small icon on search results. This helps you avoid visiting sites that may be known malware distributors or may otherwise compromise your machine.

    Another handy feature (not malware related) is the ability to manage and auto-fill your passwords, credit card numbers, and other info. It saves you a bit of typing if you have a lot of passwords to manage (or you shop a lot). It’s a mild improvement over the freebie toolbar’s available on the net or the built-in browser features, but I think the average user won’t miss it.

    Its core antivirus features for scanning files, catching malware, and otherwise protecting your computer is competative with other packages. Based on third-party testing, it offers excellent protection that’s on-par with other products (and honestly, who wants to test this themselves?).

    The user experience is very good and it’s less intrusive than others including Avast!. NIS checks for updates multiple times an hour without asking, prompting or otherwise interrupting you–it just does it and updates itself. The out-of-the-box settings are good and will protect your computer without any tweaking or adjusting.

    That all said, it’s not a perfect product.

    The email and antispam features are limited, at best. NIS has trouble with SSL mail connections, IMAP, and Exchange. If you connect to your corporate mail server via Outlook at home, don’t count on NIS protect you or filter spam either… just hope your corporate Exchange server has good virus protection. IMAP support is non-existent (which I guess most people don’t use) and it seems spotty with catching viruses via webmail. I can’t even say it’s “good enough” for the average user because I’ve found it’s support for POP to be inconsistent at best (several viruses got through, but were caught if I tried to save or open the attachment).

    It’s support for Windows Live Mail appears to be non-existent (I see no evidence that it’s working). No spam, no virus, no nothing. You’re on your own there. This alone is enough for me to NOT recommend this product to average users. As of Windows 7, Windows Live Mail is the free, out-of-the-box email solution for Windows.

    NIS also adds yet another toolbar into my web browser. As much as I appreciate all of the web integration features, much of your protection stops working if you turn off the toolbar. So I have to make a choice–give up more screen real-estate or have malware protection. Personally, I am sick of everyone’s custom toolbars and I want to disable every single one of them.

    The performance statistics appear to be mostly red-herrings as they don’t provide any real useful information to improve the performance of your computer. The only purpose the “Performance” screen serves is a sales pitch from Norton to convince you that NIS doesn’t hog resources or slow down your computer. To their credit, that all seems true–it has comparable or better memory and CPU usage compared to other products.

    For $39, this isn’t a bad product for what you get. It has some significant limitations and annoyances. If you don’t use Windows Live Mail and you don’t care about another useless toolbar sucking of screen space, NIS is a good solution.

    It offers a few extra features over the Microsoft Security Essentials ($0) and doesn’t bog down your machine when you logon (which is really the only major weakness of MSE–it insists on doing something when you logon that slows down the machine for a few minutes).

    However, for $0, I’d rather run Avast!. It’s a little rougher around the edges, but handles email better (or at least better for me).


    1. A few other things came up. First, +1 for its scanning abilities. Norton is able to scan a greater variety of compressed file types and picked up a few questionable applications that other virus scanners wouldn’t pick up until the file was decompressed.

    2. A -1 for its inability to stay activated. Requires re-activation every few days. More importantly, support has been slow to respond and unable to fix the problem. “Reinstall it again”… for the 5th time.

    3. A +1 and -1 for its Internet Download scan. The good news is that it’ll scan the file before you can try to run the file… bad bad news is that if you download to a network drive (such as a WHS), the scan can take several minutes (and there’s no indication it’s running).
    Rating: 3 / 5

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