Well, after a few month of beta testing I guess it's time to give everybody my opinion. Since 2010 Norton became my favorite security suite for my PC, and this one is no exception. I tested it on 3 different PC running XP Pro, Vista H.P.32bit and Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit. Once you get this software it will let you install on 3 different computers. Haven't tested 64bit version, but I'm pretty sure it should work the same. For those who already has a 2010 edition you won't see mush of the changes, it's more like refined version, which is a very good thing. For the interface it keeps the dark theme, with yellow text, but moves the large graphic security status indicator from the main interface window up to the task-bar and system tray icons. The UI is impressively easy to use. It's still very fast light on resources, with an extremely good protection. As for everybody else here's what to expect:
Installation: Once you run the installer, the program is ready to operate in about a minute truly fast just like 2010 version.
Interface: Like I mentioned it has a dark theme (sorry no skins) with a yellow text. Security controls are condensed into three sections in the main window: computer protection, network protection, plus a Web protection. For those who wonders, what is that map at the bottom of the interface, it represents a threat to each of its users that has been successfully blocked.
Features & Performance: The thing that makes NIS stand up it tracks your browser, instant messenger and peer to peer activities of their global customer base to check which files, links and websites have been safely used. So let's say if you are one among the first ones to download a specific file it will ask you whether or not you want to execute it. For a facebook users it has a Facebook Scan app, which checks links on facebook to determine if they connect to any sites containing malware. As for additional tools it has some few freebies like Norton Online Family parental controls, and the new Norton Power Eraser. It's a new tool that will aggressively clean your PC of fake antivirus programs and other malware that prevents legitimate security tools from being installed. Very nice thing is called Norton Safe Web, which is a browser toolbar that can alert you to any potential dangerous links. It works with IE and Firefox.
As going straight for the performance (little fact outside my own observation)- in independent threat detection and removal tests, Norton is rated as the best performer overall. Now back to my facts :)- In a few month of usage, I've seen no crashes that I could relate to NIS 2011. As far as resources goes, NIS 2011 didn't appear to slow down my system at all. It uses very little memory. Good thing since I have a 4 year old and two 3 year old PC's with 2GB and 3GB of RAM. That is a good news for a notebook users too.
Bottoms down, with a great security features like checking on your entire network, bootable recovery tool, easy interface, superb protection and lite on resources performance - to me this is the best Security software around. I would highly recommend it to anyone. Plus with ability to use the same key on 3 different PC's you can split the cost with your friend or family member if you only own one computer
I've been using norton internet security since the 2009 version. That was the year they revamped the software to use minimal resouces. Im using this on three machines, two windows 7 and one vista and it runs great..