I bought NIS 2005 from pcworld for £40, kept it on my machine for 3 months then ditched it! The disc/box is lying in the cupboard. I have zone alarm and avg free plus the usual spybot, ad-aware etc etc.
My system is as safe as it needs to be and it cost nothing to do it. When Norton was on it, my system crawled along, it flies now!! Even with a gig of DDR RAM and good specs, norton still reduced it to a crawl - crashed all the time too.
in Live Update sometimes shows a large X against an update, which means it cannot be downloaded. And yet, when the remaining updates are installed, it blandly reports that all available updates have been installed.
Checking with the Norton site, it reports that NIS is NOT up-to-date, and yet Live Update reports that it is. As 2003 is no longer supported, he cannot get an explanation via the Norton site. He is now being chased for the renewal fee of £30.00 plus, and I wonder if it is worth paying.
Problem is, he has heard so many poor reports of NIS 2005, but really does not want to rely on freebies or downloads, because you get what you pay for. What about the other off-the-shelf programs?
Leave it where it is, download the Freebie. My past experiences of Norton leave a lot to be desired. The program works OK but if you hit a snag with downloads or updates, BIG PROBLEMS ! and not a very helpful support group.
Don't understand the bit about slow system.I have Norton 2005 IS on mine with XP and SP2 and it is not slow. Had 2004 on previous box on 98SE small HD and memory and that was not slow! Will agree that it can be a problem sometimes,but so can others!