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Norton 2012 test - overall impressions

  Forum Editor 17:57 17 May 2011

Thank you for all the feedback you've provided so far.

Now for your general impressions - do you see this software as an improvement over the previous version, and if so, in what way(s)?

Do you think you'll continue to use Norton 2012 after your free one year licence has expired?

  Sapins 18:16 17 May 2011

I am very impressed and I will probably continue to use it after my free licence has expired.

  bluesbrother 18:41 17 May 2011

I haven't used Norton for some time, in fact the only contact I had was taking it off peoples computers, so I can't really comment on more recent versions. I am impressed though, very unobtrusive and requires very little interaction from the user. Ideal I think for people who are not interested in what goes on under the bonnet.

As to whether I will continue to use it or not, I don't know. Perhaps I am too used to what I know.

  sunnystaines 19:50 17 May 2011

yes will continue with norton,over the last couple of years they have greatly improved.

like 2011, 2012 is first class too

  I am Spartacus 19:50 17 May 2011

I didn't continue to use the previous version of Norton so I'm working from memory but this version seems more complex and I don't like having to check what each function is before deciding whether I want it or not. I suspect I might be a lone voice with my view but here goes.

For those who want an all in one package it's very good however I'm quite fond of the software I currently use mainly because of their simplicity. I like MSE for the AV, Spybot for the anti-spyware, McAfee Site Advisor for the effective identification of possible dodgy sites and the Windows 7 Firewall together with my router's inbuilt firewall. The only of of these I have to update is Spybot as all the others work/update without intervention. However I only run Spybot once a week or so and it's not onerous to update it each time.

I don't know if some of my dislikes of some aspects of Norton are due to it being beta or whether they will continue into the final version but I definitely do not like settings I had changed previously being set back to the default again when major updates are installed, particularly the re-appearance of the browser toolbars and the Outlook anti-spam toolbar. MSE used to be particularly annoying when it used to switch on Automatic Updates every time there was a major update. I note that MS have stopped it doing that now. I would much prefer to be asked before the installation what options I would like to be installed however I suspect that this may be a minority view.

Whilst this would be a good product for many people who like to pay for something that covers everything it's not the product for me.

  Strawballs 19:52 17 May 2011

Overall impressions so far is very positive the only time I even noticed it was there was when it picked up on 4 items of spyware that MSE had missed.

  Condom 20:33 17 May 2011

I originally installed an early version which clearly had some issues or conflicts with my test PC. The newer second inatallation was a great improvement and my reaction went from "annoying error messages" with the first install to "is it still working" with the second install as everything worked seemlessly in the background. I have spent the last few hours going through as many of the aditional add ons as I could manage and everything seemed fine with no hiccups.

I have got so used to MSE and I have not had any problems at all with it that I'm still undecided what to do when this testing is over. I went so off Symantec a couple of years ago because of the way it took over my PC but this version does not do that and my resource meter hardly registered much usage of power.

However taking off Symantec seems to be as bad as ever as so many files appear to be left behind even when you tell it you are not going to re-install. I just have this thing about Companies which leave stuff behind on my PC. This is clearly a very good program and does what it says on the box. Whether I will stick with it or not may very well depend on how it uninstalls next time.

  rawprawn 08:43 18 May 2011

Apart from the two issues I mentioned in my previous post in "Likes and Dislikes"Norton has produced no more problems.It may be that the original beta version caused the freeze problem, although I can't understand why it would not let me install "Lockngo". I was using NIS 2011 and I honestly can't see a great deal of difference in the 2012 version. Having said that I like it, I feel confident with it, and I will continue to use it after my 2011 version, and the free 2012 version licenses expire. I used to dislike Norton intensley, now with NIS 2011 and 2012 I think it is the best on the market.

  Strawballs 10:37 18 May 2011

I'm with you there rawprawn I used to be one of Nortons biggest critics but since 360v4 I have been very impressed.

I had a slight problem of it telling me the beta licence will expire in 3 days and to renew it which I did then after next reboot got the same message so I clicked renew again and got told already renewed, but has not happened again.

  QuizMan 10:45 18 May 2011

I find very little in this version that differs from NIS 2011 which is my current security software of choice. It just does its job quietly and effectively. So I shall definitely be using the 2012 version when it becomes available later this year. I assume that will be a one machine licence for the free copy we will receive so my 3-licence 2011 version will continue on my two laptops.

If I have a quibble, and it is a very minor one, Identity Safe, which I use frequently, seems to have been tweaked. The process of signing into it is marginally slower as is accessing the various sites that I have registered. I preferred the 2011 method. As I say, it is a very small change within the great scheme of things and not a major issue.

  Taff™ 11:53 18 May 2011

Its only day 3 for me but overall I like the feel of NIS 2012. Ive had minor issues with it but nothing that would put me off using it by choice. One of these issues is:

Google Chrome Plug In Problem

Whilst attempting to go to the PCA Broadband Speedtest page, which uses Java, Google Chrome became unstable. The warning “The following plug-in is unresponsive: Norton Confidential. Would you like to stop it?” Clicking “Yes” was followed by Chrome informing me that the plug in had crashed and reloading the page brought up the Java test box. This happened again after restarting Chrome.

Switching to IE9 saw no repeat of the problem.

Will there be a thread to accommodate issues like these FE?

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