Norton Internet Security 2010

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turbonutter

So you dock it 3 points because it let something by when you downloaded an infected archive while it was shut off? You'd have to be a colossal idiot to have this scenario occur in the real world.

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Spencer Taylor

What the heck MaxPC? It get's a EC last year, and MaxPC - super user's, e.g. not your average gamer or user, are able to purposely disable the program MANUALLY, and it loses 3 points? Something sounds messed up with that. Are you afraid to admit it's a good product or lose "street cred". No one is going to go to the lengths you guy's did to mess with this app. You essentially set it up to fail. I have used and or tried every major Security suite, and I consider Norton the leader, for the time being.

Also, Comcast, although they suck, offers Norton 360 v4 for FREE (7 licenses) to their customers, and 360 is rated better than 2010! No promo intended, just letting people know you can get it for FREE if you use Comcast. So, does that make it better than MSSE?

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Paul_Lilly

As I explained below, the reason why we temporarily disabled Norton was so we could see if it was blocking the archive because it recognized all the malware contained inside, or just a portion of them. Once it was downloaded to the hard drive, we re-enabled Norton and executed the archive. Norton then blocked some of them, but not all of them. These are all viruses that users might stumble upon in the wild, individually.

The bottom line is, Norton didn't perform as well this year as it did last year, and from purely a protection standpiont, it got outclassed by some of its peers. And keep in mind that we also take into consideration the findings of Virus Bulletin, a major third-party AV lab, who is better equipped than we are to test for a larger sample of malware.

-Paul Lilly

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Paul_Lilly

You're looking past the point. For our tests, one of the archives we downloaded contains an assortment of malware, some of which Norton recognized, and so it blocked the entire thing. The ones that Norton didn't detect could easily be distributed by themselves, and in that scenario, Norton wouldn't stop you from downloading it.

-Paul Lilly

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Silver925

Too bad the world is full of colossal idiots. I have to agree though. 3 points based on that seems a bit harsh. most 'protection' software tends to have problems with infections if they are able to (For whatever reason) get past it initially.

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Athlonite

MSE would probably have been able to stop it 

Play till it breaks then learn how to fix it!

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