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Norton 2009 Line Launched & Speed Is The Key

Gordon Kelly


Norton 2009 Line Launched & Speed Is The Key

While it remains immensely popular in the casual computing sector, mention Norton Security and Antivirus products to many a techie and they'll sigh and moan about boating, resource hogging and system slowdown. Well it seems creator Symantec has got the message... big style.

With the release of its 2009 product series this week the core focus warms the cockles of our heart: speed. Far from just refining its previous bulky offerings Symantec has completely rewritten the tools from the ground up for 'zero impact' performance and its claims are remarkable.

Key points include:

  • Sub 60 second installations

  • Quick scans in little over 30 seconds

  • A minimum of 74 per cent less memory usage than any rival product

  • Less than 3 seconds added to a computer's boot time

  • Full system scans between 40 and 89 per cent faster than rivals

  • A real time CPU monitor to show System and Norton usage (a bold step!)
Here's the full breakdown:

Another super idea is the introduction of 'Pulse Updates' which every five to 15 minutes deliver the latest definitions to the product in tiny packages so users are always protected with no need for intervention and no performance hit.

As for the quality of the 2009 line, Symantec claims they will detect 98 per cent of all malware and 95 per cent of all spyware, producing no false positives. Lofty boasts indeed.

Pricing is good too with Internet Security 2009 and Antivirus 2009 retailing for £49.99 and £39.99 respectively and each comes with three user licences. Still not convinced? Norton is offering free trials of both products to any interested parties.

Ok Symantec, it has been a while but you're back in our good books...


Norton 2009 Product Line


September 18, 2008, 6:53 pm

It does sound a little too good to be true.

I'm looking for spin, and thinking perhaps they have moved to a multi-threaded codebase, so on a dual core machine it's essentially twice the speed. It would be interesting to see if it's based on time in seconds, or number of CPU cycles :)

Luan Bach

September 18, 2008, 7:28 pm

Every year Norton comes out with the "It's faster" line. Never happened.

mr dog

September 18, 2008, 8:02 pm

I've spoken to many techie friends about Norton but so far none of those conversations have led to a boating-related tirade, or is that just a hip new term for small-scale piracy?


September 18, 2008, 8:09 pm

@Luan - well I've managed a week with a preview edition of the software (I'm normally an AVG user) and I have to admit: it's LIGHTENING!

Brian ONeill

September 18, 2008, 8:11 pm

hmmm... i use nod32, i would be amazed if norton was faster than that, but i await your review. My main issue with norton is those annoying prompts designed to scare users. Nod32 just leaves me alone until it finds a nasty.


September 18, 2008, 8:29 pm

I'm a Kaspersky man, and Norton also left me complaining about boating. It's all I recommend to friends, as some of them can't swim.


September 18, 2008, 9:17 pm

I'd also be interested in whether an independent source can back up the claims of 98 per cent detection rate for all malware and 95 per cent of all spyware. If so, I might be tempted to change from Kaspersky.


September 18, 2008, 9:50 pm

@Brian - happy to report not had a single prompt in 5 days of running 2009, all updates and scans are invisible now.


September 18, 2008, 11:41 pm

are they still sticking with the 1 year licences or has something better (or worse - 6 month licences oh noes) happened?


September 19, 2008, 12:56 am

Given the specific nature of the claims it does seem rather dubious. Who cares if it uses 10mb instead of 40mb that a rival uses or takes <60 seconds to install?

The big problem with Norton/Symantec in the past has always been it's huge amounts of disk usage and I notice they don't mention anything about that being fixed.


September 19, 2008, 5:10 am

Yes, I think that will be a problem for Symantec when selling Norton 2009. For as long as I've had a PC (and that's a long time) I've heard bad things about Norton AV. It'll take some advertising to remove this bad perception of Norton Antivirus.


September 19, 2008, 3:42 pm

@Pbryanw - I'd hope it will take some reviews rather than advertising to change this opinion ;)

As I say, I'm not a reviewer but I've been highly impressed and it certainly weighs a lot lighter than AVG on my system.


September 19, 2008, 3:56 pm

Yes, probably reviews is the better term. But saying Norton isn't a resource hog is rather like saying the Earth is flat or the moon is made of Blue Cheese - it's heresy :) And judging by the reviews/previews coming in (Gordon's included), Syamntec have done it. I've even heard it's easy to uninstall which is amazing considering how hard it was to uninstall past versions. I think I need a lie down :)


September 19, 2008, 4:03 pm

NIS 2006 and earlier were heavy apps, and as a result many users abandoned it and haven't touched it since. NIS 2007 made big changes and it's become less heavyweight each following year. I'm looking forward to testing NIS 2009 as our company is a Symantec Platinum Partner & Symantec UK & Ireland Corporate Renewal Centre, so all we stock is Norton! There is no perfect internet security app, but NIS makes a damn good job of it.

So if it's faster, and from Symantec's stats it should be, then I'm all for it.


September 19, 2008, 4:05 pm

I just bought it based on this & a few other previews.

I've been using Bitdefender for 3 years & my license was about to expire.

I've hated Norton in the past. SO slow & foooking useless.

Norton 2009 is a completly new animal. Love it. Very very fast. Nice interface, very smart auto settings. CPU & memory load is very low. Boot time is faster than with bitdefender 2008.

Norton 2009 - 9/10


September 19, 2008, 4:06 pm

@ Xiphias - NIS 2009 will use 150MB of HDD space, while NIS 2008 uses 406MB :)


September 20, 2008, 3:21 pm

I know it's been around for ages but not sure how long - but anyone having probs uninstalling Norton should use the Norton Removal Tool, by far the easiest way to remove any Norton product quickly and easily, and can be found @ http://www.symantec.com/nrt


September 22, 2008, 1:38 pm

hmmm... convince me, kis me, throw money to me!#

kaspersky serves really well, but find 8.0 slightly hefty compared to 7.

if, i mean if norton 09 really dresses down well, i dont mind taking my red coat off~

CMoreButt... check it out!

disgusted white mail

December 27, 2008, 9:19 pm

"easy to install"!!! NOT!!!! Norton products used to work fine, but i've experienced nothing but trouble lately. Last year's Norton 360 fiasco and now NAV2009. NAV2009 does not install easy. maybe it does on a new computer with nothing else loaded. I've been chatting with Symantec tech support for over 4 hours on two separate occaisions. They had access to my computer and still can't install NAV2009. IMHO, if you have a norton virus program running now, just pay for the subscription to be extended. I wouldn't upgrade unless you want to lose use of your computer and spare time.

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