Let’s get right down to it – Symantec’s Norton Internet Security is horrible antivirus software and it flat-out does not work. Let me repeat that – Norton Internet Security is horrible antivirus software and it flat-out does not work.
Want to see why?
Here’s a system with a current, updated version of Norton Internet Security – all seems well, right?
Yeah, not so much…
Oh, it’s probably just 494 “little” infections, right? Ouch…
Now, I’m not here to just bash on Norton Internet Security, which is in fact terrible antivirus. This isn’t a game – this is real life, real money, and real personal information here. NO antivirus product is 100% guaranteed to prevent every possible virus, but there is absolutely no excuse for not catching nearly 500, current, documented infections. This system was current on Windows Updates, all 3rd party software was updated (e.g. Java, Acrobat, Flash, etc.) and it’s on the latest Service Pack for XP (SP3):
There is just no other way to put it. I can’t say it enough. Norton Internet Security does not protect your system and it is a complete waste of money. If you are using Norton Internet Security, we recommend replacing it with ESET Nod32 Antivirus. We recommend Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware Pro in conjunction with ESET Nod32.
- Don’t use Norton Internet Security – it doesn’t work and it itself, is an infection
- Use ESET Nod32 Antivirus
- Use Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware Pro
- Use common sense when browsing the web – e.g. don’t open attachments unless you are expecting to receive a file from someone, don’t click on random links, read what you’re about to click on before you click on it, etc..