Kids, This Is Why We Don’t Recommend Norton (Because It Doesn’t Work)

Let’s get right down to it – Symantec’s Norton Internet Security is horrible antivirus software and it flat-out does not workLet 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?

Norton Does Not Work

Yeah, not so much…

Norton Does Not Work

Oh, it’s probably just 494 “little” infections, right?  Ouch…

Norton Does Not Work

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):

Norton Does Not Work

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.

To recap:

  • 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..


I am a consignment software specialist, System Administrator for hundreds of consignment workstations across North America, and developer of Peeps' Software! I've been helping consignment & resale store-owners since 2003. I started The Computer Peeps in February of 2010. After 18+ years of working with consignment stores, I understand the unique challenges consignment & resale store-owners face. From electrical issues in old building or strip malls, to advocating for them when their consignment software keeps crashing. I now manage hundreds of computer systems, servers & websites for store-owners all across North America and I am the developer/programmer of Peeps' Software -- the only software written FOR consignment & resale stores specifically.

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