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 Software Developer, System Administrator, and consignment software specialist. I currently manage hundreds of consignment workstations, point of sale systems, and database servers all across North America and I am the developer of Peeps' Software, Peeps2Go, and Peeps' Consignor Login for iOS and Android. I've been helping consignment & resale store-owners since 2003. I started The Computer Peeps in February of 2010. Peeps' Software launched in 2016 and is now on hundreds of systems all across North America. I have successfully converted dozens of stores from all of the major consignment software systems. After 20 years of working with consignment stores, I understand the unique challenges consignment & resale store-owners face. From electrical issues in old buildings or strip malls, to advocating for them when their old consignment software keeps crashing.

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