Unlike the previous thread, this time the Norton beta really did start. See - http://www.symantec.com/norton/beta/download.jsp?pvid=nis2010 This is, of course, beta software, so expect the unexpected and don't run it on your production machine. Full disclosure, I'm from Symantec. But this year's model is worth looking at. We focused on 1. Performance We are determined never to take our eye off that particular ball again. The goal is to put out the fastest scanner that uses the least memory and that does the least to impact your computing experience. We will be testing the performance many different ways - but we want to hear from you on this year’s model. 2. Quorum Which is an internal name for a dynamic reputation system that informs many of our components. Last year we introduced Norton Insight - which used reputation to separate what files are safe from those that are not. This year we extended that to give you insight into what is impacting the performance of the system. We also are using Quorum to better make firewall decisions (this, IMHO, is what Microsoft should have done in W7’s UAC), to throttle our new heuristic engine, do to better spam and phishing filtering. Take a look at it, it improves security, speeds the scanner and gives you a very interesting view of your system. Quorum is white listing done right - comments are appreciated. 3. SONAR 2 - our new heuristic engine. It looks for new/unknown malware both in static files and in real time and rates every file and every process. The security rating feeds Quorum - and you get to see the security rating of everything running on your system. We expect big improvements on pro-active malware tests. 4. Feeding your inner geek. More information for the user. Including more info on: - What happened when a system got infected - Information on the safety and performance rating of new software before you install it - And pretty pictures of system performance - and system changes. The idea is to make it easy to how new software impacted your system's performance. 5. Brightmail Yes, we finally put the Brightmail spam engine into NIS 6. Onlinefamily - a new approach to parental controls - give you a little insight into what your pre-teen is doing online . . . I know this was a long post - but hopefully some of you will try the software and send us some feedback.