As I mentioned in the “360” thread, I decided to put my prejudices to the side and try out Norton Internet Security ’07. I did the same thing with Vista and you can see the result, lol. First thing to do was to download the trialware which was somewhat smaller than I expected at 46 MB. In comparison, FSIS is 66 MB and TMIS was around 70-80MB (I think it was, I have since then deleted the file). Install went fairly straightforward and I was surprised at not being asked for a reboot after the installation. I then fired up Live Update and every module was updated at around a 14MB download. It then asked me to reboot so the new modules could load. Booting up didn’t seem longer than usual. In fact Vista loads slower than XP did so it is kind of harder to gauge. The first thing I did was a “pop-up” test. In the last Norton IS I used—NIS ’04 that came with my Dell—it took 10-15 seconds for the main window to come up after clicking the icon in the systray. ’07 took less than 2 seconds. The main window has lost a lot of it’s “yellowness” and doesn’t really look half bad in Aero. Though the interface looks simple, once you start digging around you will find several settings. http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/5449/mainwingh6.th.jpg I then started “feeling” my way around, opening up Computer, opening programs, etc to test for the sluggishness that I experienced in ’04. Everything was nice and snappy. Next thing I did was open up Task Manager and looked at process usage. Vista identified 5 of the processes belonging to Symantec and using Calculator I found the total usage at that time was 7.2 MB-- very surprising for a suite. Scanning my computer took a little over an hour. I can’t remember exactly but it was over 400,000 files. I usually set exclusions on my gaming directories and my backup drive but forgot to beforehand. Next time it should take less time though the length of time doesn’t really bother me as I tend to scan overnight or when I know I won’t be using the computer for a while. To test the AV and see what kind of warnings it presents, I downloaded the Eicar test file in which a pop up window over the systray informed me that it blocked the file. The next thing was to test it “real world” so I headed off to the land of cracks and warez. http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/9728/viruswarnjz9.jpg This part became frustrating, I could not get any warnings as I searched for a Nero crack (only because of it’s popularity, I thought it would be targeted for nasties more than others). In fact it seemed like IE7 was doing most of the protection as it blocked some things that tried to install such as “Remote Data Services Data Control”. I gave up on this after an hour, shaking my head. The feeling is akin to stepping into a lion’s den wanting to be eaten but none will have anything to do with you, lol. I will try again another time. So far the ‘07 firewall seems to be more silent than the ’04 version. It seemed like back then as soon as I got online NIS’04 was informing me that it was blocking hacker attempts. And I was on dial-up at the time, lol. However because of the nature of satellite internet I cannot test the firewall. It always shows everything open except Port 80. I don’t quite understand why this is but have gotten reasurrances from more knowledgeable people on a satellite forum that this does not mean I am open to the world. I have not had any warnings from the FW yet but a glance at the logs told me it was doing its job. I haven’t really tested antispam as I really don’t need it since my ISP uses Postini which does a fair job of filtering. NIS installs a phishing toolbar in IE7. Normally I do not like extra toolbars because they tend to be too busy for me (such as Yahoo). NIS’s phishing bar is more simplistic and doesn’t look so bad to me in IE7. I run at 1280x1024 but it may look worse on resolutions of 1024x768 and less. The two icons at the right of the “Norton” tells you of the status of the security risks (I believe this is more in telling you that your definitions may be outdated or that you haven’t scanned in a while) and the other tells you that web monitoring (HTTP scanning) is on. The middle drop bar tells you if you are on a phishing site or not of course. The Options on the far right lets you report a site. http://img529.imageshack.us/img529/2198/phishingbarzf2.th.jpg The only cons (which may not be depending on how you look at it) is that any changes in settings results with the admin password box popping up (I am a Standard User). Once I had all the changes done this isn’t much of a problem but however Live Update wants admin privileges too so I have to supply the password before updating. Now while this may be annoying, it also tells you at least if some kind of virus starts monkeying around with the AV you will be notified of it. NIS also provides self-protection as well according to a setting I saw (why would anyone want to turn it off?). So those are my observations so far. One thing is for sure, this NIS is far above the version that came with this computer back in ’04. I think that Norton has finally shaken off the “bloatware” label. With all of this plus it’s 96.xx% detection rate and being one of the only two AV’s (the other being NOD32) which detected all 12 polymorphic viruses IBK threw against it, NIS is starting to grow on me…whoah, did I just say that?