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Review Norton Internet Security 2009

First I have to warn the “Almighty Clan of Norton Bashers and Haters”: don’t read this post. It will deliver you a bad headache… Beacuse: past week I have tested Norton Internet Security 2009, and it confirmed the enthusiastic conclusion of other tests: a top-notch security suite, best of the best. IMHO The Absolute #1 among security suites. Period.

Apparently Symantec/Norton have learned from the mistakes made in the past, have listen serious to their customers, subsequent revamped their 2009 suite and the result is sensational: to other vendors of security suites it will be a stiff task to beat NIS 2009.

To me, the only disappointing part of NIS 2009 is the Antispam module, but please keep in mind the pros of the suite are in the majority: Antivirus, Firewall, Antispyware and minimal performance impact. And also keep in mind that most security suites have a weak, unsatisfying Antispam module.

Without any hesitation i highly recommend Norton Internet Security 2009 to all people looking for a top-notch, reliable, easy to use all-in-one security suite.

Below I provide you with an comprehensive test/review, performed by PCMag. That review, same is valid for other NIS 2009 reviews, confirm my own positive experiences and impressions.

PCMag Review Norton Internet Security 2009

Editors’ Choice

Bottom Line

This is definitely the slimmest, most unobtrusive Norton ever. Its protection is top-notch where it counts, though antispam and parental controls are still weak. As the best all-around security suite yet, it’s our new Editors’ Choice.


Minimal performance impact*. Extremely effective spyware and virus protection. High-powered, comprehensive firewall. Free, proactive support. Phishing protection. Automated log-in, form-fill. Network map with remote configuration.


Antispam misses too much, blocks too many valid messages. Rudimentary parental controls. Network map allows no remote correction of reported problems.

Full review: PCMag
30 Day Uncrippled Trial NIS 2009: Norton Store

*Confirmed by AV-Comparatives Performance Test Report: “Impact of Anti-Virus software on System Performance”, dated 2008-11-18. You can find the report at the bottom of the COMPARATIVES section of

Norton Internet Security 2009 System Requirements**

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic/Home Premium/Business/Ultimate***

Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 Home/XP Pro/XP Media Center Edition300 MHz or faster processor

– 256 MB of RAM (*512 MB RAM required for the Recovery Tool)
– 200 MB of available hard disk space
– Standard Web browser

Email scanning supported for POP3- and SMTP-compatible email clients.

Support for AntiSpam feature

– Microsoft Outlook 97 or later
– Microsoft Outlook Express 6.0 or later

Supported instant messaging clients

– Yahoo!
– Microsoft
– Trillian

Browser support for Browser Defense and Phishing Protection features

– Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 (32-bit only) and later
– Mozilla Firefox 2.0 and later

**Must meet minimum Windows Vista operating system requirements.



November 2, 2008 - Posted by | Advisories, Downloads, Friends, Malware, Norton Internet Security, Recommended External Security Related Links | , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. […] finally decided to entirely revamp their ant-virus products, we noticed the enormous positive progress in development of their 2009 line products, and the final touch was performed in the 2010 line: Norton AntiVirus 2010, Norton Internet Security […]

    Pingback by AV-Comparatives Award Best Anti-Virus Product of 2009: Symantec/Norton « Smokey's Security Weblog | December 26, 2009 | Reply

  2. I totally agree with you, what Norton promises are real and they are not what other people who despised them say. Users are contented with the protection Norton offers.

    Comment by norton antivirus review | May 26, 2010 | Reply

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