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swyost Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Aug 2007Mon 12-Mar-07 04:15 AM
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This may seem like an odd post for this forum, but if you are struggling with performance issues related to your internet security package, there may be a new alternative out there. Symantec just released a program that actually seems to work with much less of a system hit. I’d been finding that Trend Micro’s products were slowing both boots and program access, and then that Zone Alarm's new release almost ground my new laptop to a halt. A friend suggested checking out Symantec’s Norton Genesis project (now released as Norton 360) and I have been impressed.

Its footprint is a fraction of the size the other programs, boot up is now about 45 seconds from log in (with lots of boot items on my new laptop), internet access has fewer freezes, and photo processing applications now have better performance. I’ve tested the firewall at the GRC site, and it operates in full stealth mode as well (no open ports). It also has a built in disk optimizer, backup program, and 2 gig of on-line secure storage space (with an option to purchase more). The backup just does a straight up non-encrypted backup of selected files to your choice of location. I’ve avoided Symantec products for several years, but this got me to reconsider (no, I haven’t gone to work for Symantec). BTW, it is available as a trial download.....

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BJNicholls Gold Member Awarded for his contributions to the community and the Resources Charter MemberMon 12-Mar-07 05:19 PM
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#1. "RE: Norton 360"
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The thought of doing a trial security package, especially from a serial offender against system performance and stability like Norton, makes my skin crawl.

I hope that your experience is mirrored by others in a wide profile of users and system configurations. I'd consider giving Norton another chance if they really did change their stripes on this project. But I'll watch from the sidelines for a while before I consider trying it myself.

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swyost Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Aug 2007Mon 12-Mar-07 06:27 PM
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#2. "RE: Norton 360"
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I otherwise agree, but had reached the point (after my versions of Trend Micro's and Zone Alarm's products were upgraded) of having a high end Core2Duo laptop with 2 gig act like a 386. I run Office 2007 and the time lag particularly with Zone Alarm 7 was astounding. Actually, I could barely get PS2 and PS3 beta to load in under a minute, let alone function. BTW, with Trend Micro's suites (that I used to like alot) their upgrades are forced - you can't just renew an anti-virus subscription.

It speaks of desperation on my front to consider a Symantec product, but people I know insisted that it had been completely redesigned from the ground up (rather than just pasting in their existing apps). Checking system processes and seeing that nothing is taking more than 15 meg of RAM has been a pleasant surprise. So is having a T5500 Core2Duo act like a T5500 Core2Duo....

I don't normally recommend Symantec's products, but if anyone is having major system resource issues, it might be worth a shot. Symantec tech support will also give you a remove tool to completely remove the app and all references if one is concerned (yes, I got a copy of the tool from them).

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TJCajun Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Jan 2005Wed 14-Mar-07 02:20 AM
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#3. "RE: Norton 360"
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I looked at Norton 360, but then I read the CNet review here:
<http://reviews.cnet.com/Norton_360/4505-3667_7-32330411.html>;

It says that Norton 360 doesn't support the Firefox browser. Since that's what I use, I decided that Norton 360 wasn't for me. If anyone has any comments about if N-360 does provide full security with Firefox, I'd be interested in hearing this. Thanks!

T.J.

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jim_h Registered since 11th Jul 2006Wed 14-Mar-07 09:01 PM
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I don't pretend to have all the answers but I've been a software developer for a long time so I qualify as a 'power user' I guess.

In the past I've invariably found that the 3rd party 'internet security' products invariably cause more problems than they solve. I've run without them for years, relying on a firewall, common sense and an occassional online scan from Trend Micro.

I don't mean to be contradictory, if you're seeing good resuls with a new Symantec program, that's great. Maybe Symantec has seen the light.

  

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