After removing the fatally flawed BitDefender from my main PC I had to decide on something to replace it with. Looked at and used a variety of AV software in the past and would not go back, Kaspersky (too pricey) Trend Micro (awful technical support) McAfee (please!? My laptop just about ground to a halt with McAfee installed). The reviews I saw suggested Trend Micro Titanium or Norton as the best performers and having got the Trend tee shirt I got a copy of Norton 360 v5. Whilst v5 is still beta test I haven’t had a single problem with it, no reboots required since installation last Tuesday. Was a little disappointed to only get a 10 day trial, most of the links I saw suggested that 30 day or even 90 day trials were available.
I have done a little configuring of the software, though not all as I haven’t decided that I will go with 360. There are a lot of bits and pieces in 360, for which a charge is made over and above Norton Internet Security 2011, which look as if they can be fulfilled by software I already have or is available for free. Things such as registry cleaner, backup, performance tweaks, file cleaner, disc optimisation and whilst it’s handy to have all this in one place, I’m not sure I’m going to stump up the difference in price between the two Norton offerings.
About the only real gripe I have is the anti-spam’s inability to block certain emails that I get from a website, I’ve put the email address and the domain in the blocked list and they still come through. This is also a problem I have with Outlook 2007 junk mail settings, so maybe they are changing something in how the email appears to originate though I have no idea why they would need to do this as the site is not a scam as far as I can see.
At the end of the trial I will probably uninstall and replace with Internet Security 2011 and get a better idea of the differences between the two products.