Norton Internet Security 2011 review

Norton updates its antivirus suite for 2011

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  • No performance issues
  • Firewall
  • Email scanner
  • Parental controls


  • None

In a recent worldwide survey, security firm Symantec discovered that two thirds of us have been victims of cybercrime. Norton Internet Security 2011 is Symantec's latest version of the world famous security suite and is built to detect and eliminate any viruses, malware and other threats that attempt to infect your system, keeping you and your family safe when browsing the internet.

Internet Security automatically starts in the background when your laptop is booted, with no detrimental effect on performance and no prolonged boot times.

We copied some potentially hazardous files on to our laptop and Internet Security immediately found and removed them.

A firewall helps to prevent worms and other nasties from externally accessing your laptop, while email protection detects any dodgy attachments you might receive. Users of Microsoft Outlook also have access to an anti-spam filter.

Loading the Internet Security dashboard gives you access to a range of tools, including a drive scanner which checks for hidden viruses. Subsequent scans are quick, as only new and altered files are examined. Your applications can also be checked for possible threats and to see how much memory they are hogging.

Internet Security keeps you safe online by warning you of any potentially fraudulent websites, and detecting vulnerabilities in your web browser. An Identity Safe tool stores your personal details, credit/debit card information and passwords in a secure fashion and automatically fills in online forms.

Internet Security also has parental controls to prevent your kids seeing something they shouldn't online.

Norton Internet Security 2011 is a sleek update of one of the world's biggest security software suites. It runs quietly in the background, as security software should, and is no longer a massive system hog. Each copy comes with a year's subscription to Norton updates, and 24/7 phone support.

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