Get fast, comprehensive online threat protection, guarding your PC, network, and your identity without slowing you down
Delivers clear threat and performance explanations—Gives you greater insight into downloaded applications and files by telling you where they came from, if they can be trusted, and how they may impact your PC’s resources and performance.
Identifies unsafe web sites right in your search results—Warns you of dangerous web sites and suspicious sellers so you can surf and shop online with confidence.
Stops online identity theft, viruses, spyware, bots and more—Guards your PC, online activities, and your identity against all types of Internet threats.
Stops attacks before they get on your PC—Proactively blocks hackers and prevents dangerous software from downloading to your computer when you surf the web
Uses intelligence-driven Norton Insight Network for faster, fewer, shorter scans—Detects and eliminates dangerous software with the shortest scan times of any security product.
Norton IdentitySafe On-the-Go lets you access your most up-to-date log-ins and passwords on any Norton Internet Security 2012 protected PC.
Norton Safe Web identifies unsafe and dangerous web sites right in your search results.
Analyzes downloads, files and applications and tells you if they can be trusted before you install and use them.
Parental Controls give you insight into your kids’ online activities so you can teach them good Internet habits and help keep them safe.
Professional-strength antispam protection uses the same technology as many large businesses to effectively block unwanted emails.
Norton Protection System delivers multiple layers of security that work together to provide comprehensive Internet threat protection.
Norton IdentitySafe offers one-click log-ins and automatic form filling to prevent key loggers from stealing your information as you type.
Vulnerability Protection guards security holes in your operating system, applications, browsers and browser plug-ins.
Detects and gets rid of even the hardest to find Internet Explorer and Firefox cookies.
Norton Bootable Recovery Tool repairs, restores and boots severely infected, unbootable PCs.
Industry-leading anti-phishing technology authenticates safe sites and protects you from visiting unsafe and fraudulent web sites.
Smart Firewall stops hackers and makes intelligent security decisions for you.
Engineered for Speed
Proven fastest, lightest security suite for protection that won’t slow you down, get in your way, or swallow up system resources.
Norton Insight scans only files at risk for fewer, shorter scans and the fastest scanning times in the industry.
Uses less memory than any other security suite.
Won’t slow you down when you download, copy, or edit files, or install applications.
Combats today’s rapid-fire attacks
Norton Insight Network uses Symantec’s global security network to provide real-time protection from the latest-breaking threats.
SONAR 2 (Symantec Online Network for Advanced Response) uses online intelligence and proactive monitoring to detect and stop new threats.
Norton Pulse Updates provide rapid mini updates every 5 to 15 minutes for up-to-the-minute local protection against the latest threats.
Prevents bots from taking control of your PC.
Finds and removes rootkits.
Prevents Internet worms from getting on your PC.
Tells you which application processes currently running on your PC are safe and which are at risk.
Norton Bootable Recovery Tool provides a deep level of cleaning for heavily infected PCs.
Provides info on threats, downloads and files
Norton Download Insight warns you of dangerous downloads before you install and use them.
Norton Threat Insight tells you if threats were detected, what actions the threats attempted to perform on your system, and how Norton Internet Security eliminated those threats.
Norton File Insight tells you where files and applications came from, if they’re trusted, and how they may be impacting your PC’s speed.
Helps keep your PC running at top speed
Norton System Insight helps you improve and maintain PC and application performance.
Automatic and on-demand application optimization improves application performance.
Norton System Insight gives you an overview of recent events on your PC such as installs, downloads, scans and detected threats, so you can see what events may have impacted your PC’s performance.
Norton System Insight resource usage graphs help you pinpoint what’s causing your PC to slow down.
Tells you how files and applications impact your PC’s performance.
Protection without disruption
Automatically delays product updates and other tasks if you’re watching TV or burning CDs/DVDs.
Power Saver Settings help extend portable PC battery life by putting off power-intensive activities until your computer is plugged in.
Smart Scheduler conducts scans and other tasks only when your PC is idle.
Automatically switches to Silent Mode (no alerts, updates or scans) when watching movies or playing games in full-screen mode.
Monthly report tells you what Norton Internet Security has done in the past month to protect you and your PC.
Free 24x7 support by phone, email, live chat or online knowledge base.
Automatically scans emails and IMs for infections.
Maps and monitors your home wireless network so you can see everything connected to it — even unauthorized visitors like the PC next door.
Automatically downloads protection updates and new product features as they become available during your service period.
With the Norton Automated Renewal Service your yearly subscription can be automatically renewed for uninterrupted protection.
Norton Internet Security 2012 (NIS) is the
latest version of Symantec’s internet security suite for
home users. NIS works with Windows XP, Windows Vista and
Windows and provides protection from viruses, rootkits,
bots, spam and more. Read on to find out how well it works
and how well it stacks up against the competition.
Installation and Setup
Download, installation and setup are all exceptionally easy.
Long gone are the days when installing an antivirus product
took an age and required one or more reboots. NIS installs
in under a minute and you do not need to restart your PC
even once. Zero configuration is required- NIS will work
right out of the box and there is no need to alter the
default settings unless you wish to do so.
With a broadband connection, you can have NIS downloaded,
installed, configured and protecting your PC in under 10
minutes. How’s that for speed?
Free Trial Version Limitations
The trial version of NIS has no limitations and is fully
functional for 30 days. But note that you need to provide
credit or debit card information in order to be able to
download the trial version and you card will be billed
unless you cancel the subscription within 30 days. So, be
sure to remember to do that if you decide that NIS is not
the right product for you!
NIS had a modern interface that is both clean and intuitive.
The main screen provides an overview of the current security
status of your PC as well as providing easy access to the
program’s options and features. The interface has been well
designed throughout and, despite the program’s abundance of
features, it’s easy to find exactly what you are looking
As mentioned above, NIS has an abundance of features. As you
would expect from a security suite, NIS offers protection
from viruses, rootkits, bots, spyware and a host of other
internet security threats. The program detects malware using
a combination of signature-based and behavior-based
technologies and its real-time, on-demand and scheduled
scans are all customizable.
In many security suites, spam filtering and parental
controls are the weak – or sometimes missing – link. They
are either not present at all or, if they are present, they
do not work very well. In NIS, however, both are excellent.
The spam filter has been radically overhauled since NIS 2009
and now uses Symantec’s corporate Brightmail technology. The
parental control component uses the web-based
OnlineFamily.Norton service which is completely free until
In addition to these features, NIS also offers a secure
password manager, phishing filter and various privacy and
performance optimizing tools.
Al-in-all, NIS is an extremely comprehensive security suite
that bundles a myriad of features and functionality into a
single easy-to-use package.
In the past, Symantec have been criticized for producing
resource-hungry products that make the average PC run at the
speed of molasses. Symantec listened to those criticisms,
redesigned the Norton product line and claim that NIS is now
the lightest and speediest security on the market. And they
may well be right.
NIS 2012 uses minimal resources and has almost zero impact
Symantec’s Insight technology – first introduced in the 2009
product line – helps boost performance further. Insight is a
community-intelligence feature that uses data gathered from
Norton’s enormous user base to exclude certain files from
scans, reducing both scan time and system overhead. It’s a
complex technology, but it works behind the scenes and is
completely transparent to the end user.
Help and Support
Per-incident support charges can add up to a considerable
amount, so it’s good to see Symantec offering free 24/7
support via telephone, chat and email. While you’ll probably
never need to use the service, it’s nonetheless nice to know
that you’ll be able to get support without breaking the bank
if ever you do find yourself in need of some help.
NIS’s security can be summed up in one word: excellent.
The antivirus engine has long been recognized as one of the
best – if not the best – in the industry. It’s certified by
both ICSA and West Coast Labs and always performs
exceptionally well in independent tests by bodies such as AV
Comparatives (www.av-comparatives.org) and Virus Bulletin (www.virusbtn.com).
As mentioned, the spam filter and parental control are both
excellent as are the phishing filter and password manager.
If you’re looking for an all-in-one solution for your
security and computer maintenance needs, you really cannot
go wrong with Norton Internet Security 2012. The product is
easy to use, easy on the pocket and has industry-leading
security that will help keep you, your kids, your computer
and the data and personal information that it holds safe
from online threats. Highly recommended.
Operating Systems Supported
Microsoft® Windows® XP (32-bit) with
Service Pack 2 or later Home/Professional/Media Center
Microsoft® Windows Vista® (32-bit and
64-bit) Starter/Home Basic/Home Premium/Business
Microsoft® Windows® 7 (32-bit and
64-bit) Starter/ Home Basic/Home
Minimum Hardware Requirements
Support for AntiSpam
Microsoft Outlook® 2002 or later
Microsoft Outlook Express 6.0 or
Windows Mail (spam filtering only)
Browser support for Vulnerability
Protection and Phishing Protection
Microsoft Internet Explorer® 6.0 or
higher (32-bit only)
Mozilla Firefox® 3.0 and later
Email scanning support for POP3-and
SMTP-compatible email clients
Required for all installations
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