Norton windows internet security 2011 is the next
generation of Symantec's security suite.
There are no major changes this time around - at
least, not yet, and not that we've spotted. The most
significant and obvious tweaks have been made to the
interface. The style is similar to the previous edition,
but it's been optimised for touch (and if you install
the package on Windows 8, can now be controlled via
a Metro app). Support for hardware acceleration
should improve its responsiveness, too.
The program does also provide improvements in
protection, although they're mostly out of sight. The
Insight file reputation database is now updated more
rapidly, for instance; Insight technology has been
incorporated into the firewall to "improve the ability to
detect and block malicious network activity"; SONAR
now works in Safe Mode to detect more threats via
their behaviour; and Internet Security 2013 can work
with new Windows 8 technology which allows it to launch
earlier in the boot process, so better protecting you
from rootkits, malicious drivers and similar low-level
And in a relatively minor (though still useful)
tweak, Norton Internet Security 2013 actually
downloads and installs Norton Power Eraser for
you. And as a result, if a scan completes, and you
follow the "If you think there are still risks,
click here" link, you're not left to sort things
out yourself: you're able to launch Norton Power
Eraser with a click to (hopefully) find and
remove any particularly stubborn threats.
The other addition this time is what Symantec call
"Bandwidth Monitoring", which they say "will help consumers
avoid costly data overage fees by limiting non-critical
updates on bandwidth sensitive networks". This seems to be
represented by a new setting (Settings > Network >
Network Security Settings > Network Cost Awareness)
which allows you to set a policy to govern how the program
uses a particular network connection. Options are "No Limit"
(do what you want), "No Traffic" (don't use this connection
at all), or "Economy": if this is some expensive 3G
connection, say, Norton Internet Security 2013 will use it
only to download the most critical program and virus
Put it all together and the new release represents a
very significant improvement for Windows 8 users,
more of a gently incremental change for everybody
Build 20.4 adds these fixes/changes:
- Fixed compatibility issue with Malwarebytes.
- Fixed an issue where Safe web annotations
were not appearing for google.com (US Google
only) (threads 1 , 2, 3, 4).
- Corrected issue where Intrusion Prevention
was showing as off (stays on) if you opened
Norton Antispam from Outlook.
- Norton Zone widget has been added to the main
product page (English Only).
- Norton Safe Web widget has been removed from
the main product page (Safe Web will remain as part
of the Browser).
- Fixed visiblity of buttons in high contrast mode.
- Fixed an issue where the Scan Items tab scroll bar
was not appearing