CUPERTINO, Calif. – Sept. 9, 2008 – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced the availability of Norton Internet Security 2009 and Norton AntiVirus 2009, setting a new industry standard for speed and performance. The Norton 2009 products were designed with a "zero-impact" performance goal, supported by more than 300 improvements that span nearly every aspect of the product, from the scanning engines to the user interface.
Reengineered for speed, Norton 2009 includes hundreds of performance enhancements and introduces new technologies:
Independent 3rd party test lab, PassMark Software was commissioned to benchmark Symantec and top security software competitors' performance impact on key metrics . Highlights from this report include:
Norton 2009 includes the Norton Protection System, a multilayered system of technologies that work in concert to stop threats before they impact you. The Norton Protection System includes:
Independent security software testing firm, AV-Test recently released results of their malware protection analysis of the 2009 security suites. AV-Test included the Norton Internet Security 2009 beta against 33 other well-known suites and virus scanners. Key findings from this report were that Norton Internet Security 2009 beta ranked at the top of the list by:
Norton 2009 delivers the best customer experience through features that solve daily problems:
"Today's Norton is now proven to be faster and stronger than ever before," said Rowan Trollope senior vice president, Consumer Business, Symantec. "The products run light on the system, install in less than a minute and include industry first features like Norton Insight, which dramatically reduces the number of files that have to be scanned."
"This is the highest quality consumer product we've ever shipped," Trollope continued. "We're especially pleased to be able to offer free support via web, email, chat or phone to every 2009 customer."
User comments on Norton Internet Security 2009 from 3rd party usability study on security suites :
Norton Internet Security 2009 and Norton AntiVirus 2009 are available now for purchase in the U.S. through retailers and the Symantec online store at www.symantecstore.com as well as various retail locations and online.
The suggested retail price for Norton Internet Security 2009 is US$69.99 for a three PC license, which includes a one-year service subscription to use the product and receive Symantec's protection updates. The suggested retail price of Norton AntiVirus 2009 is US$39.99 which includes a one-year service subscription to use the product and receive Symantec's protection updates. All Norton Internet Security and Norton AntiVirus users with a valid product subscription are eligible to receive the latest product updates via the subscription service model. For more information, visit the Norton Update center at www.norton.com/update.
Symantec's Norton products protect consumers from traditional threats with antivirus, anti-spam and spyware protection, as well as bots, drive-by downloads and identity theft— while also being light on system resources. The company also provides services such as online backup and PC tuneup, and is a trusted source for family online safety
Symantec is a global leader in infrastructure software, enabling businesses and consumers to have confidence in a connected world. The company helps customers protect their infrastructure, information and interactions by delivering software and services that address risks to security, availability, compliance and performance. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.
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 PassMark Software testing performed on a Windows Vista system with Intel Core 2 Duo 6300 & 1GB of RAM
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 Human Factors International, Usability Test Report on security software, September 2008