Sorry if this has already been discussed but check out the description of the new Norton Security product:
for the tl;dr:
"A new real-time malware detection engine fundamentally changes the way traditional file-based antivirus protection is delivered to our customers: Key features of this new engine include:
All of Symantec’s intelligence – over 4.3 trillion relationships – now powers all of Norton’s real-time protection. Every time you touch a file, Norton evaluates it against thousands of criteria to determine if it is an attack.
By relying on Norton’s cloud, the on-disk definitions are now 80% smaller. It’s our quickest and lightest Norton yet."
Interesting to see another company (finally) going in the right direction for the next generation of malware protection.
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Whereas since Norton 9 Symantec's offering has been, until recently, tantamount to bloatware IMHO, and the reason I stopped using Symantec products. Unless they completely rewrite Norton with the same approach as Joe & the Webroot Development team they will never get anywhere near to WSA in terms of the size & 'protection' factor provided.
Well, just my view for what it is worth...and they will have to do so, so, so, so, so, so......much better than that to even tempt me to take a look at their products again.
I remember a very long time ago when Norton was thought of as the best anti virus protection out there. They are trying to keep up with Webroot. There is a lot of hype out there about it, many rumors as well - such as that PC world picked Norton 2015 antivrus for the product of the year award.
My opinion of Norton is it takes up a lot of space and uses a lot of resources. That was my experience with it when I used it years ago as well as my experience with it now on others' computers who use it now.
I know nothing about Nortons stock or financial position nor am I interested in it. However, I have a feeling their #'s have been going south. As an observation, in my area, I see their software on the shelf, but I do not hear sales people nor tech people advising customers to use it. What I have been hearing recommended for the past couple years is Webroot and Kapersky, mostly Webroot because of its size. speed and, well bottom line, it is the best security protection.
Norton has had its problems not just with their product, but internally as well. I think it was a CEO they fired around March. Their "cloud antivirus" has been in development for quite some time. I had heard about it several months ago. I think they ran behind schedule because of changing personnel.