Norton Internet Security 2003 Review

Friday, 1 November 2002, 11:48 PM EST

Norton Internet Security (NIS) bundles Norton AntiVirus and Norton Personal Firewall (each $50 alone) with the personal-data-guarding and Internet-ad-blocking Norton Privacy Control, kid-protecting Norton Parental Control, and a new, minimal-but-useful e-mail filter called Norton Spam Alert.

As a gotta-have-it PC toolkit, it's frankly surpassed its stablemate Norton SystemWorks (which combines Norton AntiVirus with the aging Norton Utilities and CleanSweep), though in a perfect world, NIS would have the Internet cache- and cookie-cleanup functions found in SystemWorks -- and for that matter, Norton AntiVirus would include the company's firewall, as rival McAfee VirusScan now does, instead of continuing Symantec's a-la-carte strategy.

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