Select HP PCs for Small Businesses to Feature Norton Internet Security 2011
Article by George Norman
On 05 Jan 2011
Symantec, company that specializes in providing antivirus, antispyware, and internet security software solutions, has announced that its Norton Internet Security 2011 (NIS 2011) product will ship with select HP computers meant for small offices and small businesses. This means that small businesses that get select new HP PCs will get a complimentary 60-day subscription of Norton Internet Security, application that’s described by Symantec as “the industry’s fastest, lightest security suite”.

“We are pleased to expand our long-standing relationship with HP by providing our award-winning Norton products to millions of HP small business customers,“ said Janice Chaffin, group president, Consumer Business Unit, Symantec. “The world’s top OEMs consistently choose Norton to help protect their customers from cybercrime and for the value we bring to their business.”


“HP small business customers trust Norton as a world leader in security solutions for PCs,” said Jason Zajac, vice president, Applications and Services, HP Personal Systems Group. “By delivering pre-installed subscriptions of Norton Internet Security on our new business PCs, we are helping protect small businesses from online threats from the point of set-up.”

If you don’t know what the Norton Internet Security 2011 has to offer, here’s the lowdown:

A new interface
For the 2011 range of products Symantec has changed the user interface (UI) to make it more user-friendly. From the UI the user can easily access security controls and settings and can easily view information about the computer’s protection and performance status. The UI also provides one-click access to web services such as Norton Online Backup, Norton Online Family and Norton Safe Web (only Norton Online Backup and Norton Activity Map for Norton Antivirus).

The interface comes with a new feature called Norton Protection Map. This feature provides the user with up-to-the minute information about the newest threats Norton has identified.

Here’s how the new interface of Norton Internet Security looks like.

Enhanced protection
To offer excellent protection against all sorts of threats, Norton Internet Security 2011 (as well as Norton AntiVirus 2011) comes with several advanced features. The following ones:
  • Reputation based technology – rapidly stops new malicious programs by instantly checking when and where the programs originate from. Informs the user if his download behavior is risky or not by comparing it to that of the 58 million Norton Community Watch members.
  • System Insight 2.0 – all running applications are monitored to identify if any is overusing system resources and thus causing the computer to act sluggish. Automatically takes actions to improve computer performance.
  • Download Insight 2.0 – checks every file the user downloads for threats. It is a very aggressive reputation-based protection technology.
  • SONAR 3 – protects against new and emerging threats; detects suspicious software based on its behavior. Can automatically respond to any threat it detects, without bothering the user.
  • Norton Bootable Recovery Tool – when the system is deeply infected, this tool allows the user to boot a PC into a safe state.

Top performance
According to Symantec Norton Internet Security installs in 41 seconds, scans 61% faster than the competitive average, and performs 65% better than the competitive average of PassMark scores. Compared to the 2010 version, Norton Internet Security 2011 reduced the impact on copying files by more than 60% and had 25%less impact on surfing the web.

Free Tools
For 2011 Symantec has several free tools to offer. “Because any infected machine poses a risk to the broader online community, Norton is offering powerful free tools for consumers, regardless of the security solution they use to provide all computer users with a deeper level of protection. While these tools are available to everyone, Norton customers benefit from the fact that they are already integrated into the 2011 product experience,” explained Symantec in a press release .

Symantec offers the following free tools:
  • Norton Power Eraser – available for download free of charge from the web, or as a link within Norton Internet Security 2011 and Norton Antivirus 2011, Norton Power Eraser is a tool specifically designed to eliminated security threats, fake antivirus and scareware programs in particular.
  • Norton Safe Web Lite – a browser toolbar that checks if the website you want to visit is dangerous or not.
  • Norton Safe Web for Facebook – searches for unsafe links within Facebook news feeds.
  • Norton Online Family – a tool meant for the parent who wants his kids to stay safe online.

Tags: Symantec, Norton Internet Security 2011, HP
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