Symantec launches new gamer’s-friendly Norton Antivirus 2009

Free toy inside! My friends at Symantec shot me a note about their new edition of Norton Antivirus so I thought I'd share – everyone, say hello to Norton Antivirus 2009 Gaming Edition SP1 R2 for Workgroups. Awwww, how cute.

For those that would rather not read, watch this cute clip of an ex-McAfee user (John4356783) sharing his sob story of having lost a flag to the infamous Scheduled Scan of Doom, shaming himself, his family, and his squad.

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Seriously though, I haven’t had time to sit down and dissect the Norton Antivirus 2009 product SKUs to determine if there really are any true (internal) differences but here are some marketing highlights to gargle this morning:

  • New Gamer Mode keeps you protected but won’t bother you while you’re in the middle of a game. Suspends updates, alerts, and other background activities and is automatically enabled when system is in full screen mode, or easily manually enabled;
  • Performance driven release installs in under a minute, uses less than 6MB memory, adds less than 1 second to boot time and averages scans in less than 35 seconds. See the report yourself.

“Gamers are an extremely demanding audience that simply won’t tolerate anything on their system that detracts from gameplay,” said Rowan Trollope, senior vice president, Consumer Products, Symantec. “Norton AntiVirus Gaming Edition keeps gamers protected online and runs perfectly undetected in the background, meaning no interruptions, no pop-ups, and with the same award winning zero-impact performance of our 2009 products.”

I know what you’re thinking -- “oh God, bloatware”, but bite your tongue. I took one for the team a month or so ago and installed their new all-encompassing suite of applications, which includes Norton Antivirus 2009, and I was truly shocked at how well it ran.

While I’m not a fan of the owner-drawn GUI and all the gross newbie graphics and enormous plastic buttons, I can say it does what it’s supposed to do and does it without making a mess. The Don’t-Bother-Me-While-I’m-Busy-Damnit™ mode is classic too.

Symantec: This is a good start at winning back your Peter Norton fans from back in the day. Readers: Give their 2009 line of products a shot. I’m serious. You too Thurrott.

As sexy as Peter Norton...

If only we could return to the look and feel of Norton Utilities 6.0... Sigh.