Latest public betas of Norton products compatible with Windows 8.1

When Microsoft launches the Windows 8.1 public preview on Wednesday, you may have wondered about its compatibility with other software products. As it turns out, Symantec has already released beta versions of three versions of its Norton brand of security software that are compatible with Windows 8.1.

Symantec's press release states that the Norton 360, Norton Internet Security and Norton AntiVirus software products have new free beta versions that can be downloaded from the Norton beta site. People who download and use these beta versions are asked to give their feedback on these products on company's message boards.

Symantec says that these new versions have a number of improvements compared to earlier Norton products, including "lower memory usage and improved file copy speeds" along with better antivirus protection engines and increased stability.

Keep in mind that while these Norton betas releases have been made to be compatible with Windows 8.1, they are still considered to be pre-release products, much like the public preview of Windows 8.1 itself. As such, users who download these betas should expect bugs to pop up. The betas are also not officially supported by Symantec and are released "as is."

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I tried Norton Internet Security 2012 on an X79 i7 LGA2011 with 12 cores, 32GB Quad Channel DDR3 RAM, SSD hard drive and an AMD RADEON 6990. The PC came down to is knees. Not to mention how annoying it is for Power Users by treating them as novice and the huge inflexibility around the firewall. Lets put it in another way. Norton isn't better than the bundled security features in Windows 8 (Firewall, Defender, UAC, SmartScreen) unless you are visiting a lot of dodgy sites.

While the current Norton suite may actually work fine, there was a period many years ago when they let their product slip so badly that it became the CAUSE of many computer problems AND didn't stop any malware, etc. from getting through.

The company let this go on for years and so many veteran IT people launched a boycott which cost the company tens of millions of lost unit sales and untold revenue.

They vowed NEVER AGAIN would they, their friends, family, or clients ever touch one of their products.

That remains the root of the distaste you see here even today.

I for one will never forget what they did to the entire PC community worldwide and will never support the company or any of its products.

I love how people who have not used Norton since 2009 bitch and moan about it. It's one of the better paid suites - it sits down, shuts up and does a darn good job without popping up wanting attention (hello Kaspersky!) all the time.

The only thing I saw that it couldn't find or get rid of was a particularly nasty rootkit that not even Malwarebytes or the Kaspersky Bootable tool could remove or find and remove respectively.

Ignore them. Since when has the majority of people on this site been right about anything? I love Norton Internet Security. My PC runs super fast and virus free.

Douglas_C said,
I love how people who have not used Norton since 2009 bitch and moan about it. It's one of the better paid suites - it sits down, shuts up and does a darn good job without popping up wanting attention (hello Kaspersky!) all the time.

The only thing I saw that it couldn't find or get rid of was a particularly nasty rootkit that not even Malwarebytes or the Kaspersky Bootable tool could remove or find and remove respectively.

As a software developer I only have compatibility issues comming from Norton software users.

lmaobox said,

As a software developer I only have compatibility issues comming from Norton software users.

My guess is you are doing something wrong. With the sheer amount of software that is on my computers, not a single one has ever had issues with Norton. Don't blame the software, blame the writer

lmaobox said,
Doing something wrong? It's not like I'm selling viruses.

It wasn't an attack. But I have software on my machine from open source projects that don't have compatibility issues. Just an observation.

lmaobox said,

As a software developer I only have compatibility issues comming from Norton software users.


And as a technician, I'm constantly finding issues with it as well. They've always been resolved after Norton's removal.

Raa said,

And as a technician, I'm constantly finding issues with it as well. They've always been resolved after Norton's removal.

Any particular software issues you care to discuss? Or is it just a crappy program that has an issue with it?

I'm sorry, but that's confidential information.
Rest assured, the list of issues is quite long.

But, each to their own. If it works for someone - that's great. However there is better out there.

Raa said,
I'm sorry, but that's confidential information.
Rest assured, the list of issues is quite long.

But, each to their own. If it works for someone - that's great. However there is better out there.


Got it. So you are saying it is a customized software that has issues with it. My point is no one can name any popular software out there that has issues with Norton. In fact a lot of the Open Source software I have installed has never had issues with it.

Lastly when http://www.av-test.org/ runs their test each quarter, Symantec is rated pretty high. It always gets a certification. In fact, look at that crap Microsoft puts out. That is what people should be making fun of. Yikes

http://www.av-test.org/en/test...user/windows-7/novdec-2012/

And that's the catch right there. Code is increasingly complex, and quite frankly it [Norton] doesn't cut the mustard.

Norton Internet Security has been the PCMag editor's choice for several years now. It's lightweight and unobstrusive, and Comcast throws it in for free anyway. Works well for me; I don't understand the hate. *Shrugs*

Compatible with 8.1????
Everything that runs on Windows 8 should be compatible with Windows 8.1.

I call this marketing tactics.

Its the same as saying "this product is compatible with Service pack 3 for XP or SP2 for Vista or SP1 for 7". Just giving consumers the reassurance that their computer won't go belly up after an update with their product installed.

xankazo said,
Compatible with 8.1????
Everything that runs on Windows 8 should be compatible with Windows 8.1.

I call this marketing tactics.

No, it's called certification, HTH.

There was a version I used back in the Windows XP days. I believe it was the Corporate version 8.something. Can't remember. But that is the only product from Symantec I actually liked.

Corporate Edition was renamed to Symantec Endpoint Protection -- essentially the same underneath as the consumer version, but scalable to enterprise deployment.

Raa said,
Yeah the Corporate Edition/s were actually quite good.

We have that at the company. Virus infections are regular. Quite good huh?

bviktor said,

We have that at the company. Virus infections are regular. Quite good huh?


Sounds like your company needs to re-evaluate it's network administration then.

What on Earth does the IT administration (including me) have to do with the company's smart*ss managers deciding in favor of a sh*tty "corporate" antivirus that simply can't detect year-old viruses that even microsoft defender finds with ease?

If it depended on me, I'd have nuked this cr*pware a long time ago, it's practically useless.

I think my point was proven.

On a side note, I can highly recommend ESET's NOD32 Antivirus solution for businesses (and home users too!).

Sicarius123 said,
Even in 2013 the easiest way to speed up a PC is to uninstall the pre-installed Norton.

This statement hasn't really been true for nearly 10 years... *sigh*

Actually it's been quite true for a lot of computers I've worked on both years ago and increasingly recently. Seems Symantec hasn't exactly learnt from their past mistakes.

M_Lyons10 said,

This statement hasn't really been true for nearly 10 years... *sigh*

Let's say the last three to four years. But now they're actually one of the fastst around.

dr_crabman said,

But now they're actually one of the fastst around.

Agreed, it uninstalls much faster than most now!

M_Lyons10 said,
This statement hasn't really been true for nearly 10 years... *sigh*

Wow, you've just proven that there is almost a fanboy for any company out there - and to think that Symantec now has its own legion of fan boys just like Apple and Microsoft. Symantec is a mess and has been so only up until the last version and even then it is easy to jump so high when the goal is set so very-very low.

Raa said,
It's something people have to remove to make their new computer work faster.

2004 called. They want this and their XP BSOD jokes back.

snailguy said,

2004 called. They want this and their XP BSOD jokes back.


I'll remind them to have them given back.