Originally Posted by Waffleboy
Of course I'm serious - have you looked at Norton in the past couple of years, or are you basing your dislike on experience of a version from 5 years ago? It consistently scores in the top 3 or so AVs in independent tests, it is now one of the lightest to run, and has a better than average firewall (probably the 2nd best firewalls in a mainstream suite, though it's still way behind many independent firewalls).
It's better than it was before, but it's certainly not the best in any way, shape or form.
It's got a lower detection rate than a lot of others which even at a basic level shows that it's lacking compared to many of the other solutions available.
It also gets a few false-positives in comparison to even some of the free ones (MSE).
The scanner throughput is a lot slower than a lot of the other packages available also, by a significant margin at points.
A report here
shows the real-world comparison of quite a few AV solutions and Norton, although not bad is not one of the best available.