Symantec: Free of Spyware; Free of Charge
Johnny-come-lately Symantec has become the last of the well-known virus protection providers to release spyware and adware protection in one integrated package.
Norton Internet Security 2005 AntiSpyware Edition automatically removes spyware and quells future risks. Added to the usual virus protection already provided, this will be the first comprehensive package available from Norton.
“Customers want an all-in-one solution,” said Kraig Lane, the group product manager for the suite line. “Internet Security already covers the bases of anti-virus, firewall, spam, and parental controls. We had the option of shipping anti-spyware separately to monetize our work, but customers were telling us that they expected spyware defenses as part of a complete package.”
He added that the integrated offering would be available for Windows 2000 and Windows XP users only and will be available as a free download through June 1st.
Users should get the beta version while they can since the final retail version will probably retail around $80 and must be renewed yearly for $20.
One noted disadvantage of Norton Internet Security 2005 is that it can slow down your PC. And unless you are a Norton loyalist, other well-reputed and free alternatives are out there, such as Spybot Search and Destroy, Ad-aware SE Personal Edition, and Microsoft Antispyware