The Good Includes a good spam filter; easy interface is consistent across all modules.
The Bad Product activation now required; annual subscriptions costs more than upgrades; tech-support assistant wizard not much help.
The Bottom Line An excellent all-in-one PC defense: Norton Internet Security 2004 is the best all-in-one security suite, thanks to its fine spam filter.
Norton Internet Security 2004
Symantec's Norton Internet Security (NIS) 2004 remains a great buy for those trolling the Internet without defenses. NIS 2004 includes and with . Priced the same as the comparable suite, NIS 2004 is a better bargain, largely thanks to its first-rate antispam app (in our tests, it nailed 94 percent of incoming junk mail), plus a handful of Internet privacy features. Some will object to Symantec's new product activation scheme à la Windows XP, but NIS 2004 is still the best all-in-one security suite on the market. Installing and configuring Internet Security 2004 takes about 15 minutes. Because the suite includes Norton AntiVirus (NAV) 2004, the software offers to scan for existing infections before you install anything. The rest of the installation is hands-off: after entering the 24-character key that accompanies the disc, the only choice you'll have to make is whether to decline the installation of NAV 2004 if you already have the most current version on your PC. You must restart Windows to complete the process.