I received the following comment from Noah Edwardsen of Symantec about their new beta software:

Hi Ron,

The 2009 Norton Antivirus and Norton Internet Security betas are live and ready!

http://www.symantec.com/norton-beta/

I’ll send you a link to the press release as soon as it hits the wire and would love to answer any questions you might have.

Feel free to contact me directly at my embedded email address.

Best,
Noah

I went to the beta web site and downloaded a beta copy of Norton Anti-virus 2009. File size was 49MB and the server was fairly quick when I visited. I am going to try this beta on my Windows XP SP3 test box which currently is running AVG 7. which I will uninstall. I’ll be doing a review once I see how the new version performs.

Also to download the beta you need to provide an email address.

The following specifications were listed as well:

System Requirements

  • Windows Vista® Home Basic/ Home Premium/Business/Ultimate** Windows® XP with Service Pack 2 Home/XP Pro/XP Media Center Edition
    • 300MHz or higher processor
    • 256 MB of RAM
    • 150 MB of available hard disk space
  • Email scanning supported for POP3 and SMTP compatible email clients.
  • Browser support for the Browser Defense feature
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 32bit 6.0 or higher
    • Firefox 2.0 or higher
  • Supported instant messenger clients:
    • AOL
    • Yahoo!
    • Microsoft
    • Trillian
  • Required for all installations
    • Internet connection

According to Noah the new versions of Norton should not be as memory intensive as previous versions. Because of this, Norton has previously been labeled as a system  resource hog.

Comments welcome.

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