I made the mistake of installing Norton AntiVirus as part of Google Pack. I guess I thought I would be nice to my new employer and try out the Pack.
I’ve tried Norton a few times in the past – each time I uninstall it due to being a total system hog. Once again, I’ve had the same experience.
My laptop is a few years old; its only got 256MB of RAM, but it runs fine. But today, the first time booting since installing Norton, it took me 15 minutes to regain control of the system (this is not an exaggeration!! I couldn’t get control of the mouse, the task manager, nothing for 15 minutes!). Norton just completely monopolizes the disk and CPU.
It’s no wonder viruses spread so easily. Norton has turned into the same bloatware you’d expect from Adobe or Microsoft, so of course users disable it. It sucks. Yes, Norton, we want you to scan for viruses. But no, this is not permission to completely rape and pillage our hardware and prevent us from getting our work done.
Well, the uninstall of Norton is just about done now, so I’m done with this blog entry. I hope the numbskull PM at Norton that thought that “well, if users can’t see that it is scanning we won’t get brand recognition” dies a cruel and horrible death. I’ll be working hard within my company to make sure we get Norton out of the Google Pack. It just isn’t Googley.