This blog is primarily concerned with NIS 2007 (and a bit on NIS 08). I have nothing to say about more recent versions.

This blog is more or less dormant (except for occasional comments on related news), and is being left on-line as a historical record and perhaps as a warning to future generations of anti-virus coders.

2008-10-06

Symantec-free zone

This blog may go more-or-less dormant now this household has finally achieved Symantec-free status.

The free version of AVG seems to be fine.

I hope that this blog has been a valuable exercise for all concerned. I certainly allowed me to vent my spleen about the extremely poor QA of Symantec software - which may have peaked with NIS 07 (the "Windows ME" of antivirus software).

It has to be admitted that NIS 08 is marginally better than NIS 07, but some of that was simply window-dressing such as hiding the 46-file progress dialog. But it was a nice gesture to allow the long-suffering NIS 07 users to have a free update to NIS 08.

But there is still much that can be improved.


Thanks very much for tagging along.

Later folks.


PS (13 Dec 2008):

Dung4Brains wrote: "...there isn't a single post on this blog with any constructive criticism."

When things are as bad as NIS 2007/2008, then any criticism is constructive.

It has been very obvious that some Symantec folks have been monitoring and reacting to this blog. It's been to their benefit. Many of the software problems first identified here have now reportedly been 'fixed' (or at least hidden). Sometimes the timing has been hilarious, like when they apparently disabled the cut/copy features from the 46-file LU progress window.

Imagine how much money they've spent on their various ineffective quality assurance processes. For all the good it did them. It wasn't until I started this blog that they're paid any attention to some of these long-standing issues. They should send me a damn paycheck for all the work I've done for them. I've done better QA inspection on their software than their own people.

Hey Symantec: You're welcome.

2 comments:

Doktor said...

Excellent job getting rid of Symantec... And, keep this one alive as a warning to others!

Anonymous said...

Free AVG seems fine. Nothing bad has happened so far. Updates tend to be damn fast. Less overall headache.

Thanks.