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System Insight

Apr 18, 2010

Norton Internet Security continuously monitors your computer to keep it free of any problems and run at peak efficiency. Norton Internet Security constantly scans the vital areas of your computer including memory, registry keys, and running processes. It monitors the important activities such as general file operation, network traffic, and Internet browsing. In addition, Norton Internet Security ensures that the activities that it performs on your computer do not degrade the overall performance of your computer.

System Insight provides you a centralized location where you can view and monitor the activities that you perform on your system. System Insight displays such information in the Performance window.

You can use the Performance window for the following:
  • To view monthly history of the important system activities that you performed or that occurred over a period of the last three months

    The Events graph at the top of the window provides a pictorial representation of important system activities. The activities include application installations, application downloads, disk optimizations, threat detections, or Quick Scans. The graph displays the activities as icon or stripe, and the description for each icon or stripe is provided at the bottom of the graph. The pop-up that appears when you move the pointer over an icon provides you the details about the activity. The View Details link in the pop-up lets you view additional details about the activity in the Security History window. You can use the tabs at the top of the graph to obtain details for the current month and details for the last two months.
  • To rearrange the organization of files on your system

    Optimizing your system helps you maximize the usable free space on a disk by grouping files based on how they are accessed. The Optimize option at the top of the Events graph lets you defragment your system.
  • To view and analyze the impact of Norton Internet Security on the performance of your computer

    The Performance graph at the bottom of the window provides a graphical representation of your CPU usage and memory Usage. The CPU tab displays a graph that represents the overall system CPU usage and Norton-specific CPU usage. When you click at any point on the CPU graph, Norton Internet Security displays a list of the processes that consume maximum resources at that point. It also displays the percentage of usage for each process. You can click a process that is available in the list to get more information about the process in the File Insight window. The Memory tab displays a graph that represents overall memory usage and Norton-specific memory usage. You can select a Zoom in option to obtain magnified view or historical data of the graphs.
  • To view the details of Norton-specific jobs that are currently running in the background

    The Norton Tasks window provides the details such as the timestamp, the duration, and the status of the background jobs. The details also include the type of power the job needs to run and if a job ran during idle time. You can also start or stop a background job at any time.
  • To view details about the known good files and the known bad files

    The Insight Protection window lets you view the total number of files that Symantec analyzes within the Norton Community. You can also view the total number of computers that are available in the community to provide the data. You can view the number of trusted files that are available on your computer.
  • To view the details of the Files of Interest

    The Norton Insight - Application Ratings window provides the details of the Files of Interest. The details include the digital signature, confidence level, community usage, resource usage, and the date of installation of a file.
You can use the Performance Monitoring option in the Settings window to enable or disable Norton Internet Security to monitor your system's performance.

You can also use the Learn More link in the Performance window to access the online tutorial page to get more information.

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