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Ratings
 
Price/Value
8.5/10
Protection
9.5/10
Repair
9.5/10
User Interface
9/10
Technical Support
9.5/10
Software Updates
9.5/10
Features
9.5/10
93%
Overall Score

With the initial release of Norton Antivirus in 1991, Symantec has been a leading name in the antivirus market for quite some time. An effective and trusted product, Norton anti virus protects computers from viruses, bots, worms and spyware. Relatively light on memory and hard-disk space, users won’t be bogged down every time a scan runs. The program also has the ability to detect when users are running memory intensive programs, and knows to not run non-critical scans until you’re finished.

Easy to install and simple to use, Norton Antivirus has everything a user needs to protect their computer from the ever growing number of viruses. 24/7 support via phone and online forums gives users the resources they need if extra help is needed. Alternatively, for help, with more common questions, there is an online FAQ section.

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Price/Value

At $49.99 for 1 year of protection on one computer, the price comes in as average for an antivirus product, but the value is definitely there for what you pay. First off, you get all the features expected from an antivirus program, but Symantec throws in extras like 24x7 threat monitoring - an online vigilant community on the lookout for threats. Other features like anti-phishing technology are included so you don’t get duped into providing your personal data or banking information to identity thieves - something not always offered with traditional antivirus products.

Protection

With Norton Antivirus, users can expect the ultimate protection that Symantec has built its name on for over two decades. Your computer will be protected from viruses, spyware, bots, trojans, worms, rootkits, phishing and more. If any files are found to be infected, they are quarantined until the file is disinfected or removed. Additionally, Norton anti virus scans instant messages, emails and Facebook to find links to potentially harmful sites. Norton’s Internet Protection System keeps users safe from the ever increasing number of social media scams, and Safe Web alerts users when a website is unsafe before visiting it.

While no antivirus software can offer 100% protection from zero-day threats, Norton’s SONAR (Symantec Online Network for Advanced Response) technology helps detect the signs that a file is dangerous. If a potentially hazardous file is discovered, users will be protected before the file has time to do harm. With these and many other safeguards in play, Norton Antivirus offers a robust and reliable source of protection.

Repair

Norton offers a few resources for virus removal. During a computer scan, if any threats are discovered, they can be quarantined and automatically disinfected so users can continue using their computer safely. Norton Power Eraser digs deep into computer file systems to find embedded files that many inferior products can miss. Upon detection of a threat, the file is blocked from accessing so users can’t allow the file to harm the computer.

User Interface

The interface for Norton Antivirus is easy to use and gives you the information you want. The main screen show large icons with useful information such as when the last scan and updates happened as well as a mini report on CPU usage. In the basic view, users have access to the important areas, while advanced users can tweak their scans in the Advanced tab. A nice feature for skilled users is the ability to pin the Advanced interface instead of having to select it every time. Overall the interface is easy to navigate and most importantly, if there are any issues, users will clearly see them.

Technical Support

Symantec provides 24/7 support via telephone, online chat and forums. Online chat is very quick, even at busy times and the average wait time for phone support is 3 minutes. The support staff is knowledgeable and friendly. A nice feature of the online chat is the ability to open a remote session giving the experts access to your computer to help you through issues.

Software Updates

Norton Pulse updates the virus definitions between every 5 and 15 minutes. These updates are done in the background and have a minimal impact on system resources. Users will stay protected without feeling a heavy lag on their system. New versions can be downloaded and installed automatically when you’re not using your computer to ensure you’re always up to date.

Features

Norton Antivirus has a few cool features, such as: Android users can scan a code from the interface to download Norton AntiVirus for their mobile device. Another neat feature is the useful Norton Bootable Recovery Tool, which allows users to create a rescue disk / USB stick that can be used to get a computer up and running even if it’s been infected to the point it won’t boot. Lastly, when playing a computer game or running a program in full-screen mode, Norton anti virus will delay updates until it suits the user - so no annoying pop-ups in the middle of a presentation.


Final Verdict

Overall, Symantec is a name you can trust when it comes to virus protection. With a reputation that’s been holding strong for two decades, they’re a company you can rely on. Norton Antivirus is easy to install, light on resources, and help is there when you need it. While the price may be slightly above some of their competitors, it’s worth it for the amount of functionality and features brought to the table.