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  • Pros
  • Multiple tools for removing malware
  • Blocks outside threats to your computer
  • Safety on social networks
  • High scores in test labs
  • Email scanning
  • Cons
  • Only helpful for viruses and malware
  • The more protection and security you want, the more you pay

Norton Antivirus

Best Value Award 2016

Norton Antivirus software is a very good option to keep your computer secure and protected. Norton has been around for a while now, and is probably the most widely purchased anti-virus software. However, just because it's well known doesn't necessarily mean it's the best anti-virus software out on the market.

Norton Antivirus software has gone through many tests in labs and by top reviewers, and although the scores may vary subjectively, Norton has top scores where it counts in AV-Test lab in Germany, home to a database of over 50,000 pieces of malware testing data. Plus, it comes with some pretty valuable features. And those features make Norton one of the most well-rounded products you can purchase. By combining the features and extras from previous editions in one product, Norton's Security offering goes well beyond antivirus protection. A number of Norton's competitors opt to sell their varying products and protections individually which is more expensive and more complicated. In contrast, Norton Security packages all of its antivirus software products into a single product which is filled with quality features. More importantly, Norton Security backs up these features with solid performance.

Security Features

Norton Security is the total package. The product is an all-in-one security system that features the expected antimalware and antispyware capabilities, but is bundled with antispam, anti-phishing capabilities, as well as a password manager and a secure online vault you normally see in complete internet security suites. By packaging this array of features into a single product, Norton may offer the most complete protection on the market. Additionally, the software helps maintain your privacy and protect you from unsafe websites and downloads.

You get multiple tools for removing malware and protecting your computer from outside threats when you buy and install Norton Anti-virus. In addition, Norton includes a special tool called SONAR (Symantec Online Network for Advanced Response), that runs data through a database of malware practices and patterns to identify new and old malware on your computer when running scans or updating in the background. Speaking of background scans, if you're working or playing a game that requires a lot of computer power, Norton will intuitively pause its operations aside from protection.

Malware detection is where Norton really shines. When put through tests, Norton detected about 93 percent of malware on a computer, which is among the highest when compared to competing products. Moreover, if your email provider does not automatically filter out spam, you can set Norton to do it for you as well. Norton constantly and discreetly searches your connected email accounts for spam once this feature is enabled. In tests, Norton incorrectly filed just 0.5 percent of valid e-mails as spam and missed just 5.6 percent of spam.

Symantec Norton does offer a few other helpful features such as Norton Identity Safe, which is essentially a password manager that stores your information and fills out your web forms. In addition, the product also configures your network and Internet permissions for good and bad programs. Norton destroys known bad programs and also monitors the behavior of new or unknown programs. The program's behavior based detection system automatically activates if it detects any strange behavior from new or unknown programs.

Additionally, Norton's initial scans take an average about 35 minutes, which is an average time of completion. At the end of each scan, the user will be prompted with a link they can click if you suspect that malware traces remain. Clicking the link launches Norton Power Eraser, an aggressive malware-hunting tool which reboots your computer and digs deep to remove any hidden malware. The additional scans typically take about seven minutes.

Rates

If you do decide to purchase Norton, it comes with a few options which vary depending on your needs. For $89.99, you can purchase Norton Security Premium with comes with a number of nifty extras. For example, Norton Security Premium comes with 10 licenses to be used for up to 10 unique devices, but that's not all. The Premium protection also includes 25 GB of hosted online backup a subscription to Norton's parental control features. For $69.99, you can purchase Norton Security Deluxe which comes with five licenses to be used on up to five devices.

And for the rare consumer who only wants protection for one device and doesn't need any additional features, Norton has you covered as well. For just $59.99 per year, you can purchase Norton Security Standard which comes with just one license. While the standard isn't a poor value by any means, it would probably be worth it to spend the additional $10 for the additional licenses in the event that you need a new computer or want to add an extra device.

However, with all this good comes some bad. Norton does a great job of scanning your emails and chats for viruses and dangerous links; it also actively scans your Facebook and social network pages. Some people may not like that idea, because who knows what data it's collecting. In addition, Norton Antivirus software does just what the name says-protects you against viruses. If you want additional security, say for surfing the web and keeping your computer protected from the dangers of the internet, then you need to upgrade. In fact, you need to upgrade whenever you want added protection because the closest thing to an all-in-one program is Norton 360. In addition, Norton is a bit more prone to identifying legitimate programs as malware.

Customer Service

Along with these features, Norton technical support is available 24/7 either over the phone or online. One of Norton's greatest plusses is that it offers a virus-free guarantee. Essentially, Norton will give you your money back if the product is unable to remove a stubborn virus.

Verdict - Superb

Symantec Norton Antivirus software is a great tool to use, and it's well known. According to customer reviews, there are some who swear by it and others who hate it. We'll leave it to you to weigh the pros and cons and decide if it's right for you.

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Norton Antivirus Consumer Reviews

Average Customer Rating

7 out of 10 rating 7 4 User Reviews

User Rating Distribution

Ratings: 10 - 9 1
Ratings: 8 - 7 1
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10 out of 10 rating 10 Easy to use and install Nothing

Norton is my all time favourite antivirus, and it is such good value for money. Easy to use and easy to install.

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8 out of 10 rating 8 Scans do not slow computer down None

I love this product, Norton are the best at protecting your computer from viruses and malware. It is also really easy to install and the scans run easily in the background without causing any issues. Although Norton is one of the cheaper options and excellent value for money, it is frustrating you have to pay for important software like this.

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5 out of 10 rating 5 Good protection Renew without notice

My old PC where I had installed Norton does not work anymore and I got free antivirus with my new computer, I had no problems with Norton, but did not think anything of it and I would just not renew Norton after the year was up. Without ANY notification Norton renewed my contract and charged my card! I called the customer services and they are useless. It took them an hour to finally put me through to the right person, after explaining the situation 3 times. It took 4 weeks to get my refund. I will not be using Norton again.

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6 out of 10 rating 6 remediator for potential problems avg efforts for malware blocking

Norton my have cut some corner in improving their antivirus. It still works better than it has before, but there are other products that are better.

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