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Norton Review - UPDATED Dec. 2017

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Norton Security is Symantec’s latest version of their antivirus product, which has long since established itself as one of the best PC software solutions. Norton Security has all the features of its predecessor, Norton Internet Security, and features optimization tools from Norton 360. Let’s look into the details and see if it lives up to the company’s reputation.

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Company Overview

The Symantec Corporation is an american PC technology company based in California. It was founded in 1982 by Gary Hendrix, an American businessman. Ever since, it has been focused on developing several different types of software, mostly for security purposes. However, its most noticeable product is certainly Norton Antivirus, re-named Norton Security as of 2015, when the company made a few changes in their portfolio.

Package Information and Key Features

As Symantec states, Norton Security now covers features from Norton Internet Security, Norton 360 and other similar products, with some noticeable adjustments. One of the neat features is that you can use it on all your devices: PC/Mac, Smartphone and tablet. The first feature we’re going to mention is, of course, antivirus protection. Their software uses signature-based and behavioral detection to identify viruses. Behavioral detection can detect malware that hasn’t been identified yet based on strange behavior. This is made possible by the Symantec Online Network for Advanced Response (SONAR). Norton collects threat data from other Norton users, assesses the data to determine whether it is harmful, and updates their virus database regularly – sometimes even hourly. If you want to stay protected, we recommend that you enable their Community Watch feature.

Other features Norton Security offers are more internet-use oriented. There is a scanner for your Facebook wall, which we think can be really useful. Another nice feature is the e-mail scanner for suspicious e-mails, as well as phishing and malicious website protection. It also has toolbars which can integrate into your Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome browser. The only real drawback we’ve found is that Norton Security completely lacks parental control features, which we think should be a home security product, especially since many competing antivirus programs have this feature built in.

Reliability And Performance

While independent tests have shown Norton Security to be very reliable in terms of threat detection, it does seem to decrease the computer’s performance quite significantly when running scans, which could be a big drawback if you are planning on working on your PC during that time. This, however, apparently only happens during scans, and the program leaves the PC running smoothly while passive.

Security/Privacy

Norton Security has some interesting features which really help protect your data and information. The most important one is the two-way firewall, which makes sure no threats can access your PC, but also that nothing of yours can get uploaded by malicious software. There is the always useful spam blocker, and phishing site blocker, which can make your browsing experience much more care-free.

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Installation and Ease of Use

The first thing you’ll need to do after downloading the program is create a Norton account, as well as state if you’d like to participate in Community Watch. After that, the installation itself takes about 10 minutes.

If you want to renew your subscription afterwards, there is a link available at the bottom of most screens in the program. All the features are very easy to use, since the interface was designed to be simple and user-friendly.

System Requirements

The Windows operating systems:

Microsoft® Windows® XP (32-bit) Home/Professional/Tablet PC/Media Center (32-bit) with Service Pack 2 (SP 2) or later; Microsoft Windows Vista® (32-bit and 64-bit) Starter/Home Basic/Home Premium/Business/Ultimate with Service Pack 1 (SP 1) or later; Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit) Starter/Home Basic/Home Premium/Business/Ultimate with Service Pack 1 (SP 1) or later; Microsoft Windows 8/8 Pro (32-bit and 64-bit); Microsoft Windows 8.1/8.1 Pro (32-bit and 64-bit) and the latest, Microsoft Windows® 10 and Windows® 10 Pro (32-bit and 64-bit). We think this is really awesome operating system support range.

The minimum processor requirements for Windows 10/8/7/Vista are 1 GHz and 300 MHz for Windows XP. The RAM memory required is 2 GB for Windows 10, 1 GB (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit) for Windows 8/7, for Windows Vista 512 MB and for Windows XP 256 MB. Finally, 300 MB of free hard disk space is needed. These requirements are by no means high, so most average computers today will more than be able to meet them.

Interface

Norton Security has a simple, user-friendly designed interface with yellow motifs, which has always been Norton’s signature color. There are several symbols on the main window representing different threat detection features, which will be green if you are protected and red if you are not.

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Support

Unlike some of its competitors, Norton doesn’t charge support for any of its products. It is available 24/7, and includes chat and phone support, as well as a community forum and knowledge base where you can find a plethora of resources.

Plans and Pricing

Norton Security offers three plans you can choose from. Norton Security Standard costs $39.99 for one year or $79.99 for two years and protects one PC or Mac. Norton Security Deluxe protects up to five 5 PCs, Macs, smartphones or tablets and costs $49.99 whereas Norton Security Premium protects up to ten PCs, Macs, smartphones or tablets and costs $59.99.

They even offer a 60 day money back guarantee in case you are not satisfied. There are also periodic discounts you can take advantage of. Norton Security does lack features like parental control and file-shredder, and scans significantly affect your PC’s performance. However, we feel that despite this minor drawback the price is still far more reasonable than some of Norton’s competitors.

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Bottom Line

For a long time now Norton has provided us with great security software, and this latest version of Norton Security isn’t letting us down either. The quality and performance are great, with the only real drawback being the lack of parental controls.

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User Reviews

  • Submitted By Jack Chapman on 07/16/2017
    I bought the premium version for my small business (3 computers) and it’s worth every penny!
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  • Submitted By Jeffy Smith on 09/09/2016
    Norton is really easy to install, once you download the program the installation is easy and doesn’t last long. I also think it’s keeping my PC well protected, as I’ve had no problems so far.
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  • Submitted By Frank C. Brock on 08/08/2016
    The protection works great as always, but I was hoping they’d add a few more features. My daughter is still young and we’re using the same PC, but Norton Security doesn’t offer any sort of parental control. I had to download additional software instead.
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  • Submitted By Cheryl Stover on 06/26/2016
    I am really unsatisfied with the tech support. It’s not as easy to get to as they promise, and in the end I had to go back and forth with e-mails to get my license problem solved. The license, by the way, wasn’t accepted at first for some reason.
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  • Submitted By Sue Sparacino on 05/25/2016
    My whole family uses the same lap top, and since we installed Norton Security we haven’t had any problems with computer threats at all. I can tell that the database is updated regularly, and I’m glad I registered for 5 devices. Great investment!
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  • Submitted By Gerald Goff on 04/25/2016
    I used some free antivirus programs before and this is the first time I’ve decided to pay for one. I chose Norton Security because it offers exactly all the features I need and the registration supports five devices.
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  • Submitted By Thomas Nunez on 04/15/2016
    I’m really happy with the new Norton Security, but I felt it was a bit pricey, especially since the registration is good for five devices and I only need one. I’ve been using it for a few months now though, and I’m really happy with the features it offers.
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  • Submitted By Wilda Wang on 03/22/2016
    I’m a beginner computer user and I was advised by my daughter to use Norton Security. It was so easy to install I was able to do it myself, and for two months now I haven’t had any problems with the PC at all.
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Norton Review
Updated : 12.13.2017.
Rating : 9.9/10