Norton Review - UPDATED Sep. 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.