Norton Antivirus Plus Review

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Pros: Independent test labs rate Norton AntiVirus among the best antivirus products.

Cons: There is really nothing about this product worthy of blame. To point out that a competitor scored a fraction of a percentage higher in test scores is to nitpick unnecessarily.

Verdict: Norton AntiVirus is one of the very best antivirus for Windows products, according to independent test lab results and our experience with the software.

Symantec's Norton AntiVirus software for Windows is among the best in its class. Superbly designed and easy to use, it seeks and destroys malware and cleans infected PCs. Independent test labs confirm that Norton is among the best. Help and support are included, and you can receive help at any time by way of chat, telephone and email.

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Norton AntiVirus performs well and it is usable. Furthermore, it cleans PCs that are already infected and defends against new malware. Norton AntiVirus scored among the best for usability in the AV-Test labs tests that measured whether the security software slowed the computer. It also turned in excellent scores in tests to see whether it would falsely flag safe software as malware. In fact, it does not give false warnings about legitimate files, nor does it incorrectly block legitimate software from downloading.

Norton AntiVirus excelled in tests to discover how well it cleans and repairs infected PCs. Norton can discover actively running malware and then remove it. It removes malware effectively enough to take care of every malicious component and restore all critical system functions that might have been compromised. AV-Test has also published test results that demonstrate how well Norton protects against known and unknown malware. Norton scored among the very best in this regard. In addition to excellent performance, Norton Antivirus software includes useful features. For example, it scans instant messages and email to check for threats that might try to infiltrate through those attack vectors. And if you try to go to a website that is set up to phish for personal identity data, Norton warns you.

Symantec supports Norton customers with a good online knowledgebase. A free utility roots out embedded malware. If you so choose, Norton support professionals can remove a virus for you for a fee. You can email, call or chat with support 24/7. You can also manage all of your Norton product subscriptions online.

Norton AntiVirus is a respected antivirus product. It is easy to operate and effective, which is why it has so many loyal users. All of the features and performance work together to make you safer in an increasingly threatening online environment. Norton AntiVirus is one of the best Windows security products because it performs so much better than most of its competitors.

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Software Type Security
Platforms Windows
Required Processor 300 MHz for Microsoft Windows XP, 1 GHz for Microsoft Windows Vista/Microsoft Windows 7/Windows 8
Software Required OS: Microsoft Windows XP (32-bit) Home/Professional/Tablet PC/Media Center (32-bit) with Service Pack 2 or later Microsoft Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit) Starter/Home Basic/Home Premium/Business/Ultimate with Service Pack 1 or later Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit) Starter/Home Basic/Home Premium/Professional/Ultimate Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro (32-bit and 64-bit)
Required RAM 256 MB
Disk Space 300 MB
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