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A Complete Review of Norton Security 2017

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If you’ve ever had to choose an antivirus for your personal computer, then you’ve probably come across the name Norton. Norton Security 2017 (previously known as Norton AntiVirus) is an American software company, and Symantec’s most popular security software.

 

At some point we have all seen Norton’s notifications (and its signature yellow) popping up in many a computers across homes, browsing centers, and offices. The software provides round-the-clock protection from a host of malicious software that can mess up your computer, ruin your online transactions, and spoil your browsing experience in general.

 

Keeping all this in mind, let’s get into a detailed analysis of all the various aspects of Norton Security and see whether this is the right antivirus software for you.

 

FEATURES

 

Intelligent Threat Protection

The Norton Protection System uses this core concept to provide multiple layers of protection against a variety of threats. The kind of protection that these “layers” provide (by actively working together) is a huge step above most traditional virus detection systems.

 

Norton’s technology keeps track of any security lapse that may exist in your operating system or your browser. This allows it to effectively block and remove threats. All forms of downloads, whether they be files or applications, are automatically scanned for malware. Instant messages, emails, and other form of communication are also checked for good measure.

 

Protection Against Rapid Fire Attacks

Norton uses Symantec’s global security network through its Norton Insight Network to obtain information about all the latest cyber threats. This allows the software to provide protection against new Rapid Fire attacks which don’t yet have “signatures”. Hence, your computer will be safe from any new threat that it may encounter online.

 

SONAR 4 Technology

This technology aids the detection and blocking of the kind of new threats mentioned above. It uses online intelligence and couples it with proactive monitoring methods, making it highly reliable.

 

Insights Into What It’s Doing

  • Norton Threat Insight: provides information on all the threats it has so far encountered and eliminated, keeping you up-to-date on how your computer is doing. If your PC is slow or sluggish, the log of recent events (such as scans, download, installations, etc.) will give you an idea of what’s causing the problem. The “insight” also provides resource usage graphs that can help you accurately locate resource-heavy processes.
  • Norton Download Insight: notifies you whenever you are about to download a dangerous file.
  • Norton File Insight: tells you whether files you are trying to install are “trusted” and how they would affect your PC.

Frequent Updates

The Norton Pulse Updates provide regular updates for Norton Security’s threat database. This keeps the software up-to-date on all the latest information about possible threats and attacks.

Better PC Performance

Norton Security functions in such a way that it is light on your computer’s resources. For instance, Norton Threat Insight only scans files that are at risk. Thus, with fewer scans, the chances of your PC slowing down are slim to none.

 

  • Power Saver Settings: this feature is meant for laptops and it keeps power-hungry applications on stand-by till you can plug it into a power source.
  • Smart Scheduler: when this feature is activated, scans are done only when your PC is idle.
  • Silent Mode: updates, alerts, and scans are put on hold while you are watching videos, playing games and so on. These processes will start once you are finished with your movie or game. It is worth noting that the silent mode is engaged automatically.

 

Additional Features

Norton tries to give you an optimized experience every time you use your computer. Some of the special features that it uses, both for protection and overall PC performance, are given below –

Browser Exploits Protection: prevents spyware from being installed in your computer through vulnerabilities in your browser (Internet Explorer and Firefox). This also prevents system crashes that can be cause by these vulnerabilities.

– IPS (Enhanced Intrusion Protection System): dedicated protection engine that handles multimedia attacks.

– Antibot Protection: prevents hackers from gaining access to your PC.

– Norton™ Recovery Tool: repairs systems that have already been infected and reboots them.

– Startup Manager: disables unwanted programs that launch at startup, thus reducing system resources.

– Identity Safe Password: creates secure passwords that sync all your Windows, iOS, and Android devices.

– File Cleanup: gets rid of temporary files (in Windows 10 and Internet Explorer).

– Optimizes Disk: defragments your PC for optimal performance.

– Power Eraser: aggressive malware that are manually activated are hunted down automatically whenever the PC reboots.

COMPATIBILITY

Operating Systems

Norton Security supports a wide range of Operating Systems. If you use any of the following OS, then Norton will be supported by your PC.

IOS

– iOS® 8 or later

Android

– Android™ 4.0.3 or later (must have Google™ Play App installed)

Android™ 4 or later (for Norton Family Premier Android App)

Mac

Mac OS X (current and previous 2 versions) : Password Management feature not supported, Norton Family and Norton Family Premier features not supported.

Windows

Microsoft Windows XP (all 32-bit versions) – with Service Pack 3 (SP 3) or later

Microsoft Windows Vista (all versions) – with Service Pack 1 (SP 1) or later

Microsoft Windows 7 (all versions) – with Service Pack 1 (SP 1) or later

Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 (all versions) : some protection features are not available in Windows 8 Start screen browsers.

Microsoft Windows 10 (all versions) : Edge browser not supported.

 

Hardware Requirements (varies with the version of the software used)

Norton Security requires the following hardware specifications for its installation and normal functioning.

300MHz for Microsoft Windows XP

1GHZ for Microsoft Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8

256MB of RAM

300 MB of available hard disk space

CD-ROM or DVD drive (if not installing via electronic Download)

 

INSTALLATION AND USER-FRIENDLINESS

 

Setting up Norton is a quick, easy process. The initial scan may take a while (up to 15min sometimes), but consecutive scans happen at a much faster rate. Once set up, all scans take place within seconds. For any queries or doubts, Norton’s customer service can be reached via email, phone or live chat. The service is available 24/7 and they give prompt responses.

 

Norton Deluxe can be used for up to 5 devices and Norton Premium can be utilized for up to 10 devices.

 

Most of Norton Security’s functions are automated, making it easy to use. It even has the capacity to adjust to user behavior, for example, it will suspend notifications when you are using full-screen mode (watching movies/videos).

 

All updates for Norton security are automated and do not require the user’s attention. Since scans are done in the background, threats will be detected and dealt with without interrupting whatever you are doing.

 

Norton Security StandardNORTON SECURITY STANDARD

The Standard version protects PC, Mac or mobile. Its main features are as follows –

 

Safeguards your identity and online transactions.

Includes 100% money-back guarantee.

Protects better and faster than the competition.

 

Norton Security DeluxeNORTON SECURITY DELUXE

The Deluxe version of Norton Security can be used for up to 5 PCs, Macs, smartphones or tablets. Its main features are as follows –

All your devices’ protection can be managed using an easy-to-use Web portal.

Protects better and faster than the competition.

Safeguards your identity and online transactions.

Includes 100% money-back guarantee.

 

Norton Security PremiumNORTON SECURITY PREMIUM

The Premium can be set up for up to 10 PCs, Macs, smartphones or tablets. Its main features are as follows –

As your needs change, you can add more secure online PC storage.

Provides premium child-safe family features.

Provides Easy-to-use Web portal.

Protects better and faster than the competition.

Safeguards your identity and online transactions.

Includes 100% money-back guarantee.

 

PROS

 

Easy to use

Real-time protection against viruses, spyware, malware, phishing, software vulnerabilities

Safeguards your identity and online transactions

Automatically backs up your photos, financial files, and other personal information

Minimal performance impact during gaming, movie playback, presentations

– Compatible with PC, Mac, Android, and iOS devices

Secures multiple devices with a single subscription

Fast scan times

25GB of secure cloud storage and automatic backup

37-time PC Magazine Editors’ Choice Award winner

Independent AV-Test lab certified

24/7 customer support (via email, phone, or live chat)

100% money-back threat removal guarantee

 

CONS

 

It is costly (even though there are more expensive antivirus softwares available)

Only deluxe and premium versions can be used for multiple devices

Needs considerable memory to function (especially with older versions of the software)

Parental control only available with Norton Security Deluxe

Uninstallation does not completely wipe out all traces of the program

Free software with comparable ratings are available

 

IS NORTON SECURITY RIGHT FOR YOU?

 

The first and obvious step to take into account while you consider buying Norton Security is to check its compatibility with your OS. The next step is to make sure you have enough hardware memory available. The latest version of the software would require considerably less memory than older ones.

The software is a great investment with lots of great features, but it’s still a good idea to carefully think about all of its disadvantages (cons, given above) as well. The cons are rather low in number compared to the pros, but it’s still a good idea to mull them over. This is particularly true when it comes to the uninstall process and the ways that it can affect your PC and other devices.

The next big issue is the price. There are more expensive security softwares out there and they all have their own advantages and disadvantages. Norton Security 2017 is available for different prices (and at various discounts) depending on whether you choose the Standard version, the Deluxe version, or the Premium version. However, the issue here is that other free security software is also available (like Microsoft Security Essentials and AVG Free), and some of these have similar ratings as Norton. The best thing to do in this case is to compare the software with Norton (and evaluate your budget) before deciding whether Norton’s features are worth its cost.

 

OVERALL REVIEW

 

Symantec has been in the field of internet security for quite a while and has a solid track record. Some of their software and innovative technology has been revolutionary. As such, their Norton Antivirus software has always had an impressive reputation in the niche of security software.

Norton Security offers a wide range of security features that are effective against most kinds of malicious software. It makes browsing safe and secure, and prevents mishaps while you conduct online interactions and transactions (especially those involving money).

One of the main attractions of the software is that it requires minimum involvement from the user. Most processes happen in the background without affecting any of your PC’s daily functions. All scans are quick and efficient and this prevents the PC from slowing down. Also, the software detects user behavior and prevents interruptions while the user is busy, further adding to the software’s user-friendliness.

In addition to providing security, Norton also contains many features that are aimed simply at optimizing your PC’s day-to-day functions. This can be huge advantage since Norton’s Deluxe and Premium versions can be used in sync with many devices. This in turn ensures that your laptop, mobile, tablet, etc. are all kept in optimum condition without incurring any extra charges.

Norton Security provides advanced protection and some very useful features at a fairly reasonable price. Since only one purchase is required for multiple devices, it is a very good investment if you have multiple PCs, Andriod/IOS phones, tablets, and so on.

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