Norton by Symantec


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Norton by Symantec antivirus and internet security products are developed by the Symantec Corporation, which was founded in 1982. In 1991, after acquiring Peter Norton Computing, the company launched Norton Antivirus as prevention for the hundreds of foreign virus strains and PC malware that were becoming more and more common. Symantec's antivirus products have further developed to include malware prevention and removal, anti-spam, anti-phishing, and PC tune-up tools, among other services offered. 

The Good

  • Tested high
  • Great features
  • Parental control

Independent IT test AV-Test has found Norton antivirus to successfully protect against most viruses, worms, and Trojan horses. Norton's coverage includes extensive web protection, frequent virus definition updates, a Facebook threat scanner, and a community reputation database. Whereas some antivirus products idle when the PC isn't in use, Norton is continually on guard with updates. Norton's app remediation removes threats from Windows 8 apps and the Power Eraser download can find and remove infections on your PC. Another perk is an automatic backup feature, which automatically backs up important files to disc, USB device, or online. Finally, Norton 360 users have full access to Norton Family-one of the most comprehensive parental control products on the market.

The Bad

  • Customer complaints
  • Higher cost

Unfortunately, even a PC protected by an antivirus can be infected by malware. Some Norton users have complained about viruses that somehow infected their computer despite having stayed on top of their antivirus subscriptions. Only a few of Norton's listed product prices include virus removal and premium technical support. Norton One is worth a look, even though it costs a little more than the average in the industry, it protects multiple devices and comes with a 100% virus removal guarantee.

The Bottom Line

Symantec offers a variety of virus protection options for PCs, Macs, tablets, and smartphones. Even though some of its IT test performance results have been inconsistent at times, the Norton product line has substantial security features and a loyal customer base. We think Norton could be a great fit for several customers.

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  • 10

    June 20th, 2017 Phoenixville, PA

    I have used Norton for years and have never had any viruses , They have a good set up and when you buy the Product Key Cards near your current expiring account they work great and easy to install. I will continue on using Norton Products.

  • 9

    June 11th, 2017 Salt Lake City, UT

    I've had Norton on my computers for sometime now and have no problem with viruses. I do wish their rates were a little lower though.