Norton AntiVirus 2014 21.1.0.18

Protection against viruses, worms, Trojans and other malware types, multiple and flexible scanning modes, low resources consumption
Norton AntiVirus is a well-known security application made to fight off malware in all shapes and sizes. Featuring a real-time shield, multiple scan modes, customizable settings and plenty of additional safety nets, the utility addresses beginners and experienced users alike.

Installation and interface

Setting up the tool is a fast and easy task, since Norton does not give users the possibility of handpicking the components to install, unlike other av products. A bit of attention should be paid here, however. Since it is ad-supported, the program offers to install apps made by other software developers. It can run without them, so they can be excluded from setup.

Ever since the Windows 8 release, developers have started implementing the flat Metro UI look into everything, and Norton makes no exception. The interface is not cluttered, although it could have been better organized. Three large buttons in the main menu facilitate access to scanning, virus signature updates and advanced settings, while another button-like frame shows the system and Norton CPU usage level, along with the trust level.

Scan types and configuration

Norton provides different levels of PC scanning in accordance with the user's requirements. It can focus on speed by verifying only important system areas for malware, look into the whole hard disk to be thorough, as well as scrutinize only suspicious files, folders or drives. An additional component is designed to scan the Facebook Wall for infected links, scams and hacking attempts.

The default scanning configuration can be modified by expert users in terms of exclusions (scan, real-time, signatures, file IDs), archives, rootkits and stealth items, network drives, heuristics, low-risk objects, tracking cookies, removable media, boot time, Symantec's SONAR protection feature (cloud assistance), as well as updates, among others. Settings can be restored to default, while tasks and statistics can be examined in separate areas.

Additional security components

Notifications show the reputation level of downloaded files via Symantec's Download Insight to determine whether they are trustworthy or not. Furthermore, the app integrates a toolbar (Norton Safe Search) powered by Ask.com to ensure safety while navigating the web, which also features a password-protected vault (Norton Identity Safe) meant to hold login credentials and other private data.

Performance and conclusion

In comparison with many av solutions, Norton AntiVirus is extremely fast, mostly thanks to cloud assistance. It has been quite successful at detecting infected files in our latest tests. Its virus definitions frequently receive updates (can be downloaded separately via Norton AntiVirus Virus Definitions), and the program generally remains light on resources consumption. Users are welcomed to try out Norton AntiVirus for themselves and find out if it meets their requirements. Those looking for extra features may resort to Norton Internet Security.

Reviewed by on July 4th, 2014


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VERY GOOD
last updated on:
July 4th, 2014, 14:17 GMT
file size:
229 MB
price:
$49.99
 
developed by:
Symantec
license type:
Ad-supported 
operating system(s):
Windows XP / Vista / Vista 64 bit / 7 / 7 64 bit / 8 / 8 64 bit
category:
C: \ Antivirus
download hub:
Scan For Viruses ( + 8 others )

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softpedia rating

4.0/5

user rating 4,349

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What's New in version 2013 20.1.0.24
  • NEW:
  • Threat-removal Layer – Targets and eliminates hard-to-remove threats less sophisticated products often miss.
  • Always up-to-date Product Version – Norton automatically sends you important product and feature updates throughout the year. The latest version installs without you needing to do anything.
  • FREE 24x7 Support – Offers you expert help and answers by phone, live chat or online, whenever you need them.1
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Application description

As the Internet continues to evolve, cybercriminals are getting more creative in ways to target your computer with the...

Users are advised to pay attention while installing this ad-supported application:

  • Includes third-party services unrelated to the program's functionality but intended to generate income

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