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Apparently, "Norton AntiVirus from Symantec is the No. 1 anti-virus software in the world! It provides clear, easy-to-understand instructions on how to proceed when a virus is detected, reducing fear and uncertainty".
I beg to differ!
I used Norton antivirus for about 5 months, before I could bear using it any longer! I'll be fair to it, I didn't get any viruses, but then again there are billions of antivirus programs that stop you from getting viruses, and you don't have to pay so much for them!
As there aren't many, I'll start with the good points:
In the time I used Norton, I didn't get any viruses, and it did a good job of blocking unwanted popups and trojans. However, it failed to recognise the blaster virus I already had...
Easy to find:
I can't imagine this being possible, but if you were completely lost and couldn't find any antivirus software, most shops stock it, so it's easy to find.
And now the bad points!
Every time I turned on my computer, it took an average of 10 minutes before Norton was fully loaded. It came up with a little yellow blob in my system tray, with various flashing circles, and it didn't seem to fully functional untill (10 minutes later) it gave me the non-flashing green tick.
It also has an e-mail scanner. For about a week, I stopped using my email program because I thought it had stopped working, but it turned out Norton was just spending centuries scanning my emails.
The scan was terribly slow. If I asked it to scan my hard drive, I'd have to leave it over night and it'd still be going untill lunchtime the next day. The explorer scan command (Where you right click a file in explorer and ask it to check it for viruses) was even worse; it took about 5 minutes after clicking to actually show any sign of life in symantec-world.
Here, I'm not talking about the usability of Norton, I'm talking about usability of the comuter you have Norton installed on. After installing Norton, every time I opened a program, it gave me a warning and asked me to click unblock, which often didn't work, so I had to go into the settings and tell it to unblock some programs. OK so it might be useful to be warned about programs, but why is it that other antivirus systems can do it without being so annoying?
Symantec's Norton is like a disease. It spreads through every part of your system and rtegistry it can making it impossible to uninstall. When I finally got sick of it, I tried to uninstall it. After going to control panel, and telling it to uninstall, it basically said "no". So I had to find the uninstall file in the program directory, which did work. I restarted my computer, and downloaded a new antivirus software. Installed it, and "Sorry, this software can't be installed as you already have an antivirus software running: Norton". Arrgh!
My dad and I spent the entire day trying to remove it, and eventually with a bit of luck and registry editing, we did it!
It's like having a stalker. Everytime I see an internet advert for Symantec I worry for a second that its come back..
I'm now using a free software called Avast which is working fine for me.
And that brings me to the end of this rant/review!
I'm sorry I sound so negative, and I accept that some people may have had good experiences with Symantec and Norton, but this was my personal experience, and I wasn't going to lie for the sake of a review!
On buying Norton two year ago following my last computers disastrous crash (seven months of college work lost - lost - forever lost and no hard copies) I reluctantly paid for security. Happily reluctantly safe with no major attacks, these additions seemed an unjustified expense. Then, connected to Brunel University's LAN, a little virus got through. Norton kicked it out. Maybe they're not updating fast enough - common problem in a big organisaton. Norton may have been worth the money. Then last summer, the big one. Mine somehow came from Portugal. SIRCAM had bypassed Brunel's McAfee. Sitting there on my computer held by Norton! On checking other college computers it seemed my computer had been the only noticeable one targeted, but checking 10 out of a possible 6000 does not represent a scientific survey. The relevant authorities were informed, but Brunel with its very-helpful-if-you-have-a-computer free internet service, will no doubt have had a few exported cases of this virus. I was lucky. I'd installed Norton. Sircam went by McAfee. Norton to me is now 100%. There is a Live Update. Daily if you wish. Other than your house and car, a computer these days seems to be the next most expensive item. Do not let some bored d***head wreck it. Get some security. I'd go for Norton, but updated verions of most are probably OK. The cost is only appreciated once you've been saved!
I have had Norton antivirus now for almost a year without any problems. Sure it has been worth it due to the piles of viruses that it has caught saving my computer many a time from guarenteed death. When I saw the price in the shop I decided to go for it, it might have cost more than expected but I decided to go for a well known one rather than downloading a cheaper one from the net. I was shocked by the amount of protection that it was providing and the amount of viruses that it would detect. Then came the problems, a few weeks ago while updating the virus defenitions from the net came a small message asking me to register the program! Why I ask, I paid for the program, not for a yearly subscription to the virus update site, I paid for protection for my PC. Why should I pay for things that should have come with the product? Its like black mail to me, pay us more or your computer could be wrecked, they know that people will have to pay incase some day along comes a nice little virus and eats your computers hard drive. I guess I am going to have to either pay up or go find another virus checker.
I am not, I repeat not a fan of Norton Anti Virus. As a corporate desision last year my boss decided that it would be best, even against his system administrators advice, that Norton was the way to go as "Its the best known, so it must be the best!", Hmmmm. So we get and install enough copies to cover all the machines in the office. Execept mine. As system administrator I dont install it on my own machine prefering my own copy of F-Secure. All is well for many months and the software is kept up to date with the liveupdate software that comes with the Norton Anti virus. However, one of the machines gets a virus via email. This spreads rapidly as we email each other quite a lot. First person to notice that we have a virus is one of our customers who uses F-Secure and not Norton. The virus next trys to affect my machine where it is detected by my version of F-Secure, is disinfected and removed. My boss is highly annoyed that we have a virus. Scans with Norton Antivirus detect nothing and the only way the virus is removed is by installing F-Secure across all the machines in the office. This software detects, disinfects and removes the virus. Something Norton couldnt do. Regardless Norton got sacked from our office and has never been seen since. I dont know how well norton performs in the home enviroment, but in the corporate enviroment it might appear to have all the bells and whistles but if it doesnt detect viruses and do the job its supposed to do then what is the point. Personally I wouldnt buy this product as I know of far better products which cost less money and perform much better. If your after a virus checker then you must, must do your homework. Check out the price against the features and ask other what they use and what they have used. Remember the details on your PC are your property and a virus is a little electronic vandal who must be stopped at a
ll costs. If its a work machine they this is doubley important as the information is your livelyhood. I am not saying its rubbish but I am saying its not the best so look around. Sorry this wasnt a op on Norton and its features but its my opinion on this software. © copyright 2002, Mike Porter.
Norton Antivirus in my experience is a piece of waste-some-money software. The whole thing is the shambles. The only thing it does is flash up annoying messages about reviving and breathing life into dead programs when you can sort them out with a quick Ctl-Alt-Del. As well, it's the new viruses that get us. Sure, you can use the LiveUpdate facility but half the time they haven't worked out the cure for the virus by the time it's too late. If you want it, you can through £35 down the drain at dabs.com
Norton Antivirus 2000 protects your PC against the world’s most powerful viruses. This is a very important piece of software especially if you are connected to the Internet. While installed it scans all emails and their attachments. As well as protecting you from ActiveX or Java. You have the option to scan your hard drive or any removable media, like floppies or CD’s. As soon as you boot your PC Norton will start protecting you. When it has found some thing unusual it will bring it to your attention and ask you if you want to delete it or quarantine it. The user interface has been updated and much easier to use. It also has a built in live update feature that allows you to automatically receive new definitions. This software is definitely worth it. You will know it’s not worth it, when you get a virus.
I received NAV 2000 with my new PC, and it is a very easy product to use. From the time that you first install it, you are allowed a 1 year subscription to the symantec server, where you download the virus definitions that you use to protect your PC. The interface is child's play, it tells you : How old you virus definitions are, When you last performed a full system scan and allows you to tinker away at some other neat options. If you have a ZIP Drive, you have the ability to create rescue disks, that will boot your system into Windows if a deadly virus happens to cripple your PC. A lot of people wouldn't have a ZIP drive but fortunately, using something everybody has: a floppy drive, you can boot your system in DOS in the event of a virus attack. In my experience, I have only received a Virus once in almost 3 years of using computers and the funny thing is, it was from someone I was trying to buy a drum machine off, anyway NAV 2000 really saved me from unnecessary troubleshooting and a costly investment in a new computer, as most viruses are deadly, they do not help you in any way. It can be very frightening when you receive a virus, you need to have some sort of protection in your PC to deal with it, because most people wouldn't know what to do with a virus. NAV took care of the virus, first by telling me I had a virus and asking what I wanted to do, I put it in Quarintine and then I deleted all traces of it and that was it, no problem. Another good thing about NAV 2000, it only costs $3.95 to renew your subscription for 1 year to the Symantec server. You might not be the victim of viral attacks every time you power up but, for those rare moments when a virus comes your way, a good allrounder like Norton Anti Virus 2000 sure helps alot. I would say that Anti Virus programs need to find a way of making the virus definitions available to their subscribers faster than they do at the moment and NAV 20
00 should remind users more often that it is time to download some new Virus definitions.
Norton Anti Virus by Symantec is a very reliable piece of software. I have used it for a number of years prefering it over those produced by other companies. Why? I have found this particular product easy to use and easy to update. The interface is excellent and it does not cause any conflicts with other software on my system. I need reliable software and I would sooner pay a little extra for a quality product which is exactly what Symantec offer. I often recommend this product to my people when they are looking for or have no Anti Virus Softwatre. The symantec website provides frequent virus list updates which are easy to download and install. Also provided on the web site are help files and FAQ's on how to deal with particular viruses. Virus belletins combined with the software make dealing with any attacks easy to combat. I have experienced first hand several viruses and Norton has always dealt with them efficiently without any disruption to my system. By keeping the virus checker enabled the program will check for any potential trouble and runs quite happily un-seen and seamlesly in the task bar. A very good product worthy of it's status as one of the leading Anti Virus products on the market.
Here's a fact - EVERYONE needs a good virus scanner/killer. If you're paranoid like me, then you'll also see the need for such things as personal firewalls and encryption keys, but they aren't really as indispensable as a good virus scanner. To me, having had bitter experiences with other so-called virus checkers, the Norton range from Symantec has always been the best on the market. Where lesser packages, such as though offered by Trend Micro (PCillin) and McAfee (McAfee V Shield, McAfee Virus Scan et al) have consistently failed me, Norton has saved my bacon on more than one occasion. The reason that Norton AntiVirus (NAV for short) is so good is that it is backed up by the good people at the Symantec AntiVirus Research Centre (SARC). I have nothing but praise for these people. They work night and day to figure out how the latest viruses work, and to develop fixes for damage they cause, and to work out how to eradicate them. SARC provide updates to the virus definitions for NAV (these are the code fragments that NAV checks against files on your system when it performs a scan to see whether or not a virus could be present) at least twice a week, and you can also contact them directly if you should ever be unfortunate enough to acquire an as-yet undiscovered virus on your system. The level of personal care provided by SARC is tremendous. You can send them quarantined files for analysis, and they will keep in contact with you until they have a fix for it, which will often be within 48 hours, and they will send you the fix as soon as they have cracked it. SARC really is the backbone of the whole NAV package, and it's what allows Symantec's software to stay so far ahead of the competition, and only ever be a small step behind those who are writing viruses. The NAV software itself provides the most comprehensive protection of any package on the market. A memory resident program stays
active in the tray at all times, unless you switch it off, (bad idea) and this program checks the instructions executed every time you open a program, to see if it could be a virus, or could have a virus linked to it. This is the top level of the NAV protection. Underneath this, there is a DOS level shell program that can halt Windows if the integrity of the NAV Windows program is ever compromised. (You have to remember that NAV is just like any other program in that viruses can attack it too. Where the DOS program helps is that it runs independently from Windows, so it is never in the same execution thread, and so it is much less prone to being latched onto by a virus) There is then the main Windows program, where you can perform scans of specific files, drives, or the whole system as well as looking up viruses in the database or running LiveUpdate to retrieve the latest virus definitions. LiveUpdate is basically a feature that makes it very, very easy to update the definitions. You simply run it every two weeks, and it fetches the latest definitions and installs them automatically. You get to use it free for a year, but then you have to pay if you want to continue using it after that. I would advise against parting with your cash though, as it is just as easy to go to the Norton website and download the definitions yourself. These come in the form of a small program, which you simply download and run. This program then extracts the latest definitions and installs them automatically. It's just as simple as using LiveUpdate really. The package also includes a program called Norton Rescue. This is linked to the NAV main program, and can be used to create a set of rescue disks. These disks can be used if NAV loses its battle and the main program as well as the DOS program is compromised and itself infected by a virus. Norton Rescue allows you to create either a set of five floppy disks, or one zip disk, which w
ill allow you to boot a "clean" copy of the program to examine your system. The floppy version boots your system into DOS and can be very slow, whereas the zip version boots your system into a clean windows environment and is extremely quick. Useful if you have a zip drive then... The final part of the package is the scheduler. This program is used to schedule routine scans of the system, as well as informing you when your virus definitions are out of date, or when you should update your rescue disks. It can get a bit annoying having it ping at you all the time, but it’s for your own good! If it really starts annoying you, then you can disable it, or customise it to your liking, so perhaps, for example, so that it only performs routine scans and doesn’t inform you of when you should be updating your definitions. The best thing about NAV though is definitely it's handling of the situation when a virus is executed on your system. It will tell you what's happening, and you always have complete control of the process... being allowed to chose what action, if any, you wish to take at all times. If you are not sure of what is happening, then NAV will advise you. If things really start to go pear shaped, then NAV will halt Windows to prevent the spread of the virus through the system, and then you can run your rescue disks. The great thing is though, that it can deal with viruses that it does not have the definitions for. These are stored in quarantine where they cannot be executed, and then you can send the contents of the quarantine to SARC for analysis. I just cannot recommend this package highly enough really. Everyone should have a copy. It really is essential software.
I wasnt really bothered about protecting my computer before, untill the fateful day when a friend and i were messing about, and both our computers crashed. Seemed that someone had put what's known as a trojan's horse programme onto our hard-drives, and hacked us. Now, with Norton, i found this out. The great thing about Norton Anti-virus is the fact that it's always running. as soon as you turn on your computer and it starts up windows, it's there. check, checking always. Any sign of activity and up pops a window, explaining what's going on, and what can be done about it. Another great feature is the on-line 'active up-date' which allows you to update ur software on-line, to combat the ever changing viruses. The cool feature of this programme is the fact that there is a whole list of the dirty-damned viruses and problems you could get on your computer, and as each one has a little description on it, it's fun to read some of them, and then creep out your mates on-line by saying what your doing to their computers! top quality stuff! overall, a very comprehensive anti-virus protection software.
Norton AntiVirus was one of the first of its kind because of the ability to update its virus database. When you download something off the internet Norton will automatically scan it to make sure there aren't any bugs in it. The scan will do the drives you select and do them when you want it to do them (obviously). That scan can take a long time even for a floppy disk. If Norton AntiVirus hinks that you have a virus it will contain the file(s) and put them in quarentine. The Norton AntiVirus staff will find out if it is a virus and then put that virus definition in the database that goes out with the next updates.
I got my first virus today. This was a real shock to me, because surely viruses only happen to other people, don't they? Well, that's what I thought. Norton Antivirus came pre-installed on my PC, and I have updated it since and run a couple of system checks but, y'know, they were all fine so... I began to take it for granted, treating it simply as an annoying icon in the toolbar with a boring reminder that pings at me every couple of weeks. Then I went to my Hotmail inbox today and, being the trusting, foolish soul that I am, opened an email about SnowWhite with an attachment called "midget". McAfee antivirus, so thoughtfully provinded by Hotmail, declared the attachment safe so I happy opened that attachment, waiting eagerly for the funny bit... ...And Norton AntiVirus burst into action. With a completely unignorable screen, it warned me that it had detected a virus on my computer and advised me what to do next. Terrified, I kept pressing the "next" button, hoping that it knew what it was doing because, ohmigod, I hadn't a clue. After a while it informed me that it couldn't deal with this virus and had placed it in quarantine, which I could run at by accident and where it would be stopped from leaking out onto my hard drive. Shaking, because all I really knew about viruses was that the definitely destroyed your computer and rendered it entirely unusable - my helpful facts, as you will no doubt be aware, gleaned from the media's sensationalist coverage of such issues - I opened up Norton and ran a live update. After about 15 minutes it was complete and I went to the onscreen help manual and searched for information about what to do next. Feeling a little more confident now, I decided to send the virus off to be tested by SARC, to find out what it was and how I could deal with it. This is a free service which discover viruses and provides the protection that is downloaded on to y
our computer. Yet when I sent it off, a little box popped up on screen to tell me not to bother: it was already known by them. Instead it gave me advice on what to do next to remove it from my system. I have now (hopefully!) deleted the file from my drive, thanks to the advice in the help manual and the website which I also visited, both items being usful even to complete novices like me. But even though I subsequently ran a full system check - which gave me a clean bill of health - I do feel a little nervous that it's maybe still there, lurking around waiting for me. Maybe it's just paranoia, but...? I now have a much better knowledge of viruses - and how to recognise them in my inbox and avoid them. Never again will I feel safe just because Hotmail scans viruses - viruses can evade such scans, something which I had no idea of before. If anyone knows anything about the virus I mentioned, I'd be grateful if you could let me know about it and I'd also welcome any reassurances you can give me that the virus is not still on my computer! Updating virus protection is a necessity, I know that now, and with Norton's free internet updates and useful non-technical advice I would recommend it to anyone as a means of protecting their costly computers as virus can - and will - happen to anyone. It's just a shame we can't get something to clean up the brains of the people who think it's big and it's clever to threaten other people's computers.
I have used Norton since March '99 and to be honest with you, I like it and find it to be very useful; I have not had any major problems with it and no viruses. It works with everything I have and I can get free updates for one year, although I don’t think I am looking forward to paying for the updates next March The virus scan takes on average 10 minutes, depending obviously on how much you got on your computer; I can even scan my 100mb ZIP Disks. It cost me around £25, so it is worth it, but if I had to make the choice again, I would go for the very latest version, which is… don’t know really, have to check that up.
The Norton Antivirus package is one of the best known and most trusted pieces of software.The software is easy to install and very easy to use. Once on your hard drive it will load up every time you boot up and stay running in the background looking for virus threats. This really is a case of being better safe than sorry, there are so many ways of being infected through email attachments, things that are downloaded or through installing new software. It's rather sad that there are people who resort to getting their kicks from making viruses, to keep pace with them Norton programmers constantly look for new strains and regularly issue updates for their software. These can be easily downloaded from their website. When I installed it I find that I had an ICQ trojan bomb hidden on the system, this was easily found by Norton, quarantined and then cleaned. At each stage the software gave help in determining the best course of action. Overall it is so easy to use, it sits in the background and largely goes un noticed until it spots anything suspicious. A great package that I would not want to be without.
Norton anti virus is a must or something similar, you need to protect your PC against all known viruses before it attacks your computer. It doesn’t take a genius to work out it is better to spend £25 on Norton’s anti virus than buy a new machine for £1200. Once you have purchased Norton’s anti virus, it’s so simple to install just follow the install instructions and you will be free from all known virus, once you hear of any unknown virus you can download the update the new facilities on to your hardrive. When you boot up Norton kicks straight in and starts to load and scans your hardrive for virus, checks your email it also does a scan on all files on a regular basis. This a little price to pay to know you can surf knowing you are very safe from virus. Once again buy it to make you safe while you are surfing.