If you want to keep your computer healthy and safe nowadays,get this before it's too late! - Advantages: Does the job it says it does, Easy upgradeable, Easy to use - Disadvantages: Blocks some file attachments i.e .exe, You have to be online to upgrade , New virus's come out quicker than the patches
Norton Antivirus may not have a sexy name but it does the job of stopping viruses, and it is fairly friendly in use. I installed the program, in a bundle with the excellent Norton Utilities, just over 12 months ago. During that time it has accessed the internet regularly to keep all of the programs up to date (not just the virus definitions). It recently asked me if I wanted to extend the updates by a further year, which cost a very reasonable $9.95 (approximately £7). The antivirus program can be configured in different ways according to the nature of your own useage. There is an ultra-safe setting which scans any executable file before accessing it, but most people use a medium setting in which all emails are scanned and any new files, together with a weekly scan of the hard disc. You will hardly notice it is there unless it finds something. It is worth noting that Norton is one of the few anti-virus programs to work with the full range of email programs. I use Pegasus email here to avoid the problems of Microsoft Outlook. That reminds me, I must write a review of Pegasus sometime! In an attempt to save him some money I encouraged my step-father to install Mcaffee Antivirus. My experience of that program was that it was less user-friendly, and took a lot more internet time downloading and configuring itself. During the first twelve months, Norton Antivirus has behaved very well and kept me completely free from virus infection. That's all you can expect from an AV program really I therefore recommend it wholeheartedly! Note - if you haven't bought it already you can find cheap OEM versions from certain software suppliers. These will download the latest virus updates to give effectively the same protection as the 2002 version, which does not have a great deal of new features.
Computer viruses have always been a threat to the safety of your computer and more importantly the data that is stored upon it. Since the Internet has become ever more popular the threat has increased as the people writing the virus' have become a lot sneakier in the way their virus' work. They are not only getting ever more complex but they also are starting to come in such forms that the user will activate the virus without even knowing it. You will never be safe from viruses because as soon as the companies producing the anti-virus software have just updated their software a new virus appears. But you can at least guard yourself from the known viruses. I can't say that I would recommend any one bit of anti-virus software, as I would say that all the major ones are just as good as each other. But this opinion is going to be about Norton Anti Virus, as it happens to be the one that I use. However there are other such as McAfee, which I have used before and was very good. Anyway on with the opinion? ** System Requirements ** Windows® 95 B, Windows 98 or Windows Millennium Edition Windows NT® v4.0 Workstation operating system with service pack 4 or higher Windows 2000 Professional Intel® Pentium® 150MHz or higher processor 32 MB of RAM (64MB for Windows 2000 Professional) 70 MB of available hard disk space CD-ROM drive Supported E-mail Clients Microsoft® Outlook® Express 4.0/5.X Microsoft Outlook 97/98/2000 Netscape® Messenger 4.0 Netscape Mail 6.0 Eudora® 5.0, Light 3.0, Pro 4.0 Pegasus Mail 3.0 Becky! Internet Mail 1.26 AL-Mail32 1.11 ** Installation ** This is very easy to do, all you have to do is insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive and the CD should auto-play. All you have to do then is to agree to the installation path and other such
things. I would recommend that you let the installer install the default options, as this is everything that you will need to protect your computer. Having done this you will need to update the virus definition files, this I will explain about later on, but it is very easy to do! ** Updating the Program ** The virus definition files that Norton AV uses to check for viruses are updated weekly and can be downloaded and installed very easily. All you have to do is connect to the Internet and then start the "LiveUpdate". All you have to do then is click next and if there is an update available the program will download it and install it for you. This is very easy and quite fast, although I could not tell you what the speed is like on a modem, as I have only ever done this at work. I should think that it would take quite a while as the updates can be quite large, up to 3 MB. ** Real-time Scan ** This is a program that runs in the background on your computer checking executable files accessed and e-mails. This is very easy to use and configure as once you have installed Norton AV it is set-up automatically and will start working at once. This does work very well and unless you are doing a lot of work which requires a lot of disk access then you will not notice any speed difference in your computer. However if you want to play a computer game, it is recommended by most of the manufacturers to disables this as it can affect gameplay. ** Other Scans ** Norton AV also gives you the option to run scans of the whole system and disks etc? This can be run manually if you want to check a CD or floppy disk or if you want to check your hard drive you can schedules a full system scan for whenever you want! If you are going to do a full scan of your hard drive I recommend that you stop doing any other work on your computer as this does tie up your computer quite badly and if you try to do stuff you may end up making the comp
uter hang! ** Useful Links ** Symantec - www.symantec.com Symantec Virus Information - securityresponse.symantec.com McAfee AV - www.mcafee.com F-Secure AV - www.europe.f-secure.com Sophos AV - www.sophos.com ** My Thoughts ** This is as good as any anti-virus software that I have used it is easy to use and update, which is a bonus as some anti-virus products are a bit fiddly. All I can say is that you should have some sort of protection on your computer system. I hope that this opinion has been informative and useful for all those concerned.
Symantec Norton Anti Virus 2001 is the most complete anti-virus programme around today. I recently installed this on my computer and was extremely impressed with the efficiency and presentation of the software. The software is presented on a CD and installation is very simple. Once completed you will then we able to utilize all of the various functions associated with the software, which will enable you to maintain your computer in a proper working condition. Norton Anti-Virus protects your computer thoroughly and is able to detect the viruses before they can affect your computer. This is done by providing you with: 1) Email protection 2) Web Protection 3) Live Updates Email Protection -------------------- This is the easiest way for a virus to penetrate your computer and usually it is only after the virus has entered your computer that the Anti-Virus software detects it. This detection is only done when you run a scan and could possibly be several hours or days after the actual virus has entered your machine. During this time the virus would have had time to infect many more files on your machine. With this version your email attachments are scanned for viruses as your receive them and prior to them going into your email account ie. Outlook Express. If a virus is found you are then asked what you want Norton to do with it. You can either ask for it to be repaired if possible, delete it or put it into quarantine. Web Protection ------------------ This again works in much the same way as the email protection application. Many websites have viruses within their pages and these are immediately located and filtered out before they have a chance to affect your computer. Live Updates ---------------- When you first install Norton 2001 all known viruses are included in the coverage. However as everyone is aware new viruses are coming up almost on a daily basis. Some of
these can have devastating effects and your prevailing Anti-Virus software will not be able to deal with it, since it is not updated. Live update allows you to connect to the Symantec (Norton) website and download the updates to the software. This ensures complete coverage even from the newest of viruses. I personally have set mine to update every day and at least four times in a week it does actually do an update and downloads the required data and automatically updates your software. This goes to show you that new information and virus protection is constantly being added and provided to users for added security free of charge. Norton 2001 automatically protects your computer for viruses from any types of files. You can select which files you want it to scan prior to opening and select what you want Norton to do with them if a virus is located. Running a complete scan is also selectable by duration ie. You can set it to run a scan automatically every one week. This is the general scan that will scan you complete computer and depending on the number of programmes and files you have can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes. Since you computer is already protected for incoming virus this is more like an additional safeguard and that is why I and I presume many others only run it once a week. When I first installed it on my computer, I had about a week prior to that date run an Online Virus Scan with Trend PCillin. PCillin did not find any viruses at that time but when I ran the Norton 2001 it found a total of 11 viruses on my computer, which Trend PCillin had not picked up. This convinced me for sure that Norton 2001 is totally upto date in this aspect and assures you of the best available protection. I understand that the 2002 version is now out but irrespective of whatever version you have, with the live updates you will always have the latest version. At just below £35.00 this is a very small price to pay for complete pro
tection and peace of mind. I high recommend Norton Antivirus for all computer users.
I got Norton Antivirus free with my new motherboard which makes the fact that it is a top program even sweeter. I had been using InnoculateIT PE / eTrust and was perfectly satisfied with them, as they had proved to do their job, but the setup had always been pretty complicated, which was one of things I was not looking forward to with having to reinstall everything again following a migration to Win ME from 98SE and a partial upgrade ? new motherboard, hard drive mouse and keyboard to replace the rubbish that my computer had been shipped with. Expecting the process of installing Norton to be a tedious and time consuming one, I was pleasantly surprised how much easier it was to install. Naturally it was a concern that the version I had would have a very old pattern file and that it would therefore not perhaps find anything on my machine until I updated the pattern file. I was mistaken, as before it does scan your hard-drive(s) it does actually update the pattern file as well as the program. Of course being on a 300Kbps cable connection meant that it was a considerably quicker download than over 56Kbps dial up, but I had really not expected the entire setup until first scan to take 4 minutes including rebooting! Definitely a quick one! The real-time support was automatically configured and the program sits nicely in the system tray looking as if it is minding your business but it is offering real-time protection. Norton?s first test came against a suspected MSN Messenger Virus that some tried to unwittingly pass on. I was pretty certain that it was a virus, as it claimed to be a picture yet had a .exe tag and having checked out antivirus.com and discovered that it was going to be decided to see how good Norton was. It duly spotted the worm in it and gave me the choice of repairing the file or deleting it ? I duly deleted it of course? The program can be set to run updates as regularly as you need (I have a daily update at 9am to coincide wit
h my first coffee break of the day!) and have also got the program set up to scan my work folders daily whilst I am at lunch to ensure that I can have peace of mind when sending items out to people and also when they are received. If something does get through then Norton have the answer. As part of the set-up process Norton makes a copy of your system files ? either to Zip disk or floppy so that you can rebuild your system in the event of a paralysing blow to it. Even if your live update kicks in whilst you are at work at your computer it is pretty unobtrusive and you can just minimize and let is get on with its work. Admittedly I am overjoyed at getting this for free but at £39 + VAT for the new 2002 edition including Norton Personal Firewall ? a definite consideration for anybody who is online a lot, I would easily pay out that straightaway. I can?t speak highly enough about it.
Well, OK, your computer won't literaly die but many of the latest viruses are potential fatal to your system. Norton AntiVirus is the world's leading anti virus software, brought to you by Symantec, one of the largest computer utilities manufacturers. It's a very reliable piece of software and provides all that you need to protect your computer from the literaly thousands of virus out there. It costs around £25, with that you get 365 days worth of virus updating. By this I mean, you can go to there website and download the latest virus definitions so that your computer has optomum protection. The program itself can be configured to scan your computer everytime it starts up. This adds upto 2 minutes of extra start-up time to your system. It can also be configured to automatically scan ALL email attachments for viruses (as this is the easiest and fastest way, viruses are spread). It also comes with the facility to create a boot disk, with the smiliar function of the windows boot disks, although this particular one is geared towards rescuing your system if it has been infested with a difficult virus that is effecting the stability of your system. The some what obvious main feature of this program is it's full scan of your hard disk for viruses. The first time I ran this approx. 2 years ago, it found three different viruses! Since then, some of my friends have asked me to install the program for them on their system and 5 out of 6 of them also had at least one virus on their system, all of which have caused some problems that they had never previously been able to work out. What happens if Norton finds a virus? ************************************* Good question! What it does is - it gives you the option of having it automatically deleted (if possible) or it will prompt you to put into quaranteen if there is no available cure. You can then send the corrupted/infected fil
es to Symantec and they will provide a cure. The one problem with software like this is that it's only effective if the user makes sure that all the virus definitions are up-to-date. If not, then the software is pretty much useless. To keep the software up-to-date, all you need do is run the 'live update' feature within the program. This will connect with the Symantec server and download the latest virus defenitions. I would recommend that everyone invests in an anti virus program, especially this particular one. It is made and maintained by a respectable company with very skilled, reliable staff. GO GET IT NOW!!!
Protect your Pc with the famous antivirus pc protecter of all time! Norton antivirus 2001 is great! It protects your computer from most known viruses and worms. It also gives you info about viruses, like what they do and how to kill them. A worm on a computer is just like a real worm, you cut it, it goes in two. How would you like 2 worms going around you PC?, you try and delete it, which is like chopping a worm, hoping the worm will be delted. But no it goes in two, and gets worse. The same goes for viruses, they infect you they infect your computer. But norton antiviruses squashes a worm, and doesn't cut it in two. It's also like a medicine that eliminates viruses. They reccomend, and I also reccomend, that you scan your computer as soon as you get a file from the net, and once a week. It also can automaticly scan files and e-mail while you go and play on solitaire while boss's gone. I mean, I only have the 30-day trial version, but it's still greeeeeaaaaaat! (no, not like frosties sadly :( ) O O > \_/ Thx 4 reading my OP.
I have never used an antivirus program until recently becuase I know what type of files can infect your computer and what files can't. I am cautious when opening these types of files and until a few days ago a virus had never affected me. It began when I was half asleep reading my emails and without thinking about it foolishly opened an attachment called 'joke.exe' and when nothing happened after opening it I knew it was a virus and got very annoyed that I'd been so stupid. But the damage was done and I knew I needed help. Searching through all my old CD's collected off magazines I found a virus checker which looked promising. I installed the product, downloaded the latest virus definitions file and scanned my computer only to find that I wasn't infected. Funny I thought and still knowing something was wrong continued my quest to find a cure for my PC. After searching many sites I noticed that the only virus checker that seemed able to fix this virus was 'Norton AntiVirus' I always thought that this was a commercial product but after being pointed in the right direction I was able to download it from the Symantec website. After a good few hours of download(extended by the virus eating up my bandwidth) I eventually had the program installed and ready to run and true to it's name it found the virus and other files that it had detected with no problem. The downside to this was that because of the nature of this virus the program wasn't able to fix it but at least I knew now, what was affected and was able to clean it manually. All I can say is well done Norton AntiVirus you did what others could not do.
With my recent decision to be more security conscious of my PC, I decided it was high time I installed some Anti-Virus software on the computer. After much deliberation, I decided to go for Norton Antivirus 2001 after reading some favourable reviews of it on dooyoo. Installation is simple, as it always seems to be these days, simply a matter of popping the CD in the drive and selecting where you want to place your files. Norton prompts you to see if you want to add the program to your start up menu, so that it is loaded into memory and provide active protection as you use your computer. It also asks whether it should place an icon on your desktop, and if it should perform a virus scan after it reboots the computer. Once rebooted, the first thing you should do is run the Live Update feature to make sure you are protected against the latest viruses and the software is the latest version. My copy of Norton was update until the end of 2000, and I had a 5MB download to update the program and make sure I was protected against the latest viruses. As Norton provides updates as new viruses are detected, it is worth checking the update every day to make sure you are completely protected. Until you have the latest definitions of the viruses, it is pointless running the full system scan. Updates vary in size, and depends on what is being updated, updates to the program can be around 1MB in size, while updates to the virus definitions are rarely larger than 100k. Like most of the features of the program, Live Update can be scheduled so you are safe even if you are forgetful. Purchase of the program entitles you to a years worth of updates, after that you have to pay a few pounds each year to use the update service, which isn’t too unreasonable. Norton can carry out a full system scan of your computer to check that viruses infect none of your files. The scan took about three quarters of an hour on my 15GD hard disk Celeron 667 with 64MB of RAM, an
d happily it told me that it found no viruses. Once you have done the full system check, there is really no need to carry it out again, as Norton can scan any incoming emails for viruses in attachments, and you can use it to scan any files that you download from the Internet. If you run the program in the background, it will constantly monitor your system for any virus-like activity, and alert you if necessary. The scan can be scheduled to run at any time, for instance every two weeks, much in the same way as you can schedule defragmentation of your hard disk in windows. Selecting the program from your desktop or the system tray brings up the main program window, where you can find information about your system, and carry out or modify checks to your system. It shows a list of data about your system, allowing you to easily see how up to date your virus definitions are (it will prompt you automatically when they are two or more weeks out of date), the last time you carried out a full system scan, whether you are running auto protect and if you have integrated the software with your email client. If you have selected the option, it is highlighted by a green tick, and if you have it deselected or have yet to carry it out, it is marked by a red cross. Switching between the modes being on and off is simply a matter of double clicking on each option and either selecting of deselecting it. Double clicking also provides a short explanation of what each mode does and how it protects your system. One of the main parts of the program is its integration with your email client to provide protection for viruses spread by email, where most of the risk lies. Once this option is selected, Norton automatically scans any incoming mail to the system, and if anything dangerous is downloaded, alerts you and gives you the option to clean it, or leave it alone. If it cannot clean it, it can move the dangerous files to the quarantine area where they are safely stored until
a fix can be found for the problem. It works with all major mail clients such as Outlook Express, Outlook, Netscape Messenger and Eudora. The email takes slightly longer to download when this protection is enabled, but only a few seconds, but the protection is worth the wait. The email scanning doesn’t actually take place on your computer, it changes the settings of your client so that the email is first sent to Norton’s severs, where it is checked there before being downloaded to your computer once it is verified “safe”. Another major feature of the program is the rescue disks, where the program creates a set of disks you can use to recover your system to it’s original settings should you become infected by a virus. These rescue disks can be made to either zip or floppy disks, and allow you to boot from these if you get a virus, from which Norton will try and recover your system. My rescue disks came to five floppy disks (I don’t have a zip drive), and they are worth recreating every couple of weeks so you are completely up to date. The reports section is where you can view any files in quarantine, look at the log of activities the program has carried out, or look at the viruses currently recognised by the software. The program allows you to view the list of all the viruses it protects against, some with short descriptions of what they do. Currently I am protected against 50484 known viruses, which makes me feel nice and safe. It’s worth pointing out that the program can only automatically remove some viruses, some will require the user to delete specific files, but the instructions for doing so are all contained within the program in a simple step-by-step format. Quarantine is where potential dangerous files are sent to, where they can cause no damage to your system while you try and remove them. You can even submit the file to Norton if there is no fix available for it, and they will email you
back with instructions on how to remove the file from your computer. Thankfully, I’ve never had to use this feature yet. You can even back up the files in quarantine so that you can recover everything should your attempts to remove the virus adversely affect your machine. Quarantine is probably most useful for those of us like myself who rarely back up their machine, so just hitting delete or clean and removing some vital files would be a disaster. At least this way you get to back everything up safely before you run around deleting files. All in all, it’s a nice simple program to use, and once you have it set up, and get into the routine of checking regularly for updates, you’ll forget it’s there. Even those with limited computer experience should find it easy to use, and the online documentation with the program effectively and simple explains everything. You still need to exercise some caution though, as if you haven’t got the latest update, you are still at risk from being infected by a virus, although the software seems to be effective at recognising malicious code and quarantining it until a fix is found for it. You still do need to be careful with any files that could carry viruses – vbs, exe and com files being the main culprits. For a simple solution to protect your system and provide you with a little piece of mind, this is what I would recommend. It doesn’t slow down your system significantly or take up a huge amount of hard disk space. The minimum system is Windows 95 with a 486 DX 66Mhz processor and 32MB of RAM, and 50MB of disk space, which most users should have these days. If you want to download a trial version, a 30 day version can be found at http://download.cnet.com/downloads/0-10093-100-2872672.html?tag=st.dl.10001-103-1. lst-7-3.2872672. It’s a 25MB download, which could take about 2 hours, but if you like it, you can register it online with a credit card to remove the 30-day li
mit. I know not everyone likes Norton software, but even if you are not a fan, please do not leave it to chance and get some anti virus software, as more and more people get onto the internet, and viruses become easier to make and send using templates easily found on the internet, software like this is going to become essential for all internet users.
Norton Antivirus 2001 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.
We've all heard of anti-virus software and the Norton name is probably the best known in this field. BUT WHAT DOES THIS SOFTWARE DO? Anti-virus software is supposed to protect your computer system from potentially destructive viruses. These are little pieces of computer code that can get into your system and either attach themselves to another programme, or work alone, to damage files in your system, or sometimes just sit there eating up memory. This can cause loss of data at best, and in the worst cases, leave your computer useless. There are viruses that don't actually do any damage. (See below.) These viruses don't just affect you. Some of them will duplicate themselves and even send themselves by email to people in your address book. You can give it to your friends too. There are three basic kinds of virus to look out for. 1. Macro Viruses: macro features are included in many spreadsheet and word processing packages. These let a second little programme run inside the programme you are using. This, of course, is a great spot for viruses to hide, undetected, until you open the file and activate them. 2. Worm viruses: These little bits of code replicate themselves continually and they either use up all your pc memory, or send themselves to people in your address book and use up their memory. 3. Trojan Horses: These install software on your machine that lets someone else get at your information through another computer. This is a real security hazard. Just think about it, all those bank details, credit card details, addresses, etc. You could be inadvertantly spreading 'pc pox' to all your friends. Not all viruses are malicious and not all do damage. Some just sit there in your system but if they can get in there, so can other more nasty stuff. This software, if you keep it up to date will help protect you and your friends from this problem. I say 'he
lp protect' because no anti-virus programme can guarantee that it will trap and kill every single virus. There are new ones developed all over the world every day. Scarey stuff, eh? HOW LIKELY AM I TO PICK UP A VIRUS? Without protection you are almost certain to pick up something if you use the web a lot and you obviously do if you are a Dooyooer. Best be a 'safe Dooyooer'! If you are still not convinced that you need a good quality anti-virus programme like this Norton one, take a look at the list below. It gives the names and effects of five of the most virulent viruses on the net at the present time: 1. Anna Kournikova: This was in the news recently. It's a picture of the tennis star that emails itself to people in your address book. It is very wide spread, but it doesn't actually do any harm. (Here again, think about it. If this can get in then something more harmful could.) 2. Navidad: This is a worm that distributes itself via email. It replies to any email you get using the same subject line and attaches itself to it. It is actually called Navidad.exe and there is likely to be a lot of damage done to your computer. Infact, infection could make your machine unuseable. 3. W95.MTX: This infects windows essential system files and blocks any anti-virus software that is monitoring the system, so you won't know you've got it. It is a clever little programme as it also stops you accessing anti-virus websites to get updates to your virus protection software. 4. Kakworm: Spreads through Outlook Express. It uses the signature feature to attach itself to emails. The big problem here is that the virus can actually work without you opening it. 5. Creative: This is a worm too and it has only been around for a few months. It moves your sound, image and zip files around and renames them, so that you can't find, or open them. It spreads itself by email and can be spotted by the
subject line: 'A great shockwave flash movie'. SO HOW DO I PROTECT MYSELF FROM PC POX? <br>The best way to do this is to run a top quality virus protection programme all the time. Symantec's Norton AntiVirus 2001 is right up there with the very best. It installs very easily in about five minutes and all you have to do is to follow the onscreen instructions. Then you restart your pc and you will be taken to the update site so that you can get all the latest virus definitions, (these are patterns of code that match particular viruses and that's how your new software traps the little blighters.) One new feature with the latest (2001) version of this useful programme is its ability to check for new virus definitions whenever you log onto the net. There are new ones all the time so this is essential for maximum protection. Emails will be scanned automatically before they get to your mail programme and compressed files can also be searched (like .zip files, for example.) Set it to scan constantly in the background if you wish but you might find it slows older computers down a little bit. Its best to experiment with this and decide just how much loss of speed you are willing to accept inorder to be safe. HOW MUCH IS THIS? WHERE DO I GET IT? At just £30 this is a real bargain for a top of the range product. This is available is all good quality computer shops. If you would like more information on this product or on the prevention and elimination of viruses of all types visit the Symantec site: http://www.symantec.com Telephone: 020-7616-5600 for information. Finally, thanks for reading through all this. I hope I haven't made you paranoid about virus attacks. Serious attacks are nowhere near as common as we are led to believe but it does pay to be 'wise before the event' and protect yourself.
Got a nasty little virus over Xmas, my own fault really, "curiosity killed the computer". Any way didn't have a virus checker, or any thing, so after some investigation decided to use Norton SystemWorks 2001 to sort it out, which it did nicely, with some IT support from a friend, and ever since every thing has been hunky doory - Norton even keep updating your virus checker for a year for free. Plus SystemWorks works has alot of other helpfull applications and utilities as well.
that you have when you go on holiday and have tetanus shots etc. In the past 3 weeks I've had approximately 6 infected email attachments from unknown sources. Now I'm fairly wary of anything that is emailed to me, or anything I download, but even then I can be caught unawares. One time I opened a word document by accident and it was infected with a visual basic script worm. Fortunately it did nothing more than report its infection to an unknown internet address and propogate all over my computer and attempted to send itself to my email address book. Luckily I don't actually use my address book so it spread no further than my computer. I managed to get rid of the virus for a while, then it cropped back up again. I finally caved in, and after 14 years of using a computer I bought a virus checker. I picked Norton Antivirus since it was the only one in the shop, and I hoped I wouldn't regret it. I'm glad to say that I haven't yet. The virus lists are updated every week, and so far no viruses that I'm aware of have slipped through the net. It runs constantly in the background, checking for any virus-like activity, but thankfully doesn't prompt you every time you delete a file or install a program. It scans your email as it arrives for viruses, and that has caught all of them before they arrive. You can quarantine files and then send them into Symantec's virus labs for examination, so the program is very interactive. They will get back to you in a few days with a conclusion and a fix if it is a virus. The downsides (as inevitably there are some): You only get 12 months of updates to the virus lists etc, so after that you really need to buy the product again. With Outlook, I have found that the virus checker sometimes crashes it when you exit outlook in the middle of a mail run. When you update the program, not just the virus lists, it makes you restart - no choice to
continue without restarting. Very annoying if you've got other stuff on the download or need to look something up on the net. All in all though, downsides considered, Norton Antivirus is a nice, cheap, and efficient way to protect your system from unwanted entry, infection and file deletion. It's definitely a wise purchase with the rate at which malicious software is springing up. Ken
With our computers so vulnerable to viruses, we decided to get a virus detector. I am sure everyone had heard of Norton, it detects an viruses, and warns you if and when they are detected. Th cases of viruses have become so much more serious, first it was the ‘I love you’ bug but there’s been countless bugs, so we all do need some protection. My friend had a virus in his computer and it went undetected and soon his computer was gone, it hasn’t worked since. So, the consequences can be pretty lethal. Therefore having Norton is a great peace of mind, it will detect any viruses on your computer and if there is it will inform you instantly and try to fix the problem. When I have done searches I have found that sometimes, the sites that open do contain something ‘malicious’ because it says ‘This site is not a secure page’ however some sites give no warnings, so that’s when Norton can come in very helpful. It was also help detect any viruses in attachments, so it is helpful and if you have it installed in your computer then don’t ignore it. Norton has detected a virus couple of times, it takes a bit of time to remove but it can do it. It scans your hard drive for any files that you may have downloaded from the internet which may contain bad sectors or viruses. You don’t have to give Norton direction to do it, as it does it by it self. Norton is a great tool, and on well worth purchasing, you can download a version of Norton off the Internet but the 2001 version is pretty cheap and for about £30 you get piece of mind. And let’s face it we do need help, since most of us wouldn’t be able to spot a virus. If you have it already installed on your computer learn a bit about it and if it detects virus do not ignore the message follow the instructions.
The other week on the radio it was telling people how a virus can affect a computer. When i had listened to this report i decided to go onto the internet to find a few trial antivirus packages. The first one i saw was Norton Antivirus 2001(it sounds good). I decided to download it, it took quite a while but it was worth it for what you get. It is a fully working trial. It last for 30 days and you can find it on www.cnet.com. The 30 days is nearlly up but it has searved me well. Every day when you start your computer up it asks you to go online and check for new definitions. These are things that tell the computer what a virus is. Often new ones are made every day and you can download them. It is set so that at the end of the week it will check the whole computer for viruses which is good. This enables you to have a virus free computer. You can also chang ethis setting so it does it every day on startup. It will even check your incoming email for you so you don't get things like the love virus. I have made boot disks so if my computer goes wrong i can return it to what it was like when i made the boot disk. Good Program!