I've been using Norton AntiVirus for a long time and it's simply the best anti-virus software out there. The scans are lightning quick compared to other products. (I was once scanning my hard drive with McAfee and simply shut the program down two hours later when I discovered that it was still plodding along through the Windows/System directory.) A complete hard drive scan with Norton is a 15 minute procedure. My only gripe is that it keeps scanning the floppy drive on bootup, shutdown, and various other times with no option to shut it off. This makes for an annoying grinding sound and wears out the floppy drive.
After upgrading my home computer to Windows XP (which is well worth doing, by the way), I unfortunately discovered that my trusty old InoculateIT anti-virus software is not Windows XP compatible. Disaster! I needed to find a replacement quickly... I had a quick shop around, and picked up a cheap copy of Norton Antivirus 2002. I've been a big fan of Symantec's Norton products since getting a free copy of Norton Utilities 4 (I think) from Jungle, and I also have friends that use Norton Antivirus and rate it highly. Plus, working in the IT field, I've had experience with several different pieces of anti-virus software, and Norton is the only one I'd fully trust for my home PC. Installing the software is dead simple - I can't even remember the procedure, so it can't have been that hard, right? The CD auto-plays as soon as you put it in the drive, and you literally just click on the install button. There are a few options to configure, which I'll get to later, and a few updates to download, and then you're all set. The downloads were a bit of a pain, largely because I've only got a modem connection. The version I got is also a little old, and was a good year out of date when I installed it, so there were a lot of updates there to be picked up. There were updates available for the actual software itself, for the software that downloads the updates, and for the virus definitions. As a bit of advice to those of you that may go through the same process, don't try to do them all at once! Start off just downloading the updates to the update software; then (possibly after restarting your PC) get the update to the anti-virus software; then finally (perhaps after a second restart) download the virus definitions. It took me a couple of goes before I got everything (about 7MB worth of files!), but it's all up to date and running quite happily now. Of course, you folks out there with broadband connections will pr
obably never even notice the files coming down... Oh, and I should say that once you're up-to-date the downloads are a lot smaller and less of a hassle. So, once it's all installed and up-to-date, you will probably want to set your software up to give you the best possible protection. Norton has a very simple, easy-to-understand options menu. Having a look through it quickly for the purpose of research, you really don't need to change anything from the default settings. I disabled automatic updates - I'd rather choose when my programs connect to the Internet, thanks - but that was about it. Having configured it all how you want it, aside from updating every so often you can pretty much then leave Norton Antivirus to its own devices. It will sit happily on your Quick Launch bar (it's the one next to the clock on the Windows Task Bar) minding its own business until you need it. But what does it do while it?s sitting there? There are several services that Norton runs in the background while you're busy on your computer. These are: (And I'll be quoting fairly heavily from the Norton AntiVirus help files here...) -= Auto-Protect =- This is the real-time protection that keeps an eye on your system at all times for viruses. It automatically: + Detects and protects you against all types of viruses, including macro viruses, boot sector viruses and memory resident viruses and Trojan horses, worms and other malicious code. +Protects your computer from viruses transmitted through the Internet, checking all files you download from the Internet, including Java Applets and ActiveX controls. +Checks for viruses every time you use software programs on your computer, insert floppy disks or other removable media, modify or access documents, keeping your system safe at all times. +Monitors your computer for any unusual symptoms that may indicate an active virus. -= Email Scanning =- This monitors both incoming and out-going emails for viruses, so not only are you safe from anything that gets sent to you, but also your mates are safe from anything you might accidentally send them. -= Script Blocking =- This examines any scripts (kind of mini-programs - used in websites a lot) that are run on your computer for any virus-like behaviour, and blocks them if they misbehave. Norton AntiVirus also uses a rather exciting technology called Bloodhound, which provides protection against new, unknown viruses. It does this by heuristic analysis of everything that's running on your PC. Basically what that means is that it looks out for stuff that looks or acts like a virus - and if it looks and acts like a virus then it's probably a virus, and Bloodhound gives it a kicking. OK, that's all the automatic stuff, what else is left? You can manually run scans of your entire system, or you can narrow it down to a particular drive, folder, or file. You should ideally run a full system scan every few weeks, just to make sure there's nothing nasty lurking in the dark forgotten corners of your hard disk. Oh, and you should download updates every week or so - there are something like 500 new viruses identified every month! I should stress that there is a newer version available now - Norton Antivirus 2003. You should be able to pick it up for about £30 if you shop around, and that includes a years worth of free updates - after that I think you pay a subscription fee of about £5 a year. As for system requirements, it supports every Windows operating system, and will run on any modern PC. I can thoroughly recommend Norton AntiVirus to anyone that is not protected at the moment. It's reasonably cheap, incredibly easy to set up, use and maintain, and it is extremely reliable. As an IT technician, I've never had virus problems with
any PC that's been running Norton. Which is more than I can say about McAfee... Thanks for reading!
When my computer got attacked by a virus, the repair shop installed in Norton AntiVIrus 2002. Since them, I found that this software works remarkably well in the protection of your computer. This program periodically scans your computer for viruses or corrupt files and when it finds some during the scan, or when one tries to enter your computer, it immediately warns you and allows you to put it in quarantine. This software has saved my computer many times from viruses. This program doesn?t slow down your computer, unless you already have a slow connection. This software is recommended with anyone who personally owns a computer. I can help you save your computer, and save you thousands of dollars. If you don?t believe this software works, just ask anyone else who owns it, and they?ll tell you how good it is.
ZAPPPPPPP!!! Eat cyber lead you pesky varmints! Luckily, I've never actually been the victim of a computer virus, I'm glad to say, and with that happy state of being it's hard to really imagine how terrible life could get if you were indeed unlucky and got attacked by the creeping menace. The user's guide which you get with Norton Antivirus 2002 gives a pretty decent analysis of the dangers you face:"A computer virus is a parasitic program written intentionally to alter the way your computer operates without your permission or knowledge. A virus attaches copies of itself to other files and, when activated, may damage files, cause erratic system behaviour, or display messages." The guide goes on to describe macro viruses, Trojan horses and worms, how the nasty infections are spread and what their prog can do about it. The whole Symantec Norton package is an extremely professional offering which does exactly what it says on the tin. The PC Pro Magazine (the best in my not so humble opinion) rates it the best package around, summarising it thus in its January 2002 edition: "Norton Antivirus 2002 will provide all the protection your PC needs, with plenty of scanning and detection options. McAfee's VirusScan may offer extra features, such as firewall protection, but if you want straightforward, no-frills anti-virus protection then this is the one to get." Norton AntiVirus retails at forty notes including VAT and is available from most good computer stores and you can either buy it on its own or in a package with some of the other Norton utility programs. Jungle.com, for instance, includes it in a package with called System Works (which also includes CleanSweep and Norton Utilities for £59.99, and will charge you £49.99 for AV with the Personal Firewall program. System requirements are pretty marginal in this day and age: Pentium or higher, 32Mb of RAM, 50Mb of hard disk spa
ce, Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000 Professional, NT, Workstation 4/SP 6 or XP, and it comes complete with a one year subscription for virus signature and scanning engine updates. This is one case where what you get actually lives up to the marketing promise and Norton Antivirus is certainly a slick program which meets all your expectations. When I first got a home PC I acquired a copy of Norton Utilities which came complete with a virus program and I always found that package quite intrusive upon my cyber activities, as often as not butting in or crashing my system, seemingly whenever the fancy took it. I'd seen good reviews about the new package, however, so I decided to take the plunge and splash out to get full protection. It's extremely straightforward to install, exactly as described in the user's guide, and you even get the option to kick off by creating a set of emergency boot up disks if your PC ever does get disabled. I had cause to use the McAfee version of these disks once upon a time, so this step is one well worth taking if you're serious about staying safe. Like most programs these days the installation routine takes you through things in step by step fashion, but a hard copy user's guide like the one you get with this package is getting more and more rare these days, so high marks to Norton for keeping us conventional types content. Once you're up and running, you can set up your own customised preference for the way that things work, but the default set up is near perfect so why bother. One tremendous advantage which Norton has over McAfee (at least as far as I'm concerned) is that the Live Update facility will go and get system updates automatically whenever you're online, and the download is surprisingly rapid. I've passed many an unhappy hour in the past requesting downloads from McAfee and sitting impatiently for hours while you get the trickle of bytes. Now as far as
I'm concerned, there ain't a great deal else to say about Norton Antivirus - it's efficient and discreet and extremely functional and to date hasn't given me any concerns AT ALL. There's plenty of bells and whistles like quarantine routines and customised scanning, but they're normally for the anoraks out there who dig this sort of thing. The best thing about the whole deal is that once it's installed and set up you can just leave it running and forget it, allowing it to carry out its anally retentive guardian routine, safe in the knowledge that you're as safe as you can reasonably expect to be. I have to say that my only real gripe with Norton Antivirus is the remodelled packaging and overwhelming sickly yellow colouring of everything that comes with it. It's quite professional looking, but it just doesn't ring any bells with me. Still, if that's the only beef you can?t really complain, so well done Symantec, this is well good enough for me.
To be honest viruses are over-rated. Occasionally one will crop up in the computer world that becomes high profile by purely inflicting damage in the simplest form. Having worked in computer retail for over four years I can say that you're more likely to get a virus by sharing disks than you are by browsing the internet. Some may disagree. But then it's better to be safe than sorry and now I have a new computer I felt it was necessary to give it some protection of the software kind in order to keep it clean. In the past I've used Norton's purely because of it's ease of use and value for money. Thirty pounds is not much to spend when you consider the time and effort that can go into the aftermath of repairing a PC that has been struck down by a virus. I picked up the latest version of Norton's whihc is cleverly titled 2002 and placed the cd-rom into my machine. Installation is simple enough under Windows XP, I see another opinion on this site has had problems with the software under the XP operating system. I have to say I've encountered no worries so far. The installation process was very straightforward and registering the software provided me with a few options which included recieving updates about viruses via post, e-mail and more. Naturally the simplest method these days is by e-mail. The thing about virus software is that once it's installed you find yourself not really using it again. The software just sits there running in the background all the time, keeping tabs on things. When you click on the toolbar icon you can access all the option required and one nifty little feature now allows you to automatically scan any outgoing e-mails you may send. The window also tells you all the recent updates and checks the software has made. Norton's will automatically check for any software updates it may require which means you'll always be covered against any new threats. This new version also let's
quarentine any files that may be infected, it will then do it's best to clean them. It's a nifty feature but one you hope you'll never have to use. Paying your £30-40 entitles you to a years use whihc in my book is very good value for money. At the end of the year you then have the option to re-new the service although there isn't any indication to cost. However it wouldn't make sense to sell a re-newal for more than the latest version of the software. Having an Anti-Virus package is peace of mind more than anything. It's software that you rarely actually use but when it comes down to it I'm safe in the knowledge that Norton's will safeguard my PC.
I have just bought a brand-new Windows XP machine and, having used SystemWorks 2000 and 2001 on my previous PC without any problem, went ahead and ordered SystemWorks 2002. Although installation seemed to go OK, I started to get strange "Internet Explorer" script errors. These are specifically caused by the Norton AntiVirus part of SystemWorks. I followed the guidelines in the Symantec support pages for correcting the problems but nothing seems to work. To give you an idea, I get messages of the type: "An error has occurred in the script on this page" followed by an error number. So far I have had error numbers: 17, 25, 102, 174, 316, 882, 918 and (I think) 554 or 454. (I gave up noting down all these number after a while!). I'm not sure what to do, but my feeling is that I should return the whole software and get a refund! This may be an isolated case, but I don't think so - why does Symantec have so many web-pages on this subject? Come to think of it - why can't they get the whole installation process sorted out? I bought this specifically for XP as the 2001 version doesn't work. My PC has very little software on it so far as it is so new, so this should surely make it easier. This looks like a bodged job to me - done in a hurry to cash in on the newest version of Windows. Well, my advice to XP users is to be wary of this new version - you may be OK, but there certainly are going to be more like me with similar problems!
Norton AntiVirus 2002 ********************* This software removes viruses without you even knowing. The automatic scan and clean feature for emails is very useful if you receive a lot of emails and even if you don?t. The automatic updates keep your computer protected against new viruses. Features --------- This software comes with lots of features that are useful if you use your computer a lot. The new Script Blocking service detects scripts such as the Nimba virus. The detection is even done without the new definitions being created. You would be surprised how many emails you get, which you don?t know are viruses today. Norton AntiVirus is integrated with Windows explorer so that you can use many common Norton functions from the Explorer navigational bar. Symantec have set up a Security Response Website so that if you want any specific information about a certain virus you can do it from their Website. The Scan and Deliver Wizard makes it easy to send infected files to the Symantec Response Website. This software is very easy to install as well. How does Norton AntiVirus work? When Norton AntiVirus detects a virus it will notify you and then ask you what to do with it. The Automatic Update software allows users of the software to keep updated with new virus definitions, so that hopefully no viruses are known if they do manage to enter your computer. Norton has developed new Bloodhound technology, which detects viruses through different methods, which are unthinkable e.g. through programming logic. Script Blocking stops viruses from entering your computer, which have been known to cause problems before e.g. the "I love you" virus. How do I maintain protection? I would advise people to use Auto-Protect every week as it stops viruses and Trojan horses and macro viruses from causing a
ny trouble. Macros ****** These are simple programs that are used to do things in programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel. Macro viruses however can often destroy or alter data. Trojan horses ************* Trojan horses appear to provide entertainment, which encourages you to run them. However the program serves to damage or place different files onto your computer. A Trojan horse is not actually a virus but files that contain them cannot be prepared. Norton AntiVirus can find Trogans on your computer and can delete them when they are found. Worms ***** Worms are programs that copy without infecting any programs. The worm tries to destroy or damage files. Like Trogans, a Worm is not a virus and therefore cannot be repaired. Norton AntiVirus can find worms and delete them from your computer. Design -------- The overall design of the software is very easy to get around. The package is far more attractive than the 2001 version in my opinion. Preparing for the worst *********************** In my opinion it is always worth preparing for the worst situation, even though it is not likely to happen. Here are a few hints and tips on how to prepare for the worst situation: - * Create Rescue Disks or Emergency Disks * Back up files regularly keep more than just the most recent back up. Is it better than the 2001 version? -------- In my opinion it is much better than the 2001 version, the new features are very useful. The software is useful for all types of computer users. System Requirements ******************* You must have one of the following operating systems to run Norton AntiVirus: - * Windows 98 * Windows 98SE * Windows ME * Windows NT * Windows 2000 Professional * Windows XP Professional
* Windows XP Home Edition Here are the system requirements for each operating system (When I was buying the software it was a bit confusing but its worth knowing that your computer can support the software): Windows 98/ME * Intel Pentium processor at 133MHz for Windows 98 * Intel Pentium process at 150MHz for Windows ME * 32 MB of RAM * 50 MB of available hard disk space * Internet Explorer 4.01 or higher * CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive Windows NT 4.0 * Service Pack 6 or higher * Intel Pentium Processor at 133MHz or higher * 32 MB of RAM * 50 MB of available hard disk space * Internet Explorer 4.01 or higher * CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive Windows 2000 Professional * Intel Pentium processor at 133 MHz or higher * 64 MB of RAM * 50 MB of hard disk space * Internet Explorer 4.01 or higher * CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive Windows XP Home Edition/Professional * Intel Pentium processor at 300MHz or higher * 128 MB of RAM * 50 MB of hard disk space * Internet Explorer 4.01 or above * CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive The installation was much easier than I thought that it would be. Is it worth the money? -------- In my opinion it is well worth the money that you pay for. A virus can ruin your days work or some of your most valuable files, don?t let a virus do that to you and protect your files with Anti Virus software. Are there any other Anti Virus software programs that are like this one? -------- Yes there are many other Anti-Virus software programs out there. If you were looking to buy some anti virus software I would look around, as prices do vary depending on where you go. Are there any other software packages that can protect me against viruses or other things that may harm my computer? -------- Yes there a
re other software packages that you can buy to protect your computer against viruses. Norton Utilities 2002 ------ This software improves the performance of your computer and Fix?s Windows problems. It keeps your computer running healthily and stops trouble before it starts. Firewall Software ----- If you use the Internet at all it is worth getting a firewall. This protects intruders from trying to break into your computer without you knowing. In my opinion Zone Alarm is the best firewall around as it is free at the moment but you can buy other Firewall software such as Norton Firewall 2002. Note ------ Please be aware that there are special promotions when buying software such as the ones I have wrote. Look around at different Anti Virus software that suits your needs.
I recently upgraded to NAV 2002 from NAV 2000 which was on my newly bought laptop PC. I had been pleased with the quality of NAV 2000 as it had wiped out a couple of email viruses from my inbox before they had chance to infect my system. I would not have bothered with the upgrade were it not for the fact that my one-year subscription to the virus definition updates had run out. Rather than just extending my subscription for a year, I decided to go for a full upgrade. I bought the upgrade online through the Symantec website, downloaded and installed it without any problem. After installation a wizard was run to set up my preferences, eg whether or not to scan emails, when and how often to scan my entire system for viruses, etc. Again, this was a simple process and enough help was available in case I was not sure which option to choose. There is little difference between NAV 2000 and 2002. The only major enhancements to my mind are: 1. NAV 2002 scans outgoing as well as incoming emails, so you know you aren't passing on viruses to others; 2. NAV 2002 gives you the option to run the virus definition update automatically. What this means is that whenever I use the internet NAV 2002 checks for new updates (can usually expect a few a week) and if it finds them, downloads and installs them automatically. The only indication that any of this is happening is an icon in the system tray. The automatic update ensures that I never miss an update and am therefore always receiving maximum protection. [For those who don't know, it is important to have the most recent virus definitions as these protect you from the most recent viruses.] The NAV 2002 interface is simple and intuitive to use. Now that the program is set up though, it is rare that I need to use it as NAV does most things automatically. My entire system is scanned for viruses every week, virus definitions are obtained automatically, incoming and outgoing emails are scan
ned as are floppy disks, and my computer is monitored for virus activity as I work - and all without my ever having to start up the NAV 2002 interface. If a virus is found, NAV 2002 offers a variety of measures to deal with it, including attempting to clean the file, deleting it or putting it in 'quarantine' so that it infects no other files, allowing me to wait for an update to become available which can clean the file without deleting it, saving my potentially vital data. I would recommend NAV 2002 to anyone wanting to buy AntiVirus software, it is certainly a step up from NAV 2000 and a much better product than McAfee. For those who already own an earlier version of NAV it is probably best just going for the cheaper virus definition subscription rather than upgrading to 2002 as it is not exactly packed with exciting new features.
Norton AntiVirus lets you quarantine infected files, easily get help with viruses directly from Symantec researchers and automatically protects you against viruses as well as malicious ActiveX and Java applets. Quarantine an infected file and it's safe to store on your computer without fear of spreading the virus.
The new Scan and Deliver wizard makes it easy to send quarantined and other suspicious files to Symantec for evaluation. Bloodhound technology uses advanced heuristic logic to 'sniff-out' and eliminate new viruses even without updated virus definitions. As always, Norton AntiVirus can run constantly in the background to keep your computer safe from viruses that might come in from e-mail attachments, Internet downloads, floppy diskettes, software CDs or a network. And, it can be scheduled to automatically retrieve new anti-virus definitions from Symantec as often as once a week.