I have always relied on free anti virus software, and as a reesult I had lots of viruses on my laptop, when I took it to get fixed I was recommended the Norton Anti virus software by the technician. I purchased it for £40 from park computers, they installed it for me, but I was assured that any updates would be easy to download. As promised they were easy to install, all you have to do is literally click install and everything is taken care of. What they didn't warn me was the frequency of which I would need to update and also how long it would take for each download. Sometimes my computer is out of action for up to an hour ar a time and has to reboot each and every time.
The good thing is, nothing is getting past this software. It scans just about everything, and guarantees your protection.
Great value product; although it's not free, it does save you money in the long run.
This is the latest version of Norton Antivirus 2011 offering a one year licence covering three computers in the continuing battle against viruses, spyware, and other potential threats.
The software is light on your system resources and doesn't try and hog everything for itself. It's perfectly happy running away in the back ground protecting you from viruses. It can be configured to automatically check for updates, you can set times when to scan, and it will automatically detect and remove threats. All of which results in software that demands less from the user freeing up time for whatever you use your computer for. It scans emails and IMs for anything suspicious and will alert you should a downloaded file or program contain a threat.
Scanning your computer is pretty fast especially for Norton - who in my experience is usually one of the slower scanning engines. Officially this is because the software has been tweaked to scan only "potentially risky files" instead of scanning low-risk files and achieves. You can still specific what drives and files to scan, as well as tweak settings such as quick scan and deep scan, so the new and improved quicker scan is a welcome improvement.
The interface has changed over the years but is still pretty basic, if your used to Norton then your laughing at how easy it is to use, if not then it won't take long to become confident with the controls and settings.
I did have problems installing Norton Antivirus, mainly because my laptop came bundled with Norton Internet Security 2010 (which I didn't use or want) and despite the fact that it has long since been uninstalled (some files) were left behind and it was those files that were giving me problems. Along the lines of "...a previous version has been detected and must be removed before continuing install." The only problem was I couldn't find these files in the expect place (such as Program Files) and had to turn to Symantec online help. Thankfully the help they provided really was quick and helpful allowing me to continue with Norton. When I got going the program went in without any problems and in good time.
Now all of the above is great and Norton Antivirus succeeds in what it was developed to do...however there is one rather big problem that I have to mention. This is exactly what it says on the box an "antivirus" program and nothing more. Therefore the protection it can offer you is a bit limited. It offers nothing that Norton's own or rival internet security suites offer. No firewall, no virtual keyboard, no identity theft protection, no prior warning to unsafe sites, no file eraser - and so forth. I understand that it is just meant to be an anti-virus program, but with so many threats online and people waiting to exploit weaknesses in your defences - I wouldn't be confident in relying on just this software to do just that.
I feel that you need comprehensive protection which is not on offer here, it's far better to be over prepared than under. Therefore the only usage I can find for this software is for a notebook or computer that is NOT online, where you only want to keep your data virus free from third party media. Some scene when anti-virus protection is the only protection that you require. Otherwise I would strongly recommend paying extra and either going for Norton 360 (or another internet security suite).
Awarding four stars may be over generous in a way. However I have tried to review the software for its function and not what its bigger brothers can do. Think carefully on what you need - if it is just anti-virus then this version is worth the cost and an improvement on previous versions.
(I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and some my reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)