The latest version of Norton AntiVirus has comprehensive features that attack malware, alert users to suspicious behavior, and stop phishing scams that can compromise your passwords and financial security. While the software isn't tested extensively, it performs well in labs and resembles a suite more than stand-alone antivirus software.
The good, the bad and the really ugly. The latest version of Norton AntiVirus provides basic online protection and quality antivirus scans. PCMag.com notes that Norton's installer pre-checks for problems and cleans them up, preventing a lot of installation headaches. Two tools for dealing with badly infected systems are available, and they can deal effectively and aggressively with malware, including ransom-ware and other ills that work to completely block access to a PC. However, sometimes these tools can be overaggressive. In tests at PCMag.com, they rendered two test systems unbootable. Neil Rubenking says both systems were eventually rescued, but only after hours of work with Norton's tech support staff. "I rate the installation experience at two stars," he says.
Feature-packed antivirus software. Norton AntiVirus features are incredibly impressive for non-suite software. In addition to detecting and removing malware, Norton AntiVirus offers online protections including anti-spyware, email and instant message scanning. Scam Insight takes a page from the playbooks of some free software makers like Avast by using Norton users' anonymous warnings to steer you away from hazardous websites. Its anti-exploit technology protects well against online attacks that can sneak in via browsers or operating systems. While Norton's installer can inadvertently damage files, new technology does a superb job of protecting important Windows files should your machine become infected. Norton Identity Safe password manager is included, and it lets you create and keep track of highly secure passwords.
Mixed results. In PCMag.com's tests, Norton AntiVirus cleaned up malware better than most other competitors. However, it was only "decent" at blocking malware to begin with. Other independent labs unfortunately don't have reviews of the latest versions of Norton AntiVirus, and Norton is no longer tested at all by AV-Comparatives.org.
Review Credibility: Excellent PCMag.com's Neil Rubenking gives Norton AntiVirus 2013 one of its Editors' Choice awards along with Bitdefender Plus and Webroot SecureAnywhere. Rubenking, who tested the software, is impressed by its performance, particularly its malware detection rates.
Review: Norton AntiVirus (2013), Neil J. Rubenking, Sept. 10, 2012
PCMag.com's Neil Rubenking gives Norton AntiVirus 2014 one of its Editors' Choice awards along with Bitdefender Antivirus Plus (2014) and Webroot SecureAnywhere (2014). Rubenking, who tested the software, is impressed by its performance, particularly its malware detection rates.
Review: Norton AntiVirus (2014), Neil J. Rubenking, Sept. 6, 2013
Review Credibility: Excellent CNET's Download.com awards Norton AntiVirus 2013 a score of 4.5 (out of 5), but it gets less than 3 stars from nearly 700 users. The reviewer tests the software and praises its faster installation, excellent performance and wealth of features. Users complain that viruses slipped through, and some are unhappy with Symantec's customer service.
Review: Norton AntiVirus 2013 , Seth Rosenblatt, Oct. 11, 2012
The current version of Norton AntiVirus generates more than 60 reviews on Amazon.com and scores about 4.4 out of 5 stars overall. Most customers are happy with the software; notably, just one scored it less than 3 stars.
Review: Norton AntiVirus 2014 - 1 User / 3 Licenses, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good Norton AntiVirus 2013 generates over 300 reviews on Amazon.com and scores about 3.7 out of 5 stars overall. Most customers are happy with the software, but some complain that it slowed their computers or missed viruses.
Review: Norton AntiVirus 2013 - 1 User / 1 PC, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2013