Norton AntiVirus 2005 PC Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Installation 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Usefulness 9.0
Value 9.0
Distributor: Symantec
Reviewer:
Andrew B

8.8


Norton AntiVirus 2005

Norton AntiVirus 2005 once again returns for another year of protection against the insidious and malicious world of viruses that unfortunately plague this modern era of computers. Fortunately this current version contains a plethora of new updates that includes the new Quick Scan tool which automatically searches for viruses following updates and an all new and improved worm detector that guarantees users the best possible protection against these deadly attacks.

The installation of Norton AntiVirus 2005 was a breeze and it auto-installed once the CD was inserted into the CD-ROM drive. Symantec have also listened to some of the criticisms from previous versions and have improved the speed of the installation of this package. After the quick pre-setup scan, Norton installs itself and it automatically downloads the latest virus definitions and runs a compulsory post-setup scan to ensure that there are no hidden nasties on your computer.

Unlike previous versions, this current incarnation of Norton AntiVirus 2005 took around 30 minutes to install the program and check the computer system for any inconsistencies. Although the initial setup time has been reduced, the computer still performs excruciating slow during this period and I recommend that you leave your computer alone while it is installing this must have piece of software.

Symantec have also improved the protection alert area of the software package that now allows the user to specify when it should deactivate in order to install some programs that require nothing to be running at the same time. However, the most impressive feature of protection alert is that the user can also specify when it should be reactivated.

Norton AntiVirus 2005 also scans and cleans instant-messenger attachments, as well as inbound and outbound e-mail. However, all of Norton's best features are carryovers from 2004. This year's version adds Norton Internet Worm Protection, a lightweight firewall feature that blocks unsolicited inbound traffic, including nasty troublemakers such as the Blaster and Sasser worms. Unlike a full-on firewall, however, Worm Protection won't block outbound traffic, making it no more effective than the free Microsoft firewall included in Windows XP SP2.

Norton AntiVirus 2005 also scans for hidden spyware threats, including adware, dialers and keystroke loggers that record every key you tap. These are extremely dangerous if you are using your computer for internet banking. Unfortunately, its real-time scanner doesn't detect spyware but only identifies them after a scan of your system.

In conclusion, Norton AntiVirus 2005 is a very able software package that stops all known viruses (including its non-virus breathen like worms and trojan horses) and it's good to see that Symantec has addressed a variety of the problems from previous versions. The only downside to the program is that Norton AntiVirus doesn't contain a firewall or that it cannot detect spyware in real-time but apart from that I would recommend this program to anyone who doesn't own a decent anti virus package.






 
 



   Games
   PlayStation 4
   XBox One
   PlayStation 3
   XBox 360
   PC
   PS Vita
   Wii U
   Wii
   3DS
   DS
   PSP
   Apple
   Casual
   Android
   Classics

  Movies
   Movies & IMAX
   Blu-ray
   Action
   Anime
   Comedy
   Crime & Thrillers
   Documentaries
   Drama
   Family
   Horror
   Kids
   Lifestyle
   Music
   Romance
   Sci-fi
   Sport

   IT
   PC
   Apple
   Hardware

   Information & Fun
   News
   Interviews
   Articles

   Tara's G-Spot
   Loren's Level
   Comics
   Books
   Mind & Body
   Music
   Competitions
   Community
 








 
 




Impulse Gamer is your source for the
latest Reviews and News on Video Games,
Entertainment, Pop Culture, Hardware &
More!

 


2001 - 2014 Impulse Gamer
 

 

About Us | Contact Us