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Installation 8.8
Ease of use 8.5
Usefulness 8.8
Value 8.8
Distributor: Symantec
Review Date:
September 2007
Reviewer:
Andrew Bistak

8.8


Norton AntiVirus 2008 with AntiSpyware

 

Viruses... Trojans... worms... spyware... the list goes on and on and once again as these threats are becoming more prevalent and more dangerous to computer systems.

 

Although there are a number of Anti Virus programs available on the market, none have been around for as long as the Norton AntiVirus series and their current 2008 edition has arrived to assist the user in maintaining their computer security and  data integrity.
 

 

It should be said that Norton AntiVirus has had its hiccups in the past as the software was quite resource hungry and did cause some users a number of different headaches but Symantec continue to improve the software and this current edition is a very impressive software package.

Features

  • Improved performance delivers faster scans NEW

  • One click access to expert support NEW

  • Works quietly in the background. NEW

  • Network mapping provides a view of your home network. NEW

  • Detects and removes spyware and viruses

  • Blocks spyware and worms automatically

  • Antivirus protection for email and instant messaging

  • Prevents virus-infected emails from spreading

  • Rootkit detection finds and removes hidden threats

  • Includes protection updates and new product features as available throughout the renewable service period

The installation of Norton AntiVirus 2008 simply auto-installed once the CD was detected by the computer and although the installation is quite brief, the scanning that it performs afterwards is dependent on hardware specifications and the number of files on your hard drive or hard drives.

Fortunately our computer was "virus" free. In relation to resource hogging, the program does slow the system down, however it is quite minimal on our AMD Phenom 9600 system with 4GB of RAM.

Once again Norton continue their user friendly interface and 2008 features a few small tweaks since its last incarnation, making this one of the better interfaces available for this type of software. The icons are all self-explanatory and for those more advanced users, the program still allows them to tweak the software, however for the novice user, no tweaking is required.

 

Once installed, the software offers the user a 12-month subscription to support and updates, giving you peace of mind. If something does happen, the Norton icon int he system tray will display an error which means the user will need to address the problem.

We tested the program with some of our "known" viruses via e-mail and attempting to run an infected program and Norton AntiVirus immediately detected these threats and quarantined the suspecting files.
 



Even if new viruses are released, the program does have the ability thanks to its algorithms and programming to stop "new" threats and when these threats do become known, the program is automatically updated to ensure the best possible protection.

 

The program supports anti spyware technology which prevents "junk" from infecting your system and although is quite powerful, it is not quite as good as some of the third party software that is available. For those users who use chat programs, the program supports MSN Instant Messenger, Yahoo and even AIM, ensuring an added level of security. How's that for security?

If something does go wrong with the software, Symantec have phone support available and my favourite option, live chat which is the cheapest and easiest way to get a response. From our experience with Norton 360, live chat is quite impressive and the person on the other end is quite knowledgeable and did fix our issue immediately.

In conclusion, Norton AntiVirus 2008 is a good anti virus software packages that protects your computer from a wide variety of internet threats that we could happily recommend to the home and small officer user. The developers have addressed several concerns from previous incarnations, making this one of the better anti virus packages available.






 
 



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