Norton AntiVirus 2012
Symantec's latest antivirus program returns
with Norton AntiVirus 2012 which offers users an
affordable internet security package for their PC. The best aspect about
Norton AntiVirus 2012 is the learning curve to install and use this
program which is almost non-existent.
is, not matter what your computer knowledge is, you should have no
problems whatsoever in installing this program and navigating the
extremely simplistic menu system. More importantly, scans and updates
are done in the background which removes any annoying pop-ups or
questions for the user when the program does encounter a security
hazard. Also, scans are done when your computer is idle, ensuring
optimal performance for the end-user.
Installation & Menu
the super fast install, the user is greeted to a rather intuitive and
professional looking menu system which uses a tab system that keeps
things simple for the novice user. These tabs include Computer, Network
and General, however if additional information is needed, there is also
advanced view for professional users.
do encounter an installation problem, you can contact your friendly
support people from Symantec and if you system is inundated by viruses,
Trojans and Malware, the program will attempt to resolve the problem via
a boot installer. Another aspect of the installation program is that
once Norton AntiVirus 2012 was installed, the program proceeded to
update itself to ensure that our test system was as secure as possible.
In relation to Norton AntiVirus 2012, the program does not just scan for
viruses and considering that the threat landscape has changed so much,
this program uses leading technology to ensure that even threats not yet
discovered are prevented from interfering with your PC. Thankfully after
the scan, no viruses, Trojans or Malware was found. In relation to
Malware, the program uses SONAR4 which is a detection based utility to
scan for any potential Malware.
However I did try to trick the program with some known testing sites and
Norton immediately detected any unsafe files from the net. Also in our
testing environments, Norton detected virus infected files in our zip
files and blocked unsafe attachments in our e-mails.
The first scan of our laptop was relatively quick compared to some of
Norton's competitors which was completed in around 25 minutes.
Subsequent scans were considerably faster thanks to the reputation based
scanning technology of Norton which basically checks the file with
Another cool aspect about this software is that it also gives the user
additional information on programs such as its reliability or if its
unstable which is mirrored via surfing the net thanks to the Download
Insight and File Insight.
also created a small executable Windows Program thanks to C++ and tried
and added a few dodgy coding routines but Norton immediately detected
this new file which did not have a reputation yet.
However what Norton AntiVirus 2012 doesn't offer is a full blown
security suite so you do need additional programs to use this software
package. For example, Norton AntiVirus 2012 doesn't come with a firewall
but you can use the Windows Firewall or download a free third party
does however do a good job at protecting against web exploits. I also
like the inclusion of Norton Management which basically monitors all
your subscriptions with Norton and the security status of all your
devices and the licenses. It's a great central management system.
AntiVirus 2012 also offers links to other services such as Norton Online
Backup and Norton Mobile Security 2.0. Another bonus in this package is
the ability to install Norton Safe Web lite which basically warns users
of any unsafe or potentially unsafe websites.
All in all, Norton AntiVirus 2012 is a sturdy security package that we
would happily recommend to users looking for protection for their PC's
or laptops. With a recommended retail price of around $39.95AUD, this
program is not only affordable but does the job intended remarkably
Supported Operating Systems
Microsoft® Windows® XP (32-bit) Home/Professional/Tablet
PC/Media Center (32-bit) with Service Pack 2 or later
Microsoft® Windows Vista® (32-bit and 64-bit) Starter/Home
Basic/Home Premium/Business/Ultimate with Service
Pack 1 or later
Microsoft® Windows 7® (32-bit and 64-bit) Starter/Home
- 300MHz for Microsoft
Windows XP, 1GHZ for Microsoft Windows Vista/Windows 7
- 256MB of RAM
- 300 MB of available
hard disk space
- CD-ROM or DVD drive (if
not installing via electronic Download)