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Norton Antivirus Guard Review [2019]

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Conclusion

Norton Antivirus Guard is a product of Symantec group and has been around since 1991, making it one of most long lived antivirus software products in the market. Norton antivirus protection is provided for Windows OS, MacOS, and mobile operating systems such as
IOS and Android OS. Norton Antivirus Guard is lightweight user friendly, easy to navigate and offers accurate virus definition databases plus a real time virus detection system. Backups, OS optimization and internet optimization features are provided along with anti virus features.

You can read about our reviews about Heimdal Research’s Thor Antivirus and Bitdefender in here.

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Introduction to Norton Antivirus Guard

Norton Antivirus guard first introduced back in 1991 by Symantec Security and has been around since. Norton Antivirus is one of the Antivirus guards that are actually providing software solutions for almost all widely used operating systems. Their products are covering antivirus security solutions for Android OS, IOS, Windows OS, and MacOS. Their features includes internet security, system security, backups, search and internet optimization, OS optimization and more.

Automatic silent updates

Automatic silent updates will ensure that you have the latest protection without having to concern about updating processes. Norton Antivirus also utilizes one of the largest civilian cyber intelligence networks and this allows them to see and take action to protect against many advanced cyber threats.

Each package of Norton Antivirus is powered by 24X7 threat monitoring networks and real time updating virus definition data banks. Norton Antivirus protects you from ransomware, spyware, malware and many other online threats such as social engineering phishing attempts. Availability of above features can be varied as per the package that you choose.

Installation

The installation process is cluster free, straightforward and very easy to perform even to a novice user. You will be notified about other security products though the non strict installation process will give you the ability to choose between uninstalling or leaving those security programs installed.

The installation process will also offer few Norton Antivirus guard’s browser extensions that will improve the online threat detection, user experience and overall performance of the antivirus guard. Another bonus installation feature that you can choose is Norton Identity Safe, which safe guards and manages your passwords. These two features are a must have according to our opinion.

Usability

The UI is relatively cluster free, easy to navigate and undoubtedly one of the shinning features of Norton Antivirus guard. You can easily view your protection status in a glance as this is specifically highlighted in the common interface. It also shows you the details on your latest update and last scan. There are one click buttons to access many functions including security and password manager. This is organized in a very user friendly way.

Performance

The real time background antivirus programs are constantly running on the background and using a very small amount of RAM which is usually under 60MB and the task manager won’t show you within top ten most of the times. The background processes are not slowing down your computer significantly as it is very light weight.

To perform a scan you only need to click a button and to get a more detailed report of security status of your computer, you only have to click a button or two. Clicking on security and then Scan will give you the option of choosing between performing a full system scan or a quick scan which will be focused on most likely areas and security holes to be affected. You can manually choose specific drives and folders by clicking on “Custom Scan”.

You can schedule Custom Scans to run on System Idle times without affecting your accessibility to other programs or files. This also provides you the ability to what to do with your computer after completing the Scan such as whether to Shut down or hibernate or leave it be.

Features of Norton Antivirus Guard

  1. Norton Antivirus Guard is having a clean and cluster free user interface which is tying up all the available features in a navigational friendly way.
  2. Protects you from viruses, malware, spyware, ransomware, rootkits, miners and many other viruses that may get hold on your personal and financial records. AV Comparative’s Real World Protection Test gave Norton Antivirus guard a 99.5% protection rate against viruses. Windows package showed a protection rating of 100% and 100% performance rating and 5.5/6 rate for usability back in the year of 2018. Norton is one of the most credited antivirus guards by the AV Comparative Test. It also became the Top Product award recipient in 2018.
  3. Custom Scan mode can be used to schedule scanning on system idle times with the ability to shutdown, hibernate computer after performing that Scan.
  4. Norton Antivirus Guard can detect and quarantine ransomware type software simply by beahvioural monitoring, which comes real had to protect your system from ransomware.
  5. Real time Internet protection which is largely optimized with the help of browser extensions.
  6. Malicious URL blocking feature will protect you from phishing attempts, spyware and malware.
  7. OS optimization features such as “junk file cleaner”, “hard disk defrag”, and “Startup program manager” will significantly improve performance of the system.
  8. Startup Program manager feature will help you to notice their impact on resources etc etc. It will also give you the ability to choose from options such as “delaying launch” , “disabling / enabling automatic startup launch”.
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Advantages of Norton Antivirus Guard.

  1. Best of the best protection against malware, spyware, ransomware and viruses as per the AV Comparatives Test report making it highly reliable.
  2. Backup and online disk space ensures the safety of your files and operating system’s functionality.
  3. It gives fully detailed reports about the threats it detected.
  4. Bonus features like Junk file remover, defrag hard disks and Startup program manager will tweak the overall system performance.
  5. Cluster free and easy to navigate User Interface.
  6. Lesser use of system resources on background real time threat detection, behavioural monitoring and protection. Usually under 60MB of RAM.
  7. Comes with a 30 day trial of their product packages.
  8. Ability to manually scan USB disks rather than automatically Scanning them without any risk alarm.
  9. Stellar 24X7 customer service.

Disadvantages of Norton Antivirus Guard

  1. Parental Control and Web management Portal, Backup software, Online Storage features comes with the most expensive package.
  2. File shredder tools or file encryption tools are not provided.
  3. Scans may have significant impact on system performance. But you can customize scans to run on system idle times.

Packaging and Pricing

There are few packages provided by Symantec Security. Each one of these packages are specialized in ways to give maximum user satisfaction per the needs of a specific user in specific niche. Though the installation of updates are automatic and does not require your attention, you have the ability to check for updates manually nonetheless.

  1. Norton Antivirus Basic package

Norton Antivirus Basic package is available for 14.99 USD per year. These pricing are in par with top competitors. Norton password manager is also available with this package. This package provides system protection against antivirus, malware, spyware and many other viruses.

2. Norton Antivirus Security Standard package

This 70$ package includes the features of Norton Antivirus Basic package. It also comes with a two way firewall, system optimization tools and comes with 30 day money back guarantee.

3. Norton Security Deluxe package.

Costs 90 USD for five devices and gives you the access to Norton web portal along with the features of Norton Security Standard package. You can optionally choose LifeLock Standard Identity Protection for extra 120 USD.

Norton Security Premium

The 110 USD priced Norton Security Premium package is coming with a built in firewall feature, cloud storage with automated backups and parental control. This package comes with the security coverage for 10 devices.

Can we recommend it?

The Norton Antivirus Guard is undoubtedly one of the best internet security providers in the market. Their features will keep your personal and financial files safely out of the reach of ransomware, spyware and hacking attempts. Norton has been around since 1991 and highly recognized for their performance and cost relativity. They offer maximum value for your hard earned money.

It is not resource hungry as McAfee Antivirus Guard.

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