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Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Excellent
Average User Rating:
out of 693 votes out of 693 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    22.8
  • Total Downloads:
    9,784,641
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 11, 2016
  • Price:
    Free to try; annual subscription (30-day trial); $49.99 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    156.93MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    243
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

With the release of Norton Security, Symantec is discarding the separate editions of AntiVirus, Internet Security, and Norton 360, instead offering all three in one comprehensive package. The suite supports up to 5 devices, but you can upgrade to Norton Security with Backup to cover 10 devices and get 25GB of online storage.

Pros

Modern UI update: Norton Security has an elegant user interface that works with keyboard and mouse or Windows 8 touch controls. Symantec wisely decided to keep the color scheme simple. Tab menus are easy to navigate and expand to offer more advanced options in each main category: Security, Identity, and Performance. Useful help links sit next to each command in case you want to learn more.

Speedier scans: Norton Security scans are some of the fastest we've seen this year, an improvement over last year's Norton 360. Quick scans take less than a few minutes, and a full sweep took slightly over 15 in our tests. The options to set post-scan behaviors, like PC shutdown and hibernate, are most welcome for those who want to update and go. The thorough antivirus engine swept up all the standard malware and adware. This finding is consistent with previous AV-Test lab results, demonstrating the suite's above-average performance.

First-day alerts and smaller footprint: Norton Security addresses the issue of first-day exploits with a cloud-based approach. By comparing scan results to real-time definition updates, Norton can warn you about potentially malicious files making their way around the Web. Also, the cloud-based scans mean Norton Security has been able to shrink the size of the local definition to a fraction of what it used to be. The antivirus still keeps a small local definition to watch out for prevalent troublemakers, in case you want to perform offline scans.

Beyond security: Norton Identity Safe, a password manager that secures your personal information, is vastly improved. Sign in to different websites and applications or make online payments without putting your identity at risk. The service works pretty flawlessly after the initial setup.

Cons

Fewer subscription choices: This year's consolidation of suites has reduced Norton's pricing flexibility. To get the most for your money, Norton Security with Backup is the obvious choice: for $10 more than Norton Security, you get double the device coverage, plus cloud storage. But without a lower-tier price option, Norton risks alienating its limited-use customers who are interested in protecting only a handful of devices. There is a 30-day trial of the new Norton if you wish to check out whether a complete security suite is right for you.

Uninformative tutorial: The tutorial could be better presented. Help pages and product manuals are available, but they can be overwhelming to the average user, making advanced tasks -- like configuring Norton Firewall -- challenging.

Bottom Line

Norton Security unites Symantec's services in one improved product. You no longer have to choose between Internet protection and an antivirus suite. Norton Security comes packed with tools, which can be overwhelming at first glance, and the startup tutorial doesn't do a great job of explaining the suite's capabilities. However, these powerful features more than justify the price -- which is good, because consolidation of the Symantec's products means fewer pricing options. Overall, Norton demonstrates why it's a household name with improvements to its award-winning antivirus engine, which can scan faster, alert you to release-day vulnerabilities, and more.

 
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Full Specifications

What's new in version 22.8
  • Added a link to launch Norton Forums from the Help Center UI
  • Added the ability to directly Add a Device from the Help Center UI
  • Changed the flow for enabling browser based features in Firefox (SafeSearch, Security Toolbar, and Identify Safe)
  • Additional prompts to configure the newly added ID Safe support for Firefox.
  • Removed the optical (CD-DVD) backup feature due to general trend to obsolescence. The product will continue to support restore from optical media.
  • Minor usability tweaks to the way the 'More Norton' pillar of the main UI is toggled
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes CPU would spike to 100% when running scans on SSD drives
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes full system scans fail to complete
  • Fixed an intermittent problem where the Norton Toolbar disappears in IE
  • Fixed an issue where Safeweb markups were not working for the Japanese translations of Bing and Yahoo search
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes Norton would prevent the computer from going into sleep mode
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes Norton Insight jobs would fail to run in the background
  • Fixed an issue where Safeweb markups were not working on Yahoo search on Chrome
General
Publisher Symantec
Publisher web site http://www.symantec.com
Release Date October 11, 2016
Date Added October 11, 2016
Version 22.8
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 156.93MB
File Name Setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 9,784,641
Downloads Last Week 243
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $49.99
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