Norton Security

Norton Security

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
2.5
out of 693 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    22.0.0.110
  • Total Downloads:
    9,660,298
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 01, 2014
  • Price:
    Free to try; annual subscription (30-day trial); $79.99 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    110.26MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,886
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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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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5 stars

"Hard to beat Norton !! .."

December 24, 2014  |  By Randy Bell

 |  Version: Norton Security 22.0.0.110

Pros

What people don't realize is how advanced and sophisticated this Symantec Security Suite is. There is pattern and signature-based, as well as the SONAR (heuristic) internet intrusion detection and prevention system - with traditional antiviral signatures and realtime guard. Norton does disk scanning in the background when the computer isn't in use, and is easy on resources with minimal CPU drain and light memory footprint. The Norton firewall is sophisticated and easy to use: in almost all cases, the user has to do nothing since the firewall creates automatic rules for each app. Downloads are automatically scanned and a popup at lower right of the screen tells you if they are safe: You can click on that and get details resulting from both antiviral scanning and crowd sourcing from Reputation in the vast Norton User Community. World Class! Of people bashing it, some are sadly misinformed as to the sophistication and protection offered by the most used Security Product in the world.

Cons

IF anything, I guess Norton, as with any Security product, can improve their already excellent scores from independent Testing Labs.

Summary

NO security product can protect users from their own reckless behavior and stupidity. But Norton is about as close to "set and forget" protection as they come. I highly recommend it - and if you Google for reviews on this product, you'll find some fair reviews that look into details of all the neat features packed into this popular security software. Choice of this type of software tends to be emotional, misinformed, and highly subjective. Sometimes users get burned because of their own mistakes and naive risk taking: Venturing onto websites they should not dare to go - expectiing their Security to protect them from themselves, when they need to exercise proper caution, regardless of Security. But for reasonably responsible users, there is no better protection than Norton, imho.

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1 stars

"Absolutely the worst, hands down"

December 18, 2014  |  By dagny.taggart.940

 |  Version: Norton Security 22.0.0.110

Pros

None, nada, zip, nothing

Cons

The very worst in bloatware. Interferes with the performance of all applications. Could not wait to remove it from my brand new laptop and did so with great haste. Happily returning to malwarebytes and AVG. Wish I could give this product negative stars.

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1 stars

"Taking Money for Nothing!"

December 10, 2014  |  By majman1

 |  Version: Norton Security 22.0.0.110

Pros

None noted.

Cons

Slowed Machine.
Website not user friendly.
Misleading product options.

Summary

Absolutely horrible product. Slowed machine, scans were either comprehensive and dreadfully slow or quick and horribly ineffective. Product was uninstalled and McAfee was reinstalled. Norton then continued to bill me for products that I wasn't using, even billing me for two separate accounts; I didn't even know that I had more than one. The website was never user-friendly in my opinion. When I called for a refund earlier this morning, I was denied refund on $106.00 that had unknowingly posted to my account 61 days from today. Norton has a, "60-day money back guarantee." The guarantee is fine, if I was using the product. I haven't used the product in over a year. Knowingly, I am to blame for not noticing the FIRST charge until the SECOND charge posted to my account. However, Norton is expecting me, and other consumers I am certain, to pay for a product THAT I DID NOT USE. Legal robbery! I WILL NEVER ATTEMPT TO USE NORTON PRODUCTS AGAIN! I hope that other consumers take note of this experience and don't as well!

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1 stars

"Beware of Misleading info or Bait and Switch."

November 16, 2014  |  By blmazza

 |  Version: Norton Security 22.0.0.110

Pros

Norton has been good product in past, it used to be the only one i would recommend!

Cons

Symantec has not advertised or informed the customer about the differences between Norton Security and Norton Security with Backup. MAJOR difference is either 5 or 10 licences until you are at the check out. So as a warning, beware!

Summary

Know what you are buying, and make sure this company Symantec does not take advantage of you!

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5 stars

"fast & good"

October 01, 2014  |  By howgar2

 |  Version: Norton Security 22.0.0.110

Pros

fast & does a good job using minimum resourses

Cons

i have none

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 22.0.0.110
  • Updated text for popup window when scanning without a network connection
  • Fixed a problem with the popup not appearing in certain scanning situations
General
Publisher Symantec
Publisher web site http://www.symantec.com
Release Date September 29, 2014
Date Added October 01, 2014
Version 22.0.0.110
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 110.26MB
File Name NS-TW-22.0.0-EN-US.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 9,660,298
Downloads Last Week 1,886
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $79.99

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