Norton AntiBot provides a simple way to actively monitor the processes running on your computer in order to quarantine or delete malware items. The program doesn't require an active scan--once protection is enabled, it is monitoring your system in real time. As a minor component in a full security suite, Norton AntiBot is a valuable tool for monitoring active processes. As a full-fledged app, however, it lacks the power and features of similar free applications that manage and monitor processes, ports, sockets, hosts, services, and more.
Unlike the bigger Norton security products, the AntiBot software installs very quickly and plays nicely with other security software you may have installed. It is unfortunate that users have to provide a valid e-mail address that gets added to a Symantec marketing list, but the e-mail address does not have to be confirmed to download the installer.
The Norton AntiBot interface is divided into three main tabs. The Status tab displays the activity of the application, including whether it is enabled, how many processes are monitored, and how many malware items are removed. The Advanced tab lists all of the processes that are monitored, allowed, or quarantined. Clicking on any of the items in the monitoring list will display useful classifications about the process on the right, such as "Window not visible," "Hidden on filesystem," or "Spawns other processes"--each of these classifications create a general safety rating for each process. The final tab, Settings, simply lets you specify your threat notifications, check for software updates, or buy the full version.
Norton AntiBot works adequately and is very easy to set up, but the features are limited when compared with other software of the same ilk, most of which is free and uses a smaller memory footprint. The inclusion of an on-demand malware scanner, or more details about Windows Services, ports, and hosts, would make it more valuable, as would the more general utility of managing processes by assigning priority. Norton AntiBot does not include its own uninstaller, but all traces were easily removed by the Windows Add/Remove Programs dialog.