Norton Antivirus 2013 - The Powerful Feature-Rich Antivirus Protection

1/18/2013 6:02:53 PM

Of course, you can see the impact of Windows 8 on new user interface of Norton Antivirus. The main window of this powerful software has big touching buttons to navigate the features of the program. However, with the attractive appearance, all the advanced features and smooth configuration options are still present.

Norton Antivirus 2013

Norton Antivirus 2013

Strong protection to against threats

Norton detected 89 percent of threats on 12 testing system that is infected malware, a similar rate with Kaspersky Anti-Virus (2013). Norton has advantage with the ability to remove malware; it gets 6.6 points and defeats 6.5 points of Kaspersky. Like Kaspersky, Daily Safety Check Home Edition, and Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013, Norton detected all samples using rootkit technology. Norton won 8.4 points for rootkit remove ability; it is only defeated by Kaspersky (9.4).

With malware blocking tests, Norton detected 84 percent of threats, but it could not prevent the installation of the survival malware. 8.4 points of Norton on the ability to prevent malware seem a bit below average, but the software stops every rootkit samples.

When I tried to download every template again, I received a sign of the strength to prevent multi-block of Norton. Of course, some URLs are no longer valid. Norton has navigated the browser out of 1/3 of the remaining URLs, and its Download Insight feature deleted 2/3 of the others. My experience with the real download of the threats showed that in real-world conditions, Norton will be more effective than in my malware blocking test.

Most of the big laboratories include Norton in their normal tests. ICSA Labs and West Coast Labs certificated the Symantec technology to detect and remove malware, and it achieved VB100 certification in 9/10 latest tests of Virus Bulletin. AT-Test certified antivirus engine based on the success in three areas: protection, repair and usability. With 6 points in each area, a product needs total 11 points in order to achieve certification. With 15.5 points, Symantec surpasses that goal easily.

Norton has powerful built-in protection to prevent Web-based attacks which take advantage of vulnerabilities in the operating system. I attacked one testing system by using Core IMPACT intrusion tool to create the exploits. Norton arrested all 30 exploits and gave one short message to let you know the system is under attack. This is extremely impressive.

Additional features

Norton Antivirus installed one convenient toolbar in the browser, which does some things. It provides access to Norton Safe Website rating system. Norton will completely block famous malicious sites; the colors of Safe Web icon warn you about the unsure website. It also marks the search results with the safety symbols. The shopping website has additional symbols if Norton identifies them as legitimate and they include the protection of privacy of transactions. You can also run Safe Web on Facebook account and search for any malicious links. On the toolbar, you'll find buttons for Norton Identity Safe, a complete password manager that will fill in web forms for you.

It provides access to Norton Safe Website rating system.

It provides access to Norton Safe Website rating system.

Once you launch it, the Network Security Map allows you to get detailed information on other systems on your home network that is running Norton. However, if you have problems, you have to use another computer to solve it.

3 icons on the right of main window provide access to other Norton products and services. An icon checks your Norton Online Backup account status, if any. Another icon launches Norton Management to help you manage equipment and licenses. If you are Norton One user, it will bring back Norton One. The third icon brings a QR code and a link that allow you to install Norton Mobile Security on your Android device.

Still a winner

Previous version of Norton AntiVirus kept the highest score on the ability to remove malware in all the tested products with my previous malware collection. The current version has repeated that result, it is at the top of the products tested with my current collection. It did not get good score as in the block test, but I'm pretty sure that in the real world, the other layer of protection will activate and stop more threats.

Besides prominent antivirus protection, Norton AntiVirus provides many useful additional features that are related to security. It is still the Editors' Choice for commercial antivirus software, sharing that honor with Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013 and Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus.


·         Price: $39.99

·         Ratings: 4.5/5



·         Excellent in malware removing

·         Excellent scores from the independent laboratory

·         The protection prevents exploitation effectively.

·         Preventing the download of any threats

·         Many useful additional features



·         Only at average level in blocking malware


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