Norton Antivirus, developed and distributed by Symantec Corporation, provides malware prevention and removal during a subscription period. It uses signatures and heuristics to identify viruses. Other features include e-mail spam filtering and phishing protection.
Symantec distributes the product as a download, a box copy, and as OEM software. Norton Antivirus and Norton Internet Security, a related product, held a 61% US retail market share for security suites as of the first half of 2007. Competitors, in terms of market share in this study, include antivirus products from CA, Trend Micro, and Kaspersky Lab.
Norton Antivirus runs on Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. Windows 7 support is in development for versions 2006 through 2008. Version 2009 has Windows 7 supported update already. Versions 2010, 2011, and 2012 all natively support Windows 7, without needing an update. Version 12 is the only version fully compatible with Mac OS X Lion.
Benefits for You
Actively protects you from viruses, spam, identity theft and social media dangers
Insight identifies which files and applications are safe and which are dangerous, using the combined feedback of more than 175 million Norton™ users.
Norton Community Watch tracks virtually every file on the Internet for comprehensive global threat monitoring.
SONAR Behavioral Protection detects the signs that a file is dangerous to proactively protect you from never-before-seen threats.
Spam Blocking keeps your mailbox free of unwanted, dangerous and fraudulent emails.
Internet Protection System scours websites and social networking sites for suspicious links and content to identify the latest social networking scams.
Download Insight and IP Address Insight prevent you from downloading files from websites that have a low reputation score within the Norton user community.
Live 24×7 Threat Monitoring is backed by a network of Norton users who serve as your own personal Neighborhood Watch group.
Scam Insight reviews a website’s reputation and lets you know if it’s safe to enter your personal information.
Anti-phishing Technology blocks fraudulent “phishing” sites set up to steal your personal information.
Identity Safe remembers, secures and automatically enters your usernames and passwords for you, so they can’t be lost or stolen.
Parental Control helps you protect your kids from online dangers by giving you direct access to Norton Family.
Safe Web tells you if a website is unsafe before you visit it and it’s too late.
Safe Web for Facebook scans your Facebook Wall and News Feed for URLs containing security threats such as phishing sites, malicious downloads and links to unsafe external sites.
Intelligent 2-way Firewall prevents strangers from accessing your home network by blocking incoming traffic determined to be unsafe.
Network mapping and monitoring shows all the devices connected to your home network, so you can spot uninvited guests using your wireless connection and/or eavesdropping on you.
Automatic, silent updates keep you one step ahead of new threats and those not yet invented
Automatic product downloads and installationswhen you’re not using your computer ensure your protection is always up to date.
Norton Pulse updates virus definitions every 5 to 15 minutes without disrupting your work or play.
Insight + Optimized File Copy identifies safe files and only scans unknown files.
Built-in Intelligence maximizes battery life by putting off non-critical activities until you are plugged in and out of full-screen mode.
Norton Management enables easy single-password access to all Norton cloud-based applications and Web properties – to update, renew, fix or install Norton – including Norton Management, Norton Anti-Theft, Norton Family and Identity Safe.
Windows® 8 Compatibility features touch-friendly support which works equally great in keyboard and mouse environments.
Restores lost PC horsepower and boosts performance
Defrag fixes common problems that can rob your computer of speed and power.
Startup Manager frees up PC memory and fine-tunes settings, so your computer starts up faster.
Deep-cleansing tools scour and disinfect even the nastiest infections that lesser products miss
Norton Power Eraser scrubs your computer of deeply embedded, difficult-to-remove infections.
Norton Bootable Recovery Tool creates an emergency rescue CD, DVD or USB that gets your PC running like new, even if it’s so infected it won’t start up.
Windows 8 App remediation scans Windows 8 apps for threats and removes them.