Norton Antivirus 2011 is a very impressive security solution, offering a full range of robust features and a new comprehensive approach to online security. As one of the best antivirus software, Norton Antivirus continues to improve its software, and thus enhances safety. With continuous innovation and the implementation is complete, the 2011 version should keep its customers happy (and unhappy to reconsider their choice).
Symantec / Norton have been a huge player in the market for antivirus software . And with popularity comes criticism further. Norton has had several complaints over the years including the increase in their software and overzealous use of resources. But in recent years Norton has silenced the complaints, providing a quick solution with an emphasis on effective management of resources. Norton Antivirus 2011 remains an impressive light and fast program, adding some nice features, especially designed to catch the deadliest viruses (those that are not found by traditional security signatures).
Norton Antivirus 2011 does an excellent job with the resources of the balancing system; it offers simplicity and especially security. The level of protection is unrivaled, and new features continue to set the standard for antivirus software. Norton was able to use their unique strengths to offer an excellent antivirus program with a great user experience (if you’re a pro or security that you need software that does the work for you). Basically, Norton Antivirus 2011 has all the good stuff (and more); the software works well and does not require you to sacrifice large resources.
Scope of protection: Excellent
The strength of the software comes from the global coverage provided by multiple layers. Each component is complete, and combines to provide protection against all threats. And while all the latest features of last year were only available for customers using popular web browsers, Norton now supports a large number of browsers (Chrome, Opera, Safari), mail clients ( Outlook and Outlook Express) instant messaging clients (Yahoo, AOL and MSN Messenger), download managers (FileZilla) and even P2P sharing (Bittorrent, Limewire).
The signing of protection is the first line of defense. And while other technologies are being developed to detect viruses, fingerprints and signature protection essentials. Norton still has a huge (and growing) database of known malicious programs that will protect your computer against threats. One of the best parts of Antivirus 2011 is the continuation of the Norton Insight technology. This feature allows Norton to only scan files that may be at risk, bypassing the trust files and files that have not changed, which allows for faster scans and therefore lose less time.
SONAR 3 is the next step of Norton, alleging protection technology advanced heuristic. SONAR stands for Symantec Online Network for Advanced Response, and adopts a proactive approach to malware detection by observing the behavior of files in real time to monitor malicious behavior type to block viruses before they have time to infect your computer.
Traditional signatures and advanced heuristics are great (and Norton did a great job with them), but one thing that really distinguishes Norton is only 1% of viruses are so new or difficult they can not be taken by other methods.
Norton Reputation Service is the measure of proactive security from Symantec. Basically, this is a special algorithm to analyze the files and determine their relative threat to their reputation, according to their source, their digital signature, age, and popularity. This tool is an innovative technology or a specific function, it is a holistic approach that works with several technologies Norton to provide more balanced and effective security solution.
Download Insight is specifically designed to stop new malicious software before uploading it accidentally. Basically, Norton provides you all necessary information on any file (obtained from years of research and information provided anonymously by the Norton Community Watch) immediately when you try to download it, so you can make an informed decision. It happens in real time, so you do not have to wait. File Insight provides access to much information (number of users, reputation, where he comes from), but if you do not want, you can configure the software to show you only when file is considered risky.
The only time a warning window appears, when you try to download a file that was not considered reliable at this time. For example, say you go on facebook and you are prompted to install a new codec to view videos (but in reality it is a malware). If Download Insight warns you that the download is not reliable and can be harmful, you may want to know (after all, what are the chances you’re first trying to download this codec?).
Norton Antivirus is effective in protecting your computer, now more than ever. Antivirus 2011 is equipped to protect your computer against viruses, Trojans, worms, bots, spyware, rootkits, hackers and other malware, whether online or in emails or instant messages. The traditional method of virus detection is robust and constantly updated to protect your computer. Advanced heuristic detection has become the standard in antivirus software, and Norton does a good job analyzing proactively files and their behavior to stop malware suspects.
Norton antivirus software is effective, and professional organizations of the tests are in agreement. Norton has been recognized as one of the most effective anti-virus software available, and with an emphasis on its speed and efficiency, it is also ranked among the fastest. Let’s just say that with the 2011 version you will not have to choose between efficiency and speed, with Norton Antivirus you get strength, speed and security.
Ease of Installation: Very Good
Norton Antivirus was designed to be fast and simple, and it starts from the second you download the program. The direct download of the software means it can be installed immediately. The installation process is simple and fast. In fact, the process of installing Norton effectively abandons the traditional Microsoft Windows Installer and uses its own technology for even faster installation that takes less than a minute.
Ease of Use: Excellent
Norton Antivirus 2011 is quite easy to use and even easier to understand. The interface is simple which makes navigation and makes it simple to get the most out of the program. The entire program is simple and intuitive, making it easy and even allows performing certain advanced functions without professional expertise.
The software is actually quite flexible, and is quite capable of hosting a wide variety of users. If you are looking for a standalone security solution, Norton Antivirus is the ideal solution (you can configure the software to run automatically and do not require user input that as a last resort). Of course, the software is robust enough to meet the security professionals, and provides a wealth of statistics and information behind the scenes to help the experts to fully control the software.
The design of the interface update features a world map that identifies the threats and their locations and continuously updated threat detected (where they were found, not where they originate) and information on the current security. At the bottom of the main dashboard, where you can access and manage other web services such as Norton Family Online, online backup or Safe Web. Following last year’s System Insight feature allows you to “look under the hood” of the interface to see the performance of the interior. This tool allows you to control not only the impact of Norton, but the performance of your entire computer. The graphics are informative, but you can also scroll and click on specific events and view details and additional information.
But you’ll also see detailed graphics and information that can help you see the programs that slow down your PC. In fact, if an application is causing a serious slowdown, you may see an alert letting you know what happening and what program is the culprit.
In addition, you can optimize the system to increase the speed and overall performance (memory, applications, startup time) with a button optimization in a single click. Or you can let the software automatically optimize your PC when the computer is idle (such as auto scan).
The 2011 edition of Norton Antivirus is fulfilling its contract, but not at the expense of speed and performance. Each function is the ultimate goal of Norton to know the full protection of the PC.
One great feature is the additional protection against the vulnerabilities that Norton offers. Since threats infiltrate through holes in specific applications, browsers or operating systems, using proactive Norton keeps you abreast of the latest patches and updates to ensure maximum safety.
Another nice feature is the mode Silent gamer. When you’re in full screen mode (for a game, movie or presentation), the last thing you want are the annoying popup or other programs that use the resources of your PC. If you use the silent mode, you do not have to worry about not plus. English addition, Norton Antivirus is configured with a Smart Scheduler to perform routine tests when your PC is veiled. Is you ever had a computer completely crushed, you know how important it is to have a recovery disk bootable despoiled. Norton 2011 comes with a bootable recovery tool for creating a rescue disk (CD or USB drive) to start effectively and fix a crashed PC.
A new tool is the Norton Power Eraser. This tool is specifically designed to locate and remove fake antivirus programs that are known to be difficult to remove. Even better, this tool is available free for all and not just for users of Norton.
Another free tool that everyone can enjoy is Norton Safe Web for Facebook. A ton of users are already enjoying the security Safe Web using search engines, and now the protection is available for Facebook. L free tool scans your wall and check every link, so you do not have to worry about clicking a virus hidden in the guise of a “video of your friend.”
Norton updates are quick and easy (and does not require you to do anything). The updates are done every 5 to 15 minutes. These updates close have two distinct advantages: you are always updated with the latest patches, and they are small enough not to cause significant slowdown for the user. Sure, you can also run Live Update at any time.
Help and advice: Excellent
Symantec’s Norton products have a number of outlets to get help or support additional products, and Antivirus 2011 is particularly in charge of resources because it is one of their flagship consumer products. It includes a complete user manual, quick access to online help, and an innovative integrated feature auto-fix (self diagnoses and fixes common problems). Online you can find support in the form of FAQs, tutorials, product comparisons, and a health professional support. You can get personalized help with problems running the software, or even help with removing malicious software. Help is available (and free) by phone, email or online chat.
There is also an active community of users of Norton, and a variety of forums, blogs and resources that are available for help or information on a number of security issues.
Overall, Norton Antivirus 2011 is one of the best antivirus software for all users. More than just popularity, Norton offers solid performance protection. Norton AV 2011 has all the right features, innovative technology, and it is easy to use. The software is very lightweight and specifically designed for optimal protection.
Whether you are looking for one of the most powerful antivirus software, or simply need an easy security, Norton Antivirus 2011 is the product for you. We were very impressed with the overall performance and exciting new features.