Help Me Decide Avast Internet Security vs Norton Security Premium

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Avast Internet Security vs Norton Security Premium

  1. Avast Internet Security

    37 vote(s)
    46.8%
  2. Norton Security Premium

    42 vote(s)
    53.2%
  1. tim one

    tim one Level 19
    Trusted AV Tester

    Jul 31, 2014
    904
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    Europe
    Windows 10
    Emsisoft
    It seems they provide a maximum of 3 years license.
    How long you run that license? If it is illegal yes probably, sooner or later, they will blacklist it.:D
     
  2. legendcampos

    legendcampos Level 5

    Aug 22, 2014
    206
    314
    Brazil
    Windows 10
    Avast
    I tested the giveaway of Norton security 2017 disponible in site shareonsale and it blocks legitimate programs (FormatFactory) makes the system slow I think is sonar despite low consumption in Task Manager. I'm testing avast internet security version and is serving me well.

    Well, I think the heuristics of norton is better and also the program is not so full of extra programs like avast. And avast does better in FP's

    I voted Avast
     
  3. Tairan

    Tairan Level 3

    Oct 1, 2016
    125
    357
    Dayton, OH
    I vote Avast. It has merged with AVG and has the potential to be the best antivirus available (it currently is excellent, however) and has many good features (and will be better once AVG sigs are fully integrated). Its hardened mode (aggressive) is a great "anti-executable" and has great resource usage and a new BB.

    I am currently using Avast as well.
     
  4. Rolo

    Rolo Level 18

    Jun 14, 2015
    863
    977
    Retired Electronics, Computer, Network Engineer
    North Carolina
    Windows 10
    BitDefender
    I remember something else flagging that software also a long time ago.
    It installs adware with it.
     
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  5. spaceoctopus

    spaceoctopus Level 10

    Jul 13, 2014
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    3,048
    Distant galaxy
    Windows 10
    ESET
    Format factory installs some PUPs, silently. When you install Format Factory, it installs some kind of installer,downloader or temporary file silently. Then after 3 or 5 days, the file executes and downloads the adware in the background. I noticed that with AVG's Identity protection and Emsisoft behaviour blocker. You just get a Popup alert from nowhere indicating that a file is trying to launch from the format factory folder. Norton blocks Format factory for some good reasons.;)
     
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  6. legendcampos

    legendcampos Level 5

    Aug 22, 2014
    206
    314
    Brazil
    Windows 10
    Avast
    Is fact can be considered PuP, Norton didn't remove only the FormatFactory, he removed other programs I have with some software third built as uTorrent for example. Norton should at least notify me if I wish to add the program deletion, but didn't simply removed even in the default configuration. I had to manually add, on the issue is controversial because the PuP most software free can include avast also has some little boxes that installs chrome can be considered PuP. In fact this strategy has been used in free software even in mobile app with free application full of ads. Anyway both are good softwares Norton protection is ideal for businesses and stronger Avast better for the average user.

    Sorry, for my English.
     
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  7. ttto

    ttto Level 7

    Sep 22, 2016
    312
    1,503
    Chemist
    Spain
    macOS Sierra
    Norton
    Both softwares are fantastic. I think it depends on what you want. In my case, I like Norton: light, effective, non-intrusive easy to use software, fantastic in all devices (PC, Android and Mac installed). If you are not interested in using parental controls( included in Premium version), I'll recommend you to go to Deluxe if you have enought with 5 devices.
     
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  8. jamescv7

    jamescv7 Level 61
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    Mar 15, 2011
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    Philippines
    Windows 10
    Microsoft
    In the battle sometimes you need to maintain and improve the common crucial components to defend any attacks.

    Let's compare it below:

    Avast IS contains Hardened Mode, Sandbox, DeepScreen, and good core protection basis.

    vs.

    Norton Security Premium on the other hand has strong Cloud mechanism and active SONAR.

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    In detection capabilities we can see that Avast is stronger than to Norton, considering that cloud functionality may be limited on other times.

    However by default settings, Norton is better since the cloud and Sonar by itself is active and accurately prevent certain attacks whereas for Avast where Hardened Mode is off by default/moderate mode so the DeepScreen, CyberCapture and core protection may lead to bypass.

    Avast Cloud Reputation is different in terms of effectiveness compare to typical Norton or even Kaspersky.
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    Now in terms of customized settings then of course Avast is already in edge compare to Norton.

    The thing I liked for Avast is sandbox component so at least you can browse in isolated safely.

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    For ransomware or screenlockers, well both are in the mediocre stage and protection against possible alteration can be questionable.
     
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  9. Rolo

    Rolo Level 18

    Jun 14, 2015
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    977
    Retired Electronics, Computer, Network Engineer
    North Carolina
    Windows 10
    BitDefender
    I'd be careful in drawing the conclusion that "more settings" equals "more capability".

    Also, this isn't PCMAG (a glorified advertisement); "default settings" is moot to MT users exercising due diligence.

    To the PUP preference issue; it can be annoying for someone who doesn't care about PUPs but I'd rather they be quarantined first where I can always whitelist them rather than have subversive software running without my foreknowledge.
     
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